Posts in Category: Photography

Cuddling a Puppy

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 179mm
ISO 800
Shutter speed 1/125s

The Pacific, San Diego, 2012

Aperture ƒ/3.5
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/3200s

Bars, San Diego, 2012

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 106mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/1000s

Taxi, San Diego, 2012

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 21mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/3200s

Urban San Diego, 2012

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/60s

How to develop an underexposed photo in Lightroom

I had fun rescuing this really underexposed landscape photo in Lightroom.

It’s a photo of Kilcrea Friary in Co Cork and I went out there one September evening in 2015 with a few others from Blarney Photography Club to shoot the sunset. I remember the day was somewhat cloudy so I hoped there would be a magnificent backdrop of yellows and oranges to shoot the friary against. It was not to be. It was a solid mass of grey and darker grey. We took a number of photos from this side of the building, but for this shot I was experimenting and completely messed up the settings. It was a 61 second exposure but should have been almost twice that. Luckily I shoot in RAW so there was plenty of data for Lightroom to work with. This short video shows how I developed and rescued the photo.

I posted the photo of Kilcrea Friary last December. Here’s what the finished photo looks like.

kilcrea-friary-at-sunset

This video was shot at the Automattic grand meetup of 2015. This is a gathering of everyone (or nearly everyone) who works at Automattic. All attendees have to give a short talk. Some people love public speaking, but most of us don’t, so this is the hardest part of the meetup for many. The talks are called “flash talks” because they have to be completed within a certain length of time. A few years ago it was five minutes and the limit wasn’t enforced, but because the company is so much bigger now the talk must be four minutes or less, with someone holding up a sign warning when you hit the three minute mark!

This one was filmed in Park City, Utah in the United States at an altitude of around 1,000m so the air is thinner and I hoped I wouldn’t run out of breath like I did the previous year. This time I had forgotten I was due to talk until about 5 minutes before and had to run halfway across the hotel to get my notes, running down stairs, up other stairs, sprinting along corridors and then back, doing the same. Finally seated in the conference room my bottle of water spilled it’s contents on to the carpet, my stress levels were rising and then it was my turn to give a flash talk. That was practically a relief after the hectic activity of the previous few minutes!

A few days later I gave an hour long workshop on Lightroom, sharing tips, tricks and techniques that improve the look and feel of photos. That was fun as I could go more slowly and into more detail explaining the various tools in the app.

The Skeleton of the Blackrock Terrace

The Blackrock end of Páirc Uí Chaoimh lies exposed as the stadium has been stripped bare in redevelopment of the area.

This is a panorama stitched together by Affinity Photo with final black and white development done in Lightroom. AP did a great job of stitching the images together and I put the healing brush to good use getting rid of distracting foreground walls.

Old Shed in Camden Fort Meaghar, 2011

Aperture ƒ/14
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/400s

Ships of the Irish Navy, 2011

Aperture ƒ/11
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 144mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/400s