Wood Duck (Aix sponsa )
sharonhornphotographyon Jul 06
What a beautiful little guy.
Tony Brittonon Oct 21
Hello Jazzy Robert,
On THIS site I have the image size set to "Extra Large" as it seems to generally be a pleasing image size when viewed on my monitor. I have no idea what actual percentage that is but that's what looks best to me. When I view them using FIrefox as my browser they look "good." When I view them using Internet Explorer they look "especially good." When I'm able to occasionally view them on a Mac monitor using Safari they look "extremely good!" So go figure! Perhaps with only a couple of exceptions the images in my landscape galleries are from a lower resolution and much older model Sony camera.
Yes, I do extremely minimal post-processing. I DO NOT use or own "Lightroom." I use Photoshop Elements 12 and Topaz Labs DeNoise 5. It literally takes me less than 2-3 minutes per photo! That would include a one-click Auto Level or Auto Contrast in Photoshop Elements and then if noise is visible, a one click "Light" or "Moderate" Denoise using the Topaz software. I've left the Smugmug Default Sharpening Level alone in THIS gallery, which is fine and only rarely would I need to additionally sharpen an image in Photoshop, as well. To see what my images look like BEFORE post-processing and with the Smugmug Sharpening levels turned OFF completely, be sure to click on "My General Approach To Photography" link at the very top of this main page and you can then click on my "Canon SX50 SOOC Gallery" link.
Nearly every photograph in this gallery was taken during periods of bright sunlight. While particular times of the day certainly lend their degree of "dramatic light" to an image, the results you see were a product of driving the camera settings into the dramatic range I desired. You can see this in my SX50 SOOC Gallery. Notice the high shutter speeds and negative exposure compensation values I used. These combinations, which were arrived at purely by visual preference not a "settings first" strategy, allowed me to "create" a dramatic image in bright sunlight! It's all explained in "My General Approach To Photography." My images in anything less than ample sunlight have also resulted in "mediocre" results, as well. I depend strongly on lots of sunlight to create the images I really desire.
Terry Allenon Oct 21
Jazzy Roberton Oct 21
Tony, it is "clearly" amazing what you have been able to do with the sx50. Your are truly a master of composition and filling the frame with a subject at the same pane makes sense..What % of full size are these pictures you post in general - 30%?
I have looked at your galleries and in your landscapes, I see the more normal small sensor linitations.
You say you do minimal processing, but you also say that you use photoshop and lighroom to tweak the jpegs, How much time would you spend typically on a shot and what sort of adjustments do you make, in which software (on average, can you describe the typical workflow for the above types of images, and what you are doing exactly. I am not doing any PP myself, but want to, at least like you,, without getting into raw. WOuld be great if you could produce a set of tips for what you do to jpegs when you clean/enhance them,with before/after examples)
Also, I take it you are shooting early morning or late aft almost exclusively to get dramatic light. My attempts with sx50 in flat light or cloudy have been mediocre, surprised to see how low my shutter spped was going at 80 iso in what seemed like good daylight) Thanks
Tony Brittonon Sep 22
Hello Eugene (Gene),
"Super Fine" is explained in the Canon SX50 HS Manual that came with the SX50. Scroll down to page 147 and note the section titled "Other Settings" "Changing The Compression Ratio (Image Quality) and you'll see how to enable "Super Fine."
Tony Brittonon Jun 06
Thanks. Every shot in this gallery was taken hand-held. To see my hints & tips for the SX50, click on "Browse" to the left of the screen then click on "Photo Galleries" and then scroll down toward the bottom of the screen and you'll find my "Canon SX50 HS Hints & Tips" and "My General Approach To Photography."
Good luck with your camera!
stonedshotson Jun 06
Great shot! Is this handheld? I recently got my SX50 but I'm struggling to get the sharpest image. Any tip for a beginner?
Lgoodon Feb 28
William Kleinfelderon Feb 28
My favorite duck…excellent shot!