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Photo Tutorial: Chesterton Windmill

01 December 2009

Chesterton Windmill
By Gillian Thompson (_astralis)

Camera: Canon Digital IXUS 960 IS
Exposure: 0.3
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 7.7 mm
ISO Speed: 80
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Off, Did not fire

Another first for me: HDR!

I combined 3 images in Photomatix Pro 3.2 for this but only did some very mild tone mapping. I got to the windmill sort of late (whoops!) so each photo was taken when it was almost dark – hence the slightly grainy sky which ive managed to even out a bit with Noiseware.

Considering the boringness of the images straight out of the camera, this one has had quite a lot of post-processing, mostly in Paint Shop Pro X2. The original colour of the sky was utterly terrible but i managed to enhance the moon, change the sky colour and make the clouds stand out a bit more. I’m not too happy with the grass in the foreground but this could be to do with the fact that i had to use my little travel tripod to take the shots. It only extends to about 20cm above ground level but for now, i have to make do with what little equipment I have :)

My “automatic” point and shoot decided to photograph this at f2.8 so its not as detailed as it should be. I’ll definately be visiting again when i get my SLR before Christmas :)

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