Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Space, The Final Frontier


These are the voyages...

Ok, ok I won't do the whole thing!
But I do really like Star Trek.

And I immediately thought of it when I was editing these shots.
...the fact that I'd just watched an episode the night before probably had nothing to do with it.
;)

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Not to be braggy, but I must say that I was quite pleased with how these starbursts came out.

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Not to mention the flares.

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Does anyone know what those white specks are?

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They're cottonseeds.

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It is indeed time for the cottonwoods to drop their fluffy, soft seeds all around town and in our yard.
HERE is a shot from last season


Several of you have asked what I did to create these images, so here's the secret...

During shooting:
1. To get the starbursts you need a small aperture.
2. Adjust your shutter speed accordingly for a well exposed shot.
3. Do NOT look directly into the viewfinder, unless you wish to experience temporary blindness. Ouch!

During Editing:
1. I boosted the saturation levels up to about +25
2. Boosted the dark tone levels a lot

And that is it!


14 comments:

  1. wow these are really amazing, they really look like shots taken in outer space! how'd ya do that?? :)

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  2. SHUT UP!!! I LOVE THESE!!!! Give me the details chica. I MUST know. :)))

    Alita

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  3. Those are amazing! Meet a fellow Trekkie...I was delighted to hear the familiar "These are the voyages of...." Gotta love it. :) I have thought before, what a pity I can't zoom around the galaxy and take pictures of interesting creatures and places (such as planet Vulcan and its inhabitants). :)

    Anyway, those are fantastic photos! Great job! And honestly...I thought you'd sent your camera up on the recent Apollo launch! :D Good job.

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  4. UGH. Really??? lol! I knew what they were the second I decided to glance at your page to see what was going on!!

    And you know, I've still only seen just a very few floating in the breeze... so I still haven't gotten my shots yet!! I did find all sorts of them scattered on the forest floor today when Storm and I were exploring, but still haven't found the stinking tree!! Hope they still are falling heavily when I finally figure out a good spot to shoot them at.... like, somewhat close to the tree!?

    hehe.

    These are *beautiful* Love love love!!!

    You rock!

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  5. This is so impressive!!!!! It really looks like you have gone in space with these shots. WOW!!! I remember your picture from last year without even having to go to the page. You are such an awesome photographer! I do need to learn to do those bursts. Do you have a tutorial site you use????

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  6. these are cool I should do these to my sunset shots.

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  7. Love it! You are so creative ok what's the secret! Did you use a camera filter?

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  8. I love these!!!! Gorgeous!

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  9. That is just too cool. It does look like going to space. Amazing.
    Question: lenses which one?

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  10. Valeria - I used my Sigma 70-300 lens for these shots.

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