Ripples And Clouds

This shot was the precursor to the storm coming in. The wind was just picking up and I was standing on the beach with the camera on the tripod.

I have pointed out how bad the weather here is. As I type this up a storm is coming in. You can’t set your clock by it but you do know a storm is going to hit as some point during the day as the humidity picks up. The winds come in from the Gulf of Mexico and it’s just a recipe for a storm.

Went a bit different editing. Did my usual workflow and loaded up Tonality CK and just picked a preset. I want the ripples to pop. Was going to mask it into the photo but decided against it. Dodged the water a bit to bring it out and called it done.

Enjoy.

Ripples and Clouds

Washington Monument

I shot this one in February when the weather was warm and I was wandering the National Mall.

Used my Sony A7R for this image along with what I consider the greatest landscape/travel lens the 24-240mm. For a lazy person like me that hates swapping out a lens it’s a one size fits all. The best part is you can go from wide to long and not really miss much. If you need to go wider you just back up a bit more. Plus 24mm is a decent focal length and you don’t get a lot of distortion you do with the wider images.

Editing wise this was very straight forward. The biggest correct was white balance. Once I had that I did bring it into Aurora 2017 and bump it up a bit. Then I hit saved and move on.

Enjoy.

Washington Monument

Light On A Storm

This was shot while the storm was doing its thing. In Fort Myers, it’s not uncommon to see strong sunlight while it is storming at the same time.

This was taken with my Sigma 17-80mm which is an amazing lens. I did a lot of research while looking for a good video lens to use with the D5500. After a doing all the research I ended up with the Sigma Art lens which has image stabilization. It’s not constant aperture going from 2.8 on the wide to 4.0 on the long but that wasn’t a deal breaker. Matching it up with the D5500 had been a great combo.

Editing wasn’t much going on. In these type of shots you don’t need to do a whole lot. Applied my camera default and then a couple of gradients. Then a slight curves adjustment in Photoshop. Slight dodging and burning and called it done.

Enjoy.

Light On A Storm

Between Pillars

Shot this between the Route 41 bridge supports while the sun was still out and the storm was moving in from the left.

The weather here in Fort Myers, Florida has been unpredictable. Weather apps will say that there is no rain and suddenly there is a massive storm coming from nowhere. It has made planning a shoot impossible. You just don’t know what its going to happen.

Editing this was straightforward. Used a few gradients and then into Photoshop. I added a quick curves going for a lower key. Then very little dodging and burning and called it down.

Enjoy.

Between Pillars

Photos In The Rain

Shot this while I was out shooting in Fort Myers. The rain storm had passed but it was still raining when I saw these two ladies walk into the frame.

When I took this photo I was hiding under a bridge out of the rain to see if it was a quick storm or if it was going to turn into a steady rain. I put on my 55-200 lens which for a budget lens is extremely sharp and well reviewed. When I combine it with my Nikon D5500 I get a nice reach with the crop sensor. It’s better than lugging around my 70-200 2.8 around. I can carry my Sigma 17-80 and 55-200 and shoot almost anything in my path. It’s also a great video camera if you don’t need 4K because of the flip out screen.

Editing this I attempted color but it just wasn’t working. So loaded the photo up in Tonality and started to play with sliders until I was happy. Did a bit of local dodging and burning once the conversion was complete and said done.

Enjoy.

Photos in the rain

Fall Colors

Shot this at Brookside Gardens last fall. Just never got around to editing this.

This was taken with my Sony RX10. I remember trying to setup the tripod for this shot. I got a small Manfrotto tabletop free with the camera so I figured I might as well use it. It’s a great little tripod that is great for setting up in small and tight places. I would not want to use it for anything heavy but for shots like this it’s perfect. It fits in my small Domke bag and I tend to keep it there.

Editing this was straightforward. The one thing I can’t stress enough is using a camera profile that fits your camera. It makes things so much easier when you go in to edit. Once I had that it was just a matter of doing my normal workflow.

Enjoy.

Fall Colors

Follow The Rainbow

Saw this rainbow when I was heading out to shoot. I immediately stopped where I could and setup my camera for a few shots.

When I took this a storm had already passed but a new one was building up. I didn’t expect a rainbow or anything. When I turned the corner to head to my shooting spot I saw the giant rainbow and knew I could stop and get a shot. Think this is my first rainbow picture. The only bad thing about this is that I was using my Nikon D5500 which doesn’t have a L-bracket for me to setup on the tripod. So I just had to rotate the tripod head to get it.

Editing wise this is more or less straight out of the camera. I had to straighten it because of the tripod head situation. I did pump the dehaze and clarity in the clouds using a gradient. Then I did some local dodging and burning to get it to where it is.

Enjoy.

Rainbow before a storm

Fountain Fun

This was taken at Meadowlark Gardens in the early Spring when I was out wandering around with my camera.

I have shot a similar image before of just the fountain. This time I just handheld the camera and watched the shutter speed. With the sunlight being as bright as it was it wasn’t a big deal to freeze the water coming off the fountain.

The Nikon D5500 is one of those cameras you don’t really need a tripod with because you can handhold it very stable due to the size. It’s a tiny camera even compared to the mirrorless offerings out there. So it’s a real joy to shoot with when you don’t want to lug a lot of gear around.

This was a straightforward edit. Used my normal workflow. Most of the work was doing with dodging and burning. Once I was happy hit save.

Enjoy.

Fountain Fun

Spot of Blue

Took this during a break in the craptastic weather here in Fort Myers, Florida. It was my usual spot but the light and weather made this super interesting.

This image wasn’t enhanced at all color wise. This is really what the sky looked like when I took the image. I was standing out on a pier with the wind gusting all around me. In fact, shortly after this was taken it started to piss down and I had to shove my camera into my bag to prevent any damage because the Nikon D5500 isn’t weather sealed.

Editing this I selected cloudy for the white balance which does a really good job of color accuracy in these scenarios. I didn’t even put in a curves adjust. Just did some local dodging and burning and called it done.

Enjoy.

Spot of Blue

Bridge On The James River

I snapped this from a train as we were going over the James River just outside Richmond. I know this because the conductor announced it.

I took a train to Florida as I needed to bring my car with me. This was the first overnight train journey I have ever taken. I have done trains to New York City but those were short journeys of 3 to 4 hours no more. It was an interesting journey. I had a private cabin and it was rather more civil than air travel. You didn’t have to deal with security or anything else. The food much better. Would highly recommend train travel is time isn’t an issue.

Editing this was a bit of a pain. It was shot through glass which wasn’t the cleanest. The light wasn’t perfect but I still liked the image. I just used gradients to get as much detail out of the sky and river as I could. Then I used local adjustments with dodging and burning to get as much recovery as possible.

Enjoy.

James River