#291 April 2010 Desktop Wallpaper

Sorry folks, I could not bring the March calendar to you as I had to uninstall Photoshop. I have finally found a free photo editing software just like Photoshop, and it is Paint.net. Trying to get a hang of it, seems pretty cool. Here is the April 2010 calendar for your desktop.

In the photograph are some fresh strawberries clicked in Panchgani. If you wish to have them, visit Panchgani now. In a few days it might just get a bit late!

April Calendar Click the above image to get the full size (1280x800p) desktop wallpaper.

P.S.: I am still learning the software and it may not be too easy for me to cut wallpapers in multiple screen resolutions. Crop it as per your size in any basic photo editing software. I just request you to keep the copyright intact. Thanks

#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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