Just two quickies I shot while working on something else. Used the Olympus 40-150mm (80-300) and got both these shots before moving on to what I was really shooting. Since what I shot will take a lot more time to edit then these two you get the hopeful signs of spring.
Just a quick edit. Self explanatory.
Or as she is better known, Marilyn Monroe.
It was one of those things I have been promising myself I would shoot and I finally did. While I’m not thrilled about the construction stuff around the image there was no way I could get in any tighter on it. When I was post processing I also had to deal with the shadow effect the artist wanted along with the dirt and grim built up on the paint. Still I like it overall.
Changed up some editing after watching Trey Radcliff’s recent video which is worth a watch. I enjoy Ming Thein but he is super technical and monotone sounding like the accountant he used to be so watching Trey’s video was a bit of break to hear someone have some emotion and not take photography so seriously.
So most of the images over the last few days were shot off this bridge. I have no earthly idea what its called but its a bridge! I have driven across it countless times but this was the first time I walked across it or took the time to photograph it.
Originally the image was going to be in color but there was an issue. There were orange caution signs all over the place and I had to remove them. No matter how skilled I was, there was an artifact of the orange sign showing but when I did the black and white conversion magic happened and you can’t see the signs which there were many! So I did my processing as a black and white and changed up my sharpening to try and extract maximum detail. In the end I’m extremely happy with the image and it stands on its own.
I have gotten over the worst of my man flu which was really debilitating. So in honor of that I have edited five photos to create something of a cohesive series. I have taken some liberties with the cinematic crop. Some of these are clearly more cinematic than others but you get the general point of what I was shooting for. The other interesting thing was a couple of these were edited in the morning and the others at night. Points if you can tell which were edited at which time.
All of these were shot on on Olympus EM1 using either the 12-40 2.8 or the 40-150 2.8. They were all processed using Nik’s ColorFX to get the images to where I wanted them. Then the usual sharpening and final touches put on them in Photoshop.
Still feeling the debilitating effects of man flu so two quick edits before I return to convalesce and recover from my illness.
I will come out and say I unabashedly modified the hell out of the image to get it to where I wanted it. The light was flat and fading when I took the picture hanging over a bridge. I wanted the image of Rock Creek to pop more than what it was. So taking it into Nik’s ColorFX I went wild. Then did my traditional edits in Photoshop to get a bit more detail out of it and said done.
Once I am sufficiently rested and recovered from working 7 days straight and still battling strains of man flu I’ll do a series again. Until then I hope you enjoy the single images I am publishing.
I am finally home after too many days in Washington DC. This was the final shot I took of my morning view. Shot on my Olympus EM1 with the 12-40mm lens.
This could be a reference to the movie with the same name or more importantly; the Iron Maiden song. Take your pick on whatever makes you happier.
I will say that this series was like shooting on white seamless. It’s just the sky behind the lights and the light fooling the meter. Interesting effect that isolates the subject.