When we’re not working, we like to spend our leisure time walking and visiting new places. We thought it might be of some value to our website visitors to include our day out photos on the blog to inspire families to get out and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us. We’ve also included a map of the location of our visit, to make it easier to find.
So hope you enjoy this resource by simply following the places to visit link
Rocks are hard objects we don’t think of as bendable in any sense of the word, and yet Spanish artist José Manuel Castro López has found a way to manipulate stone so that it appears soft and pliable. His stunning sculptures don’t even look real, as the rocks he carefully crafts are full of impossibly awesome twists and folds. Simply looking at his work makes you question everything you think you know about rocks.
Colour grading is a process of changing the appearance of an image or video to alter the feel of the presentation. Changes can be made to colour, saturation, brightness and contrast, through the videos/images highlight, mid-tones and shadow pixels.
Watch the short split screen video clip above to get a sense for how colour can affect the feel of footage.
Colour grading is usually done last in the post editing process after everything else.
I use Vegas Pro to do any video editing and it has everything you’d need to get the feel you want in your videos.
Vegas Pro allows you to make alterations to the pixel histogram, manipulating via the “levels” and “curve” control, as you would with photo editing software such as photoshop. This allows you to lighten or darken pixels across the range of pixels that make up the image, from shadows, mid-tones and highlights.
You can also make alterations to the colours in those areas, making the shadow areas of the image (darker areas) more blue, to add a feeling of coldness to them. Or you could add yellow into the mid-tones to add some warmth to your footage. In fact, you can add or take away, intensify or tone-down any colour you’d like.
If you have Vegas Pro you can fine-tune adjustments to your colour grading using some of the following options:
Lift affects all areas. Gamma affects the middle or main area of your image. Gain affects the brightest highlights but leaves the middle and darks alone.
You can also make use of LUT’s to your video. LUT is an acronym for ‘Look Up Table’ and these hold a set of numbers which are looked up by the software you are using in order to change the colours of the image to a pre-determined setting. You can save your own settings into a LUT or download those done by other people.
The best way to get good at colour grading is to experiment and practice, to see what you like and don’t like. You can carve out your own colour grading style to your videos, so that they become a kind of signature for your work.
We had a beautiful day out at Avenham and Miller Park in Preston. The weather was perfect, hot and sunny. Well worth a visit if you haven’t been before, plenty to do and see. All photographs taken on my phone camera. There’s a map of the location at the bottom of the page. You can find out more about the park on Wikipedia
We took full advantage of the lovely weather (finally) and headed out for a drive, camera in hand, ending up in Lymm, near Warrington. While in the area we were fortunate enough to stumble on this beautiful walk along the canal-side known as Spud Wood. There’s a map at the bottom of the post to show you where to find it, certain well worth a visit. Hope you enjoy the photos.
We had a lovely Autumn walk today at Haigh Hall woodland park in Wigan. It was cold, but bright. Some lovely afternoon light available. I didn’t take my SLR camera, so had to rely on my mobile phone camera to capture these photos. Hope you enjoy them.