Mural de Tijuana

I have been shooting so much of other stuff that its nice to go back and look at other things I have shot after some time to let it sit.  I shot a lot of the very cool murals in Tijuana and this is one of them.  File cleaned up nicely and very happy with the result.  Enjoy!

Mural de Tiuana
Panasonic LX7, 24mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/20

Little Church

This church is maybe 5 minutes from my house and I drove past it a lot and never really thought about it.  Then I realized it would be a very cool place to shoot at night so I did.  Was a bit of a challenge with the tripod almost to the ground and the Canon 5DMK2 doesn’t have a flip out LCD so it was a lot of time laying on the ground looking a the LCD and focusing off it.  I got the exposure perfect for the shot and shot of me removing the harsh tungsten light color out, this is straight out the camera.  Very pleased.

PS – The weird trail in the sky is not pixilation.  It’s a jet.

Little Church
Canon 5DMK2, 17mm, ISO 200, f/9, 37 seconds

 

Lincoln Memorial

If I had to pick a shot from the night of shooting on the Mall in Washington DC this would be it.  Lincoln is lit up brighter and I focused on the statue and fired away to get the shot.  Editing this was a bit of a nightmare because of the sky which showed every ounce of noise in the picture but after some serious time in Photoshop I got it clean without destroying the rest of the detail in the image.  I may consider printing this one for framing.

Lincoln Memorial
Canon 5DMK2, 40mm, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1 sec

Dulles Airport

My home airport and considering its all of 5 minutes from my house easy to get to.  This is the main terminal and you can see one of the towers in the background.  I have seen a shot like this in my head every time I have driven to the airport on official airport business (meaning the main road is backed up so I take the airport road), or when I fly in or out of it.  What I didn’t know was how to get the shot so breaking several state, local, and federal laws and feigning ignorance of said laws in case a law enforcement official was to appear I went for it.  Dulles has a smaller terminal for private jets so I managed to get myself there and park the car and jump out and grab the camera and the tripod and have it setup in record time.  One of the joys of my location was I was on the main exit road for all terminal traffic so I had to time shots around vehicles and with long exposures that can be a challenge.  I managed to fire about 6 shots.  Even had several law enforcement vehicles roll past me without so much as a glance.

I went with a 16×9 crop to get rid of the parking lot and some of the lights which tend to sparkle a bit too much on long exposures like the one that made the picture.  The other cool thing about the 16×9 crop is that it really gives you a perspective of the size of the building.  One of the problems I faced was the main terminal was brightly lit but the tower wasn’t so the shots had to be relatively short for a long exposure because it would blow out the building.  I went for black and white as well because there wasn’t a lot of color to the image to begin with.  Filtering some colors out to get the light down even more to keep the building from being too lit up then played with the curve tool to bring it down some more.  Finally added a slight coffee finish and adjusted it to give the tone I wanted.  Was a bit noisy but used ye olde Photoshop and removed it then sharpened it during the resizing to give the image..

I should point out that this was all done on my newly acquired 70-210 f/4 Canon that I picked up for around $40 from a thrift store.  For the type of shooting I do it’s perfect and I don’t regret selling the 70-200 2.8 I had since I rarely used it and I don’t need 2.8 speed for long exposures.  Can even be used as a portrait lens if I need something longer than my 85mm.

Dulles Airport
Canon 5DMK2, 125mm, ISO 200, f/11, 4 sec.

Tangled Up In Blue

Little nod to Bob Dylan and points if you got the reference.  One of the few Dylan tracks I can stand.  More macro madness from my excursion to Oatlands.  I may have been testing a new lens I brought along the macro because there was gardens and gardens mean flowers, least in my world.  So what type of flower is this?  Its a blue petal thingy with some white bits using my vast botanical knowledge.  I don’t want to show off too much.  So enjoy!

Tangled Up In Blue
E-M5, 60mm, ISO 250, f/6.3, 1/320

Oatlands Mansion

Just a quick shot of the Outlands Historical House that I took.  This was just me playing around with the Panasonic 14-42 that I had acquired earlier that week to test out and I am happy with the performance.  It got a little soft for this picture but I managed to bring it out in post but might have been a bit too heavy handed and I wasn’t in the mood to super correct everything with brushes so going with what I got.  Downsizing the images stops the pixel peeping so happy with that!  Enjoy!

Oatlands Mansion
E-M5, 14mm, ISO 250, f/9.0 1/500

Spiral Galaxy

I have been in the world of landscapes lately but I’ll bring it back to the flowers which everyone seems to love.  I saw this and immediately thought of a spiral galaxy hence the name.  I liked how the color in the inside here starts to spiral towards the center.  Enjoy

Spiral Galaxy
E-M5, 60mm, ISO 800, f/6.3, 1/125

Enjoying the View

I find it amazing I went from a guy that could not shoot a landscape photo to save my life to getting rather good at them.  It helped I did some reading on the subject and got that shooting wide open wasn’t really an option.  It also helps to remember that when you shoot a landscape, you really are shooting something near to you not the distance to give it a sense of perspective.  I saw this bench and the Shenandoah Mountains in the distance and went for it.  I was shooting the Oatlands Historic House and Gardens to test a new lens I had picked up, the excellent Panasonic 14-42 (28-82 35mm equivalent) pancake that got a stellar review because I wanted a walk around lens for a trip to Thailand.  Normally I am a prime shooter but sometimes you want a zoom if you are just out and about.  It’s pretty darn good for the kit lens that comes with some of the Panasonic cameras and I’m very pleased with the shot.  So enjoy the view!

Enjoying the View
E-M5, 16mm, ISO 250, f/11, 1/400

Korean War Memorial

I am doing this one by request so no flashy title.  My Dad was in the Korean War, not that he was ever on a patrol or in a platoon like these guys but the memorial still stands in honor for people like him who did serve.  He never comments on my photos but has become a wiz at the Kindle Fire HD I got him so hopefully he can surf to it and enjoy the photo or THE MOM can take him to it (HINT HINT).

This shot was a bit of a nightmare to get because the light was horrible and I could not focus off the viewfinder at all because it was just too dark to see.  Switching to live view I could manual focus the best I could with a small screen and hoped for the best.  I aimed focus at the face because it was the most dramatic.  I think in the end I captured the essence of the memorial.

Korean-War-Memorial
Canon 5DMK2, 40mm, f/5.6, ISO 200, 3 Seconds

Remember

I really can’t think of a catchy title for this one. It was literally the last shot of the night and I was exhausted, sweaty, and to be perfectly honest, smelling myself and Super Dave who was experiencing night shoots for the first time.  We were both ragged after close to 4 hours of photography and I totally forgot I had a ball head and I could easily do a vertical shot so I locked the camera into vertical and shot three frames.  I like this one best because it had the two silhouettes walking out of of the memorial.  I really like how the light captures the names on the wall and you got the light reflecting off the Washington Monument coming in the walkway.  I know some readers (hello family members) love the color but in this case, black and white makes the picture.

Remember
Canon 5DMK2, 17mm, ISO 200, f/5.0, 10 sec.