Sunday, November 27, 2005

Wim Would Be Proud

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Nikon D70, 18-70 mm lens @ 27 mm, 1/4 sec, f/3.8, ISO 400
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This is pretty much the only other shot I really liked from Wimbledon Cemetary yesterday. Again, could probably have benefitted from not being taken with the infrared filter on, as I had to take several of this on Burst mode to ensure I got one that was sharp. However, the clouds and the lighting wouldn't have had quite the same other-worldly effect without it.

It's had some pretty fiddly processing too, to make the clouds overcast the scene as much as they do, but without looking totally unnatural. While I often process my shots a fair bit to create a certain look or effect, it's usually applied to the photo as a whole whereas I was quite selective here (and perhaps it shows) but I think I wanted that slightly unnatural look so that's okay... ;)

On a different note, if anyone can share with me their process for scaling shots down for the web I'd be very grateful as I'm not happy with my process. I currently take a 300dpi image, reduce it to 72dpi, then use Fit Image to make the longest sides 800px wide or 640px tall, then apply an unsharp mask to the Lab channel, before converting to sRGB. However, before the USM is applied, I'm looking at a very fudgy, soft shot, which is actually made uglier (in comparison to the original) by the USM. Any help? Cheers!

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