Photo: At the Beach

At the Beach
One of my early photos from Dec. 2004. In the beginning, I made the mistake of setting my 2MP Fujifilm FinePix 2650 to 1 megapixel resolution, which was 1280×960 instead of 1600×1200. At the time, I had a computer with a 4GB HDD and monitor with a resolution of 1024×768, so I saw no reason to take higher quality photos. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

This is newly edited with Photoshop CS5. I added a lot of contrast and made the white balance warmer. Every version of Photoshop gets easier to use, at least in my opinion. The auto contrast and auto tone functions work better now, and I find myself using them rather than curves more often than ever. However, the auto color feature still sucks.

I will only be posting photos from 2005 for the rest of November 2010 and some of December. I will also get into the 2006 photos next month. For a preview of what’s coming, look at the photos I posted on deviantART in late 2005 and early 2006. I will be reposting them here, but with different descriptions, titles, and much better editing.

Fujifilm FinePix 2650, 1/1400, F8.7, 6mm, ISO100, 2004-12-12T10:51:01-05, 2004-12-12_10h51m01

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Credit me as Richard X. Thripp and link here.

15 thoughts on “Photo: At the Beach

  1. Yeah. I currently can’t get my hands on a SLR, but that day will come though. For now my Point and Shoot will do.

    1. This photo was taken with a cheap point and shoot, as were 70 photos here. You can do a lot with a cheesy camera if you know how to edit. The only problems are JPEG artifacts and reduced color depth, really.

  2. I must agree. The picture really looks quite warm. Don’t know how the original looks so can’t really tell what the difference you made by editing it though. Something that I got a bit interested in actually.

      1. Oh my! The different is huge. And a great improvement indeed. I must say that is a truly awesome edit.

              1. Had to use “Color Balance” tool as well to get the effect you had. But adding red on Shadow and Green on Medium I managed to get pretty close trying it out.

                Never thought it was possible to do this with a picture.

                1. Do you have Photoshop CS5? Almost anything is possible with enough practice. It’s much easier with RAW files, because you have complete control over the white balance and a great deal of control over the exposure even after taking the picture. I take all my photos in RAW mode on my Canon Rebel XTi.

                  1. I’m currently using CS3, but nothing is impossible. I don’t think my camera support RAW files though.

                    1. CS3 is fine, not much has changed regarding the core features. You really need an SLR for RAW files because then you also have the larger photo-sensor which results in less grain.

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