#266 First attempts at a fake HDR

The human eye can see and realize more tones in a scene than any camera sensor or film. It is for this reason that many times a photograph captured by you may look far from what you actually saw it as and wanted to capture it as. This is truer in dark or insufficient lighting conditions.

Dynamic range of an image is the difference in exposure between the darkest and the brightest part of an image, without losing any detail. Over-exposure often leads to very bright or shiny white skies and under exposure often leads to dark or grey objects. To achieve a photograph closest to the real scene, multiple images taken at different exposures need to be put together. High Dynamic Range Imaging tries to achieve the perfect picture by either computer rendering or putting together multiple photographs.

The Canon EOS 1000D can well take Auto Exposure Bracketed (AEB) images, but I’d rather buy a tripod before attempting that and then using Photoshop. There however are some ways to achieve similar effects using Photoshop on normal images. I tried my hand on one of the pics from my basket.

The results are as follows:

HDR1   Fake HDR effect

HDR2    Original Image
Location: Shaniwarwada, Pune

The following tutorial was used to achieve the above:
http://www.nill.cz/index.php?set=tu1

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#263 कुठे आहेस? (Kuthe aahes?)

Where are you – would be the most asked question by the handful of readers of the Integral. More than a month now that it has been since I last blogged anything.

Well, I was busy blogging photos on my photoblog… http://photos.aditto.info

But did I tell you about the new dSLR camera that I got? Its a splendid entry-level digital SLR, the new Canon EOS 1000D, also known as the Rebel XS.

imageCame with an EF-S 18-55mm kit lens (f3.5-f5.6), although without the Image Stabilization that ships with the 1000D in other countries. Has a 10MP CMOS sensor, live-view, ISO range upto 1600 with noise reduction, complete manual operations with a bunch of good automatic modes, playback zoom upto 10X, 7 pt auto-focus system and 3 different metering modes, plus a lot more…

I used the Sony DSC-H1 digital camera before this one. H1 offered a very good range of manual controls, excellent zoom and even an SLR-like control wheel! It was just a 5MP camera, and picture quality at high ISO was ordinary. I had to buy my first good digital camera, and an entry-level dSLR was the best deal I could settle for. The image quality is excellent, better than 99% of point and shoots any day. Images at high ISO are amazingly clear of noise, even without noise reduction enabled. Images straight out of the camera are slightly soft with the default settings, but bumping up the sharpness by a couple of points puts the image quality right up there with the best in class! For a complete review of the 1000D, click here.

Costing me Rs 27,000 I think this is the perfect camera for anybody looking for excellent image quality and almost complete manual controls… or somebody looking to upgrade from a point-and-shoot to an entry level dSLR. It beats Sony, Olympus, Nikon and Pentax at the entry-level.

Here are the first few images…

To see all photos visit the photoblog: http://photos.aditto.info

# 161 Pachelbel… in my heart

What is the worth of a tear? Who knows it? Only time…Pachelbel’s Canon is a song that sends me to a world unknown to anybody other than me. Yes, its me and me. How can there be anyone else, when I say “me and me”?

There is a lot of darkness and a lot of brightness that exist together. Have you ever seen that? How can darkness co exist with brightness? Is there anything called darkness? Is darkness just the absence of brightness?I dont fear, and I am not empty.

I am not shallow, and I am not hard.

I wont give up, and I wont falter.

I wont be ‘the one’ again.Only time will tell… I shall join my hands and pray.