Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Shadow Stalking

Nikon D800  F/5  1/640s  ISO-200  PrAP  EV +1  58mm 
...and escaping him for once!

This might not seem very remarkable but if you think about it, it's quite unusual. How often have you taken a shot of your shadow when it wasn't firmly attached to your feet?

I had to bump up the exposure one stop using the +/- button as the overall lightness of the shot was causing it to seriously underexpose. You can see that in the second shot below, where my shadow is both attached and detached from its owner: very strange...

The first shot on the right is absolutely straight out of the box with no post-processing whatsoever to show you what it looks like.

Actually, that's not quite true; I've converted it to a 500px jpg, but that's it.

Now I'm going to try out Nikon's ViewNX2 program to see if I can make it any better.

Hmm. Well, at first I thought the only thing I could do was crop the top and bottom a bit. Then I started playing around with some of the settings and ended up with a result which is going straight onto my My Mystic Me self-portrait blog, as it'll fit right in over there and if you head that way you'll see what I mean.

But then I thought my options and competence were about at an end for the moment with ViewNX2 so I headed over to my trusty old Paint Shop Pro to play around in more familiar territory.

Of course, I've gone over the top as usual, and the iPhone with all its funky apps is greatly to blame as far as that's concerned. Then again, I try to be as original and often extreme as possible with my self-portraits, so that's my excuse.

The only thing I regret about the last shot is the fact that in all the manipulation I've lost my right foot, which is a shame, but you can't have everything I suppose.

I really fancy getting hold of a copy of Lightroom, which I tried out once and it was pretty cool.

I'll tell you why I've never got into using Photo Shop some other time. Well, basically it's all about two things: the price and what I want to do with my photos.

One thing I'm looking forward to is this blog and the reactions to it to get me into some other programs and stuff I haven't tried out before. And for that hopefully you readers, if there are any, will let me know some of your favourite applications and why and what you do with them. That'll do!

And why not...

* Sab Will runs Photo and Curios Tours in Paris, and also manages a variety of Paris and photography-themed sites and blogs. He writes an illustrated Paris Chronicle every day, runs a Meetup group for Paris lovers, interviews Paris personalities and reviews Paris books (on this blog), and even contributes to the city's street art (shh), so feel free to browse some of the links below and in the right-hand column to find out more about what he gets up to out there...

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