This is the skywheel at the National Harbor in Maryland. When I did this set I remember taking a lot of images of it because it is the most dominating feature. Lit up at night it was very cool so I took a ton of shots of it.
Editing wise I’m not sure what I did. The one problem is that when I do pre-edits I forget what I did but I know I masked in a bunch of stuff. You get lost as you start thinking about features to this area or that area and the next thing you know you have like 8 masks total.
This is the inside of the Gaylord National Hotel at National Harbor. I really like how the building is all open and you get light from all sorts of angles and the rooms look down into the atrium area.
This is one of the first images I shot with my Voigtlander 15mm lens and you really get a wide angle without some of the distortion you normally do when you have a super wide lens. So I was able to capture the fountains along with the entire atrium structure.
Editing wise I went a let nuts with masking in stuff. I honestly don’t remember what I did and how I did it anymore other than it was done.
These images were shot at the National Harbor and I just got around to editing them for. No idea why I never published them but I finally did. They seemed to work together so instead of doing one at a time I’ll post them together.
Editing wise I went back to masking in layers and so on. I have been doing fairly clean edits so with these images I went a little wild and made the world look like I wanted instead of what really was there.
I shot this series as a preparation for my Panama trip where I am now. I wanted to see how the Nikon D810 performed in blazing afternoon sun. In addition I wanted to see how I performed in the blazing afternoon sun while carrying the “beast” as someone called it. The Nikon performed better than I did before I tapped out and had a beer after a few hours of lugging it around.
I normally take my Sony A7R on trips because it’s much lighter than the Nikon D810. Yet, with Panama I really wanted to capture the country with a lot more detail. While the A7R is a great camera I primarily use it on a tripod. With Panama, I’m going to be in a ton of different shooting situations so I wanted a camera with image stabilization (all my lenses have it) since may not be using a tripod all the time.
What I learned is that the Nikon lenses are beasts with weight so lens selection is critical. I deliberately lugged all the lenses in a messenger style bag I have. I learned quickly that it’s not a good idea. Messenger bags with that much weight are uncomfortable. So for daily shooting take a smaller backpack that can evenly distribute the weight. In addition, lens selection is critical. No need to carry an arsenal. So with that in mind I rented a Nikon 28-300. After reading all the pros and cons against it, for my style of photography it’s perfect. If I like it well enough I’ll purchase one on return.
With the experiment over it was time to process the images. I deliberately pushed myself off my usual paths in Baltimore and started to wander. The white tower you see is part of St. Vincent de Paul. I have always seen it but never walked myself towards it. So this time I did. As, always I took a shot of the City Hall building. I call it my muse because I have at least a 1000 shots of it. The other shots are around the Inner Harbor that I never really wandered into during the day.
Editing wise I kept it simple, no masking in filters and layers. Sometimes you just need to let the photos speak for themselves.
This series was shot on my return from Fort Myers to Washington DC. I had upgraded my ticket to a Premium Seat for extra leg room. I’m not tall at all but I like boarding early so I make sure my camera bag get into the overhead. It’s worth it to know my gear is safe.
With my upgrade I lucked out and had a whole row to myself! I’m normally an aisle type of guy as I like to get up and stretch on flights but I’ll gladly look out the window when I get the chance. So I quickly reached up and grabbed my Sony RX100M3 and prepared to shoot out the window during the flight.
One of the joys of shooting out an airplane window is that you get shifting light at the plane moves through cloud layers and banks. You also get the joy of shooting through thick glass that usually has someone’s fingerprints or head imprint on it. You can mitigate the imprints with a quick wipe off with your sleeve. Then I should mention the plane doing something like 500+ miles an hour or whatever it is. So you are dealing with constant motion.
With this set I focused on clouds. So they aren’t in sequential order or anything. The next set will focus on the ground. Editing clouds is a bit of a pain in the ass to be blunt. You gotta be extremely careful you don’t blow out the highlights and you still want to put some contrast in to give separation. It’s a fine line and I’m sure I stepped over in a few images. I will say that dehaze and clarity are your friends when you do plane photos. Just don’t abuse them.
PS – Double bonus points if you get the Ozzy reference. Not sure if he was singing about clouds.