Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Old Bones Tell Stories

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This is the British Museum (Natural History)'s specimen of the American horned dinosaur Triceratops, photographed in December, 2006. it is complete to the last fragment, and an imposing reconstruction. The museum's dinosaur gallery is kept in twilight which makes photography difficult: long exposures, meaning keep that camera steady, or flash. The short range of the S5600's flash is probably the camera's single weakness, certainly the only factor which I can say has had a measurable impact on my work with it. This is a flash shot, and it pays off because the skeleton is just inside the size range at which the flash can envelope it, certainly it's important elements for the purposes of the POV. The ambient lighting is warm-toned and low but helps fill in the darker areas with tonal variation, while the flash has brought up the fine texture of the essentially dark subject matter well. Mid-tones were enhanced with gamma correction, then the image was contrast-balanced and the colour and sharpness tweaked. Fuji FinePix S5600, automatic, flash. Image by Mike.

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