Head on over to bjango.com and check out this write up on Photoshop image rotation using the transform tools.
I have seen issues like this in the past but had not found and easy fix, Mark Edwards has. The article discusses how rotation goes wrong and methods to keeping things clean.
So with class over for the semester it is time to let the hair down and get ready for the holidays.
These three diptychs were made from the source images found in The Proper Tool for the Job. This collection of images was taken over several month with both a DSLR and Android phone. They were different sizes, resolutions and most had a shallow depth of field; everything that makes them decent individual images but something that makes composites especially difficult. I used ten of the thirty images from last weeks post to make the three composites shown here.
For those who were not dragged out of bed this morning to witness the eclipse, I was, and have these pictures to show for it. It was 34 degrees Fahrenheit when we went outside; it seemed to get colder from there.
As far as how the shots were taken, because of the light available, the exposures are fairly quick. You can see some evidence of this in the last shot with the minimal star trailing.
One difference I noticed between shooting the Moon and a landscape is the darn Moon is moving. It is not just set it and forget it shoot, every few shots you have to re-frame or it will fall out of frame.
I had the camera setup for mirror lockup and a 2 second countdown delay, this makes it an automatic process, push the button once and it will lock up the mirror, count down and fire the shot. For exposures under 30 seconds you can do this instead of using a cable release. Without the countdown timer, you would need to press the button twice and so would require a remote so you don’t shake the camera.
This mornings inspiration comes from Miguel “that’s a lot of dots” Endara. The word of the day “Patience”.
The photo shoot for this assignment took place over several months using different cameras to document the fabrication of this Cigar Box guitar.
Cigar box guitars have been around since the 1800s and were originally built using scraps. Cigar box guitars were used in jug bands alongside washboards, harmonicas and jugs, they were a primitive instrument for those living in poverty. There has been a modern revival in the art of making Cigar Box guitars and a quick Google search will reveal a number of sites dedicated to the craft.
This particular cigar box guitar is more of a cheater cigar box as it’s not a cigar box at all but a Craftsman router bit box. The neck, internal structure, electronics and hardware all came from an old Epiphone Les Paul. These features make it great to play with solid tune and long sustain with a tone somewhere between acoustic and electric. This pictorial gives a little insight into how such a instrument would be created.
During this this long exposure night shot, I had to move the camera and it created this happy accident.
This slideshow includes images taken throughout the day in mid-November.
A morning in the fog.
An afternoon in midday sun.
After dark as lit by the moon.
Head on over to Craft & Vision and check out the free ebook
It includes articles from several notables including Michael Frye, who I have written about here before. His section includes one of my favorite spots to take pictures of Half Dome and the Learning to Direct the Eye section is fantastic.