A fellow photographer here in Sherbrooke, Quebec who is a Fuji X user himself, was showing off some of his panoramas that he had made with his Fuji X10.
Aside from the beautiful fall colors that were popping in the photo, the fact that he put a black frame around the photo also caught my attention.
Therefore, off i went to do a Google search to learn how to put a digital frame around a photo in PS Elements.
I used a panorama that i made by stitching four photos together. The photo is of the view you have behind the Cold Hollow Cider mill in Waterbury, Vermont. The large solar panels somewhat take away from the view though.
I chose a simple black frame that is not to thick. I do like the effect it gives, especially on a panorama.
There are a many choices when choosing a frame in PS, but i think a simple black frame is more then sufficient. As they say, less is more.
Driving along the highway, you sometimes catch a scene with your eyes that you want to take a photograph of.
However, you can’t necessarily stop on the highway to do so. The only other option is to get the photo from inside the car, while moving.
Two of the challenges faced while shooting from a car: 1) getting a fast enough shutter speed to avoid blur. 2) staying away from reflections in the window – i suppose you can shoot with the window open, just don’t drop your camera out the window.
These photos were taken while driving around Vermont the last two times we went down.
I used the X10 to take the photos because of it’s wide angle lens. It’s nice to be able to get as much as possible in the frame and then crop the photo afterwards. Trying to get the perfect composition while going along at 100 km/h is somewhat difficult.
Aside from a really fast shutter speed, having some sort of Image Stabilization is very advantageous; though, i am not sure how effective it is if you have extremely fast shutter speeds.
It’s a really nice drive from the border into Vermont at any time of the year. I would imagine that the scenery is gorgeous after the first snow.
Sepia: Sepia is a color, reddish-brown in tone. It’s name is derived from the rich, brown pigment that is drawn from the ink sac of the Sepia, a common cuttlefish.
In photography, Sepia is used to resemble the color photographs have after they have aged over time. Sepia also resembles the color photographs have after being chemically treated for visual effect or for preservation purposes.
I have not done many Sepia photographs. I played around with it a few times when i had my Nikon camera, but i was not at all attracted to the visual effect.
As i am getting used to shooting in RAW with my X-Pro1 and using it’s in-camera RAW converter, i decided to give Sepia another chance.
The nice thing about RAW files, is that you can manipulate them as many times as you want. If you don’t like the result, just start over again.
With these photos, i converted them into Sepia JPEGs from RAW files. I then brought them into NX2 to increase the contrast and sharpen them up a bit.
Personally, i like somewhat contrasty greyscale photographs and i think that that particular personal taste carries over well to Sepia.
Unlike greyscale, in which you can employ with pretty much every photograph, i believe that Sepia has a more limited use.
For me, i would not use Sepia for modern day settings. However, it does quite well with the interior of St. Hilaire Parish, which opened in 1837.
The visual effect of Sepia has now kind of grown on me. Since i don’t take many photos if i go out for the day, i will be shooting in RAW only from now one. That way, i can play around with my photos a bit more.