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A little while ago, I did a short tutorial on using textures and thought I would add a few more photos I have added a texture to.

Much as I love simple shots, with little or no real editing, I do sometimes enjoy playing around with Photoshop.

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It Lensbaby’s 7th birthday in a couple of days

Not so long ago I bought a Lensbaby,  and have since had lots of fun! I bought a basic Lensbaby Muse with a plastic optic which comes with aperture rings (though I do tend to stick with the f4 ring which I personally like) The bendy lens – which also comes in the  ‘lockable’ Composer and Control Freak and the static Scout; and single and double glass optics – can be tricky when you first use it, as the only way to focus is to pull, push and tilt the lens to get focus and effect.

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I recently tried Split toning for the first time and showed you the results in my Mangrove post.

Split Toning began in the darkroom, where tone was added to a grayscale images to produce warmth, depth and mood…different tones are able to be used for shadows and highlights. This effect is now is in the grasp of the Digital photographer with the magic of Lightroom, Photoshop and Aperture

A few days later, I have managed to have another little play around … now, I will admit that apart from texure work, layers,  cloning and the odd dodge and burn, I never use photoshop – I find it laborious ..so I’m going to cheat on this one, and send you a link to a PS tutorial – I don’t have a Mac either – so here is a link for Mac users

I mainly use Lightroom …it is where I learnt to edit my RAW images when I started photography 3 years ago – and I love it’s simplicity, but great workability.

There are basically 3 stages to producing a Split Toned image.

First start with your original shot – I have chosen this particular photo as it has lots of different textures..the sea, sand and wood – and I wanted to see how each were affected by the changes to take place :

Next convert your image into Grayscale  (Development page..right hand side at the top):

Now is the time to play ! You will find the Split Toning feature down the right hand side of the development page. Use the slider to work on your highlights, followed by low lights or shadows.

Personally, I feel the need to be subtle with the saturation ..a steady hand (or a sensitive mouse) is a must!

Here are 3 examples of different tones which can be achieved in minutes – however saturated with tones you want your photos to be, the result is smooth and seamless:

Experiment until you get the tones you want:

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On my Mangrove post, some people have asked about Long Exposure, and so I thought I would share a little of what I have done.

An ND filter is wonderful – it comes in various grading, but the one I like the best is the ND400, as it allows you to take Long Exposure shots in the brightest of weather…in other words – you don’t have to wait till it is nearly dark to get those smooth or misty water shots, and end up stumbling back in the pitch black with all your camera gear, tripping up over heavens knows what as you go !

The filter reduces light values by 9 stops – so enabling you to shoot in very bright situations safely (eg solar eclipses) as well as making moving objects ‘still’ as with long exposure.

The only problem is that because it is black glass, you cannot view what you are taking easily, but with a bit of practice, you get the feel whether that horizon is straight !

And just some personal advice …don’t get too caught up with shutter speed and F-stops …you will be altering them as you go along with the change of light.

Keep your ISO as low as possible (I stick mine on 100) – try to keep your F stop high to keep sharpness through your image – always use a tripod and make sure your vibration reduction is OFF

All of the following images were taken in the early to mid  afternoon…for each one I will explain what settings I used to give you some idea of the effect.

My lens was a 10-20mm Sigma.

This photo was taken at F29 with a shutter speed of 8 seconds

 

This one was at F15 with a shutter speed of 16 seconds

 

This next one was taken in low light with F11 and the exposure time at only 3 seconds

 

 

I wanted to get a feeling of movement in the clouds and in the water…to show the wave receding back, so chose F18, with a 8 second exposure – it was quite a glarey day ..though not particularly sunny.

This last one, which although is not a good photo, it does show that classic misty shot which some people like (rather than the smooth water above) Setting were F29 at shutter speed of 13 seconds – note that this was taken just a couple of minutes after the first photo..by lengthening the exposure time enabled the misty effect.

I will try to answer any questions…so please ask away.

 

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I have just popped on to my computer before going to work to find a massive heap of comments on my blog…what a delight…thank you all !

Some of the comments asked about how I process my work, so when I have my next day off…Monday, I will write a post about long exposure and split toning…both of which I used in my ‘Mangrove’ post.

And thank you WordPress team for freshly pressing me !

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I had a day off work today and with two friends, enjoyed an excursion to Tenby Point on Western Point Bay, Victoria.
Sheltered from winds, this area has a number of Mangrove trees. Usually found in tropical regions, Victoria has the pleasure of these special trees in a few select regions.

These amazing trees live in the usually inhospitable sections of intertidal coast, surviving with the aid of a breathable route system which protrude up out of the water apart from the short high tide.

These photographs have all been taken during the afternoon using a wide angle lens, a ND400 filter to enable long exposures and processed with split toning.

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When the email dropped into my box asking me this I thought…why not? I love my life. I made my life..something that I am grateful to have been able to do. My husband is my best friend, I moved from the UK to Australia where I have made a beautiful home and I have a good job as a psychiatric nurse. During my career, I have met people who have little control over their lives and whose only power can all too often be self destructive.
However, on reflection I think it is selfish to want to live forever…even if it was possible.
We have our allotted time, and instead of wishing to live forever, we should make the most of that time. ‘Treat each day as though it is your last’ is a worthy goal to try to attain.

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