Saturday Shots 34/52 Alternate Angle

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© Ron LaFond
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UploadedDecember 22, 2009
TakenDecember 22, 2009
MakeCanon
ModelCanon EOS 40D
Exposure1/60 sec at f/22
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length19 mm
ISO200
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Yes, yes, I'm late again! So I thought I had better get out there and shoot my Saturday Shot. The only problem was that it was 4:30 PM, the shadows were getting long (yes, even here in Southern Caliornia) and the sun was heading down behind my house.

What to do? What to do? The house and plants were in dark shade, the sky was a brilliant blue with some really beautiful clouds hanging over my roof.

Hah! A possible solution . . . two exposures. I wanted the depth of field of F/22 so I metered one off of the sky and the correct exposure was 1/60 sec. and metered the darkest part of the foliage behind the trash cans at 1 sec. I composed the shot and made both shots using my tripod.

Then I brought them both up in Photoshop and created a new layer for the darker image. I copied the lighter of the two images and pasted it on top of the darker one. I set the opacity of the top image to 45% and then flatened the images, tried to make some levels and shadow/highlight adjustments . . . and here it is.

I think I'm safe cuz' Regenia ought to be too tired from traveling and Susan is probably snowed up to her bear in the popsicle belt. So if no one mentions to either of them that I only just posted my Saturday Shot FOR LAST SATURDAY I'll probably be ok.

Canon 40D
EF 17-40mm L
19mm (wasn't paying attention there!)
F/22
1/60 sec & 1 sec.
ISO-200
Manual

11 responses

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (22 Dec 2009):

    charming shot.... love the banana trees

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (22 Dec 2009):

    Love it - I won't tell!

  • Dianna Geiser

    Dianna Geiser gave props (22 Dec 2009):

    I'm not sure which I like better, the shot or the narrative....lol....both are great.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (22 Dec 2009):

    AHA!!!! This is actually the only photo I'm commenting on all day and all night!! We're packing up and getting ready to leave for the holidays, so I haven't had any jpg time at all, but before I shut the computer down, I thought I'd at least look at some photos.....and look what I found!! You're only off the hook for 2 reasons--1 because you totally baffled me with your photoshop brilliance, and 2, because we'll be out of town and I won't be able to post a Saturday shot this Saturday! :~O. Your shot is superb!! I don't have the foggiest notion of how you did it--I'm a photoshop phailure!!

  • Rob Roy

    Rob Roy (Deleted) gave props (23 Dec 2009):

    Whooooaaaaa! So my A+ is really split between 2 photos here, Ron? WELL DONE!! It would be interesting to see the 2 shots separately!! If you do that, give me a shout :~)

  • Leanna Lomanski

    Leanna Lomanski gave props (23 Dec 2009):

    So you're already a Photoshop genius! Most impressive and I must say the foliage looks great compared to the mountain of white stuff in my front yard!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (24 Dec 2009):

    You still get two points off for being late but you get 10 points for such an awesome shot!!! Great work my friend!!!!!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (24 Dec 2009):

    The composition rocks too. Another 5 points for that.

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly (Deleted) gave props (26 Dec 2009):

    And I'll give you the 2 points back that Regenia took, you got it up here before I had a chance to look, and I am late doing that. Great PS job on your wonderful yard, and thanks for the explanation on how you did it. Question: Why doesn't it look like winter, like all the rest of our shots (exempting those folks in below the equaitor, of course.) ?

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly (Deleted) said (26 Dec 2009):

    ps, absolutely super in lightbox.

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (28 Dec 2009):

    hehehe seems like you pass my friend! great job!

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