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Archive for May, 2008

New photography gallery is online

by on May.31, 2008, under Uncategorized

I’ve just opened my new online photography gallery. This offers me a site from which I can sell images (or, at least, link directly to ImageKind which sells them on my behalf) while offering a gallery layout that I actually like (unlike, for example, Flickr or ImageKind, both of whose default layouts are rather bland). Take a look and let me know what you think!

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Volcano Agua

by on May.29, 2008, under Uncategorized

Volcano Agua 2, originally uploaded by David A G Wilson.

I’ve been revisiting some of my Guatemala pictures from last summer and played with this one last night. The original (which you can see by clicking the image) gets a fair number of views (it shows up on the first line if you search for “Volcano Agua Guatemala” in Google images) but I was never happy with it. The new, dramatic, version is a lot more to my liking.

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Wildflower Center Tower and Arch

by on May.20, 2008, under Uncategorized

I spent a couple of hours at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on Sunday and experimented with some outdoor HDRs. This is my favourite of the set. It was taken with a Sigma 10-20mm zoom at the wide end and is derived from 3 exposures at -2, 0 and +2 EV. I used Photomatix to generate the basic HDR then pulled the image into Photoshop where I sharpened it a bit and blurred the sky (since Photomatix, or at least the setting I was using, seems to generate some pretty wicked noise in areas containing smoothly varying tones).

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Whitetail Fawn

by on May.15, 2008, under Uncategorized

Whitetail Fawn, originally uploaded by David A G Wilson.

I finally got a picture of one of the new fawns living near the house. This was grabbed hastily with my point-and-shoot a couple of mornings ago after taking Cameron to school. The fawn was lying by the neighbour’s fence trying to hide. I took a couple of quick photos (rather too close, really) but he ran off before I could reframe and take a few more.

We have a huge number of deer in the neighbourhood so there is a good chance I’ll stumble upon other fawns in the next few weeks and get another chance to take more photos.

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Stink Bugs on a Thistle

by on May.03, 2008, under Uncategorized

Here’s a photo I took on Thursday while out for a walk with Drew. He is great at spotting bugs and these stink bugs were having a party on a thistle so we both stopped to take a look. This was taken with my Canon Powershot G9 point-and-shoot and I’m pretty impressed with the camera’s close focus capability.

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