Due to the low participation level we had for the last challenge, I figured we should ease up a little and take smaller steps — so this week we’re covering keystoning, also known as the tombstone effect or keystone effect, which you can read about in more detail here. It boils down to this; our eyes and brain automatically correct incoming visual data in many ways that camera lenses can never match — among them is perspective control, or making vertical and horizontal edges always look straight and level. Continue Reading →
This was in the afternoon yesterday, mid-way through the incoming tide. It was a field planted with a winter crop of some sort, but the rising salt water is certain to have killed it (the land here is usually several feet above the high-water mark). Much of the low-lying areas around the southern tip of Maryland were scenes of extremely high tides for the past few days, compounded by an easterly wind that stacked Bay water even higher onto the flats. Thankfully Hurricane Joaquin bypassed us, or the flooding would have been devastating.
Sooooooo, who’s up for a friendly game of What & Where? :) It’s the online quiz where nothing is made up and the points don’t matter! Next up is this little gem… and here are your clues (though take the clues with a HUGE grain of salt, as I’ve been known to throw in more than a few red herrings and obfuscations from time-to-time):
- This is in the Smithsonian (Heck, NO!).
- This should be in the Smithsonian (Emmmm, maybe…).
- This is Point Lookout (Ha, Tillerman — I beat you to the punch! And NO, it’s not at Point Lookout).
- This looks like a buncha bricks (You’re so bright, I bet your father calls you son… yuk, yuk!). :D
That’s it! And the rules? There are no rules. You can use Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, reverse image searches, shotgun questions, etc. ANYTHING to beat Tillerman, because — well, he’s Tillerman — he has a 90+% success rate on these quizzes, chews up competitors like they’re Chiclets, and takes no prisoners. So if you want to beat him, you gotta bring out your “A” game and go large — or go home.
UPDATE: As usual, Tillerman came in and mopped up. With his SECOND guess, he correctly identified this as the Paw Paw Tunnel on the C&O Canal.
In some of the various comments here on Lucile’s site, my site, the Flickr site, and participant’s personal sites — it became clear that I need to discuss the process of shadow recovery, as well as dodging and burning. This is a lot of material and concepts to cover in just one post, but it’s so important to post-production workflow that I will go over it again and again in future posts. Continue Reading →