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A House with a View

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 20 January 2008 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

Final photo from the French alpine village of Hauteluce!

I couldn't help wondering what it would be like to wake up to that view every morning...not bad is it!

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HOT TIP FOR ALL AM3 CONTRIBUTORS :
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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NIKON D40 30 seconds F/8.0 ISO 720 17 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Emilio Garcia from Pleasanton, United States

Gorgeous shot, beautiful composition and sharp, indeed. Thanks for your advise. I have been quite irritated by the same problem. However, I still find that even following that recommendation, unless the photos to be uploaded are absolutely crisp, they still appear softer than the image one is uploading. Thanks, again

20 Jan 2008 6:33am

@Emilio Garcia: Thanks Emilio!.....I'm pleased that the resizing tip worked but it's a shame that your photos are still not as sharp as you would like. For my own horizontal format photos I resize to exactly 800 pixels wide with the highest (12) quality setting in photoshop.

Here's a futher tip that Momo left for me regarding resizing and I quote : "Ian... oh, you know, I complained about Am3 making my images soft and changing color and that was even with my sizing images to 800...then i discovered that all my images were in adobe rgb and not srgb...i change the profile and they're fine now...i forgot that i set my computer to automatically change my F30 images to adobe's rgb profile...i did that for work which is press work...i've gotta change that first thing ..."

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

One can dream - when looking at your photos - of a better place to live in....gorgeous, imagine stepping through those doors (well you did and how happy am I). It was a lovely series, but I'm not afraid, I know your next photo, will again, blow me away :)

20 Jan 2008 8:46am

@Lorraine: Thanks Lorraine....It's a beautiful place isn't it!
I'm glad you've liked the photos so far. The ones over the next few days will be rather different as they were taken in the Paris unedrground Metro system.

Dan from Bolton, United Kingdom

You're really making me look forward to next year when I will be doing the same, must remember to pack a tripod for shots like this, great shot by the way.

20 Jan 2008 9:46am

@Dan: Thanks Dan!...I really love taking tripod mounted night photos, especially when it's in a truly beautiful part of the world such as this one.

eddy from Tehran, Iran

wow I love such photos

20 Jan 2008 10:06am

@eddy: Thanks very much Eddy!

ally (: from Singapore, Singapore

this long exposure shot is really well captured. the composition, lighting, everything... gorgeous.

20 Jan 2008 12:20pm

@ally (:: Thanks very much!

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

As we have all come to expect, a very high quality image where the lighting and the framing have all been carefully accounted for. I don't know how you are able to keep up your consistency, but it is admirable.

20 Jan 2008 12:32pm

@GJC: Thanks very much GJC...I had quite a bit of time to take photos on that recent trip to France. I actually took about 800 photos so I've got a lot to pick and choose from.....so many in fact that I'm sure I'll haven't even processed some of them.

Andrea Auf dem Brinke from Desenzano del Garda (BS), Italy

Very, very nice capture. I'd like to be there

20 Jan 2008 3:13pm

@Andrea Auf dem Brinke: Thanks very much....yes, it's very beautiful in the Alps isn't it!

Auror from italy, Italy

superb shot!!

20 Jan 2008 5:38pm

@Auror: Thanks very much Auror!

amy from Rocky Mountain House, Canada

I absolutely love how that long exposure affected the sky!! Stunning sweep with the mountains.. and the icing on the cake is that little house hanging over the edge. Beautiful shot, Ian!!

20 Jan 2008 6:18pm

@amy: Thanks Amy!....although I'd done long exposure night shots with this new camera before going to the alps I hadn't taken any where the sky was important so these photos were a first for me.....like you I was surprised at how the clouds came out but pleased with the overall effect.

Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

I could live with that view. Amazing.

20 Jan 2008 6:23pm

@Michael Rawluk: Me too Michael...great isn't it!.....in real life those lights in the distant valley were twinkling rather than the flat image we see here, and the whole thing was quite magical in the still, cold night air so high up in the mountains like that!

Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

The photograph is mighty fine as well.

20 Jan 2008 6:23pm

Momo from Montpellier, France

great color, perspective, scene...and yeah, what a view...really nice Ian...

oh, you know, I complained about Am3 making my images soft and changing color and that was even with my sizing images to 800...then i discovered that all my images were in adobe rgb and not srgb...i change the profile and they're fine now...i forgot that i set my computer to automatically change my F30 images to adobe's rgb profile...i did that for work which is press work...i've gotta change that first thing tomorrow...

kind regards

M

21 Jan 2008 12:08am

@Momo: Thanks for the tip Momo...If you don't mind, I've cut and pasted it into the resizing advice in the header to my photos.

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Every one of these images is great. They really make me feel like a slacker.

21 Jan 2008 9:57pm

@Twelvebit: Well as far as taking a good photo is concerned I came to the conclusion a couple of months ago when i got my DSLR that 95% of it is finding interesting light in a good location, but deep down all that really matters is if you are having fun and are passionate about it.

As for myself I alternate between periods when things are going well and other times when I get so frustrated at my own lack of progress compared to all the other wonderful photographers that are out there that I wonder what the point is!

Oswegan from Lake Oswego, United States

Cool shot. I've enjoyed these time exposures.

22 Jan 2008 2:05am

@Oswegan: Thanks very much.....it's really nice of you to say that!

I had great fun taking these shots and I'm hope it showed.

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

I didn't mean slacker in relation to aesthetics. I feel the same way as you do at times, but even when I look at images like yours and feel that they are far superior to my own, I feel like what I'm seeing is a level I can reach if I apply myself --it's a goal, something to shoot for. Of course, to get to that higher level, to improve at all, you have to get out and take photos. You are clearly out there making the effort and I've been slacking off.

22 Jan 2008 2:46pm

pedro alexandre from loures, Portugal

well i voted for the street lamp!, i like the diagonals and how they lead the eyes to the cabin.

22 Jan 2008 11:56pm

@pedro alexandre: Hey that's really good of you to take that amount of trouble to log in vote for it...thanks very much!

Andrew from Belfast, United Kingdom

This is a lovely shot. Nice composition and great light!

26 Apr 2008 11:40pm

@Andrew: Thanks very much Andrew!

NIKON D40
30 seconds
F/8.0
ISO 720
17 mm (35mm equiv.)