Up on Cripple Creek

No, it’s not really Cripple Creek, I’m sure it has a real name but hell if I know it. However, if you get the reference then go you!

I took this shot as a warm up shot before I meandered off to my real destination. I hadn’t shot with my Sony A7R for a few weeks because I was in Panama using the Nikon D810. I just prefer the Sony A7R for landscape stuff because I can flip the LCD down to see what I am doing when I have to shoot at weird angles. Which in this case I did because I had the tripod set up at an angle to avoid a telecom line in the frame.

Editing wise I wanted to bring out the detail of the scene. While it was a warmup shot I didn’t want to treat it as just some b-roll stuff. So once I had things dialed in color wise I masked in some details here and there. I didn’t use a filter but did shoot at a relatively slow shutter speed to get the water to look like it did.

Enjoy.

Up on Cripple Creek

 

The Green Mile

Likely not a mile. In fact, about 50 meters tops but Green Mile sounds better than Green 50 Meters. Plus, it’s one of those images that I should not publish but I like it so I am.

I shot this at the National Zoo near the Panda area. The green is bamboo and the light and stuff was coming through and I thought it would look cool. I was using my 70-200 for the first time and hand holding it so the image didn’t come out exactly the way I anticipated but again, I liked it. Shooting the zoo was an adventure and I’ll get to editing cohesive sets of cute animals in the future.

Editing wise, I went HDR for this but toned it down by masking it in. The image is more about feel than photographic perfection. I just liked making the image what I envisioned versus what the camera captured. Sometimes it’s nice to play with reality and make it what you want.

Enjoy.

The Green Mile

 

Sky Afire

This photograph was the unintentional consequence of going to shoot something else and looking up and seeing the sky. The evening I shot it the sky was weird all over the Washington DC area with clouds and the Sun making for some interesting views.

I was actually out shooting landscape stuff in the later evening. The place I was shooting would be darkened in shadow before the Sun set so I ventured out at 7 PM. I was moving from location to location setting up my tripod for the shots when I looked up and saw the clouds with the house on the cliff and thought I have to take a picture!

Editing wise, yeah I masked in bits because the camera could never fully capture what the sky was doing. I had to bring the cliff and house up from the shadows because I expose to the right and the Sony A7R lets me get away with recovering shadows nicely. Then I started to mask in some bits to bring the sky out. Final part was a hue/saturation to bring that little bit more out.

Enjoy.

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The Catch Offloaded

I shot this at the Panama City, Panama Fish Market. It’s rather a famous tourist attraction but its also a working fish market with local fishermen bringing in the days catch. You can enjoy a nice, fresh seafood meal there if you are inclined and the prices are extremely reasonable. I had a mixed seafood ceviche and two beers for the princely sum of $3.

I snapped this after I finished my lunch and was on my way to Casco Viejo. One of the problems I had with Panama is that the weather wasn’t on my side. The light was constantly overcast and when the humidity hit a certain point the skies would open up and it would pour down rain. So I was always fighting with light and weather.

To make things pop a bit more I masked in some bits here and there. Just give it a bit more color and a bit more detail that would otherwise go missing because of the light.

Enjoy.

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Iglesia del Carmen

The real name is Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Carmen, or The Church of our Lady of Carmen, supposedly Mount Carmen but no idea. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary. All I really know is that the place was constantly full of people. Every time I tried to get a shot at night it would rain on me and the one day I set aside for shooting it was a children’s day there. So this is my best shot.

I shot this off the pool deck of the hotel I was staying at. I had to hold the camera above the glass enclosing the deck and just hope for the best. I got fairly lucky with it so I’m not going to argue. While I love the detail the Nikon D810 brings to the table a flip screen would be a welcome addition to it.

Editing wise I went fairly basic. I did want to bring out a bit more of the details so I masked in a layer. Then I had to do some color correction because the greens went a bit nuclear and I wanted to the yellows to pop. Once I was happy called it done.

Enjoy.

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Red Sky At Night

This is another one from Fort Myers. You can see the sunsets are rather spectacular there provided you don’t mind dealing with the heat and humidity. The heat and humidity are the reasons I have so many sunset and night shots because it was too hot to move during the day and it would either fry you or your camera first because it’s so hot. I had heat spots on the sensor from the one day I shot during the day.

When I edited this it was all about the sun and the colors in the sky. So I brought it into Aurora HDR and selected some preset. I tend to go for an overall look and not really worry about over saturation or whatever. I’m going to mask it in and change the opacity anyways depending on what I want. So once I had that back to Photoshop to mask in the various bits. Once happy, smack sharpen and hit save.

Enjoy.

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Hawthorne Bridge

I love having lots of stuff to work on in my catalogue. It keeps me from getting bored with one specific area or thing. While I haven’t been to Portland, Oregon since May I still have stuff I shot and never edited it.

This is the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland, Oregon. I know this because I looked it up. Otherwise I would not have had a clue. This was right outside my hotel so it’s one of the first images I took when I was in Portland. It was shot around dawn and the sun never really rose because the weather was rainy most of the time and those times that it wasn’t I could not shoot.

Editing wise I went back to masking in bits here and there. I always do my initial edits in Lightroom which includes various gradients. Then it’s into Photoshop to add contrast and do local dodging and burning. After that I then started to add in filters via MacPhun’s Intensify CK. I really liked how it made the sky pop along with the river. Once I had that I then masked in the bits I wanted and called it done.

Enjoy!

Hawthorne Bridge

Distant Early Storm

This one is from Panama, specifically Casco Viejo and I was shooting towards the city. This was pretty much the weather most days I was there but I came to shoot so I did!

I used my 16-35mm and did a handheld shot. One of the things I noticed I did with the Nikon more was used it without a the tripod. The image stabilization in the lenses made me more comfortable with that versus my Sony A7R which does not have any stabilization. The one thing I terribly missed on the Nikon D810 was a flip up screen. This is one reason I did so many handheld shots. For me to get them I had to often hold the camera.

Editing, just straight up curves adjustment and then dodging and burning. Nothing fancy. The dramatic sky and water make the image.

Enjoy.

Distant Early Storm

Panama Pride

I am back from a week in Panama where I did a lot of photography. One of the issues I faced was the weather. It’s the rainy season this time of year so I had a lot of flat grey light to work with. On top of that, you could figure out it was going to rain every afternoon around 1 or 1:30 which also coincided with the humidity making it so hot that you didn’t want to be outside.

I rented a Nikon 28-300 from Borrowlenses.com and I’m happy I did. After about a day and a half of shooting I realized it wasn’t going to work for me. There is nothing wrong with the lens, its just slow to focus and wasn’t adding much that my 24-105 wasn’t going to do since I rarely went much longer. So it was relegated to my bag and then happily returned. The beauty of the rental was that I didn’t buy it to find out I was was going to hate it and collect dust.

For the image itself I did use the full 300mm to get this shot. The flag is the Panamanian flag and the buildings behind it are Casco Viejo.

I didn’t do a lot to this image. The 28-300mm isn’t the world’s sharpest even stopped down so starting to put in layer masks which isn’t lossless means I lose sharpness. So it was a simple curves layer and some dodging and burning. The goal was to make the flag stand out and I think I did.

Enjoy.

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Fire Water Burn

The title comes from a Bloodhound Gang song and I would give some lyrics but I would not make it too far before I would start offending people. Still, I think it fits this image nicely for a title. I remember thinking that it would be perfect for it when I was taking the image.

This is one of the bridges that spans the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers. With the light coming off the water I just liked the effect with the hotels lit up in the background, the bridge lighting and the sky itself. The way the light hits the water reminds me of the water being on fire which isn’t always a good thing.

Editing wise, I didn’t do much. Masked in some bits here and there and did a hue/saturation layer and said done.

Enjoy.

Fire Water Burn