Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunday Stills - Corners

This week's challenge it to photograph corners…..corners on buildings, boards, streets…..just find yourself a corner and play with light and shadows.

One of the examples in the neat photo tips video involved combining multiple exposures to create a desired image. As I was walking around trying to find an interesting corner shot, I saw an opportunity to experiment with that.

Disclaimer: this is all just to my best understanding and I may be way off base.



This is a bird nest in a corner of the Wool House porch. When I tried to take a picture of all the chicken feathers, baling string, hay and wool used in the construction, the bright "sunlight" back lighting everything blew out the lower half of the image - way overexposed.



It would be easier to see if the sky wasn't gray white, but if you watch the loose material hanging down from the nest, you might be able to see what I was trying to fix.



Here I shortened my exposure time and corrected the exposure for the loose material, but now the top is all way underexposed.

I set up my camera on a tripod, fixed my focal point and took several different images, varying my exposure time from way too short to way too long. Then I came in, googled how to merge the two images above, spent about an hour of time (that I should have been using to knit my mittens) trying to figure it out and here is the final result.



The nest up inside the dark corner is exposed nicely and so is the loose material hanging in the bright light. Interesting!

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12 comments:

Shirley said...

You put a lot of effort in this- I was much more lazy!

Christine said...

Cool. What program are you using for editing?

dibear said...

Very interest shot of a corner. Well done. :)

Alice said...

I admire how after you got the composition and framing that you explored the lighting, background and foreground to elicit a more technically polished photo. Persistence paid off!
Those birds keep house like I do ;-)

Sheepmom said...

Wow, what a great effort. You get an A+ on your homework. You realize you're raising the bar for yourself and you'll never be happy with so-so pics again? Not that your pics weren't good to begin with.....

Far Side of Fifty said...

Now that is really something..I would have just said the first one was good and cropped it..you go girl!! :)

Jake said...

Very cool!

Gayle said...

Good for you! Even when I google I still can't figure out settings. I'm camera challenge, I guess.

Ed said...

Great shot, I guess the Pack forgot to show up last night..

Mari said...

Great to see what happens on different settings. Really useful, thanks. And a lovely corner as well!

Terry and Linda said...

Great corners! I have some corners like that and didn't even think of them!


Linda
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Firas said...

You have got great nice corners!

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