This was a small gazebo at the entrance of Brookside Gardens. I never got a chance to go into it because it was always full of people and trying to maneuver a tripod through a confined area isn’t fun.
In retrospect I should have used a neutral density filter or used some exposure compensation on the camera as the original was a little bright. I had to bring the levels down in Photoshop using gradients and burning. I also put a layer mask in from Macphun’s Intensify CK to just bring out some of the details. One of the joys of doing that is that it tends to turn the colors nuclear so then a quick hue/saturation mask to bring things back down. Still, it came out nicely I think.
I feel bad about not editing a photo for today so I figured why not get one out today.
I really liked the color of this tree and the way it contrasted with everything around it in the gardens. It just stood there as the lone reddish tree in a sea of green. So I just had to take a picture of it.
Not much going on edit wise since I was doing this last minute. Just a bit of dodging and burning.
Just want to say apologies to the regular reader of this blog. I had a retirement party for a couple of people who I respect so after a dinner and drinks the thought of editing is beyond me.
Please forgive me for no image today.
This was shot at Brookside Gardens on one of the many streams that seem to be all over the place. I just took a wander off the path and setup my tripod for some shots. In this case I had the tripod close to the ground by just extending the legs out because I’m lazy and don’t feel like adjusting them 15 times just to get low. The only downside to this is I am using to flip screens on cameras and sadly the Nikon D810 doesn’t have that.
I went low key for this image and then a bit of dodging and burning. I then brought it into Macphun’s Intensify CK and ran a filter through it. Slapped on a layer mask and painted in what I wanted and happily got it to where I wanted it. I felt the 2.4:1 ratio made it look cooler so went with that. Then I called it done.
After the 12 part marathon of pain editing session from yesterday I was keeping it simple today. So I am going with an image I shot off the balcony of the the National Portrait Gallery. I stumbled on the balcony which was open to the public. I was happily alone out there so I took the time to get this shot. Very pleased with it.
Not much going on here editing wise. I did most of it in Lightroom and only did the dodge and burn stuff in Photoshop along with the resize.
I had a request for some flowers so I figured why not get out and shoot some while the weather was reasonable. Little did I know I would venture out to a large regional park that was celebrating an extended Earth Day. The hippie drumming circle was only mildly annoying. I did think of South Park and how to save the town they had to play Slayer to get rid of the hippie infestation. It was tempting considering I have Slayer’s Repentless album on my phone. What put me over the edge was the acoustic duo that were playing Earth Day songs. I did hear them say they were going to do a song called Sweet Beet and I was getting excited thinking it might be a Earth Day version of Black Sabbath’s Sweet Leaf (figure that one out). Sadly it wasn’t. It was then I started to pack up the gear.
For inquiring minds on where I encountered all this Earth Day goodness and hippies I was at Brookside Gardens in Silver Spring, Maryland. I had never been there before and it’s my new local park. I would shoot before at Meadowlark Gardens in Fairfax, Virginia. I think without the Earth Day stuff it would not have been bad and I did get a lot of good shots. I will likely be back when it quieter.
I took the Nikon D810 out with the Sigma 24-105 Art out. I also had the Nikon 70-200 2.8 (I thought it was a 4.0 so go me!) and a 50mm 1.8. I kept the 24-105 on the entire time and was very pleased with how it performed. As for the the camera itself there is a huge learning curve on it but the more I use it the more I am happy I bought it. The resolution on these images is amazing. I won’t even talk about the dynamic range on it either. I am just very pleased with what I have produced with it so far. Once I link to the high resolution of these images I strongly recommend looking at them.
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Just some random images I shot while I was out and about with my camera where I live. One is the a small outdoor mall area and the other is an alley between a Tex Mex restaurant and the Apple store.
For the mall one I went low key just for fun and did a lot of playing around with it to get it right. The alley was left alone more or less because I just really like the color contrast. While I edit the images the day before I spent a lot of quality time bonding with my couch watching football which included my team, Everton losing to Manchester United I wasn’t going to spend a lot of time editing. So these images fit the current editing mood.
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This is another image I shot while I was in Washington DC for work. Again, the road below is Rock Creek Parkway and I have no idea what the other bridge is nor the street. My sense of direction is what you call lacking. A friend of mine commented that my new tattoo which is of a compass likely won’t help me much. I have such kind and supporting friends. Not.
This image is a composite of two images. They just happened to be at different exposures so I edited them for one darker than the other then did a blend in Photoshop. Once I got the various pieces of the two photos I wanted it was time to start playing with light. A lot of dodging and burning in the image to get the trees exposed to where I wanted them. Then it was filter time. I used Macphun’s Intensify to mask in more bits I wanted. Once I had that it was time for Nik’s Color Efex to bring the tones to something more natural. After that I ran Nik’s Sharpening filter just as a change of pace. I highly recommend looking at the full resolution image which has Nik’s Sharpening applied to it. I don’t sharpen the image that I post here simply because I decrease the image size and that has its own sharpening applied to it. So to do sharpening after the resize was causing weird sharpening halos. Hence, the full resolution is where the magic happens. I post the smaller one here for most people.
In the evening, When the day is done
I’m looking for a woman, but the girl don’t come
So don’t let her, Play you for a fool
She don’t show no pity baby, she don’t make no rules
In The Evening – Led Zeppelin
No idea why the title popped in my head other than I knew the Led Zeppelin song that started with it. Seemed to fit the image so I went with it.
I shot this in March while standing on a bridge over Rock Creek Parkway in Washington DC. I almost forgot about it but I figured what the hell and give it the college try and see what I came out with. Plus I’m a sucker for light trails.
I have no idea how I ended up with the final image. I lost count of the number of layer masks that were used and the various filters that I was using to get to it. I can say I basically edited the image in two parts. The sky and ground areas were effectively two separate portions when it came to editing. Thats why I lost count of the layer masks. In the end I could live with it so I said good enough!