I Need a Photo Project

I’ll start by saying sorry for not publishing in April. There was simply too much happening in my life, and something had to give. Interestingly, now that I’ve caught up a little, I realise that I haven’t been out with a camera since mid-March. More worrying is that I haven’t really missed it.

I think my problem is that I don’t have anything to motivate me. That got me thinking, and I realised that I probably need to find myself a photographic project. I don’t yet have any ideas, but I’m sure that it will help me be more motivated, especially if it’s something other than landscapes.

With that out of the way, I should also say that I haven’t been photographically lazy through April and have spent some time processing old images. I find that processing old RAW files with today’s software is extremely rewarding. What you once thought was impossible now becomes possible like this shot.

Embleton Bay from the Boulder Field, Northumberland

This image of the boulders at Dunstanburgh Castle in Northumberland was taken back in 2008. My camera at the time was a Canon 400D and it struggled to cope with the high dynamic range of the scene, even though I was using ND Grad filters on the sky. Here’s the original RAW file to give you an idea.

What made it possible for me to save the image was DxO PhotoLab and its DeepPRIME Noise reduction. But that wasn’t my only problem because the image was soft. This was partly due to my using too small an aperture to slow the exposure, but also the poor quality of the lens I was using. Fortunately, I’m now able to fix these problems using Topaz Sharpen AI.

Then there is the size of the image. The Canon 400D was only 10Mpixels and the native image size is 3,888 x 2,592. That’s about enough to create an A4 print at 300ppi. Now using the likes of Topaz Gigapixel I can now create huge prints from this and similarly small images.

We are indeed fortunate to have such wonderful tools at our disposal.

I hope you like the image, forgive me for not posting in April, and have yourself a good weekend.

6 thoughts on “I Need a Photo Project

  1. I think that it is important to have some sort of personal project to keep you in touch with your photography skills and keep you in the habit of using your camera. I struggle with this as well.

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