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Nature

Solo Seagull

After leaving the Flock of Seagulls, Tim found his solo career floundering.  It sounds better than it was one of the few pics that turned out while I was goofing around with the Canon 400D and the Tamron 18-200.

Solo Seagul
Canon 400D, 149mm, ISO 400, f/8.0, 1/320
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Architecture Landscapes

Hard Rock

For the record thats a Paul Reed Smith guitar.  You can tell by the neck on it.  Ironic since all Paul Reed Smith’s are made in Maryland and this is the Hard Rock Cafe on the inner harbor.  It also marks the end of the Canon 400D and Tamron 18-200 phase as most of the images are awful as the camera struggled along with the lens.

Hard Rock
Canon 400D, 84mm, ISO 400, f/13, 1/500
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Portraits Street Photography Travel-Tourism

Caught Staring

I was importing images that I shot and happened to stumble across this shot in the archives.  He’s looking at me dazed and confused wondering why this farang (white foreign person in Thai) was taking his picture.

Caught Staring
Canon XSi, 50mm, ISO 200, f/2.2, 1/60
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Landscapes

Sunset

Ignore the lens flare and its a great picture!

Sunset
Canon 400D, 33mm, ISO 800, f/13, 1/250
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Landscapes Nature

Shadows and Water Drops

I saw this plant and knew it was going be in black and white instantly because I wanted to shadow the leaves.  The water drops aren’t from rain but the window washers that were cleaning the outside windows.  The other unique thing about this picture is that I shot this on the venerable Canon 400D with the even more ancient Tamron 18-200.  I have been in a shooting funk with all my high end gear and wanted to prove to myself that its skill, not gear that make a picture.

Shadows and Water Drops
Canon 400D, 25mm, ISO 1600, f/9.0, 1/250
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Street Photography

Checking In

I was walking on the second level heading back to my room when I saw this out of the corner of my eye.  The main subject was bouncing around so he was a tiny bit blurred with me trying to nail the focus with poor lighting and a slow shutter speed but it works.

Checking In
Panasonic G3, Olympus 75mm, ISO 800, f/1.8, 1/30

 

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Street Photography

He has Character

Limited shooting opportunities as I was working a conference last week and didn’t have access to my normal editing system that I prefer to work off of.  I shot this guy as he was coming down the escalator with my nifty Olympus 75mm 1.8.  Haven’t held a camera with that big of a lens on it and the distance I was shooting the poor light made it tough.  While not perfect I like how the guy looked.  He asked me if I was shooting him because he wasn’t a model.  Told him he had character and he just laughed, hence the title.

He has Character
Panasonic G3, 75mm, ISO 800, f/2.0, 1/80
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Architecture Landscapes

Falling Down

Sticking with buildings.  I took these at least a year ago and just let them stew till I got around to them.  Pleased with the results.

Falling Down
Panasonic G3, 11mm, ISO 200, f/4.0, 1/500
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Landscapes Nature Travel-Tourism

Work Shed

I’m guessing this is a work shed I have no real idea to be honest.  It was old and dilapidated and falling into ruin at the edge of a field in West Virginia.  I stopped the car and jumped out and shot it.

*Warning – Photo Nerd Speak Commencing*

Since I have been bored with editing and playing around I went wild again with this one.  The first thing I did was punch the clarity in Lightroom and gave it some contrast and played around with the tone curve to punch the clouds up.  Gave it a 16×9 crop to remove some stuff that wasn’t adding to the pictures and to bring out the lovely clouds some more.   I then switched back and forth between Silver Efex and Topaz B&W effects but wasn’t happy with anything so straight black and white in Lightroom then converted it into PSD for mask sharpening in Photoshop.  Then I remembered that I could import directly into Snapseed now with a PSD file so in it went.  First thing I did was add Structure which is about the same as clarity on Lightroom then I went and added Drama which darkened the clouds and added even more details to the image.  Then I went and slapped a border on it just because.  I then saved it as a resized jpeg and behold the end result.  A tad over-processed?  Sure.  Visually different?  I think so and sometimes you just need to do what you feel like for a picture regardless.

Work Shed
Panasonic G3, 14mm, ISO 200, f/4.0, 1/800
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Nature

Feeding Time

Old image that I had and shot a while back.  My editing skills weren’t as good back then so I tweaked it and ran it through Color Efex and forgot the settings I used but they were under nature.  Did a massive crop to get the bird in focus then turned on the 1×1 crop to make it look a bit cleaner.  The final edit was a frame added.  I admit to being inspired by Bella Remy Photography to do a bit more editing than is my normal.

Feeding Time
Canon XSi, 200mm, ISO 400, f/6.3, 1/320