I admit that I am a lazy git when it comes to processing images. If I didn’t feel somehow less of a photographer if I shot in jpeg I think I would process faster but then again, I would still end up tweaking and be in the same boat with thousands of unprocessed images. One of these days someone will pay me to do this full-time and I can sit at home and process, then again, I have been paid and I’m still lazy about processing until I get in the mood to sit and fiddle in Lightroom for a few hours. I used to be able to bang out an image in a matter of minutes but now with the tools I am using to enhance what the camera is producing I am much slower as I tweak out my workflow.
This is the Space Shuttle Discovery which is the second shuttle I have shot. I guess I am lucky in that I have shot two in my life and they were both 10 minutes away from Induced Chaos HQ. Using the Panasonic 7-14 on the OMD allowed me to shoot this at a relatively slow shutter speed with decent depth-of-field in low light. Tweaked out in Nik Tools then processed some additional processing in Photoshop to remove noise and here is the end result.
I walk out to this building every morning for the past 10 or 11 years. I have shot it many times just as a quick camera test for settings but this morning it looked good with the sun coming in off the glass in the front and then the shadows on the side. It’s a typical suburban morning. Doing some editing in Lightroom and then Nik Tools, and finally ending up in Photoshop for the final bits. For all the stuff I have shot lately this is one I genuinely like because of the fact its so typical.
One of those days when you don’t feel like editing photos for any period of time. Coming in from the gym after a storm passed and saw this and snapped it with the iPhone and hit some magical filters on Instagram and done!
I debated on Van Morrison’s Moon Dance but instead went with Joe Satriani’s Big Bad Voodoo Moon for the title. First time I have shot with my Sony A58 on a tripod along with a 400mm lens. I’m used to long exposures at night to collect details but with the moon being bright I had to play with settings until I got it. Things got a bit noisy in the corp as I kept bringing out the features in the moon. Not perfect but it works for me as a first time attempt at shooting the moon.
I admit that this one isn’t that visually moving but I love night shots of buildings lit up. I have to say if you are a photography and haven’t moved up to Lightroom 5 yet you are missing out on some great feature. The heal brush is absolutely brilliant. You would never guess there was a sign in the middle of the picture that is magically gone. This picture is also the first I have taken with my newly acquired Canon 17-40 which is amazingly wide.
I’ll be honest and say I didn’t like this picture at first. I found it too bland but then I went and started to work on it and magic happened. I will admit to touching it up a bit and mainly using the heal tool to get rid of some discoloration. The rest is the flower on its own with a bit nudging to various sliders in Lightroom to make it pop.
I did mention I own the very cool Olympus 60mm Macro. While I have been jumping around photography wise since I’m sitting on something of the order of about 3000 unprocessed images I figure I switch back to some flowers to change it up from landscapes I have been posting. Just some random plant with a bee and some ants hanging out on it.