A waterfall and a bird

There are a lot of water in Akerselva, they even had to use sandbags at some places.

Taking images of moving water is not that straight forward. You can create a nice smooth effect with a longer exposure but in that case you must use a tripod or another good support. Another problem is that the water reflects so much light that it’s hard to make a good exposure, either the water is too bright or the surroundings gets too dark. My image of the waterfall had this problem, it’s fixed up afterwards by lowering the exposure which brings the light down on all parts of the image. This brings out the details of the water which otherwise would just be too white. This of course made the already dark trees even darker, but boosting the fill light will only increase brightness of darker areas so this will nicely make the trees brighter without affecting the darkened water. Well I guess the image could have been better exposed from the start but it’s interesting how much you can fix afterwards. I am just playing around and trying to learn something.

Image software

No photos today as it rained and rained. So instead I tried Adobe Lightroom to see how that compared to Googles Picasa. They are both programs to catalogue and manage your image collection. The thing both of these programs have in common is that they both allow you to change your images as much as you like without affecting the original images. Thus if you crop an image and change the white balance you can always go back later if you want to, which is great. In Picasa I really lacked any clear visible sign that you had changed an image, in Lightroom that is made clear by a small icon on every thumbnail (different ones depending on what change you made). Also Lightroom made it easy to import RAW images, and you can work on the RAW images just as any other image, they are only converted to jpeg when you export them. I don’t know if Picasa supports any RAW import, I never tried it.

Another thing I like about Lightroom is the default dark interface. This is of course very individual but I very much prefer dark interfaces as I feel they are more easy on the eye.

Lightroom also has a lot of other nice features such as the AutoSync. If you select multiple images and use this all changes you make are applied to all those images. For example I tried this to remove a dead pixel I had in my old (really old) Nikon Coolpix 600 camera, just select a bunch of images and use the convenient spot heal tool and the dead pixel was removed on them all, very convenient and quick.

Not that I have gone into depth of any of these programs (I tried Lightroom for the first time today) but as it seems to me now Lightroom wins by far. Of course Picasa has the rather big advantage of being free and tested on Linux, while Lightroom costs 299$ 🙁 (you can try it 30 days for free though).

New camera lens

Today I bought the lens I have been thinking about for a while. I had a 18-55mm lens before but I wanted more zoom so I was considering either a 70-300mm or a 18-200mm. Finally I decided on the 18-200 because it has the advantage of covering most of the range you want so I can use just one lens. If I had bought the 70-300 I would have to carry around the 18-55 too to get wide angle shots. Also this lens had great reviews.

I tried to take some images today. I now have the equipment, so just the skill left to aquire 🙂

My webserver is pretty filled so I added the images to a flickr account instead.