I think I’ll release what the mystery camera is at this point. I left the EXIF data in the images, its a Canon SD1400IS. I am nearing the end of what I shot with the camera so I’ll tell you what I really thought of it by this point.
I did enjoy the experience of using the camera. To a point. Its annoying habit of not wanting to take the next photo I wanted. Instead it wanted to show me the preview endlessly even when I was half-pressing the shutter button. My biggest complaint with the camera and I guess I have been spoiled by more modern cameras is tonal range and noise. The first series with the leaves it wasn’t as apparent but the more I started to push the pixels in the previous series and this one is where I noticed it. Yesterdays was a real challenge for me and I grew frustrated to the point where I went good enough. Today’s series was also difficult because I had to make sure I didn’t blow out the blacks too much but I wanted to keep noise to a minimum. Little tip, if you got noise in a image don’t use the noise slider. Add more blacks and it will get rid of a large majority of your noise. Use the noise slider if you have to. Just remember when you sharpen not to go too crazy else it will reappear.
The monotone conversion was done in Nik Silver Efex Pro and then dodged and burned to try and recover highlights and shadows. Monochrome images are all tonal separation. Trying to do this on this camera was tough but I hope I accomplished it to some degree.
PS – I like to thank the following bands for giving me patience to work through this, 3 Doors Down – When I’m Gone, Rush – Passage To Bangkok, Rush – Roll The Bones, Foo Fighters – Long Road To Ruin, Foo Fighters – Stacked Actors, Metallica – Whisky In The Jar.