Yup - I'm bummed.
I went out yesterday with my camera and snow shoes and I hit the unbroken trail through the wilderness to get some winter shots!
well, ok - it wasn't exactly the wilderness - but it sounds better that way (it was a golf course
So - I wanted to try a technique that I saw from a friend on FB, where you shoot directly into the sun, turn your F stop to 22 and you get a starburst effect on the sun.
I took a whole bunch of shots that way and on the camera screen they looked great - but when I came home and uploaded them to the big screen they were mostly crap! The sunburst effect turned out great - but the rest of the photo sucked. I understand all the lens flares, etc, but what I'm bothered by is the general quality of the photos. Even the ones that weren't shot into the sun were not sharp, the colours washed out, etc. Now, I don't usually shoot as high as 22 - usually between 10 and 3 - so I don't know if this is the problem or what. (it was a bright sunny afternoon) When I inspected my lens it was a bit foggy and dirty looking, which I guess became more pronounced in the cold so maybe that was my problem too.
So, I've cleaned my lens, and I'm going to try to head out today again, and try it all over again and see if I can get any improvement on these photos. It sucks though - I worked really hard for these photos - snow shoeing is very hard work and I was almost dead by the time I got back to my car. Ah well...... at least I got some damn good exercise!!
Thanks for letting me vent this out - if anyone has any good advice for me please share your tips.
A List of Links for tutorials/info that I've found to be useful!
Basics of Pen Tool [link]
Making Photoshop Brushes [link]
Adding Borders in PS [link]
Depth of Field [link]
PS Borders [link]
The Pen Tool [link]
Making Textures [link]
Layer Masks and Colour Gradients [link]
GavTrain Photo Training [link]
Manual HDR [link]
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