One month in and I just wanted to make a quick note, then back to your regularly scheduled "daily photo". I just want to say thank you to everyone that has taken the time to visit, to comment, and to email me direct. I enjoy the constructive criticism, the questions about Buckingham and most of all the links back to other blogs in which to explore.
I thought I'd also take this opportunity to answer a few questions that have come up more than once.
Who are you? and Why?
My name is Sarah, I'm an ex-Californian who fell in love with Buckingham just over four years ago and I wanted to be able to show other people what I see when I walk these streets.
What camera do you use?
I shoot on a Canon G9. Fancy enough to give me control over aperture, shutter speeds, iso, etc... but simple enough for this novice to work out!
Your photos have a different look about them... do you Photoshop?
Nothing more than rotating, cropping and erasing the odd power line. I typically "bracket" photos meaning I take 3 shots of the same thing with different exposures (-2, 0, +2) and then layer them using a program called Photomatix. What I'm aiming for is High Dynamic Range images. With HDR I can create images with a more detail in the highlights and shadows than I can with a normal straight out of the camera shot.
Do you really take photos everyday?
Sadly no. I have the unfortunate burden of working a 45+ hour work week with an hour commute everyday. That coupled with the fact that normal boring duties like cooking and laundry and blogging rule my free time. What I do instead is set aside one day a week to go mental photographing everything in my path... on these days I easily shoot 300 images. I delete a lot of photos... would someone like to buy me an external hard drive?
Do you know the history of...?
Cripes I'm woefully ignorant when it comes to Buckingham's history... but I bought a book! This book has old photograph's as well... so fingers crossed I'll be able to tell you more. Beginning with October's entries I'll try to give as much information as I possibly can... if you know more please say! I love history and there just aren't enough hours in the day for me to join the historical society as well.
Keep those questions coming!