This is another picture from Switzerland, this time from Castello di Montebello in Bellinzona. Our class that day was taken on a lawn inside the castle looking down over the rest of the city. We then had a lot of time to explore the remains of the castle on our own. This was taken from the base of one of the corner towers in the remaining fortifications.
I thought it would be neat to try to get a shot of the sun between the crenelations of the tower. I like the way the shot turned out. A step or two farther forward would have blocked out the sun and given me a nice silhouette of the top of the tower, but I like the effect of the sun shining through. I did, unfortunately, get a bit of a lens flare, but it doesn’t look too bad, and I like the colors that it adds to the picture. I also like the bright white clouds against the blue sky.
While I didn’t have any real complaints about the way this picture turned out, I thought I’d try my hand at editing it just a little to see what I could do.
I reduced the exposure a little, almost completely getting rid of the detail on the front of the tower, giving it that nice silhouette appearance. I also bumped up the saturation on the picture, making the sky a little darker blue and making the colors of the lens flare a little more vibrant. While I do like the way this came out, there’s something about it, and I can’t quite put my finger on it, that makes it look really unnatural. It might just be the bright purple streak at the end of the flare. I tried editing it out, but the tools on the online photoshop are not quite precise enough to get it looking right.
On an unrelated note, I ordered a new camera this weekend since my time with the Canon Rebel recently came to an end. I ended up choosing the relatively new Canon Powershot SX 10 IS. While it won’t take quite as good pictures as the Rebel, it has several advantages. It has a really nifty LCD display that pulls out from the camera and rotates around, making it easier to get shots from weird angles. It has a 20x optical zoom as opposed to 3x on the Rebel (35 mm equivalent focal lengths of 28 to 560 mm as opposed to 18 to 55 mm on the Rebel). It’s also several hundred dollars cheaper than the Rebel, which, as a college student, is a big deal. I’m looking forward to playing around with it here at home and when I go back to school in a little over a week.