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More on Muiderslot and UFO’s

In Uncategorized by elyktra / January 2, 2014 / 0 Comments

I wanted to share the originally intended composite of the 5 bracketed exposures from Muiderslot which contained the UFO’s.  There is still some activity and research going on in the background around these images and if anything of substance arises, I will be certain to share and update the original post further.  I have been shown a number of images from around the world which contain similar unexplained objects.  With a high level of certainty, birds and aircraft (as we know them) have been ruled out.  We are still trying to prove/disprove any insect theory and currently this looks also to be eliminated in my opinion.  More to come…

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Enjoy this image and several links to end the year out where they are referenced again.

Huffington Post Best UFO’s of 2013 

Friendly call out by Stranger Dimensions

I AMSTERDAM

In Uncategorized by elyktra / June 29, 2013 / 0 Comments

There is a great organization in Amsterdam which provides a full spectrum of information about the city for living , visiting or doing business.  I find useful tidbits there quite regularly which help our every day life here as an expat.  Having lived abroad now for over 10 years and in a number of different countries, I have to say Amsterdam is absolutely one of the best as an expat.  “I Amsterdam” is one of those reasons and their services truly help simplify your life as a foreigner.  You can find out more about them @ iamsterdam.com or on Facebook.

They recently tweeted, asking if anyone had any good pictures of the famous IAMSTERDAM letters which are located in the city.  There is one set at Schipol Airport and another in front of the Rijks Museum.  I shared this image with them and was pleasantly surprised when they featured it back on their Facebook page.  If you are a Facebook user, here’s where you can find the post.

This was actually an unplanned image which was caught just as a storm was passing.  I was returning home on the tram and decided to jump off and risk the rain to take a few shots.  The result was created by combining multiple exposures to create an HDR image.  It was exaggerated for effect as this process can make the clouds even a bit more ominous which was the desired intent.  Using multiple images also allowed for the removal of the people in area and on the letters to further enhance the atmosphere.  As many can attest, it is rare to find the letters not covered with people.  After finishing the main image it was converted to B&W and finally the color of the letters restored to become the focal point of the image.

Why Post-Processing

In Uncategorized by elyktra / June 16, 2013 / 0 Comments

 

I receive a lot of questions around the use of post-processing on photo images and believe that it has its place in the art of photography.  The purist view of photography is also understandable and admirable.  I am continually impressed by what some of the pro’s are able to capture straight from the camera.  There are a few of these in my own portfolio and for sure my hopes are that the number will increase as my journey in photography continues.  In any case, I personally also enjoy the possibilities of what I can do behind the keyboard as well as from behind the camera.  My goal is to try to maintain the integrity of the original image as much as possible while enhancing it in such a way as to more vividly reflect what my mind remembers from that point in time.  This effort is to try and pull the viewer into the image to create a similar experience and truly share share the moment with them.

What was changed:

  • In the image above you’ll notice the bend of the castle walls due to the wide angle lens and positioning of the shot. The walls have been straightened that it appears that you are looking straight at the castle.  This has slightly shortened the castle and stretched it horizontally as a result, but it still fits with overall impact of the image.
  • The two tourists in the entrance have been removed as even through the best efforts and patience, there was never a clear shot.
  • Finally the tent to the left was removed as to not be distracting.
  • The remainder of the adjustments where just b&w conversion adjustments with some sharpening and structure.
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