Today is my last day in the America for the next next 20 days. I am off to Thailand for another grand adventure. My happy place where I get off the plane and just instantly relax.
This was shot in Chicago O’Hare Airport as I was making my way to baggage claim from what I guess is the United terminal. I have no real idea. I used my Sony RX100 and took the shot. I had to go a higher ISO but still got a very usable photo.
Editing wise is what you see is what you get out the camera. I punched some colors up and removed some noise but otherwise that was all.
I shot this from the old fort side of Casco Viejo. What seemed to be typical for my time there the clouds had gathered for the usual rain shower to come in the afternoon.
You can see a little bit of the real Casco Viejo and not the spruced up touristy interior that is usually sold. I like the place because it’s a funky mix of old and new. Panama is really trying to sell it as a tourist destination but if you look under the veneer you see some of the truth of what’s really there.
Editing wise it’s very simple. As I said earlier this week I am doing edits on a 13″ MacBook so things are a bit difficult. So no masks and other stuff. For once it’s mostly what the camera could produce.
I am in Chicago this week and I have been photographing a lot and have some pretty amazing shots. I did get asked to leave the amusement park I was shooting at near the Navy Pier because I did not have a permit but it’s been a really great city to photograph and I still have a few more days here!
I am going to stick to Panama stuff this week and and do basic edits. This mainly has to do with me editing on my 13″ Macbook screen which is a nightmare even with everything optimized. So no fancy masking and and I hope I removed all the sensor dust that was on the images.
This was one of the trails in Parque Metropolitano in Panama City, Panama. I hiked the trail with my camera backpack in the heat of the day. I didn’t get a lot of shots I wanted but this one was a good one. It was my first time in a rain forest type jungle and it was hot and humid. I have a new respect for wildlife photographers that stalk the jungles for day looking for a shot.
It seems the trend has been me doing sunset photos on a Friday. That is the assumption that there is a weekend approaching. Sadly I am in Chicago and I am doing a 9 day straight without a break on an extended project. On the bright side once that is done I’m off to my happy place, Thailand!
I am going to guess that the pier with the cover on it is for viewing the Caloosahatchee River. There were lots of people coming and going to watch the sun set. Lots of selfies being taken and lots of cell phones taking pictures. For my purposes it was reflecting the sunset nicely and worked to balance things out.
To be honest, I have no idea what I did to get the look. I think it’s plain now that what you see isn’t what I photographed. It’s there as I don’t fundamentally alter the image. What you see was basically what was before me. The finished product is just me going I like this here and that there. How it turns out is what I want it to be.
If you are here because you Googled the Rush song with the same name as this photo prepare for disappointment. It’s not related to Rush who are a mighty fine band. It’s just a photo.
This is the C&O Canal in Maryland. I was on Chain Bridge shooting down on the canal. I just liked how the path stood out versus the rest of the scenery so I figured why not get a shot. I did have a few frames with bikers in it but I was shooting on a tripod with slow shutter speed and they just looked like blurred blobs so no bikers.
I didn’t go too wild on the edits this time. In fact, I’m rather tame. I did remove a bunch of stuff floating on the water. Originally I was going to remove every little down and make it smooth but then I realized I am not going to edit for 4 hours doing that. I’m anal retentive but I do have a life. I did bump the saturation in the sky to give the clouds an angry look. Then I made sure the reflection was much more visible. Then dodged the path to make it stand out. I masked in some bits to get the trees a bit more pizazz if you will. I then considered removing more floating bits and finally went hell no and hit save.
The title for this one just came to me as I was uploading to the server. It seemed appropriate with the river and the sky being one giant swirl of blue.
This is from Fort Myers, Florida. The river is the Caloosahatchee River and the bridge in the distance is one of the Route 41 bridges. There are two, one is labeled business. This is the non-business bridge.
Editing wise I did my usual masks when I do an image like this. I have come to the conclusion that I will mask until I’m happy. I wanted the water to look one way and the sky another. At the same time I wanted to make sure the bridge stood out to balance the sky out. I know some people think it’s cheating to manipulate an image. I’ll break many hearts now and tell you that Ansel Adam’s routinely dodged and burned when he developed his film. So by me using Photoshop to get what I want is no difference.
PS – I accidentally published this on the 22nd. Might as well leave it up as it’s out in the wild so to speak. So no new image tomorrow as I am flying to Chicago. If you feel upset go through the archives. You can see how crap I was when I first started shooting 6 years ago. Trust me – I was complete crap.
I believe and forgive me if I am wrong that the portion to the right is the old fort at Casco Viejo, Panama. I really took the image because of the layering of color in it that I liked.
I’ll get to editing first. This was shot on a Nikon D810 with a 16-35mm lens. I did the usual adjustments and then started to add in various layers. I stayed away from a HDR mask and went with a normal one to bring out the sky and water textures. As is usual when there is a lot of information in the blue channel I had to mask in a bit to remove the noise from the image. Annoying but it smoothes things out. Still, there is always a bit of pixilation.
I am on travel the next 30 days. The first 8 days will be in Chicago and I will be shooting a lot there. Taking the Sony A7R along with my 15mm Voigtlander, 16-35 Sony FE, 24-240 Sony FE, and my 35 Oshiro to test out. I will also have my Sony RX100M3 and a couple smaller point and shoots.
From Chicago I go straight to Thailand. I have some ideas on what I want to shoot there. I am also going to attempt video for the first time. How much I do I don’t know but I have a couple of GoPro’s and various mounts and a gimbal for them. Will be fun to see what I come out with at the end.
Not sure how I will handle photos. I am sitting on a comfortable backlog and I do have a large monitor in storage in Thailand so I can edit on that versus my 13″ Macbook Pro screen. If you start seeing Thailand photos in the next 30 days assume I decided to edit.
It’s Friday! Seems like it’s time for another sunset photo from Fort Myers, Florida. I have lots of them actually and I’m off to another destination in a few weeks that will have a few more.
I know I shot this on the Riverwalk in Fort Myers but I honestly have no idea exactly where. The sun was mostly down and I liked the way the other pier was into the water.
This is one of those photos that look nothing like what was captured in the camera. I can tell you the water was done in HDR but masked in a lower level. Then I added a hue/saturation to bump the colors up and give it a warmer feeling. Then I had to remove the noise from the sky to get it clean. There were a lot of layers and a lot of masking going on but I think it turned out pretty well.
This is another from my trip to West Virginia. It’s called Capon Bridge and I honestly forget the name of the little town it’s near. It’s off Route 259 if you are inclined to visit. You really can’t miss the bridge. My advice would be turn off on the real working bridge and park in the little lot near there. You may be joined by a few locals out fishing.
When I shot this the weather had really started to go downhill rapidly. There was thunder in the distance and the storm clouds were moving in rapidly. I barely got the shots off and back in the car before the heavens opened up and I spent the next 90 minutes driving in pissing down rain.
The image is in monochrome and I did that based on the light and a real lack of color. The sky was just a flat grey and the bridge is a pea green and the trees were green so it just didn’t have a lot of pop to it. So I ran it through Tonality CK to do the conversion and then played around to where I was happy. Then I started the local dodge and burn process to tame down some areas and enhance others. The image is all about textures which it has a lot of and the reflections in the river.