This Way To Seattle

No idea the name of the bridge. I know there are only a few you can drive across the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. I shot this a little after 7 in the morning I think but there was hardly any sun showing so I knew it was going to be in monochrome. As for the title of the image, the sign says Seattle.

Did the usual standard editing and then used Tonality CK for my monochrome conversion. I have been going with a clarity filter when I do the conversion. It give the skies a lot of texture that are otherwise not visible It also brought out a lot of the details on the bridge as well.


The Way To Seattle

Ducks at Dusk

This one is from the National Harbor with the sun just about set over the Potomac River. The ducks just happened to be there along with the helicopter in the sky. I was originally going to remove the helicoptor but it looked cool so I left it.

No idea anymore what I did when I edited this. I am sure I masked in some stuff to bring out details but when you edit so far in advance you often forget what you did.


Ducks At Dusk

A Splash of Light

This was the view from my hotel room in Portland, Oregon. It really never changed, it was constantly grey and cloudy while I was there. I did like how the last little bit of light was hitting the building and contrasted with the rest of the stuff in the image.

I have edited a few of the Portland images and since there was very little light to work with I have been going monochrome. I think it brings out the sky and gives the image drama. I have been using Tonality CK to do the conversions and then bring them back into Photoshop to dodge and burn the bits I want for local contrast.


Splash of Light

Things Are Looking Up

I had a chance to go to the Portland Rose Garden before flying out towards Mexico. So I brought a couple cameras with me. My Sony A7R and my Sony RX100M3. I will get to the roses eventually but I did shoot this shot which I thought was cool.

To take this picture I had to flip the back LCD towards me. I discovered that the Sony RX100M3 will switch to “selfie” mode giving you a countdown to when the picture would be taken. I was rather amused by this fact.

Editing wise it’s a straight up edit in Photoshop. I hope it looks okay because editing on my 13″ Macbook is a struggle and I can’t see the finer details. I did dodge and burn the trees to get some texture into them and give them depth.

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Big Wheel Keep On Turning

Another of the skywheel in National Harbor. It was such a dominate feature in the landscape around National Harbor that it was impossible not to shoot it. Plus it looks cool lit up at night!

For editing this I know I had to play a bit more because I moved the ISO up to 400 to freeze the wheel motion slightly. While that doesn’t sound like a lot, on a longer exposure it does increase noise. I am sure I masked in a layer or two but I honestly don’t remember anymore.

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Big Wheel Keep On Rolling

Falling Into Dark

Greetings from Mexico! I have finished up my commitments in Portland, Oregon and have now flown down the coast to Mexico.

This is a shot of the Potomac River just as dusk was falling and night was coming up. The bridge in the distance is the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. I was on a pier at the National Harbor and took the shot.

Since the edit is at least 5 or 6 days old I don’t remember all that I did but I do know I put a lot of masks. I really wanted the clouds and water to pop and look cooler.




Spinning Bullseye

This is the skywheel at National Harbor and the biggest reason I went back to National Harbor so I could capture it at night and lit up. I wasn’t disappointed with the result.

Since this was edited sometime last week and in a chain of edits I was doing to stay ahead of the editing curve while I am traveling. I know I ran a few filters through it to bring out the lights on the wheel. It’s a cool shot so I was happy with how it came out.

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Spinning Bullseye

Wave Crashing In

I didn’t plan on showing any of the images I shot in Portland, Oregon just yet I really liked this one so I went ahead and edited it.

This is a shot of some wake coming on on the Willamette River here in Portland. I was out doing a sunrise shoot (no sun). You get very easy access to the river and I was down right on the water. I had my Olympus TG-4 which is waterproof so I just put it down in the water and set the timer for 2 seconds and let it fire. The wave coming in is what I got!

Editing wise not much going on. You can’t do a whole lot with these images out of a small compact camera. I do have Wacom Tablet with me so I did dodge and burn the wave a bit but that was about all.


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Wave Income

Reflections All Around

This is the river view of the Gaylord National Hotel at National Harbor in Maryland. I think it’s a pretty cool looking building and the last time I shot it the light was horrible, I had just gotten my Sony A7R and I was using cheap adapted lenses. This time the light was super fantastic and I used a $1000 lens. So there is a wee bit of difference in how the images came out.

I will confess that the camera itself did not exactly produce this image. Once I had the “base” image set it was time to start messing with it. I went low key and then I went filter happy. I lost count of the number of filters I did. Lets just say “a lot” as a unit of measurement. The thing is I lay mask in the bits I want and toss the rest. So if you load a filter up and it turns your sky nuclear blue but makes everything else look really cool, just mask it in. The fun thing about masks is that you can pick and choose what you want. So I went wild making this what was going on in my head. It’s my world after all so why not make it look like I want.

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Reflections All Around

Reality Starts or Ends

Seeing how Sunday is a slow day traffic wise anyways I might as well play around with some of the more abstract stuff I shoot at times.

This image was shot at Brookside Gardens. The ripples were caused by a fish or turtle in the water and I just happened to have the camera pointed in that direction. So I fired off some shots with my Nikon D810. I knew it was going to be very abstract due to the reflections in the water along with a bit of real foliage as well. I debated on flipping it but I think it works better this way.

Since this was edited about 5 days ago I’m not 100% sure all that was done. I remember there was a lot of dodging and burning to bring out the reflections. It’s the only way you can add or reduce local contrast without changing the entire image. I think I also slapped in a gradient and used the dehaze and clarity tool as well just to give the image a bit more punch.


Reality Starts & Ends