Beautiful twilight mood at Towsley Canyon about 10 minutes before a downpour.
This picture was taken in Malibu Canyon in 1988 with a Ricoh analog 35mm SLR camera. Anyone remember those? 😉 I scraped together every last penny I had before I came to the US to buy this camera and I still have it! I got the best pictures by using Fuji film 100 ISO with it. I have a 8×12 inch print of this Malibu Canyon shot and scanned it at 600dpi at Kinko’s. The result is an image file with over 7100×4700 pixels! For this post I used Apple’s Preview to simply increase saturation and sharpness a bit.
This drawing of an abstract rose is my first attempt at shooting art. The original is 11″ x 11″ inches, so it wasn’t hard getting the whole image into one shot. I tried the auto-function, but also played with aperture, exposure, flash and so on. Tip: save the image as a .psd before you process it in Photoshop.
There is a link to a great basic tutorial on the resource page where you can get more tips for shooting art. I added a ‘mat’ to the drawing so this rose wouldn’t look like it’s floating. My original drawing actually had a mat, but I got some smudges along the edges which I cropped so I had to add another one. For this image instead of Photoshop I used Graphic Converter which is also an excellent image processing and converting tool and in some instances easier to use.
This is the “Bodensee von oben” or Lake Constance from above with the Alps in the background. I love taking pictures from an airplane, even though you have a window in front of your lens and there are usually clouds or haze. The Bodensee, which borders Germany, Switzerland and Austria, is one of the cleanest and well kept lakes I’ve seen, despite the fact that boating is allowed. Rules and enforcement are very strict.