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Hartbeespoort Dam wall Triumphal Arch

Hartbeespoort Dam wall Triumphal Arch. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

Hartbeespoort Dam wall Triumphal Arch. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved


 

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Date Taken 2014-07-17 10:03 AM
Camera Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
F-stop f/11
Exposure time 1/320 sec.
ISO speed ISO-200
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 35mm
Flash mode No flash, compulsory
Mount Hand Held

While standing on the Hartbeespoort Dam wall I took this photograph of the archway. It was quite tricky getting a photo without cars in it since this wall is a very busy roadway. I was fortunate to be able to get this one without any traffic. Besides straightening of the image and some retouching to create the grungy effect which I like, this photo is almost out of camera. However the sky was terribly bland and that resulted in a very boring image. For this reason I decided to replace the sky with this lovely one with it’s nice soft and puffy clouds. That has made the photo fare more interesting and lively.

This dam wall has a long and complicated history that dates back to 1895, however it was only completed in 1925. The Triumphal Arch built on the dam wall and over the road that traverses it was erected to provide structural mass to the wall’s water-retaining strength. The Latin inscriptions on the arch translated into English is: “I shall pour down rain on the thirsty land and showers on the dry ground”

Hartbeespoort Dam wall spillway

Hartbeespoort Dam wall spillway. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

Hartbeespoort Dam wall spillway. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2014-07-17 09:57 AM
Camera Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
F-stop f/16
Exposure time 1/50 sec.
ISO speed ISO-200
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 35mm
Flash mode No flash, compulsory
Mount Hand Held

While standing on the Hartbeespoort Dam wall while poking the camera lens through a diamond mesh fence I took this photograph of the slipway. It was pretty dark down there and I wanted to expose for the cascading water, yet I wanted enough depth of field to have a sharp image; near to far… So I set the shutter speed to 1/50th of a second with a f-stop of f/16. As you can see, these settings worked really well.

Hartbeespoort Dam – 07

Gauteng countryside morning mist - 01. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

Gauteng countryside morning mist – 01. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2014-07-17 09:38 AM
Camera Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
F-stop f/11
Exposure time 1/500 sec.
ISO speed ISO-200
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 35mm
Flash mode No flash, compulsory
Mount Hand Held

While my dad, wife and I were driving around Hartbeespoort Dam when saw a mine in the distance. It looked great the way it was shrouded in mist so I quickly captured this image through the passenger window of the moving car. Because we were not driving to fast it resulted in the foreground not blurring too much. This makes the grasses next to the road appear a little streaky which conveys a sense of movement; yet the background appears nice and sharp. I mist creates some drama and mistery which gets you eye to glance around the photo as you try to determine what is partially hidden here and there.

Like in the previous photo, I also did very little to enhance it – mainly working on sharpening contrast and cropping of the image. This is picture 3 of a 3 picture sequence I took that morning.

Hartbeespoort Dam – 06

Hartbeespoort Dam - 06. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

Hartbeespoort Dam – 06. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2014-07-17 09:34 AM
Camera Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
F-stop f/11
Exposure time 1/400 sec.
ISO speed ISO-200
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 35mm
Flash mode No flash, compulsory
Mount Hand Held

My dad, wife and I went for a drive around Hartbeespoort Dam when we came upon this scene. I was attracted by the buildings on the waterfront. I captured this image through the passenger window of the moving car which resulted in the blurring of the dead grass in the foreground (a really cool effect). Also, notice the hazy smog hanging over the horizon from the distant city. I liked how that conveyed the warm foreground colour into the sky.

Other than minor adjustments in Photoshop, such as cropping, sharpening, opening up shadows and bringing down of highlights, this is exactly what I saw. This is picture 2 of a 3 picture sequence I took that morning.

Hartbeespoort Dam – 05

Hartbeespoort Dam - 05. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

Hartbeespoort Dam – 05. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2014-07-17 09:33 AM
Camera Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
F-stop f/11
Exposure time 1/800 sec.
ISO speed ISO-200
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 61mm
Flash mode No flash, compulsory
Mount Hand Held

I was surprised when my dad, wife and I went for a drive around Hartbeespoort Dam that there was still quite a lot of mist in certain areas – even at about 09:30 in the morning. So I decided to capture what I could see through the passenger window of the moving car. Here is picture 1 of 3 that I took that morning.

I used Photoshop to produce the mood of what I saw; also to crop the photo from the standard out-of-the-camera perspective into a panoramic perspective.

Wrap-arround Text Face

text-face. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

text-face. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2014-06-21 03:37 PM
Camera Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
F-stop f/5.6
Exposure time 1/40 sec.
ISO speed ISO-100
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 35mm
Flash mode No flash, compulsory
Mount Hand Held

I decided to experiment with wrapping text over the contours of a face in Photoshop… This is the result of the exercise. I like the way that I’ve managed to have the different tones in his face compared to that in his shirt. Also how I kept the text from wrapping over his jacked and got it to appear like a dark shadow rather than a garment.

At one stage while processing this image I thought that I would have his eyes and mouth appear quite normal without any text running over them, but that version of the image does not look appealing to me so I opted to rather stay with this rendition.

Click here to see another version of this image that I did in December 2014.

Pencil-like portrait 01

pencil-like-portrait-01. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

pencil-like-portrait-01. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2014-02-06 01:43 PM
Camera Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
F-stop f/6.3
Exposure time 1/100 sec.
ISO speed ISO-100
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 46mm
Flash mode No flash, compulsory
Mount Hand Held

This is a photograph that I took earlier this year then later on I Photoshopped it into a pencil-like drawing.

Franka Solidia II Oil Painting

franka-solidia-ii-oil-painting. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

franka-solidia-ii-oil-painting. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2014-08-21 11:16 PM
Camera Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
F-stop f/5.6
Exposure time 1.3 sec.
ISO speed ISO-100
Exposure bias +2 step
Focal length 49mm
Flash mode No flash, compulsory
Mount Tripod

The Franka Solidia II was manufactured for a short period from 1956. Production was probably discontinued in 1966.

After processing a couple of photographs of this camera I thought that converting an immage into an oil painting effect would look quite interesting. Here is the end result of that conversion.

Franka Solidia II 04

franka-solidia-ii-04. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

franka-solidia-ii-04. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2014-08-21 12:14 PM
Camera Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
F-stop f/22
Exposure time 4 sec.
ISO speed ISO-100
Exposure bias +2 step
Focal length 70mm
Flash mode No flash, compulsory
Mount Tripod

The Franka Solidia II was manufactured for a short period from 1956. Production was probably discontinued in 1966.

I took four photographs of this camera of my mother and treated each one differently in Lightroom. There was no way that I could not do a Black and White version of this camera. This is the third one of the four.

Franka Solidia II 03

franka-solidia-ii-03. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

franka-solidia-ii-03. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2014-08-21 11:16 AM
Camera Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
F-stop f/5.6
Exposure time 1.3 sec.
ISO speed ISO-100
Exposure bias +2 step
Focal length 49mm
Flash mode No flash, compulsory
Mount Tripod

The Franka Solidia II was manufactured for a short period from 1956. Production was probably discontinued in 1966.

I took four photographs of this camera of my mother and treated each one differently in Lightroom. This is the third one of the four.


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