Bethesda – In Monochrome

This continues the series I shot while walking around where I work.  These images tend to be more structural and more random in style.  While the color set didn’t have a theme to it either there was some cohesion with the the visual elements.  I think the absence of color allows you to focus on the tones and textures versus the color.  Just because an image doesn’t have color doesn’t mean that there is an absent of it.  While its called tones the reality is there are grays, blacks, and whites going on.  All of which are colors.  These like the color were shot on my OMD-EM1, OMD-EM5, and Ricoh GR. Enjoy.

This is all about the crane reflection in the window.  When it was in color the crane got lost but this makes it stand out.

Bethesda in Monochrome

This was a rather boring picture of the building I had intended to shoot.  When I converted it, the beams and light became much more noticable.

Bethesda in Monochrome

This is a consignment shop I think.  I drive past it almost every day when I go to work.  I really liked the light hitting the bench with the dress mannequin sitting there in the window.

Bethesda in Monochrome

I have attempted to shoot this stairway many times but this is the first time I nailed it.  I just really like the textures going on all over the place and the sense of depth you get.

Bethesda in Monochrome

This is the monochrome version of the building I showed yesterday.

Bethesda - In Monochrome

I love ivy in black and white.  It just comes out so different.  This is the same ivy from the picture above but depending on how the light hits it and the focal length used the leaves are different color.

Bethesda - In Monochrome

This is a building row that I am guessing used to house auto garages.  I have seen clubs come in there and none last longer then a few months then go.  The building sits abandoned now and I have no idea why considering real estate prices in there area. While it doesn’t show the state of the building it just like the empty feeling the image gives.

Bethesda - In Monochrome

This is just one of those shot for the light.  I liked how it hit the windows and then darkened in the corners.

Bethesda - In Monochrome

Bethesda – In Color

I shot these a few days ago and when I dumped my memory cards I just cringed at the photos.  I let them sit a few days then came back to them and went through them without attachment and I was pleased with what I found.  A few hours in edit and happy with them.  I did use a new technique in editing to get maximum texture and tones out of them similar to what I have been using but changed up the sharpening processing to something a bit more subtle and cut down on weird artifacts.  The series was shot on three cameras, my Olympus OMD-EM1, Olympus OMD-EM5, and my Ricoh GR.  One Olympus had the 12-40 2.8 (24-80) lens on it and the other had my 75mm 1.8 (150).  The Ricoh is a fixed lens at 28mm.

I have a trip to Panama upcoming and I wanted to get myself in the photographic mood and train myself to look around me.  So I set out around where I work which is a different type of place. It’s expensive luxury apartments, large office buildings, and funky shopping and dining areas.  There is lots of construction going on as the area continues to thrive to draw more people to the area.  This is the first set and I left them in color.  The next set will be the black and white.  Enjoy.

The owner of said door is equally as friendly.

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The French bistro that used to be down the block from my old building.  Now its a few blocks away as we moved to a newer building.

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I have a thing for large construction cranes.  I really like how I caught the cement bucket going over with the crane’s operator cab along with the clouds.  Simple photo but I’m biased because of the cranes.

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I mentioned my old office building, here is the back of it along with the parking garage that is attached.  I have tried to shoot the ivy a few times and never really captured it to my satisfaction.  I also did this image in black and white which you will see tomorrow.

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The cool blue color along with all the lines going on in the building itself and in the reflections.

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This tree was shot with the intention of turning it black and white.  When I did the light hitting the leaves made it look very strange in black and white.  I really liked the image so I left it in color and didn’t want it to go to waste.  The interesting thing is that this is a very old tree wedged into a tiny parking lot and the building behind it is a Starbucks.  Just out of frame is a rubbish dumpster.

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I’ve had a thing for umbrellas lately.  No idea why.  This is a small public garden attached to a hotel that you can sit in if you wish.  I have never seen anyone in it.

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Just one of the statues in the garden.

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SnapKnot
Courtesy of: SnapKnot

Take to the Water

I went back to the water pictures I shot now that I am not so attached to them and took a editing sledge hammer to them to get what I wanted out of them.  One of the things I noticed is that the 30mm Sigma has a bad habit of going weird on focusing mid-distance items.  It’s ok for up close and at distance but at mid-areas it gets a little fuzzy literally.  Enjoy

This is one time I wish I had a longer lens with me.  The ducks were just cruising the small lake.

Take to the Water

I wanted to mix in black and white work and make it monochrome just to show tones.  The reality is water isn’t that colorful and we all know grass is green.  I have a similar image later in this series shot on my Ricoh GR.  The difference between the two lenses is noticeable when you pixel peep them.

Take to the Water

Just liked how the setting sun made the image warmer with its tones.

Take to the Water

Similar to the earlier picture but shot on the wider lens I could not decide which version I liked better so you get both.

Take to the Water

I really liked the shadows here and the wind causing the water to ripple.

Take to the Water

This one is print worthy.  This was all the camera and this is where the Sigma 30mm really shines.  I dropped the exposure compensation a stop I think since I don’t have a neutral density filter that fits the Sigma.  Extremely pleased with the image.

Take to the Water

Flower-ish

I have been shooting lately.  Too bad I don’t feel like I can edit some of it to my satisfaction or I feel its total garbage and not worth bothering.  I’m mainly just getting out and holding a camera again before I jet off to Panama City, Panama for 6 days of photographic goodness.  So with that in mind, I always snag a flower shot when I can because I’m just good at shooting them anymore.  It should be pointed out that none of these were shot on a macro lens.

This was shot in the hot morning sun.  My body provided the shade and I was damned if I do provide the shade and damned if I didn’t.  I captured it for the most part.  I should have used a flash but hindsight is 20/20 so they say.

Flower-ish

 

These were shot in the glaring afternoon sun.  Luckily it worked for these two.

Flower-ish

Flower-ish

 

Industrial Glass

I like taking pictures of the reflections I see in the glass in the various buildings around me.  These shots were taken over a couple of days using the Sigma 60mm, Olympus 12-40, and Olympus 75mm.  I also used my Olympus EM1 and my Olympus EM5 to get the shots.  The biggest difference between the Olympus EM1 and the EM5 is that the EM1 has no anti-alias filter on it.  If I look close I can tell which camera took which photo only because I know.  If I asked someone else I doubt they could tell.  In addition this is the first time I have shot a series in a while not plant related.  It felt good to produce something that was more than a one off.  The lake shots I took annoyed me so I have left them alone and will attempt to tackle them again when I am not so attached to them.  Until then enjoy the glass and the buildings.

This one was the evening sky hitting the glass.  I cheated a bit with the blue color in the glass but I knew the effect I wanted out of it.

Industrial Glass

This one almost didn’t make it.  It’s got some flaw as the Sigma 60mm has some weird focus issues at time but I really like the sunset capturing the bottom right hand corner I just left it in the group.

Industrial Glass

This is a hotel near me.  I saw the light hitting it one morning while I was putting fuel in my car and thought it would be a cool shot.  So when I saw the light hitting it I had the cameras with me and just stopped and took the shot.

Industrial Glass

I just like how the building changes shape and how the light hits it one way and the clouds reflect the other way.

Industrial Glass

This is the same building as above but a different corner and I like how it just reflected back in on itself.

Industrial Glass

This is the reflection of the sister to the building above.  This one sits 4 lanes away and acts as a mirror for anything across the street.

Industrial Glass

Same building as above but a different side.  The storm was moving in and the wind was picking up as I shot this.  Just loved how it caught the clouds.

Industrial Glass

 

Sunset on the Water

I was going to add all the images I shot for this but some of them are taking longer to edit then others.  This one was almost perfect out of the camera which was the Ricoh GR.  Enjoy

Sunset on the Water

All Filler

I will admit that these two are filler pictures because I don’t have time to edit the more interesting stuff I shot.  These were done because the flowers were there and I had a couple cameras on me.  The yellow thing was shot with the Ricoh GR and the white and yellow things were shot with the Olympus EM1 with the Sigma 60mm on it.  Neither are spectacular but nice to look at.  Enjoy.

All Filler

All Filler

Columns

These were shots I took but didn’t know what to do with.  They weren’t that great but I started to play around and see what I came up with in editing.  Went black and white and heavy contrast and then pulled out the orange or yellow from them to make the white pop more.  Then brought it into Photoshop and did some dodging and burning.  I just like the shadows and how the white starts to pop with them.  Made otherwise boring pictures much more interesting.

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