Bethesda – In Color

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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One thought on “Bethesda – In Color

  1. Very interesting photos. Love the crane with the clouds. You have good vision to capture very nice photos whether it is buildings, umbrellas, trees, etc. You have an eye for detail and your photos are always excellent. Do like the color instead of black and white but must admit, some pictures that are black and white I find very interesting. Love the end to your photos. You do love your camera and you do like to wonder and you have an eye on detail to bring to life those photos you capture and share with the world.

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