Rocky Shores of Thailand

I shot this when I was in Thailand last year. I have so many images I never published because I just didn’t know what to do with them. I have no exact idea where I was when I shot this. I started at Wongamat Beach and just started walking taking images with my camera.

It’s slightly weird that I keep dipping into my archives because I have a huge volume of images I have shot and just haven’t touched. I just think as my editing grows and I can push an image more I am inclined to see what I ignored previously to see what I can do with these images I just never published for one reason or another.

Editing this was straightforward. I did my usual stuff in Lightroom and then added my curves adjustment and some dodging and burning in Photoshop. I did tone down the greens in the image because they went nuclear and I think that’s from the Olympus sensor which seems to do that. I was going to make it all sorts of colorful and load a ton of layers and filters but I liked it how it was, simple and as it really was. Sometimes I’ll play with my world and make it look like I want it to and sometimes I think the world did a job better than me.

Enjoy.

Rocky Shores of Thailand

Family Day Out

I shot this while I was hiking on the C&O Canal along Great Falls on the Maryland side of the Potomac River.

I had to take this picture quickly. I had seen the family when I was shooting other stuff and I really just liked the light that was coming off the river. I know they spoke Russian or one of the Slavic languages from that region because I recognized the sound. Normally I don’t shoot small children because some parents get upset. I would have asked to take the image but then it becomes posed and you lose that spontaneity. So sitting at a distance I snapped it. Rather pleased with how it came out.

Still playing with the new workflow between Lightroom and Photoshop but it has made editing much easier. I really wanted this image to feel warmer so I shifted it towards the reds and yellow channels. I added my curve and then just did a bit of dodging and burning to get some localized adjustments. Even then it’s not a lot. My entire goal was to draw your eyes towards the family and water.

Enjoy.

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Winter Flowers

When I was in Florida I was informed that I would take pictures of flowers in a garden. I like to think I fulfilled my obligation with these images.

I only took my Sony RX10 with me to Florida as it was a quick trip. It was also a test of my new mobile workflow which means just a smaller external SSD drive and a Lightroom library to dump images to. When I return home I then import the images into my normal library and edit if I haven’t already. Worked well.

Still playing with my new editing workflow. Seems to do well and I’m happy that I was able to bang these images out quickly. It’s just one simple curves adjustment in Photoshop, some dodging and burning, then sharpening. Much faster for when I’m busy and need to be on the run.

Enjoy.

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Eiffel Tower via Las Vegas

Home after 3 days in Florida. Didn’t shoot much while there but I got a lot of aerial photos on my way to Florida. Once I get some time from another project I’m working on I may get to them. Right now I’m a wee bit tired from traveling so keeping things simple.

This is the Eiffel Tower that is apart of the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. When I got to Las Vegas I stay at the Planet Hollywood next door and they are both owned by Caesars Entertainment. Since I deal with hotel staff I got the word that there was a main power line cut to the Paris Hotel and that the hotel was evacuated and shut down until they could repair the cut. I found out later they got everything back up by 1 AM and let people back in.

That night I wandered over with my tripod and snapped a few shots. It was weird because the casino and hotel were completely dark. There was no light. There were security and Las Vegas police blocking all entrances. I guess the Eiffel Tower was on a different power feed so it was lit up and since there was almost no traffic I could set up almost anywhere. One of the officers looked at me and I just pointed up towards the tower and he was happy that I wasn’t trying to get in or ask when I could get in to get my stuff. I was thrilled that no one was going to walk into my shot.

Editing this one I did things a bit different. Trying a new workflow out to be quicker and I only add one curves adjustment and a lot less dodging and burning. So far so good because I am tired and really not in the mood to edit. I stayed in RGB mode and only did a light burn to the base of the tower. I was going to add some Intensify or even HDR it up but when I loaded it into either program it just wasn’t doing it for me. So I sharpened the image and called it done.

Enjoy.

Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas

Goodbye Green and Blue

I am flying back to frigid Maryland today after 3 days in Florida. So why not post a picture that will help remember what warm feels like.

This was taken on Sanibel Island pointing toward Fort Myers, Beach in the distance.

This is from the archives too and I never published this one. I took it with my Ricoh GR when I had it. Lovely camera and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fixed lens camera. The lens and sensor combo can’t be beat. I got the Sony RX100 and that became my compact of choice. If it wasn’t for that I would have kept the GR.

When I went to edit this it was all about the progressive color layers. I debated on a 16×9 crop but I liked sky so I kept it. I used gradients to bring out the texture of the water and the features underneath it. Then the usual curves to put contrast back in then dodging and burning as needed.

Enjoy.

Goodbye Green and Blue

Gone Fishing

This one is from the archives and I published it before. You can see the original here. I was in my HDR everything phase and it showed. The image was crap.

I was digging around for some other images for Instagram to publish there and I came across this one again. With me traveling to Florida where I took this image I might as well republish it. This time I did not HDR it to death in some attempt to prove I could merge 7 images together regardless of the outcome.

Editing wise the first thing I did was color correct the image. The colors are accurate where the original was a muddy mess. I did the usual curves adjustments and then local dodging and burning as needed. Just ignore the part where I maybe dodged a wee bit too much around the man. I’ll blame that on me not calibrating my monitor until after the image was done. Too

Enjoy.

Gone Fishing

 

Light Up Fall

I shot this in some small park in Baltimore when I was playing with my Sony RX10. The perspective is a bit weird but I wanted the focus on the light and the colors of the tree above it.

I have been amazed at what I have been able to achieve with the Sony RX10. While I have the first version which means it doesn’t do 4K video I doubt the sensor has changed that much between the I and the III. Similar to the Sony RX100. There is no compelling reason for me to move from the III to the IV or V. I’m not a video guy but I am slowly making the shift towards that direction. My one complaint about the camera is that chromatic aberration is bad. It’s easily fixed but still something you have to be aware of.

Editing wise I did this low key even though it doesn’t look like it. Normally when I add my curves adjustment I move to Lab Mode so it doesn’t affect the color tones. This time I wants those tones to be vibrant so stayed in RGB (standard in Photoshop). I put in a shadows curve first then added a second curves adjustment to adjust the highlights. Then just some local dodging and burning and called it done.

Enjoy.

Light Up Fall

 

World Within A World

This the Bean thing in Chicago. It’s really called Cloud Gate and it’s located in Millennium Park in downtown. If you are near Michigan Ave and Wacker Ave. it’s an easy walk.

I have published a similar image before. I really did this because I wanted to play with HDR and test Aurora 2017 and doing layers with it. So not my finest work in life but it did what I needed.

I have had Aurora 2017 for some time. I just haven’t been in the HDR mood. Of the the reasons is the stupid halos you get when you do HDR around items with sky. There is ways to combat it but it’s tedious and time consuming. The other thing is Aurora 2017 wants you to drag straight from Lightroom into the program and start having it. The problem is that it will ignore all your corrections which really pisses me off. I have custom camera profiles for all my cameras. This has fixed a lot of issues with color and perspective. Aurora 2017 ignoring this has caused problems. What the hell is the point of getting accurate camera info if the program ignores it?

To fix this I just did a single image edit. I applied all my profile adjustment then did my usual adjustments in Lightroom involving gradients and so on. I use Photoshop to put in contrast and so on. When I was done I just took the image into Photoshop and then selected Aurora 2017 as a filter and went to work.

I just kept making layers and masking in within the program. Each layer was working on a specific item within the image. I want the bean thing to the focal point so I did the most HDR in there. Then I did the sky and masked that bit in. Then did a bit of lightening and masked that in. Hit apply and back into Photoshop for local dodge and burn and some desaturation.

This was a quick and dirty edit and nothing fantastic but it’s a fun photo. I could have done it normal but I think the whimsical nature of it already made it a candidate for a test.

Enjoy.

World Within A World

Fall From A Different Perspective

Think it’s rather obvious why I titled this one like I did. It was taken at Brookside Gardens.

I was playing around with the Sony RX10 and the guy who sold it to me also tossed in a Manfrotto tabletop tripod. This worked out because the one I had wasn’t that sturdy and it was like 20 years old. The Manfrotto worked out great as it fit within my bag and I could honestly leave it attached to the camera and it didn’t impact me at all. I only took it off when I used my larger tripod.

Since I had the small tripod I just set the rig down in the grass going low. Little known thing in photography is that the lower your camera is the better your water reflections are. Plus, I wanted a different perspective than normal. The grass being golden helped frame the rest of the scene. It changed the perspective to make the world seem a lot bigger than it is.

Editing wise not too much going on. Just simple curves adjustments and then lots of local adjustments with dodging and burning. I go through phases where I’ll post process the hell out of stuff, mainly landscapes. To others where I just do simple edits and let the photo speak for itself. This one is speaking for itself.

Enjoy.

Fall From A Different Perspective

The Abstract Fall

This is from Brookside Gardens when I took out my Sony RX10 for a test spin to see how it would perform. The final image reminds me of an abstract painting.

I took this picture strictly because of the light coming through the leaves. It backlit the leaves perfectly. I believe I used the camera’s built-in 3-stop neutral density filter to give me a bit more dynamic range. While never a real substitute for a real filter it does work and it’s easier than carrying a real one and taking it on and off.

Editing wise nothing special. Normally I do all my curves adjustments in Lab Mode in Photoshop but this time I did my initial curve in RGB Mode. This allows me to punch color much more effectively. I then went into Lab Mode for additional contrast adjustments. I did the usual dodge and burn then called it a day.

Enjoy.

The Abstract Fall