The Child's Swing

Posted by Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 18 January 2008 in Sport & Recreation and Portfolio.

Photographed in the village of Hauteluce, high up in the French Alps. As I was setting up the tripod for this shot, I couldn't help thinking about this other child's playground that I photographed a month or so ago. What a contrast with this one! http://ianbramham.aminus3.com/image/2007-12-22.html

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I've been having problems for ages with my uploaded landscape orientated images looking fuzzy and not as sharp as they should be....well I finally found the answer recently in an answer by Jason Kravitz to a query in the forums .....if you too have been having this problem the answer is to make sure you resize your photos to a maximum horizontal dimension of 800 pixels (vertical size is not limited). Anything greater than 800pixels and AM3 will automatically resize it leading to the reduction in sharpness.

Please feel free to copy and paste this advice into your own AM3 blogs as I'm sure there are lots of our fellow AM3ers out there having this same frustrating problem...it would be great to sort the problem out for as many of us as possible.

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Just a bit of fun, but this is one of my favourite photos with my new DSLR. I've submitted it for publication in JPG magazine. You can vote for it's inclusion here: JPG Magazine

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See The Light from Newcastle, United States

The blues are incredible in this image the white snow really brings out the sky.

18 Jan 2008 6:29am

@See The Light: Thanks Mary...I wasn't sure if anyone else but me would like this one so thanks for the vote of confidence!

sangram from Mumbai, India

u seems to come up with brilliant images each time i open ur blog.....

18 Jan 2008 9:30am

@sangram: What a very kind thing to say...thanks very much1

Craiger from Vacaville, California, United States

Just gorgeous light!

18 Jan 2008 12:25pm

@Craiger: Thanks Craiger!.....to tell you the truth I wasn't sure about the blue colour. I set the white balance for the snow obviously but that left the far mountains looking very blue. I suppose it was a very dark night (30" exposure) but still it surprised me that the sky and background came out that deep blue.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Amazing how intense this is...

18 Jan 2008 2:50pm

@Lorraine: Thanks Lorraine.....I'm really not quite sure why i like this photo so much but I do like it very much....maybe its the idea of kids using that swing while facing that view down the valley - I couldn't help wondering if they realise how lucky they are or if they just take it for granted. I know it sounds stupid but this photo has a 'Little House On The Praire' kind of feel to it ifor me f you know what I mean!

Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

The light is gorgeous. Adds real beauty to the snow.

18 Jan 2008 5:01pm

@Michael Rawluk: Thanks Michael...coming from the expert on photographing snow, that means a lot to me.

danthro from Suburbia, United States

well done -- once again. like the view of the mountain in the distance.

18 Jan 2008 9:59pm

@danthro: Thanks Danthro!

Ps - I've changed my Flickr permissions so you should be able to see that photo of Southport Pier larger now!

Oswegan from Lake Oswego, United States

I like this shot, it's a nice composition, and I can imagine swinging out over the world from there.

19 Jan 2008 12:04am

@Oswegan: Exactly the way i felt about it....thanks!

Pouhou from Apeldoorn, Netherlands

did you double process this one ?

19 Jan 2008 2:21am

@Pouhou: Hi Pouhou!...no, I'm not even sure what double prodessing is!
I shoot in Raw fortunatley though or I could never have got the colours to work out as they did with the snow white like that as it should be. I set up the tripod under a streetlamp which had a very orange colour cast....the auto iso didn't work that well but in Raw obviously you have complete control over colour temperature so I was able to bring the snow back to white instead of orange very easily (I think colour temp eneded up being something as low as 2000!)

amy from Rocky Mountain House, Canada

I really love how that 30sec exposure brought out the mountains and that sky... and with that foreground light (almost looks like daylight) it becomes a fantasy.

19 Jan 2008 3:02am

@amy: Thanks Amy ....it is a bit surreal isn't it. That's pretty much how I remember the scene as I set up under the only streetlamp which gave the foreground snow that brightness.
By the way, I'm posting that photo of the church tomorrow that you wanted a closer look at!

Nikon D40
30 seconds
F/5.6
ISO 200
24 mm (35mm equiv.)

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