POP OUTS

A few weeks ago, I happen to be viewing a Post made by one of the people that I follow here on WordPress.  JourneyswithJohnbo is one of the Photographers on WP that I have been following for a number of months now.  He takes some really nice Images of places that I’ve never been too, and probably never will.  Anyway, in one of his Images, he had Posted an interesting Image that seem’d to “Pop Out” at you, thus creating a different look.  This gave me some interest, so I asked him just how that is done.  He told me and with that, I went on my own to try this new type of thing for myself.

I had to do some research on it to find out just how this is done.  Found out that you can do this effect using Photoshop CC.  Since I do have that program, I went further.  Found that I could down-load instructions for this on Photoshop Essentials.  I did this and then with much eagerness started trying to give one of my Images the same effect.

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Now, using the instructions that were given me, I followed them step by step until the end.  It didn’t come out right!  I did something wrong!  What was it?  I went back and tried again.  It still didn’t come out right!  What the heck am I doing wrong, I thought.  So, I had to let it sit for awhile so I could think about it.  So, to make a long story shorter, I kept trying until I finally figured out what was wrong.  It took me awhile!  The above Image is my first one done the way I had wanted.  The Image seem’s to “Pop Out” from the rest of the shot.  It is of the building that General George Washington’s Officers stayed in during the Winter of 1777 at Valley Forge, PA.

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Well now, here is another one that is an oldie but goodie.  It’s an abandoned home in Shenandoah, PA.  I wanted to make the Main Home “Pop Out” from the rest of the Image.  I sorta messed up the very bottom of the Image, because this is only the 2nd time I’ve done this.  In the future, I’m going to try other Images I have and see how they come out.  I’ll also try and make them bigger.

I CAN SEE YOU!

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For a long time now, I’ve been wanting to replace my old, aging, spotting scope that I’ve had for a long time.  It has long been not very good anymore.  The Lens & Optics are very blurred and it just does not want to focus well anymore.  It was a second hand scope that I bought years ago.  I’m saying that it has gone to better day’s.  It is no longer of use to me.

I’ve been looking around for a good one that has good, clear optics and a large viewing Lens.  I found out that Spotting Scopes have changed over the years.  They can get very expensive depending on what you buy.  I didn’t want a real expensive one, but not a cheap one either.  There are Scopes on the market for over $2000.00!  Don’t need something that expensive.  Most of the time you will get what you pay for.

So, after snooping around for a few day’s, I decided on this Gorski 20x80x80.  It has a primary Lens of 80mm, a Lens cover front and back, waterproof, and coated optics for clear viewing.  Has a Lens shade up front to shadow the sun if it’s too bright.  You can also install a Filter, but I don’t think I’ll go that far for now.

It came with a Tripod Stand that is kinda cheap looking and does not seem to be too durable.  It also has a attachment you can put on the back viewing eyepiece to install your Cell Phone and take a picture with it!  Have not tried it out yet.

For now, I’m going to get some use out of this as soon as the weather get’s much better and warmer.  I’m pretty sure that this will last for a long time.

COMPUTER MONITOR

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About 4 months ago, I had bought this computer monitor from my Brother at a “side walk sale” for $20.00.  He had used it for awhile but then decided to get rid of it because he got something newer.  I decided to buy it from him!

This is a Flatron 24″ Full HD LG Monitor.  I originally had in mind to use this as a game monitor but found out it’s not for use with a Playstation 2 set up.  It just does not have the input for a Playstation, that I know of.  So, then I found out that I can use this Monitor with my Laptop and have a bigger screen to view.  But, first I have to get the right connections.  This I knew nothing about.

Starting asking questions on how to do this, and found out that I have to get a connector that plug’s into your Laptop (HDMI) to VGNA(?).  I went to my favorite place to order things and found what I needed, after searching for days.  I just was not sure on what to get and what was the best.

My order arrived in just a few days.  Hoping like heck that I ordered the right thing, I plugged it into my Laptop and then into the plug for this Flatron.  It worked!!  I could not believe it!  I did something right!

Now, I have 2 screens to view, but I don’t have to.  Found out that I can shut off the Laptop screen, and just use the Flatron Monitor like I’m doing right now.  The screen on the 24″ is much brighter, but a bit on the fuzzy side.  Not sure how to fix that yet.  It comes in handy for viewing my Images from the camera and editing them.  There is another small problem.  I can’t get sound to come out of the Flatron because the HDMI Cable does not transfer sound.  That’s ok.  Why would I want sound out of 2 screens?  I’ll just use one.

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Remember, gang, that I had told you all about this NEW Thing that I’m trying to do with a Crystal Ball?  Well, here is my very first try at doing this.  I’m finding out that it’s not quite that easy to do!

So, what you have to do here is set your Crystal Ball where you want to take an Image looking thru the Ball.  I’m told that you should use a slow ISO speed, i.e. ISO200 and a large f/stop setting, i.e. f/4.0 or slower.  A Wide Angle Lens helps a lot.  You want to focus on the Ball and what it’s showing  .  .  .  not the background.  You want a “bokeh” background, so the main subject is more clear.

I placed the Ball on top of a Tripod and set it in-line with the candle that I wanted in the Image.  Took my other Tripod and set up the camera.  Using a Remote Shutter, I pressed the button and this is what came out.  Now, there is another problem.  It’s not told to me that you have to turn the Image around because the Ball makes it up-side down!  Ooops!  Didn’t know that.  So, I put it into Lightroom CC and turned it right-side up!  There is another process you can do in Photoshop CC, but it’s a awful long procedure.  16 step’s to be exact!!  No thanks!

Since this is my very first try at this, I’ve learned that using light from another source, is not too good.  It would be much better to do this outside with the ambient light.  It’s also blurry and I’m not happy with this.  It is clear for the most part but should be better.  Oh yes, I did order a clear Acrylic Stand for the Ball.  Should be here in 2 day’s.

I’m going to keep messin’ around with this.  The more I work with it, the better I’ll get.  I’m going to read about doing this more.

SOMETHING NEW!

Hello out there!  Hope all my Followers are doing well these days.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been wondering about this NEW thing that I’ve come across in Photography.  It’s photographing a subject with a Crystal Ball.  Named Refraction Photography it’s a much different way of Posting a Images.  Instead of just shooting a scene, you shoot what you see, but thru a Crystal Ball!  I’m here thinking that this could lead to all kinds of different way’s to capture something.

So, with that in mind, I decided to check this out and see what’s going on.  I went into my favorite place to order something and found what I was looking for.  I found a Crystal Ball complete with a fancy wooden stand and it’s 3.5 inches round.  It is totally clear.  Just like the real thing, but smaller.  They are not as expensive as I thought they would be.  So, I ordered one and it came in the mail 2 day’s ago.

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Ok, this is what it looks like!  Just like this, except without the clear stand.  The stand is probably nothing but an Acrylic Plastic.  Not sure yet if I want that quite yet.  I’m seeing some terrific things to do with this.  I have the camera equipment for it.  All I have to do it “get out there” and use it.  I’m excited about doing this!

However, there are a few rules that I’ve read about for this.  1.  Always wear cotton gloves, so as not to scratch the ball.  2.  Treat your Crystal Ball well, and protect it at all times.  3.  Do NOT use it for direct sunlight!  Not good!  The Sun could magnify the light and burn you if left there long enough.  4.  Keep it covered when not in use.  5.  Don’t drop it!!

I’m going to move forward on this, and see what I can come up with.  Remember, that looking at something from a different perspective changes everything.