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Focus Stacking – Photoshop Challenge Part IV

Now and then I’ve been at places where I’ve notice focus stacking could have improved some of my pictures by extending the depth of field. Learning this Photoshop technique has been in my mind for some time now. No reason to further postpone learning such an easy thing! Photoshop does all the hard work of blending again. Just put your camera on a tripod and take several shots, each focused

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A Foggy End to the Spring

Long Awaited Weather At the end of April I had a lot of luck with the weather and got exactly the foggy conditions I had been waiting for. During these few nights I cycled between to the locations I had scouted earlier. Some worked very well, others not but I even found a lot of new and unexpected ones. Some of pictures have been included in other posts (here and

The Last of Winter – Some Thoughts about Photographing My Surroundings

An Unexpected Find I had almost given up finding any interesting subject when I saw a park with trees that could potentially work. Looking closer I noticed the clear reflections in the thin layer of water on the ice. Now I knew I would have some images from this day! The reflections are so overpowering that they become the main point of interest. If I hadn’t payed attention I could

Night Sky Panorama – Photoshop Challenge Part III

Night Sky Panorama Take 2 My second attempt at making a night sky panorama. And second because my first one pretty much failed, because Lightroom couldn’t stitch pictures containing only stars. The main fault most likely was my source material. This time I decided to include more of the ground so the program has something to anchor the image. No problem with lining up the pictures this time. Still I

Panorama Stitching- Photoshop Challenge Part II

Panorama Stitching Part I As I mentioned in the first Photoshop post, I’m already familiar with panorama stitching in Lightroom. I wanted to compare the tool in Photoshop by blending the same 17 frames in both programs. Not only the results are of interest here but also the settings available. Well, it turns it is more or less the same tool in both programs and the settings are pretty similar. Photoshop

One Night of Photographing the City

I had been waiting for a foggy night for a while to try out some of the locations I had found. When the right weather finally came I tried to make the most of the opportunity and cycled around the city for many hours trying different things. Some locations worked as I expected, others not so much. And as usual I tried to improvise and search for new locations, or

Exploring the Zone between Night and Day

Finding a New Opportunity for Night Photography Recently the zone between night and day (a.k.a. twilight) has become one of my favorite times of the day to photograph in urban environments. The street lights are still on to create a layer of interest and there is just enough natural light coming from the rising sun. Usually mornings are more interesting than evenings. Simply because there is a higher change for

Filling the Star Gaps! Photoshop Challenge Part 1.5

Filling the Star Gaps Finding a solution for filling the star gaps promlem turned out to be, well, interesting. I found a  free software, StarStax, that not only has a gap filling function but also blends star trail photos. For comparison, picture 1 is a closeup of the blending result from last post. The results (picture 2) are a bit mixed, yes it did fill the gaps but mostly in

Star Trail Stacking – Photoshop Challenge Part I

Star Trail Stacking Part I of the May Photoshop challenge Blending multiple exposures into a star trail photo, or star trail stacking, turned out to be much easier than I expected. Simply import and process. The computer does all the job but it does indeed require a lot of processing power and RAM. The reason for stacking rather than doing one long exposure is be able to control the exposure. If