To get the best out of any tool, there is always a learning curve. Most of us if we are honest try the easiest option first, especially if there is an auto button that works reasonably well. When I first tried Nik Define, that was how I used it, I clicked the "Auto" button. But was I really happy how it worked, no not really. I suppose I put it down to an older camera and the fact that you can reduce noise but not remove it. After all is noise really that bad? Well I still believe you can't remove noise totally but the results I get out of this tool are much better. So how do I do it, read on...
A few years back I went looking for a mentor, I felt like I had reached a point where I had plateaued. Sure I could have gone on a workshop or two, but I felt like I needed something longer termed than that. Someone I could bounce ideas off of and gain wisdom along the way.
Wikipedia says this about Mentoring " Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. The mentor may be older or younger than the person being mentored, but he or she must have a certain area of expertise. It is a learning and development partnership between someone with vast experience and someone who wants to learn"
Over the last month we have had a few new visitors to the skies of the Manawatu. Six Republic of Singapore Air Force F-16D's (the dual seat version of the F16). Considering I had only seen an F16 in the flesh for the first time at the beginning of the year (at the air show), to have 6 based here for a month has been quite a treat.
Spring is not all fine days and blue skies, the storms and rain are part of the mix as well. But the warmer days and water bring growth to the gardens and trees which in turn brings more food for the insects and birds. On rainy days like today, the bird song fills the backyard as they search for nectar, insects and anything else edible.
Not everything is easy, we each have our own challenges, the things we find difficult and limiting. The photo above for instance is of Foxton beach, which is a wide flat beach, so flat and wide for fact it is considered a road and even has speed signs along its length. Why do I include this beach in a post about struggles, because most landscape images need some kind of foreground interest to draw the viewer in, and this beach has no rocks, structures or any of the other obvious options. You have to work hard, be creative and think outside the box. Bits of driftwood, people or in this case the ripples that form as the water is sucked back over the very very gradual slope of the beach into the Tasman sea. But these challenges have both positive and negatives. Because if the obvious options like rocks and jetty's are missing from the images, the images that are created will also look different to the majority of other images as well .