The Pagoda

I have shot this pagoda before but it was usually a fast shot because it was constantly busy. This time there were maybe 10 people in the entire park so I got the shot I have been wanting. The problem was the light was horrible. So after my editing block last night the epiphany hit me on how to stack the images to get the sky not to be so blown out. All I needed to do was duplicate the images in Lightroom and edit them there then bring them into Photoshop and stack them. It’s not perfect by any stretch of the imagination but its much better than it was and I got the pagoda shot I wanted. Enjoy.

The Pagoda

 

Old Tyme Memories

I won’t go into the details of the number of images I didn’t publish before I finally called time and went with this one. I have been playing in Photoshop and pushing myself to master some of the more advanced topics. I was playing with all sorts of stuff and every time I get to where I wanted it I find something I hated and scrap the image. This image is one I could find myself living with. Yes, there is motion blur and while I could have fixed it I didn’t bother. I deliberately added noise to the image and gave it some warmth in the tone. I know some may scream sacrilege for making it black and white but the image was mostly green in colors so this way you get the tones and textures instead of a giant green blob. I could go on picking the image apart but I’ll just post it and move on and hope tomorrow is a better day. Enjoy.

Old Tyme Memories

The Pool into the Pond

Not having a lot of time to edit a series right now so consider this a taste of things to come provided I have time to edit more than one image at a time. I shot this on my often neglected 50mm that is a fine lens, I just am glutton for choice with lenses. The micro 4/3 system went from a few lenses to having pretty much anything you need for a job. I won’t even talk about my adapted lens collection. It’s mind blowing. So with the 50mm on my camera, I went about and shot some stuff which as indicated will be upcoming this week. Enjoy.

The Pool into the Pond

Getting Buggy

While I was out shooting I ran into these two. While the honey bee wasn’t that interested in a portrait the moth/butterfly thing was. So I gladly snapped them. I like to thank my macro lens for being 1:1. I also like to thank the various other bugs in the area, in particular the bees for being used to idiots with cameras shoving them into foliage and not stinging the crap out of me.

Enjoy

Getting Buggy

Getting Buggy

Getting Buggy

Getting Buggy

Back To My Roots

I have studiously avoided flowers for some time now. I have mentioned before, not a fan. I am good at shooting them but I really don’t like them. So I went to Meadowlark Gardens when I got out of work early to do some shooting on my double secret new camera and brought along my EM1 and the macro lens. Meadowlark Garden’s was the first place I ever shoot a DSLR a long time ago. I remember being so excited walking around with my Canon and non-marco lenses just shooting everything. Then taking the images in Picasa and going nuts. Who knew about destructive editing? That was a long time ago, things have changed. I’m a photography business owner. I have spent WAY too much on gear. I own WAY too many cameras. I also now edit in Lightroom and Photoshop which I professed to hate a long time ago.

I didn’t just want to shoot standard shots this time around. The angles are weird, the plants are different, and I used a flash on some of these photos. The light was changing on me which is why you go from extremely bright Sun to flash. I also tweaked the editing process about halfway through and was too lazy to go back and re-edit the early ones. Regardless. Enjoy.

Back To My Roots

Back To My Roots

Back To My Roots

Back To My Roots

Back To My Roots

Back To My Roots

Stained Class

Nothing like slipping in a Judas Priest reference! Of course, this is really stained glass but one can’t pass up naming a post like that, its like Houses of the Holy. You just have to do it. Plus with me being in the gallery it was likely bringing the class way down.

I do like stained glass and I have shot it a lot but have never been satisfied enough to share it. There was always something wrong with it on some level but this one I liked. The Ricoh GR was wide enough to get the glass and even with some lens distortion it captured it. The color is more-or-less straight out of the camera. Just some tweaking and good to go.

I am being sparse on the images because while I have been shooting, its on the new super double secret camera and not sure when I’ll get to those images but I promise a change up tomorrow with some other stuff I have shot recently.

Enjoy.

Stained Class

Flesh to Alabaster

Points if you know there the title came from. Think big 80’s band and the lyric came from a oft covered song.

I was in Washington DC as I have shown and on my wanderings I saw that the Corcoran Gallery said free admission I wandered in for a peak and something to drink. So to cool off from being outside I had a nice beer and proceeded to wander the gallery. I asked one of the security guards if I could take pictures and he said it was no problem provided I did not use flash. Since I had my new secret camera that had limitations, I just used my Ricoh GR and cranked the ISO up. I shot some other stuff but I love shooting statues. Want to learn about light and shooting portraits, shoot a statue for a bit. It’s effectively the same thing. I knew once I saw these images it was going to be in black and white as there just wasn’t much color to begin with and I wanted the statues to be the focal point. So I just desaturated the images and cranked the blacks and the contrast. I really like how they turned out. Enjoy.

Flesh to Alabaster

Flesh to Alabaster

Flesh to Alabaster

Flesh to Alabaster

Flesh to Alabaster

Jefferson on the Potomac

I didn’t really like the image of the Jefferson Memorial I posted yesterday. Knowing I had another shot from my Ricoh GR it seemed time to edit it. I knew I could knock it out fairly quickly since I am on a bit of a time crunch. For inquiring minds, the sky really did look like that and all I did was bring the color to what I saw. Was some weird clouds going on when I was shooting. Enjoy.

Jefferson on the Potomac

Monumental

So if you follow me on Instgram you know I was in Washington DC on Saturday. It may seem strange, but I hate DC. This isn’t a political rant, I live near it and grew up with it 15-30 minutes away. That means, I’m a DC native as anyone who lives in DC suburbs of Virginia or Maryland considered a native. That means, most of us are sensible and avoid the city like the plague because of traffic and this time of the year, tourists. I have little sense and I also had a new camera to play with. I don’t want to give away what type of camera it is but I knew I needed to play with it some place that would make it worth my while. So off to The Mall in DC. I also packed my Sigma DP1 and my Ricoh GR. These images were shot with the Sigma DP1 which is a weird camera. It’s effective resolution is like 5mp but its a Foveon sensor so each color channel has its own sensor. There are pluses and minuses. When the sensor nails it, it nails it. When the sensor chokes, you might as well toss the image. The middle image was a choke but I kept playing with it in Photoshop until I got it someplace I could tolerate. I wanted a lot more detail but was satisfied with the Jefferson Memorial standing out like it did and left it like that. I originally wanted it in color but there was so much color fringing I could not remotely hope to fix it. The two of the Washington Monument were tolerable with the water shot being the best. I need to play with the camera some more. I know it doesn’t like spot metering as a lot of the images were dark. Regardless, its a fun little camera to play with and I’ll keep it around for times I feel like frustrating myself in post processing.

Enjoy the images.

Monumental

Monumental

Monumental