Exciting news today. One of my photos was submitted by a friend to Digital Photography School’s Monthly Critique. I would never have had the guts to submit any of my work. I’ve only been working with a DSLR camera for just a little over a year. Although I was a bit nervous at first, I was pleased to read everyone’s thoughts and comments. The advice I have received is greatly appreciated.
Fu Dog and Temple was one of the first photos I took with my Digital Rebel after buying it last year. I use this photo as my logo for My Several Worlds because it is so unusual. I didn’t do a lot of post-processing on this photo, however I did add a frame and a vignette in order to create my web site logo.
One of the critiques on DPS was that they didn’t really like the use of the vignette that I applied, however, I like the way it looks with my logo in the far right corner of my website. I think it makes my logo stand out and I’m pleased with the results. However, without the logo, I can see why other photographers find the vignette too dark and heavy.
Here is the original photo without the vignette. I haven’t done much post-processing with this photo, either. To be honest, I have very limited use with Photoshop and usually use an online photo editing software program like Picnik or Pixlr to touch up my photos. So, there you go. I admit it. That’s not to say I won’t learn. I will, when I find the time!
In other photography news, I bought myself some new equipment while hanging out with Craig Ferguson a few weekends ago. I had an idea of what I wanted, but was really nervous about making my first lens purchase. I think I’ve read every Canon lens review out there, and then promptly forgot everything I’d learned when I met Craig. Originally, I was looking at the 17-40mm lens, but after trying that out, I realized I wanted more of a zoom. Craig suggested the 17-85mm. That’s what I ended up purchasing, along with a Speedlite (430) for the same price as the 17-40mm! I admit though, the 17-40 is a beautiful lens and I’m hoping to make another lens purchase sometime later this year. For the meantime, I’m having fun with it and I’m learning. Thanks Craig, for a great afternoon and a terrific suggestion.
And thanks to Peter West Casey, who showcased my work on The Carey Adventures Daily Photo of the Day and who also submitted and reviewed my work on Digital Photography School
To the other photography experts who have left advice and comments for me, thank you. And to anyone who is coming here from DPS, I welcome you to My Several Worlds.