Jan 282011

ISO 80; f/5.7; 1/400; 100mm (Canon SX10)

I took this photo in the middle of the afternoon yesterday.  When I shot it, I was hoping for a silhouette, but in fact it was just a dull, overly pixelated image of the perfect Quail shot.   (Anyone following my 2010 blog knows that these Quails are always teasing me.)  So, with a little help from both Topaz and Aperture I was able to turn this into the shot I was aiming for in the first place.

Do I recall how I did it?  Let’s see…  In Topaz Simplify, I used Image CrispEdge, with the Brightness turned to -40.  This turned into the 2 color photo. When I brought it back to Aperture, I had to use the touch up paintbrush in two areas that persisted in being the “wrong” color.   I then turned the Blue Luminance all the way up and the Black Point up to 20, this darkened the sky and improved the silhouette.   I then ran it though Topaz DeNoise to smooth it out, however there was still some residual blotchiness in the sky.  I tried several things but Topaz Detail Edge Softener did the final trick. (Yes, this surprised me too!)

Here is the original as requested by Gisele!

Original before edits!

Aug 102010

A Nature Shot:

ISO 80; f/5.6; 1.50; 78.2mm; 7:42am (Canon SX10) Kuhn Rd Quartzsite

An Architectural Shot:

ISO 80; f/8; 1/200; 21.7; 7:54am (Canon SX10) Main St Quartzsite

Street Photography:

ISO 80; f/5.7; 1/500; 100mm 8:03am (Canon SX10) Main St. Quartzsite

These were taken Sunday Morning during my bike ride. Can you believe that Quail?  There were literally hundreds of them , not only in the desert areas, but on the road and on people’s property.

Jul 102010

I have been trying to capture the perfect Quail photo for months. You know why I can’t? MOVEMENT! These have got to be the most skittish birds in the desert!

ISO 80; f/8; 1/200; 100mm (June 28, 2010; 7:44am)

This is one of my better ones.  Good for the theme because you can see the movement in the leg.

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