Correcting Lens Distortion

Let me start out by saying we have had a great response to the “red challenge” and a special thanks to all who submitted photos and to those of you who commented!   I certainly hope you are enjoying these challenges as well as learning a few new things along the way.

We are fortunate to have some talented photographers who are following this blog and whenever I can, I will include their input to help us all learn from them.  Lorraine’s husband Mike is quite an accomplished photographer and he has been so supportive to Lorraine as she learns to navigate her new camera.  He is also following the blog and I’m sure has gotten quite a few chuckles along the way!

He did  share with me the story of how Lorraine wanted to go out in the street and shoot that plane that was flying over Rowlett at night spraying insecticide for the mosquitoes. Continue reading


A Surprise on the Red Challenge!

It seems that our frequent visitor, John Winter who has been chomping at the bit to be a part of the Crazy Women in some way or another, has not only commented but has sent along a photo that he would like submitted for your critiques.  Hmmm… he truly is a brave man!

So…  in honor of the “Men’s Auxillary” and his persistent interest in the Crazy Women, I present to you John’s photo for you to critique.  Thanks John for all your support of the Crazy Women!  You are great fun and we appreciate your great sense of humor and are so pleased to have your wife Lynda as one of our newest members!

(Photo by John W.)

So come on all you Crazy Women… let’s critique John’s photo!

Red Challenge… entry #12

I was at the Dallas Arboretum when this flower caught my eye.  It’s head was in the sun but the surrounding area was in shadow.  I was shooting in RAW and knew I could probably work with it in Lightroom.  My concern was that maybe all that dark surrounding area would cause the camera to overexpose the flower by trying to expose for the dark area so I set it on minus one exposure compensation… in other words to make it darker.  As I checked the shot with my Hoodman, I could see it was better than the original shots without the compensation.  It is always better to fix things in the camera if you can.  This was the resulting photo.

(Photo by Lala)

Red Challenge… entry #11

This is my August challenge photo. I call this  “Scarlet Sunset”.  I love nature photography and challenges that makes me excited and satisfied with the end result.
Three weeks ago I bought a Photoshop Elements 10, and studied it.  It was very confusing and highly technical.  I was frustrated but I turned the frustration into tenacity and strong determination and did not give up.

This is just a standard picture of the red sunset that I took last week.  I was so amazed by how red the color was.  This is one of my few projects in Photoshop.  I added an effect of radial blur to create a realistic light ray effects.

Another thing that I love about this picture is that I took this at the comfort of home.

(Photo by Tess)

Red Challenge… entry #10

This next entry is from our newest member, Lynda from the UK. Thanks Lynda for making our club go international! Got any friends over there who would like to also join? They are welcome! The more the merrier.

So this is what Lynda says:
Looking for my red picture I found this one, which unfortunately is a bit fuzzy,
of a sunset taken from my bedroom window overlooking Stoke Mandeville Hospital,  birthplace of the ParaOlympic games.

(Where the heck is my little camera  stand??!!)

Although not starkly red it has meaning for the present moment in time.
I will be watching the ParaOlympic Flame as it passes our house on Tuesday.

(Photo by Lynda)

Thanks for your entry, Lynda and welcome to the CWPC!

Red Challenge… entry #9

Today we will feature a photo by one of our newest members, Dana.
“A sunny day, in the shade on my front porch”
I was working on some shots for a bridal show and told my model to grab a pair of bright shoes to wear under the gown. I sat my camera right on the porch floor. My settings were at f/10, 1/160s, ISO 200, 70mm. I then had her start from the bright side of the porch stepping back until the back of the dress was in the shade and the sun was highlighting the shoes. I loved the texture of the worn wood floor against the delicate gown. This turned out to be one of my favorite shots 🙂
It is so weird that the first shot I take ends up being my favorite… I often tell the client “OK were done!”

(Photo by Dana)

Red Challenge… entry #8

Gina is offering this photo for the red challenge and this is what she wrote:

“Upon opening my eyes in the morning this is what I see, my red calendar box. This catches my eye easily.”

(Photo by Gina)