Saturday, 25 April 2009

Photo Hodgepodge

\ˈhäj-ˌpäj\ from the 15th century: a heterogeneous mixture.

Reach Out

I've been taking shots over the last little while, but nothing focused on a single theme. For easter, I shot a few flowers, such as the tulip above. I also experimented with white balance while on a morning photo walk in Baltimore.

I came across a set of concrete steps that were on the back of the convention centre. There was a terrible mix of light illuminating these steps, with fluorescent, high pressure sodium, and tungsten all in use. These lights operate at different colour temperatures, making photographing a 'correctly' colored picture very difficult, if not impossible.

So I decided to go with the flow and set my WB to fluorescent, which made areas lit by the those particular lamps appear properly coloured and everything else appear kind of freaky.

Stairs (3)

The shot above is a little too soft for my liking, so I pumped the sharpening and the midtone contrast, with this result:

Stairs (2)


While I like this, I decided to remove the effect of the colour (im)balance by converting a shot to black and white, with this result:

Stairs


A slide show of this hodgepodge is here.

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