I took this when I was in DC for work. The office I had to go to is a couple blocks away from the Whitehouse so I figured I cut through the park and get some shots. Last time I was at the Whitehouse you could go all the way up to the iron gate. This time I was forced to stand across the street. I have no real idea why. DC is riddled with closed streets near government buildings. You get used to it and why natives avoid driving in the city as much as possible.
This is the view from my balcony that I see most nights. Well it would be if I was a 300mm lens and cropped to 16×9. My balcony faces to the West so I see all the sunsets when I’m home and now that I walk to work I have lots of time to see sunsets because I am usually home anymore. So when I saw the view I grabbed my tripod and put an Olympus EM1 and the 40-150 (80-300) lens on and snapped a few shots.
I merged in 3 images and ran it through the HDR software but did it subtle. Simple dodge and burn and happy enough with the result. I didn’t want to do too much editing since I had been doing series and they are time consumers.
I hate snow. I hate the cold. I think it sucks on a level that you would not believe. I try and avoid going out in the cold as much as humanly possible. So when the giant storm hit the East Coast of America I wasn’t overly inclined to go out into it for pictures. However, fate being a fickle mistress forced me to venture out into Washington, DC for work on a day we were closed due to weather. So I figured why not take a camera with me.
I didn’t go for the traditional snow shots. I think I pointed out I’m not that into cold weather to being with. So I went for stuff that had other visual elements in it. The theme being there was snow! Most of the images felt better in monochrome but a couple really felt better in color so I left them that way. Nothing fancy in post process. Just the usual dodge and burn.
PS – If you live in a warm climate and have romantic thoughts of snow go rub an ice cube on delicate parts of nether regions. Let me know if you still think its romantic. Snow is cold! It’s frozen water. Same as ice!
This was shot in Thailand as a storm was rolling in so the sky was grey and all the fishing boats were in and there were only a few people on the beach.
This image just felt monochrome to me. There wasn’t a lot of color to begin with so I hit the greyscale conversion and off I went editing. For a rarity this was mostly edited in Lightroom. There was a lot of extraneous stuff so I did a 2.4 to 1 crop and then started editing. Once I was happy with the basic file it was off to Photoshop for a slight curves adjustment and dodging and burning. I will admit to throwing on a layer mask to bring out the details in the rocks and the boat. Subtle but it needed it.
The snow has stopped but it will be around for some time. The area I am in got hit with 2 feet or around .6 meters. For inquiring minds, hell no I haven’t been out. It’s cold and I’m delicate. Since its still cold I went ahead and did another beach picture from Thailand. This was shot on Pattaya Beach just down from the Dolphin roundabout where Beach Road begins.
This was shot on my Ricoh GR which I recently sold. I found myself using it less and my Sony RX100M3 more. There was nothing wrong with the camera and I really think its a powerful camera but I just was using it less. Hopefully it will find a new home with someone that will use it as the photography powerhouse that it is.
This is a shot off of Wongnamat Beach in Naklua, Thailand. With the snow now falling for over 24 hours straight here on the East Coast and not due to stop till the very early hours of the morning. I am not a cold weather animal and I would much rather be sitting in the tropical climate of Thailand than sitting here watching the white stuff pile up.
I’d go into the technical details of the image but I just like the fact it looks warm and inviting.
I have shot this sign before. I’m a sucker for a Gibson Les Paul done in Sunburst. As for the restaurant itself can’t comment as I have never been in it but I have been in the Hard Rock Casino and thats got a lot of cool memorabilia in it if you are a rock music buff.
This was shot on my Olympus EM1 at 24mm. Took 5 images and did the HDR merge and then the usual Photoshop fun ensued. Nothing overly fancy. The biggest thing I did was to make sure the guitar itself popped. Like I said I’m a sucker for a good looking Les Paul.
Final note – It goes to 11!
This was shot at the Chinese temple in Pratumnak Hill. The local Thai temple gets all the attraction but the Chinese Temple is really the one worth the visit. If you are curious and in Pattaya I recommend asking to visit the temple on Pratumnak Hill and then say stop at the Chinese temple. In Thai Chinese is Jinn. While I can read Thai I am barely conversational so when you see the road leading to the left just say, “Pum ya yuy tini. Tinie Jin mai?”, which mean, ‘I want o to stop here. This here is Chinese yes?’.
I have shot a similar image with my Canon point and shoot but this time I used my Sony RX100M3. So I could push the pixels a bit more than the last time.
I do highly recommend a visit to the temple. Most Thai people know Big Buddha.