This is another sunset over the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers. I was setup on the riverwalk that runs along the river doing one of the many sunset photos I managed to take while I was there.
I really liked how the pylons framed the image. There is enough detail there to let your mind fill in the blanks but it’s dark enough that it doesn’t distract from the focal point of the image.
Editing wise I went with faux-HDR if that is a thing. I wanted the water to pop so I ran it through Aurora HDR and then masked that bit into the image. Then I went ahead and bumped the hue/saturation in the sky along with a polarization filter. Normally I leave that alone but ended up masking in bits there to keep things in balance. Then I spent some quality time removing the noise from the sky then called it done.
This is another one from Millennium Park . I am not sure what direction I was shooting towards. I have a poor sense of direction on a good day. Still, I saw the sunset squeezed between the buildings and I thought it would be a pretty cool image.
The lights in each windows in the buildings look like little sunsets themselves as some of them are building images. You get a progressive cooler to warmer feeling as you start at the top which is blue and cool and work your way down to the warmer part of the image which is all reds and yellows.
Editing I masked in bits here and there. I wanted some of the blacks to go completely black. Figured let your mind fill in what it is instead of trying to dodge out some sense or color. I did bring down the street a bit and then dodged in the people to give the image a sense of motion.
This is one is from Chicago in Millennium Park. It was over an open field where people were set up watching Batman for a free movie night. Seemed rather popular as people were camped out enjoying the movie. You could bring you own food and buy food and drink if you wanted. I scored some Chicago Style pizza that night myself.
There is the “roof” of the amphitheater and I liked how the dusk sky was behind with the black bars silhouetted to give it some contrast. You get a bit of the sunset reflection on the lights that are attached to the rigging.
Not sure what I did editing wise to be honest. I know I played with the hue/saturation and I masked in some layer out of Intensify CK but after that not a whole lot done.
This is another from the beach on the Gulf of Thailand. I was walking along and only had my phone with me. Knowing that it shot RAW I took a chance and snapped the photo. I published it on Instagram but wanted to give it a try on a higher resolution and with running it through my normal workflow.
The phone in question is a OnePlus 2 that I use when I travel. It’s dual sims so I just pop my US sim in one slot and my Thai sim in another. This way I am reachable by pretty much anyone and only carry one phone.
The OnePlus 2 just got RAW support in Camera FV5 earlier this year with a system update and I have had success with images on my Nexus 6P with the same program so why not give it a try.
There was a lot noise in this image. So I spent a significant amount of time removing it and cleaning it up as best as I could. There was no way I could remove all of it but I did the best I could. I dodged the shadows to black to hide noise there as much as possible. I did mask in a layer so I didn’t lose texture in the sky when I masked in the denoise layer but in the end I’m rather happy with how it came out considering the camera.
I shot this off the Navy Pier when I was in Chicago. I’m going to call this a lighthouse but I have no idea if that is the technical term for it. To me it looks like one so I am going to call it a lighthouse.
It was really nice to edit photos not being jetlagged or using screens that I’m not used to for the first time in a month. I have my 32″ editing monitor and it really spoils me when it comes to doing editing. While I travel with my Wacom tablet and I usually use larger monitors when I can, the 32″ makes editing so much easier.
I felt the 16×9 crop worked better for this image. There was a lot of extra sky and water. I went ahead and added a layer mask once I had the contrast adjusted to where I wanted it. Masked in those bits. I had to go back and do a bit more dodging since the mask darkened things. Finished that and called it done.
This is another random snap I took while I was in Thailand. I was walking along the beach just killing time and saw the trees framing the view and thought it would make a nice image. Since I had my Canon S100 with me I just grabbed it and fired off the shot.
This is a common scene on the beaches of the Gulf of Thailand. Personally, never rent a jetski in Thailand because scams are so common they make travel advisories about them in most countries foreign affairs offices. You want threats of violence without payment then go ahead and rent one. Think the police are going to help? They are getting a small percentage as they “negotiate” a settlement.
Editing wise I went simple. I’m fighting unexpected jetlag that I thought I had beat but my body had other ideas. So I’m not firing on all cylinders. Plus, the Canon S100 just doesn’t have the pixel density for me to really push the images that much. So I figured I let the image do the talking. I did a minor curves adjustment. Did a bit of a dodge and burn and said done.
This is one from Thailand! I actually didn’t shoot that much there because I was enjoying myself too much with friends. If you have non-photographer friends it makes it difficult to leave them to go and shoot. They don’t want come with you because it’s rather boring to watch someone take pictures and I prefer to be alone so I don’t have to explain what I am doing or thinking.
I did go out for a ride one day and got to Bali Hai Pier which is always a good place to shoot and people watch. I only had my Canon S100 with me but it would work in a pinch so I took a bunch of pictures while I was there.
Editing wise I can’t push these files to the max because they degrade. While the Canon S100 is a decent camera, it’s not a Sony A7R or a Nikon D810. So fairly basic edits but I still like it. Also, I’m still mildly jetlagged so any editing errors are on me.
I shot this one night while wandering down the Chicago River Walk towards Lake Michigan. In fact, I was walking back to the hotel after shooting for several hours. I wish I had more time to shoot in Chicago but still the images I got are good.
Cityscapes like this can be a bit of pain. The image itself was darker to begin with even with me bumping the ISO in the camera to keep exposure times down. I liked the darker look because it’s all about the twinkle of the building lights.
I did the usual adjustments to get lighting right then masked in some bits to make the buildings pop a bit more. I am really liking Color Efex Pro Contrast to do some subtle color shifts and correct color. Once I had it called it done.
This is one of the many bridges over the Chicago River in Chicago. I was on the third level or River Walk as I think it’s called when I took the image. With the light reflections on the water the title came to me while I was editing.
I wanted to bring out the details of the bridge while keeping the water looking good. So did some dodging and burning to various areas to bring it all out. Then I selected a mask that basically punches clarity in an image. I still wanted a bit more so a hue/saturation adjustment and a pro contrast adjustment in Color Efex.
This was a typical view for me in Panama City when I was shooting there. Nothing but storm clouds rolling in over the city. Coming in from the ocean and then just hanging there over the city.
I debated on doing this one in monochrome but it works as color as you get a bit more separation of the city and a better layered effect creating distinct areas in the image.
I masked in bits here and there to just give the image some pop. Depending on where I masked I changed the percentage based on what I wanted.
With that much clouds I was going to have to use Noiseless Pro to remove some of it while not making it look unnatural. So the final mask. Hit save and was happy.