Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder

Parachute Ball-4293

Camera : Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Focal Length : 20 mm
Lens : Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS SLR Lens
Exposure : 1/25 sec at f /22
ISO : 200
Mode : Shutter Priority
Image Format : Raw (CR2)

Book Suggestion:

Fine Art Flower Photography: Creative Techniques And The Art Of Observation
By Tony Sweet
Acclaimed nature photographer Tony Sweet helps us to see a familiar subject through new eyes in this astonishing collection of flower photography. Ranging from the elegiac to the experimental, these pictures offer a kaleidoscopic survey of innovative photographic techniques–including multiple exposures and “slide sandwiching”–along with instructions for creating similar effects in your own photography. Perfectly balancing grace and spontaneity, Fine Art Flower Photography ensures that none of us will look at (or photograph) flowers the same way again.

Fine Art Flower Photography: Creative Techniques And The Art Of Observation

Fine Art Flower Photography: Creative Techniques And The Art Of Observation

Fine Art Flower Photography: Creative Techniques And The Art Of Observation
By Tony Sweet
Acclaimed nature photographer Tony Sweet helps us to see a familiar subject through new eyes in this astonishing collection of flower photography. Ranging from the elegiac to the experimental, these pictures offer a kaleidoscopic survey of innovative photographic techniques–including multiple exposures and “slide sandwiching”–along with instructions for creating similar effects in your own photography. Perfectly balancing grace and spontaneity, Fine Art Flower Photography ensures that none of us will look at (or photograph) flowers the same way again.

Fine Art Flower Photography: Creative Techniques And The Art Of Observation

A thing of great beauty

flowersatnbg

Camera : Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Focal Length : 39 mm
Lens : Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS SLR Lens
Exposure : 1/125 sec at f /7.1
ISO : 200
Mode : Shutter Priority
Image Format : Raw (CR2)

Book Suggestion:

Fine Art Flower Photography: Creative Techniques And The Art Of Observation
By Tony Sweet
Acclaimed nature photographer Tony Sweet helps us to see a familiar subject through new eyes in this astonishing collection of flower photography. Ranging from the elegiac to the experimental, these pictures offer a kaleidoscopic survey of innovative photographic techniques–including multiple exposures and “slide sandwiching”–along with instructions for creating similar effects in your own photography. Perfectly balancing grace and spontaneity, Fine Art Flower Photography ensures that none of us will look at (or photograph) flowers the same way again.

Fine Art Flower Photography: Creative Techniques And The Art Of Observation

The world’s deepest bin – Thefuntheory.com

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Bottle Bank Arcade – TheFunTheory.com – Rolighetsteorin.se

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Piano stairs – TheFunTheory.com – Rolighetsteorin.se

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Bokeh

bokehsamp1Bokeh (derived from Japanese, a noun boke 暈け, meaning “blur” or “haze”) is a photographic term referring to the out-of-focus areas of an image produced by a camera lens using a shallow depth of field.[1] In and of itself, bokeh implies no aesthetic judgment or qualities, either good or bad. Bokeh meaning “blur”, it is only a factual synonym. Which is why, when ones desires to introduce a qualitative judgment on the bokeh seen in a given photograph, one must qualify the concerned bokeh with adjectives such as “smooth”, “silky”, “velvety” or, on the other hand, “coarse”. bokehsamp2Likewise, bokeh does not specifically relate to highlight areas ina a photograph : insofar as low light areas can be blurry just as high light ones, such low light areas can exhibit bokeh as well. Bokeh is primarily caused by lens aberrations and aperture shape.

From WikiPedia, the free encyclopedia

Chromatic Aberration

In optics, chromatic aberration (also called achromatism) is the failure of a lens to focus all colors to the same point. It occurs because lenses have a different refractive index for different wavelengths of light (the dispersion of the lens). The refractive index decreases with increasing wavelength.

Chromatic aberration manifests itself as “fringes” of color along boundaries that separate dark and bright parts of the image, because each color in the optical spectrum cannot be focused at a single common point on the optical axis.

Since the focal length f of a lens is dependent on the refractive index n, different wavelengths of light will be focused on different positions. Chromatic aberration can be both longitudinal, in that different wavelengths are focused at a different distance from the lens; and transverse or lateral, in that different wavelengths are focused at different positions in the focal plane (because the magnification of the lens also varies with wavelength).

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Barrel Distortion

Barrel distortion
In “barrel distortion”, image magnification decreases with distance from the optical axis. The apparent effect is that of an image which has been mapped around a sphere. Fisheye lenses, which take hemispherical views, utilize this type of distortion as a way to map an infinitely wide object plane into a finite image area.

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Zoom-Creep

Zoom Creep is a lens’ tendency to slowly (or rapidly) extend or shorten, depending on the downward or upward tilt of the camera. It absolutely necessitates the use of two hands while using the lens and is problematic.

Several people have suggested different methods in dealing with this problem, my favorite being the use of a piece (or pieces) of “gaffer’s tap” along the barrel of the lens, to “lock it” at the zoom length you have chosen for your shot. Gaffer’s tape rarely leaves residue, unlike masking tape and such. Get a roll.

From DCresource.com

Vignetting 

In photography and optics, vignetting (pronounced /vɪnˈjɛtˌɪŋ/) is a reduction of an image’s brightness or saturation at the periphery compared to the image centre. The word vignette, from the same root as vine, originally referred to a decorative border in a book. Later, the word came to be used for a photographic portrait which is clear in the centre, and fades off at the edges. A similar effect occurs when filming projected images or movies off a projection screen, the so-called hotspot, defining a cheap home-movie look where no proper telecine is used.

Although vignetting is normally unintended and undesired, it is sometimes purposely introduced for creative effect, such as to draw attention to the centre of the frame. A photographer may deliberately choose a lens which is known to produce vignetting. It can also be produced with the use of special filters or post-processing procedures.

From WikiPedia, the free encyclopedia.

King St. Metro Station At Night

kingstmetro

Camera : Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Focal Length : 18 mm
Lens : Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS SLR Lens
Exposure : 1/10 sec at f /3.5
ISO : 800
Mode : Shutter Priority
Image Format : Raw (CR2)

Here’s a great book I found:
Rick Sammon’s Digital Photography Secrets
In Rick Sammon’s Top Digital Photography Secrets, readers will learn the tips and tricks used by a top photographer in the digital photography industry, Rick Sammon. Filled with beautiful photographs and the techniques Rick Sammon used to capture them, this book will offer readers motivation to capture stunning photographs and provide them with the tools and tricks they need to capture them. With more than 100 techniques for use behind the camera, this book will improve the camera skills of both amateur and experienced photographers. This book also includes a chapter on post-production secrets, and a Rick Sammon DVD guide to lighting, camera, and digital photography basics. The DVD includes twelve QuickTime movies, providing ninety minutes worth of live-action video lessons. The video lessons with Rick provide one-on-one instruction on topics such as lenses, focus points, low-lighting photography, and reflectors and diffusers.

Rick Sammon’s Digital Photography Secrets

Left Alone

flower

Camera : Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Focal Length : 55 mm
Lens : Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS SLR Lens
Exposure : 1/15 sec at f /5.6
ISO : 400
Mode : Shutter Priority
Flash : Did Fire
Image Format : Raw (CR2)
Taken while walking around the Metro Station Platform.

Here’s a great book I found:
Night Vision: The Art of Urban Exploration
By Troy Paiva
A booming subculture is on the rise: dubbed Urban Exploration, it involves sneaking into abandoned or off-limits factories, aviation ‘boneyards,’ decommissioned bases, and other derelict features of the military/industrial landscape. Troy Paiva is a foremost photographer of the UrbEx (as it’s known to its devotees) phenomenon, and his distinctive blend of atmospheric night photos and lighting effects are the visual hallmarks of a scene that has drawn the increasing attention of the media and the public as seen in recent programs on both the Discovery Channel (‘Urban Explorers’) and MTV (‘Fear’). Illuminated by histories of the sites documented, Night Vision reveals the remarkable discoveries of a new generation of explorers.

Night Vision: The Art of Urban Exploration

Along the sidewalk

bottles-2

Camera : Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Focal Length : 40 mm
Lens : Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS SLR Lens
Exposure : 1/40 sec at f /5.0
ISO : 100
Mode : Aperture Priority
Image Format : Raw (CR2)
Taken while walking around town.

Tips:

  • If your camera supports RAW, always shoot in RAW. RAW gives you the most control over your pictures.
  • If possible, shoot in the Lowest ISO. Never used AUTO ISO.
  • Focus on contrast.

Other info :

Digital Darkroom Apps:

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 for photo management and processing.

Basic Processing :

  1. Modify Treatment from Color to Grayscale. Lightroom has a dedicated tool in converting a color image to black-and-white, just use the Grayscale mixer to easily tweak the results.
  2. Adjust Blacks
  3. Adjust highlights
  4. Adjust shadows
  5. Adjust Contrats

Here’s a great book on Photography that focuses on Composition.
Learning to See Creatively: Design, Color & Composition in Photography (Updated Edition)
By Bryan Peterson

Almost everyone can “see” in the conventional sense, but developing photographic vision takes practice. Learning to See Creatively helps photographers visualize their work, and the world, in a whole new light.

Now totally rewritten, revised, and expanded, this best-selling guide takes a radical approach to creativity. It explains how it is not some gift only for the “chosen few” but actually a skill that can be learned and applied. Using inventive photos from his own stunning portfolio, author and veteran photographer Bryan Peterson deconstructs creativity for photographers. He details the basic techniques that went into not only taking a particular photo, but also provides insights on how to improve upon it—helping readers avoid the visual pitfalls and technical dead ends that can lead to dull, uninventive photographs.

This revised edition features the latest information on digital photography and digital imaging software, as well as an all-new section on color as a design element. Learning to See Creatively is the definitive reference for any photographers looking for a fresh perspective on their work.

* New edition of a best-selling title
* Updated to include digital
* All new artwork, and a totally revised and expanded text
* All-new section on color as a design element
* Written by one of Amphoto’s bestselling authors

Here is a great book to learn more about Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.

Black and White in Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom: A complete integrated workflow solution for creating stunning monochromatic images in Photoshop CS4, Photoshop Lightroom, and beyond

by Leslie Alsheimer

Black and white photography has come a long way in the digital world. This comprehensive reference will help you maximize your workflow with coverage of all of the relevant new features of Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom 2, including every stage of the black and white process from capture to printing. Along the way, you’ll find in-depth explanations of key topics such as color management, optimizing your workspace, softproofing and calibration (both onscreen and for output), evaluating histograms, non-destructive editing, and much more.

New features in this edition include:

*In-depth coverage of workflow using the Bridge and Adobe Camera RAW components of CS4

*New recipes and tips for advanced black and white conversion

*Coverage of Lightroom and Photoshop integration features

*An overview of scanners and scanning your black and white film

*Advice on exposure essentials and how to apply the Zone System to your digital shooting

*A brand new chapter on black and white and creative image editing in Lightroom

The Bottles

bottles

Camera : Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Focal Length : 40 mm
Lens : Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS SLR Lens
Exposure : 1/40 sec at f /5.0
ISO : 100
Mode : Aperture Priority
Image Format : Raw (CR2)
Taken while walking around town.

Tips:

  • If your camera supports RAW, always shoot in RAW. RAW gives you the most control over your pictures.
  • If possible, shoot in the Lowest ISO. Never used AUTO ISO.
  • Focus on contrast.

Other info :
Digital Darkroom Apps:
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 for photo management and processing.

Basic Processing :

  1. Modify Treatment from Color to Grayscale. Lightroom has a dedicated tool in converting a color image to black-and-white, just use the Grayscale mixer to easily tweak the results.
  2. Adjusted Blacks to 6
  3. Adjusted highlights to +5
  4. Adjusted shadows to + 21

Here is a great book to learn more about Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.
Black and White in Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom: A complete integrated workflow solution for creating stunning monochromatic images in Photoshop CS4, Photoshop Lightroom, and beyond
by Leslie Alsheimer

Black and white photography has come a long way in the digital world. This comprehensive reference will help you maximize your workflow with coverage of all of the relevant new features of Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom 2, including every stage of the black and white process from capture to printing. Along the way, you’ll find in-depth explanations of key topics such as color management, optimizing your workspace, softproofing and calibration (both onscreen and for output), evaluating histograms, non-destructive editing, and much more.

New features in this edition include:

*In-depth coverage of workflow using the Bridge and Adobe Camera RAW components of CS4
*New recipes and tips for advanced black and white conversion
*Coverage of Lightroom and Photoshop integration features
*An overview of scanners and scanning your black and white film
*Advice on exposure essentials and how to apply the Zone System to your digital shooting
*A brand new chapter on black and white and creative image editing in Lightroom

Black and White in Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom: A complete integrated workflow solution for creating stunning monochromatic images in Photoshop CS4, Photoshop Lightroom, and beyond

Book on Black and White Photography
Black and White Photography, Third Revised Edition
by Henry Horenstein
This all-new edition of BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY has been totally redesigned and updated to encompass the latest photographic techniques, materials, and processes. It includes information on new and improved films and printing papers, automation, digital photography, and monochromatic and hand-colored images, as well as a portfolio section of images by notable contemporary photographers. Offering a uniquely clear, concise, thorough introduction to one of America’s most popular avocations, BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY has for nearly 30 years set the standard against which other photographic how-to manuals are measured. It will continue, in this new edition, to be a vital resource for beginning and experienced photographer alike.

Black and White Photography, Third Revised Edition

The Soloist

soloist

Camera : Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Focal Length : 55 mm
Lens : Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS SLR Lens
Exposure : 1/8 sec at f /8.0
ISO : 100
Mode : Aperture Priority
Image Format : Raw (CR2)
Taken while walking around town.

Tips:

  • If your camera supports RAW, always shoot in RAW. RAW gives you the most control over your pictures.
  • If possible, shoot in the Lowest ISO. Never used AUTO ISO.
  • Focus on contrast.

Other info :
Digital Darkroom Apps:
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 for photo management and processing.

Basic Processing :

  1. Modify Treatment from Color to Grayscale. Lightroom has a dedicated tool in converting a color image to black-and-white, just use the Grayscale mixer to easily tweak the results.
  2. Adjusted Blacks to 6
  3. Adjusted highlights to +5
  4. Adjusted shadows to + 21

Here is a great book to learn more about Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.
Black and White in Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom: A complete integrated workflow solution for creating stunning monochromatic images in Photoshop CS4, Photoshop Lightroom, and beyond
by Leslie Alsheimer

Black and white photography has come a long way in the digital world. This comprehensive reference will help you maximize your workflow with coverage of all of the relevant new features of Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom 2, including every stage of the black and white process from capture to printing. Along the way, you’ll find in-depth explanations of key topics such as color management, optimizing your workspace, softproofing and calibration (both onscreen and for output), evaluating histograms, non-destructive editing, and much more.

New features in this edition include:

*In-depth coverage of workflow using the Bridge and Adobe Camera RAW components of CS4
*New recipes and tips for advanced black and white conversion
*Coverage of Lightroom and Photoshop integration features
*An overview of scanners and scanning your black and white film
*Advice on exposure essentials and how to apply the Zone System to your digital shooting
*A brand new chapter on black and white and creative image editing in Lightroom

Black and White in Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom: A complete integrated workflow solution for creating stunning monochromatic images in Photoshop CS4, Photoshop Lightroom, and beyond

Book on Black and White Photography
Black and White Photography, Third Revised Edition
by Henry Horenstein
This all-new edition of BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY has been totally redesigned and updated to encompass the latest photographic techniques, materials, and processes. It includes information on new and improved films and printing papers, automation, digital photography, and monochromatic and hand-colored images, as well as a portfolio section of images by notable contemporary photographers. Offering a uniquely clear, concise, thorough introduction to one of America’s most popular avocations, BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY has for nearly 30 years set the standard against which other photographic how-to manuals are measured. It will continue, in this new edition, to be a vital resource for beginning and experienced photographer alike.

Black and White Photography, Third Revised Edition

IR Photo of the Lincoln Memorial

lincolnmemorial

Camera : Sony DSC-V1 Cyber-shot 5MP Digital Camera
Nightshot : Enabled to remove the IR blocking filter
IR Filter : 52mm, 950nm IR Filter
Lens Filter Tube : 52mm
Focal Length : 9.1 mm
ISO : 200
Exposure : 1/8sec. at f/3.2

Weather Condition: Bright Sunny Day

If you are interested in getting into IR Photography you will need a IR Filter like these:

Here is a good site to get some information on how to use the Sony DSC-V1 Cyber-shot 5MP Digital Camera w/ 4x Optical Zoom for infrared photography.

Digital Darkroom Apps:
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 for photo management and processing. I needed to adjust the Highlights and the Temp settings a little bit, I didn’t adjust the exposure and the brightness. For each of this photos, the Highlights runs between +25 to +55 and the Temp is between -5 to -10 to give it a cool feeling, you can play around and adjust it to +5 to +20 to give your photo a warm feeling. It depends on how you like it, there are times when the cool feeling is need and there are times when you need to warm things up a little bit.

DC Art Gallery Museum at Sunset

dcartgallerymuseum

Camera : Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Focal Length :133 mm
Lens : Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO Macro Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
Exposure : 1/125 sec at f /16
ISO : 200
Mode : Shutter Priority
Image Format : Raw (CR2)
Time : 5pm Condition : Bright Sunny Summer Afternoon

Other info :
Digital Darkroom Apps:
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 for photo management and processing.
Adobe Photoshop CS3 for some post processing.

Here is a great book to learn more about Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers contains 624 pages of comprehensive and detailed coverage of all aspects of Lightroom. In this book you’ll learn how to:

• Work efficiently with images shot in the raw or JPEG format
• Import photographs with ease and sort them according to your workflow
• Create and manage a personal image library
• Apply tonal adjustments to multiple images quickly
• Integrate Photoshop Lightroom with Adobe Photoshop
• Export images for print or Web as digital contact sheets or personal
portfolios

The Adobe Photoshop CS4 Book for Digital Photographers
By Scott Kelby
ARE YOU READY FOR AN AMAZING NEW VERSION OF THE PHOTOSHOP BOOK THAT BREAKS ALL THE RULES?
Scott Kelby, the best-selling Photoshop author in the world today, once again takes this book to a whole new level as he uncovers the latest, most important, and most exciting new Adobe Photoshop CS4 techniques for digital photographers. This major update to his award-winning, record-breaking book does something for digital photographers that’s never been done before—it cuts through the bull and shows you exactly “how to do it.” It’s not a bunch of theory; it doesn’t challenge you to come up with your own settings or figure it out on your own. Instead, Scott shows you step-by-step the exact techniques used by today’s cutting-edge digital photographers, and best of all, he shows you flat-out exactly which settings to use, when to use them, and why. That’s why the previous editions of this book are widely used as the official study guide in photography courses at colleges and universities around the world.

Deserted

Deserted

Camera : Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Focal Length : 68 mm
Lens : Canon EF 28-90mm f/4-5.6 III Wide Angle-Telephoto Auto Focus Zoom Lens
Exposure : 1/160 sec at f /10
ISO : 100
Mode : Manual
Image Format : Raw (CR2)

The Adobe Photoshop CS4 Book for Digital Photographers

The Adobe Photoshop CS4 Book for Digital Photographers
By Scott Kelby
ARE YOU READY FOR AN AMAZING NEW VERSION OF THE PHOTOSHOP BOOK THAT BREAKS ALL THE RULES?
Scott Kelby, the best-selling Photoshop author in the world today, once again takes this book to a whole new level as he uncovers the latest, most important, and most exciting new Adobe Photoshop CS4 techniques for digital photographers. This major update to his award-winning, record-breaking book does something for digital photographers that’s never been done before—it cuts through the bull and shows you exactly “how to do it.” It’s not a bunch of theory; it doesn’t challenge you to come up with your own settings or figure it out on your own. Instead, Scott shows you step-by-step the exact techniques used by today’s cutting-edge digital photographers, and best of all, he shows you flat-out exactly which settings to use, when to use them, and why. That’s why the previous editions of this book are widely used as the official study guide in photography courses at colleges and universities around the world.

LEARN HOW THE PROS DO IT
Each year Scott trains thousands of professional photographers how to use Photoshop, and almost without exception they have the same questions, the same problems, and the same challenges—and that’s exactly what he covers in this book. You’ll learn:

• The sharpening techniques the pros really use.
• The pros’ tricks for fixing the most common digital photo problems fast!
• The step-by-step setup for getting what comes out of your printer to match exactly what you see onscreen.
• A whole chapter on how to process HDR (High Dynamic Range) images.
• How to master new CS4 interface and workflow features.
• How to color correct any photo without breaking a sweat.
• How to process RAW digital camera images (plus how to take advantage of all the new Camera Raw features in CS4!).
• How to add real automation to your work.
• How to show your work like a pro!
• A host of shortcuts, workarounds, and slick “insider” tricks to send your productivity through the roof!

Plus, Scott included a special bonus chapter with his own CS4 workflow, from start to finish. If you’re a digital photographer, and you’re ready to learn the “tricks of the trade”—the same ones that today’s leading pros use to correct, edit, sharpen, retouch, and present their work—then you’re holding the book that will do just that.

About the Author
Scott Kelby is Editor and Publisher of Photoshop User magazine, President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, Training Director for the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour, and one of the leading seminar instructors in the country today. Scott is an award-winning author of more than 50 books on Photoshop, digital imaging, and technology, and for four years straight he has been the world’s #1 best-selling author of all computer and technology books. His other titles include Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks, The Photoshop Channels Book, Photoshop Classic Effects, and The Digital Photography Book, vols. 1 & 2. His easygoing, plain-English, step-by-step style of teaching makes learning Photoshop easy and fun.

The Adobe Photoshop CS4 Book for Digital Photographers
By Scott Kelby