After uploading a few photos to Trover, I noticed a little line on my profile. “Range”, it says referring to the distance between the photos. A challenge! I’ve been lucky enough to do the occasional bit of personal and work based travel around the world, so I thought I’d try to get my score up.
The thing is, although I’ve been “into” photography for most of my life, it’s really only this year that I’ve actually made any effort to learn how to take better photos. Also, my previous camera equipment wasn’t particularly high quality:
- 1983-1987: Kodak Disc 3500
- 1987-1990: Praktika MTL 5B – actually, this did take some nice photos, although I only had a 50mm prime lens.
- 1990-2000: Canon EOS-1000f – I only had a kit lens with this and it took very soft photos.
- 2000-2007: Fuji Finepix 4900Z – Nice at the time, 3.5Mpx and with a good optical zoom.
- 2008-2011: Panasonic DMC-TZ4
- 2011-now: Nikon D7000
So, most of the photos that I had were either on film and slightly faded and blurred or with the Fuji Finepix at 3.5Mpx. Even most of the Nikon photos were shot as JPG, rather than RAW prior to this year.
Nevertheless, I had a go at scanning and processing some film shots and processing some of the Finepix shots in Adobe Lightroom and the results weren’t too bad, considering.
Processing mainly consisted of saturating the faded shots, tweaking the exposure and contrast, sharpening the edges and cropping.
This is part of a photo of a church in Boston reflected in a very shiny building, taken with the Canon EOF-1000f.
I took a few more liberties with some shots as they looked a bit flat. This involved a few localised colour and light level adjustments. It’s personal taste, but I think they’re better for it. This one is from Spain, taken with the Fuji Finepix 4900Z.
End result… I now have a score of 12136 miles 😉