Norton Cemetary, Sheffield, UK
Isn’t Sheffield brilliant! In cinematography, “Magic Hour” or “Golden Hour” is that time of day when the sun is low in the sky and produces warm tones with low contrast shadows.
Graves Park, Leeshall Wood & Norton Lees Golf Course, Sheffield, UK
These were all taken close to where I live, and I’ve shot these places many times. However, it’s hard to resist given such fantastic conditions.
Carr Wood & Graves Park, Sheffield, UK
Some of these are single shots, adjusted to create silhouettes, and the others are high dynamic range (HDR), processed with Photomatix Pro from 3 exposures. Lots more photos of Sheffield and many other places on my Flickr account.
Here are some examples from my first test of the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 prime lens. I am using it on an EOS 550D digital SLR and so is equivalent to an 80mm lens on a full-frame 35mm equivalent sensor. It’s known to perform well beyond its price range.
If you click on the close-ups, you will see the 1:1 version at actual size. You can clearly see me and the geese reflected in the turkey’s eye. Below is the full captured frame.
All these images are post-processed with Adobe Photoshop, using the Topaz Adjust plug-in to enhance the perception of detail, and also sharpened a little. However, software cannot add detail although it can increase your perception of it. all the detail is in the original shot and there is no substitute for good lenses.
Larry the Llama
These shots were taken at the rare breeds farm at Graves Park, Sheffield, UK. I think the turkey is the best of the shots and the goose the least good, but all very successful for a grey day and a bit of random shooting with a new lens.
Graves Park, Sheffield, UK
p.s. None of these animals are ducks.
Graves Park is the biggest park in Shefffield, UK, and includes formal gardens, ancient woodland, a rare breeds farm and leisure facilities. It was gifted to the city by Alderman J. G. Graves, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, between 1925 and 1936.
More photos on Flickr.