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Travel Photography

Norway Anyone?

I first went to Epcot 22 years ago with my sister. I was obsessed with all things Norwegian back then. So I made her eat Norwegian food. I enjoyed it. I think. No real memory of the meal. I do remember the Mickey Mouse shaped butter.

As I started to travel internationally I realized I preferred warm places versus freezing cold. The fjords of Norway are lovely to look at on TV and pictures but if you need me I’ll be in South East Asia somewhere. It’s warm there!

When I returned to Epcot again with my Mom we ventured into Norwegian territory again. This time I had a camera to document the experience. It reenforced my preferences for warm weather locals.

Enjoy.

Norway

Norway

Norway

Norway

 

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Travel Photography

Personal Buddha

I had Depeche Mode’s Personal Jesus stuck in my head while I was doing these images. It’s one of the most covered songs ever. Even Johnny Cash covered it on one of American Recording albums.

For those of you that are practicing Buddhist’s I recognize that one of these is not Buddha. For those of you that are unfamiliar with Buddhism here is a hint, Buddha was not a fat, happy guy. I just liked the image.

This week will be a Disney week as I finally got off my ass and edited all the images. So it will be an around the world trip by the end. These images represent nothing that is country specific but were shot in “China”. The rest will be very country specific and very obvious. You will also get to see Florida’s weather in all its glory as the light shifted on me throughout the day.

Enjoy.

Personal Buddha

Personal Buddha

Personal Buddha

Personal Buddha

 

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Black and White Photography HDR Photography Landscape Photography Travel Photography

Admiral Tilp

When I first went through my images I took with a wide angle lens I bought I though meh for this image. It wasn’t that interesting. The sky was blue and everything else was in harsh Noon light with a brown river. For those that have never seen the Potomac River, its a muddy brown. Not very exciting to look at. So when I did the conversion to HDR using Photomatix I just randomly clicked on stuff and a monochrome preview came up and I had a winner! The monochrome made everything pop.

Once I finished tweaking in Photomatix I brought the image into Photoshop and then edited a single image as well then brought it into Photoshop. Loaded them as stacks and aligned the layers. Once that was done I just masked the two images together to get rid of some of the ghosting and add additional contrast to areas. The final piece was a load into Macphun’s Intensify Pro a wee bit more masking and done.

As for the Admiral Tilp, its not named after a naval commander at all.

Enjoy

*If you see dust spots pretend they aren’t there. I maybe forgot to clean the lens until after this shot and while I used the healing brush judiciously I am sure I missed some. 

Admiral Tilp

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Flower Photography Flowers Nature Nature Photography

Wildflowers

You belong among the wildflowers
You belong in a boat out at sea
Sail away, kill off the hours
You belong somewhere you feel free

Run away, find you a lover
Go away somewhere all bright and new
I have seen no other
Who compares with you

You belong among the wildflowers
You belong in a boat out at sea
You belong with your love on your arm
You belong somewhere you feel free

Run away, go find a lover
Run away, let your heart be your guide
You deserve the deepest of cover
You belong in that home by and by

You belong among the wildflowers
You belong somewhere close to me
Far away from your trouble and worry
You belong somewhere you feel free
You belong somewhere you feel free

Tom Petty – Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

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Flower Photography Flowers Nature Nature Photography

Small. Delicate. Things.

Title explains what I think of all these images. Very pleased so far with how all the images have come out with the Tokina 24-200mm lens. It’s not a macro lens in any sense but it handled the flowers very well. Mix that in with the Sony A7R’s giant 36.4mp sensor I get more tone and depth than I am used to working with.

This is the second batch out of the camera for flowers and I think I have the work flow figured out to the point I like these images better than the first set. Found a camera raw profile that works for flowers and will stick with it since I get much deeper colors natively out of the image.

Enjoy.

Small. Delicate. Things.

Small. Delicate. Things.

Small. Delicate. Things.

Small. Delicate. Things.

Small. Delicate. Things.

Small. Delicate. Things.

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Flower Photography Nature Photography

Late Flowers

This is the first batch of flowers I have taken with the A7R. It’s a bit of a different experience editing with 36mp files. They are huge compared to the normal 16mp I am used when I do flower photography.

I have no idea what any of these are. I stick to my nomenclature of colorful weeds.

They were shot with my Tokina 24-200mm lens and simple editing in Photoshop.

Enjoy.

Late Flowers

Late Flowers

Late Flowers

Late Flowers

Late Flowers

Late Flowers

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Landscape Photography

Hidden Away

It seems whenever I acquire a lens I need to test with more than just me wandering around I head to Meadowlark Gardens. I know the place well so I know I can always get a few interesting images out of a trip. So with a new lens in hand off I went for a morning of shooting.

I had with me my Sony A7R and a Tokina 24-200 coupled with a Sony LA-EA4 adapter. This allowed me to use this very nice Sony Alpha mount lens on the A7R. I looked at the Sony 24-240FE but at $1000 just could not justify it considering I spent $400 for the adapter and lens. I also scored a Sigma 12-24mm $399 as well so that means two lenses and I can shoot almost anything and for less then 1 Sony FE lens. Since I mainly use the A7R for landscape stuff this is a bargain and a deal! Plus, I realy have to change lenses. To quote Charlie Sheen, “Winning!”.

Back to the story. This is the pond I have shot countless times and has been published on the site. First time I saw the boat so I adjusted my tripod to the ground, let the camera do the focus and pressed the remote shutter release. I used three images that I shot bracketed 1 EV and then blended them I debated on HDR but I really preferred the more natural look.

Enjoy!

hidden-away

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Architectural Photography Landscape Photography Travel Photography

Chicago Redux

I figured I just finish up with the Chicago stuff since I liked it so much. Hard to believe but I have shot a lot of new stuff lately just holding off on it for other purposes. So enjoy Chicago shots I never published.

Chicago Redux

 

Chicago Redux

Chicago Redux

Chicago Redux

Chicago Redux

Chicago Redux

Chicago Redux

Chicago Redux

Chicago Redux

Chicago Redux

Chicago Redux

Chicago Redux

 

 

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Landscape Photography Night Photography

Night Glow

Old shot I originally did in black and white because I didn’t have a clue what I was doing with the image and how to effectively edit it. The city is Rosslyn located in Arlington, VA. I was standing on the bridge leading to Roosevelt Island.

Enjoy.

Night-Glow

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Architectural Photography Travel Photography

Tall Places and Blue Skies

Little more playing with the archives. Return trip through the Chicago archives of the stuff I never published. This mainly revolved around my inability to use Photoshop to much effect. A lot of what is now my normal workflow I didn’t know back then. Instead I would just crank the contrast and the blacks and go from there. Now I basically take what comes out of the camera and go from there. A lot of the contrast, along with light and shadows is all done between tone curves and dodging and burning. I’ll tweak it in Nik Tools, mainly a polarizing filter and pro contrast to do some color correction. Then a quick smart sharpen and unsharpen mask and done. Sounds like a lot, but trust me, its like 3 to 5 minutes of work and thats about it.

These images were all shot on a Panasonic LX7 which I realize did a fabulous job and part of my issues with it were me. However, the issues it did have drove me insane. I’m much happier with the Sony RX100M3 for the all-in-one high-end compact.

Enjoy

 

Tall Places and Blue Skies

Tall Places and Blue Skies

Tall Places and Blue Skies

Tall Places and Blue Skies

Tall Places and Blue Skies