Sunbeam, by Greg
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Deceptive is a good word to describe today's Picture of the Day, a spectacular sunset by Greg, whose DPNow forum nickname is 19ninety. It's deceptive because although Greg normally uses a Canon EOS-400D DSLR, the camera Greg used here is probably one of the closest equivalents to a Box Brownie that you can get in the digital world. But it's also deceptive because some advanced digital post processing was used to create the final result. In fact the image is a composite of two originals stitched together.
Greg explains: "I have to say the technical side of this image is not that great in photography terms, a £15 KODAK DX3600 camera bought on eBay, and was one of many many photos I took with that camera. This particular image is two photos stitched with ArcSoft's Panorama Maker 4 and quite heavily worked with Neat Image and PhotoShop due to washed out colour and lots of noise, as expected from such an inexpensive camera."
"They were looking from St Agnes look over Porthtowan towards Godrevy (the bit of land in the distance under the sunset) with the camera resting on the roof of my car. I guess it's from the early days of my little hobby. I used to live in Cornwall, and found myself wanting to capture the beautiful sun rises and sets that I got to see all year round, so I bought a cheap second hand digital camera (which cost me more in batteries then I paid for the camera ) and started snapping away."
One of the problems with digital photography is the sheer number of images that can be produced. Recalling the keepers from a while back can be a pleasant experience of re-discovery: "The photos are from set that I'd forgotten about over the years and found hiding in a folder, so I played around with them and was very pleased with the end result - although it was a fine line between soft dreamy fluffy clouds loosing all the detail of them trying to get rid of the noise. I remember having little success with editing photos back when these were taken and didn't really know what to do with what I captured so have lots of unedited photos filed away. I personally find photography and editing require two different moods, so I often shoot a lot of images, and go through a phase of just editing, taking the photos is a lot more fun."
You can see more of 19ninety's work in his DPNow gallery - and it's well worth a look.
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Picture of the Day - Friday 7th November 2008
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