For many years I’ve been an enthusiastic amateur photographer, mainly taking pictures of canal scenes and pubs. From my first canal holiday in 1980 until very recently I’d been using a Fujica ST605 SLR camera with excellent results. (See my other blog – Pubs: Then & Now – for some examples.)
It wasn’t until the summer of 2009 that I finally took the plunge and bought a decent digital camera – a Fujifilm Finepix S1500 – which, until recently was my main camera. The main change in moving to digital is that I can take so many more photos and select the best of them for use in my Calendars. I also discovered that I could also enhance the colours and lighting to make more attractive pictures.
Then, in 2011, I took some photos of a kingfisher as we were cruising along the Caldon Canal. When I got them home on the computer, none of them were quite as impressive as I’d thought at the time. (How many of us have found this!) So I thought I’d experiment and here is what resulted -
This is the original photo. Not too bad, but slightly out of focus. This was the best of the photos I took and I’m quite pleased with it considering I was on a moving boat and didn’t have a tripod. When I applied the enhancements, this is what it looked like.
Quite an improvement, but still not as sharp as I’d've liked. So, I thought I’d apply some artistic modifications to it and see how it looked. This took me quite a long time, but finally I produced a picture that I was happy with.
I learned many things producing this picture, which is the first of what would become my Photo Digital Art portfolio. The main lesson was that to produce the best results requires differential application of the digital manipulations. My technique and skills have continued to evolve since I produced this picture (as you can see from some of the examples elsewhere on this website).