Just the last of the shots that I took at the national park. I left one in color to see how flat and grey the sky was that day.
Seeing how it snowed again it seemed time to take some pictures. I stopped on the way to work in at a national park and snapped these images with my Sony RX100M3. The weather was grey and color was washed out at best. So I just did conversion to monochromatic and just let the tones take over the images.
For those of you that are curious about the editing music, Lamb of God’s most excellent album Resolution. For those of you thinking I have suddenly started listening to wholesome family music; they were once known as Burn the Priest. Lamb of God is much more commercially viable I think. On a photography note, lead singer Randy Blythe is a most excellent photographer. Check out his Instagram for some of his work. It’s not shot on a phone.
Blame the music for this one. I had on Johnny Cash American Recordings. Highly recommend it. It was Cash’s last recordings. There are 5 albums in total. He did a lot of songs that were a departure from what he was really known for. So with that, I took the idea and went wild with nature.
Not sure how this is going to appeal to everyone but I went with the idea that if I liked the final product good enough. It isn’t anything other than what I wanted the image to look like. If I liked the final result it was good enough. There were no rules.
So take the images for what they are and enjoy.
Sure the images are monochromatic but as I edit them a snow storm is blowing outside. It seemed appropriate to not use color. It adds a sense of drama to the images.
On a technical note, the Sony RX100M3 files have a bad habit. I will do perspective adjustments in Lightroom and when I bring them into Photoshop my perspective adjustments are gone. While both programs are supposed to have Camera Raw support for the files I’m thinking its not so great. May have to suck it up and covert the files to DNG from now on if I know perspective is slightly off.
If you are a lover of all things nature in color look away now. I have enough in my archives to make you happy. If you love abstract photography mixed with moody black and white stuff then scroll down.
I would say that it was Metallica’s Ride The Lighting that I was listening to when I edited these images that made them dark and moody but I had every intention of editing these in black and white when I shot them. The simple leaf left alone isn’t that exciting. It’s green. We all know that. Turn the image into black and white and play with the lights and shadows and you get something more. There is another side of a leaf that you just don’t see until you remove the color. It becomes something more and less mundane. Least that is the effect I was shooting for.
Hope you enjoy.
The Anthurium Andraeanum or also known as the Flamingo Lily. For those of you in doubt I linked to it. I didn’t want to title the post weeds with turgid bit (yes I’m emotionally thirteen with a large vocabulary). Thats about all I know about these things.
I could pontificate some more but you come here to look at the images.
No not the Disney movie. Not that I would complain if I did own rights to it and was rolling in money from its production. Sadly, I just produce images of frozen rivers and not money making animated feature films. Maybe one day if I learn how to edit video.
These images (mostly) are of the Potomac River looking into Washington DC or Reagan National Airport. There is a marina that I pass when I have to go to an office near there. I finished my early morning meeting and I had a choice of sitting in traffic or wandering around in the freezing weather (literally) and taking some pictures. Since these are being published you can figure out which option I selected.
These were all shot with my Sony RX100M3. I am noticing some issues with the lens that the more you step it down the less sharp it is. These were all shot at the smallest apertures either f11 or f10. You can see the lens drop off rapidly. This is me expecting more from the sensor then I should. I’m used to micro four thirds or a crop sensor and not a compact camera with a 1″ sensor in it. While it is the highest mega pixel camera I own, it doesn’t mean its the sharpest simply because of sensor size.
I am pleased with the shots and how they turned out regardless. I did some Photoshopping to get the images to where I thought the balance of detail and sharpness was acceptable.
Hope you enjoy the frozen Potomac.