More from the Napels Zoo visit I did late last year. The bulk of these were shot on a boat as you cruise around the islands where all the monkeys are kept. Shooting from a boat and the monkeys being so far away made it a bit of a challenge. Least I could use autofocus instead of having to manually focus. I did have my 24-240mm lens on the camera which helped.
It should also be noted that I fixed a little problem I was having with my photos. I had to fix a color profile issue between Lightroom and Photoshop. I have edited these photos and the Birds Of A Feather images so many times until I finally got it right and the images displayed correctly and not washed out looking on the site.
If you want full resolution of these images just click on them and it will take your to Flickr.
These were all shot at Meadowlark Gardens while I was shooting the early spring stuff. While they could have gone with those images I felt they stood on their own with their own theme.
Still on travel, in fact as this goes live I’ll be on my final leg of my flight to Thailand. So hello from the future since this was all preloaded.
Editing was my standard Lightroom and Photoshop workflow.
Shot this in April at Brookside Gardens on a visit there. I went there with a new camera and to shoot something else but ended up doing a few series over a few days.
I indicated I was shooting a bunch of stuff. So when it came to edit I just went ahead and picked out some images that show splashes of color. These just broke up the predominate color hence the title.
I have no idea what any these plants are. I was just walking around taking photos and doing my thing. Mainly working with the Nikon D5500 to learn how to use the camera. Which I am coming to enjoy as a camera. It’s light and a lot of fun to shoot with and you get excellent picture quality out of it.
Editing these was straight in Lightroom with camera profiles. Then using gradients to change the focus. Once in Photoshop I added overall tone and contrast. Then it was just dodging and burning.
Here is the second installment of nature squared. This was also shot in Brookside Gardens but on the lake part for lack of better description.
This set is going to be a bit different. The previous set was more landscape based and there are elements of that in this set. This one is more abstract in the way I shot it. The theme is there in that it’s all nature but the it’s not going to be as in your face and obvious.
Just like the previous set some of these were shot in portrait mode and then sized down to fit a square. Others were just cropped down to hide stuff I didn’t want seen or just to fit the theme I was working with.
I did nothing different editing wise. Just my usual workflow so if you want to see look back two days for that post. Like the previous images it was shot on a Sony RX10.
I was intending to go back to the series I was attempting to edit last week. Instead I ended up with 3 different series but I think it worked out ok.
These images are from Brookside Gardens shot last year in the fall. I had missed the peak leaves time with my travel to Vegas but I still managed to get some leaves. I was really testing my Sony RX10 that I had purchased. I was just wandering around shooting whatever struck my fancy.
The series will be split into two connected but separate themes. It will make sense once I publish the second half later this week. The reason is the park is split into 2 distinct areas so it changes up the images slightly and to have a cohesive set it was better to split them.
When I went to edit these it just made sense to go with a square crop. Part of this was to remove stuff I didn’t want in the frame and part of it was for the theme. Most were shot landscape but some were shot portrait so the squares don’t always come out perfectly the same.
Editing wise it was apply the camera defaults and then into Photoshop. I went towards lower key and higher contrast on these images. It makes the colors pop more. When I was done with exposure and contrast I just went about doing local dodging and burning as needed. Sharpened them and called them done.
I shot this at Brookside Gardens at some point but I honestly don’t remember when. Could have been Spring or Summer I really have no idea anymore.
To be honest this was a compromise photo to fill out the week. I am working on a series that is an absolute nightmare to edit and I just hit the wall with it so I stopped and stepped away. I just started to go through the archives until I found something I knew I could knockout quickly and easily. It was then I stumbled on this image.
Editing was straightforward. Add the camera defaults, put in a few gradients and then off to Photoshop. A quick curves adjustment and then local work to add contrast here and there. The most I did was desaturate the purples a bit. It was then off to sharpening and done.
Since I was in the archives with the Portland, Oregon photo from yesterday I figured why not see what else was there. For the flower lover(s) out there I clicked on the stuff I shot at the Portland Rose Gardens.
It’s strange what I will and will not let through anymore. I know these images aren’t great. Still, I figured why not. Sometimes you need to let go and just go with what you want. I know there are flaws in these images but most people looking at them will never pick them up. It doesn’t mean I just rushed the edits and said to hell with it. It just means, I’m not going to worry about if it’s an epic masterpiece or not. I have shot them and edited them. Sometimes you just edit and publish image because people like it.
These were shot on either a Sony A7R or a Sony RX100M3. They were processed the same way. Camera defaults applied in Lightroom, then gradients and other fun stuff. Then into Photoshop for a curves adjustment for tone and contrast. Local working with dodging and burning and done. Sometimes one more white balance in Camera Raw and and a hue/saturation depending on what I was looking for.
PS – If they look crispy it’s because they are. I am now just applying the sharpening in full res and letting Photoshop sort it out when I down res it for the web.
PPS – If you are looking at sky and wondering why there is so much variation. It really did shift that much in the couple hours I was there shooting.