Around Matlacha – Part 1

I make my triumphant return and I have edited 3 series and in the process of editing a 4th. It was nice to take a break from editing then come back. I would do the curation then the first round of editing then take a break then come back and do the final bits in Photoshop. Made things much less stressful on my brain and my wrist from editing for hours on end.

This is the first series and I will likely break it up so there isn’t a constant repetition. So one day will be Matlacha followed by something else then return to the series. Just a word of warning with these images. I created a new Photoshop action to do my resizes for me. Since I keep a full resolution image I sharpen that aggressively then remove the sharpening for the resize. However with the new action my muscle memory kept clicking that and going ok, you resized and I forgot to remove the sharpening. So if these images a bit “extra crispy” it’s because of that. If you want to see them in full glory you can always check out my Flickr.

All these images were either shot on my Sony RX100M3 or my Sony A7R.


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Stretching Into Blue

Feeling a bit abstract with this image. It’s a lot of blue only broken up by the bridge. Still, I liked it because you get a sense of depth because the sky and the river seem to stretch into one.

Editing wise I had to scale back a bit. I went with a lower key but whenever you have a lot of the blue channel in an image you get noise. Sure I can scrub it out but the photo was shot at ISO 100 so if I did it would look a bit unnatural so what was there I left. I did mask in a bit on the river to give it a bit more texture along with the bridge. I didn’t touch the sky at all because of noise so I put a hue/saturation mask in and said done!

This will be the last image until Tuesday July, 5th.¬†It’s a long weekend here in the United States so I am going to take advantage of it and take a break from editing. I really would like to focus on getting a few series together and I know one is going to take a significant amount of time just based on what it is. So instead of rushing it I rather just take a couple days off and start fresh with a few days to edit the series.

See you next Tuesday and enjoy!


Piering Into the View

This is another one from Fort Myers, Florida and shot on the¬†Caloosahatchee River. People seem to like the photos of the sunsets so I went with another. I really wanted to do a few more series this week but my schedule just hasn’t allowed me to to sit and edit for the extended amount of time that a couple of them will required. So sunsets it is!

The usual layering and masking applies when I do a landscape shot like this. I really like just masking in bits of HDR stuff without making it overblown. I like doing HDR stuff but sometimes it can be a bit too much so if you take the subtle route you can get what you want to enhance a photo instead of distract. So once I was happy with all the various layer masks, HDR and non-HDR I said done and was happy!


Piering Into the View