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Photography: editing guest pictures

supermoon over the sea

This first picture was sent to me by Carolyn over at Wonder of Tech, that technophile site that deals with all things to do with internet technology. I think this photo of the super-moon was taken with an Iphone.

I edited the photo by cropping it it to make it landscape and I used highlights in Windows Live Photo Gallery, then added contrast. You can see lots of different coloured dots, that’s stray light and you get that in night shots. I don’t think it’s a problem in this picture.


Fei is an international student from China and she sent me this photo from Paris. She took this with her phone and it was a little dull, as we can see the sky is cloudy. I added a little contrast and it looks really great. There are patterns in this picture that makes it interesting. If we’re going to take photos of the moon, it’s a good idea to get the Eiffel Tower in the foreground!

Bowness-on-Windermere, Tuesday 12th August 2014 (7)

Simon James sent me this picture. You can double click this one for a larger view. The boats are the main subject and they are quite clear. It was taken with a Samsung smart camera with lots of focus points and I think it has got the subject in focus more than the rest of the picture, but the focusing seems to be a compromise to get more of the picture in focus than you might get with a DSLR. The weather wasn’t good and it was probably windy so the camera might not have been quite steady.

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I took this with my Nikon D3200 (DSLR) and the definition is quite good, you can see the tread on that tyre. The sun had just come out, but the weather wasn’t very good, it was quite windy. I do get better definition with a view-finder, simply by holding the camera close and so it keeps still. The colours appear to be much brighter, but it’s hard to do a comparison with different pictures and cameras.

When you’re editing, I find it’s better to use a incandescent light. The images look different on my computer screen under a fluorescent light. I’ve seen a lot of dark photos recently, because we’ve had a lot of rain. You can make them lighter in editing.

What do you think of today’s pictures? I think they show you don’t need an expensive camera, just a good shot of the Eiffel Tower to get a great picture! Please share you thoughts in the comments box. You can also follow me on Twitter.

5 Responses

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  2. Hi Mike, Sorry, I visited earlier but must have forgotten to leave a comment!

    I thought you would use the photo of the moon behind the amusement park but it’s interesting what you’ve done with my photo and the others.

    I particularly like the shot of the Eiffel Tower. I’ve seen a lot of Eiffel Tower shots but Fei’s shot seems impressive.

    We have a Chinese student living with us now too!

    September 2, 2014 at 01:22

  3. Hi Carolyn,

    I thought you’d missed it! We have a little sunshine back in England today. I’m going to finish reading a section of Fei’s dissertation soon and check the English. I’m becoming an expert on Chinese culture! She did a poll using Poll Daddy which you might have seen on Facebook, I’m hoping that is finished. We had responses in China on their networks and on Facebook here! The results should be interesting. I asked my friends to help and so that made it multinational!

    September 2, 2014 at 15:35

  4. Very cool, Mike. I’m a big fan of Poll Daddy. People enjoy the polls and the results!

    September 3, 2014 at 18:59

    • I must try Poll Daddy on my blogs again. Fei has 80 respondents so far, so enough. I might do some kind of quiz…

      September 3, 2014 at 21:49

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