When I was in Florida I didn’t shoot many flower shots. The wind was usually blowing which makes shooting them extremely difficult. I was also focused on landscapes as well and not doing much macro work. These two shots are about the best I got but I like them.
Purple haze, all in my brain
Lately things they don’t seem the same
Actin’ funny, but I don’t know why
Excuse me while I kiss the sky
I like the thank Jimi Hendrix for the title and lyrics. Seemed appropriate considering how purple the image is. The rest speaks for itself.
This one is a bit more HDR then others recently. I liked the darker tones on the jungle but wanted the path to stand out a bit so I just masked in a different color path till I got it to where I wanted it. Still learning all this stuff but I am finding I can appreciate what I turn out now versus just toss it aside and saying its garbage.
For inquiring minds it was shot on Sanibel Island near the Lighthouse Pier (I think thats what its called) and it was the path that lead through what felt like jungle canopy. Having spent enough time in Thailand and seeing what counts as “forest” it was damn similar. So it shall be dubbed jungle!
When I used to play video games we used to joke about the ball of fire in the sky. Something most video gamers fear as we would never see it. This image just reminded me of it hence the name.
It’s funny that while I was watching the HDR videos one of the things that kept cropping up was being able to get multiple images out of similar shots. It just comes down to light and angle. It turned out to be true because I have already showed similar images to this but because of camera placement and the light changing they are all unique.
One of the things that bothered me about this image was the lens flare and I debated on fixing it. Then I went screw it. It’s going to take me hours to get it right versus something that doesn’t detract from it and gives the image some realism because if you were looking at it with sunglasses on you would get flare (true because I had mine on).
The other issue with the image was I wanted the texture of the path to be more prominent then it was. So I just did two versions of the image, one with a sky I liked and one with the sidewalk I liked and with the magic of Photoshop I got what I wanted.
So give a little on one thing and take a little on another thing and you get an image that you can live with.
This is a shot from underneath the causeway that connects Sanibel Island to the mainland. It was a hot fishing location as it turned out. I was there to get some shots but saw this guy who apparently didn’t mind some stranger coming up and setting up a tripod and firing off a bunch of shots. While we had no verbal communications I’m pretty sure he posed as he kept changing his stance as I was line up shots. I was fine with it as he added to the shot instead of taking away from
The image I attempted for Friday finally got down after a few hours of editing and more layer masks then I ever thought was possible. A plethora of third party tools were also used to get this image to where it is. Not 100% happy but never am. There are some issues with it but I’ll leave it up to others to find them.
The sun was setting to my left and I really wanted that reflected in the water and keeping the darker, blue sky to my right but still bringing in the sky colors to get it something interesting tones. The people you see in the far left are not fishing, they were an engagement shoot for a couple and a photographer and his assistant. The lady in the green dress was in my frame for some shots but I didn’t like her walking down the pier as it drew the attention away from the entire package so I used the images where she was with the group.
Hope you enjoy.
Home after 7 days in Florida and just exhausted from a late night arrival and heading to work. I had this image ready to go so I’m going with it after spending 2 plus hours trying to edit a bunch of images and nothing really working for me. While nothing spectacular I do like the clouds!
I shot a lot of landscapes while in Fort Myers. Shot about 45 minutes after the threatening sky shot. I really wanted the Manatee Zone sign to be readable and when you do HDR it tends to really darken the shadows up. So I masked in a non-HDR original and brushed it in. Little bit of lightening the houses on the opposite bank. Ran it through Intensify Pro and done!
It really looks worse then it was considering I was shooting well into the night. Fort Myers tends to look stormy in the evening for some reason. I guess the air blowing in off the Gulf of Mexico. It lends to some interesting cloud formations.
This is another HDR but this one was done with 7 shots. I was just playing around with the 7 shot concept to see what would happen. Its much easier to work with 3 and the tones and details aren’t that different in the end. I have also been using Macphun Intensify Pro to add the just little bit of secret sauce to the image.
Now that I have access to a larger monitor I can process some of the HDR stuff I have taken (almost exclusively). I have a better handle on it now since I spent some of the time I had on the planes watching Trey Ratcliff’s HDR tutorial. This is the first image I have processed since watching it. I still have a ways to go but happy.
This image is along the water front of the Caloosahatchee River and you can see the sun setting. I really like the way I captured the people just enjoying the sunset and the river.