Our month in photos
April was a busy month for us, starting with a family reunion weekend at Litchfield National Park to celebrate Brian’s 70th birthday.
Before we left we went to Nightcliff Dragons Under 9’s first Rugby League game of the season.
Litchfield Tourist Park Homestead
Continuing the reunion theme, we got together for our traditional family and friends’ dinner at the Nightcliff foreshore.
Our 34th wedding anniversary on 9 April saw us having lunch at Chow on the Darwin Waterfront. Delicious South-East Asian food and my first taste of green pawpaw salad – yum!
Pine Creek Digger’s Rest was our base for the Easter weekend.
Pine Creek Lookout, Watergardens and Railway
Moline Rockhole, Kakadu Ranger Station, Bukbukluk Lookout, wildflowers, Miners Park
Umbrewarra Gorge, Copperfield Dam, kite, boot tree, sunset
Home via Burrell Creek. Robin Falls, Adelaide River War Cemetery, Manton Dam wall
In the garden
Our magnificent sunsets always enhance family dinner on the foreshore.
Two Jabiru, one Egret
For this assignment we were to enhance the colour of the sunset photo we took for our assignment on Day 3.
This photo was so dark that increasing the vibrance did little to improve it:
So, I made adjustments in Lightroom to contrast, highlights, shadows, whites and blacks, then increased the vibrance:
I took it into Photoshop and cropped it to get rid of the footpath, then used the spot heal and clone stamp tools to remove the signpost.
Jim Hamel commented that he wasn’t sure that my clinging tree example had anything to do with dynamic range but that it did improve the photo, so I submitted another and asked if it was a better example.
Original 1/1000 f7.1 ISO200
For this assignment we were to add texture and punch to one of our pictures by adding contrast.
Nightcliff Jetty – Original 1/1000 f3.5 ISO 80 24mm
I didn’t like the white patch in the sky when I removed the lamp posts, but I didn’t like the result when I tried to fix it either so I started again:
End results with and without lamp posts.
This assignment is a continuation of Day 21 Work the Scene, but as I am unable to complete that at the moment, I am submitting some photos I took of a martial arts demonstration by the Darwin Chung Wah Society for Chinese New Year last month.
I think they meet the anticipation requirement of the assignment.
Please bear in mind this was my first time using manual mode in an indoor stadium setting, just the second week of the course. The photos are unedited except for a bit of cropping.
1/400 f5.6 ISO 3200
1/400 f5.6 ISO 3200
1/400 f5.0 ISO 3200
Finn Road in the rural area before the bridge – accidentally replaced the original
This is almost identical to the original which I seem to have deleted.
Cropped and removed blemishes in Photoshop.
I love the balance of the little fishing boat on one side against the dark menacing storm cloud on the other.
This cloud balanced itself but I took a few other shots to include some foreground.
It was hard to find an example of formal symmetrical balance. I used the jetty lightposts.