Discovery

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.

Discovery
OMD-EM5, 10mm, ISO 1600, f/4.0, 1/60

Suburban Morning

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.

Suburban Morning
Panasonic GX1, 20mm, ISO 160, f/5.6, 1/400

Lots of Drops

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!

lots-of-drops

Ground Control

I can hear Ziggy Stardust singing and I hate the song.

Ground control to major Tom
Ground control to major Tom
Take your protein pills and put your helmet on

Ground Control
Olympus OMD-EM5, 12mm, ISO 250, f/7.1, 1/1250

Big Bad Voodoo Moon

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.

Big Bad Voodoo Moon
Sony A58, 400mm, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/125

Light Up the Night

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.

Light-up-the-Night
Canon 5DMK2, 32mm, ISO 200, f/14, 30 sec.

Simplicity

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.

Simpicity
Olympus OMD-EM5, 60mm, ISO 250, f/5.6, 1/1600

Macro Madness

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.

Macro Madness
Olympus OMD-EM5, 60mm, ISO 250, f/2.8, 1/4000

Wall of Honor

The Wall of Honor as the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum.  I have been really pushing Lightroom 5 to the limit lately.  Thew new brushes are very nice to use.

Wall of Honor
OMD-EM5, 14mm, ISO 250, f/22, 1/80