I have no idea why, but for some time now, there have been so many birds gathering around our neighborhood, it’s somewhat surreal. When outside, the sound of their chirping is almost deafening. When they fly (simultaneously), it’s almost like something out of a horror movie. Tonight, while out walking my dog with Oscar (you can see the very low-light picture I took of him on his scooter in the “People” gallery), I decided to try to get a few pictures of the birds. Because it was an overcast evening, and there wasn’t much in the way of color, I decided to experiment with some black & white adjustments. I really like the results. Please feel free to comment — I’m always looking to improve.
It snowed in Atlanta last week and shut the entire city down. I tried to take advantage of the snow to get a few black and white photographs. This guy sits on a post in my back yard and guards our chickens. I thought he would make a good subject in the snow.
This is an HDR image I created of the horse farm where my daughter, Allie, works and rides. This was my first HDR effort, and made using a trial HDR plugin. Now the question … to buy the HDR plugin or not?
Amazon.com is selling Lightroom 4 for $99 right now. That’s $50 of the regular price, and less expensive than I’ve seen it anywhere else.
After starting out using Apple’s Aperture 3, I decided to give Adobe’s Lightroom 4 a try, mostly due to the fact that it seemed most serious photographers preferred Lightroom to Aperture. I’ve got to tell you – I love it! Once I’ve had more time to get comfortable with Lightroom, I’ll explain what I like better about it, but if you are thinking of upgrading to a more powerful photo management / editing program, I’d recommend going with Adobe Lightroom 4.
Here is my first “successful” HDR photo. It is a photo of the Atlanta skyline from the east taken in the early evening.