Shot this off my balcony in San Antonio when I set up the tripod to do some long exposure shots. Just really like how the building is lit but the rest is black. I didn’t do that on purpose, it was the way the camera metered but I really liked the effect.
I was sitting in a bar with friends and I had a camera with me and they asked me if I could take a shot with my cameras that I had in my bag. I knew I had a mini tripod so I just attached my Sony RX100M3 onto it, leveled it and then went ahead and took the shot. It was an 8 second exposure and while not visually compelling I thought I share what a supposed compact camera can do at ISO 80 and a tripod.
Just some randoms from the San Antonio River Walk. They all have the common theme of having lights in the images. They were all shot on my Sony RX100M3 which is a lovely travel camera that fits in a bag or a cargo pocket and weighs nothing and is very versatile. The last two were shot at ISO 3200 and while I do some noise removal there isn’t a whole lot of it and I still retain sharpness due to the 20mp 1″ sensor.
I snapped this before I was heading into my hotel from dinner. I want to thank image stabilization for being strong in the Sony RX100M3 because there is no way I could get this shot without it. The reflection is my hotel with the restaurant that is on the river walk. Just liked how the lights reflected off the water.
Shot from my balcony looking down on a bridge over the River Walk here in San Antonio. Hard to edit on a monitor that is powered via USB but it looks good for a 50 second exposure. Was fun to shoot while coming back from an excellent dinner.
Starting to hit a rut with editing HDR stuff. Just struggling right now and I know its me. On the upside I am getting ready to travel again so will have some new stuff to shoot. So looking forward to that. I’ll be hitting two destinations on the next trip. First stop will be San Antonio, Texas and the next will be San Jose, Costa Rica. So there will be opportunities to shoot some new stuff and try some different techniques. Plus time on planes to watch videos to expand my knowledge.
As for this shot. I knew it was going to be black and white from the start. The warped dock just called for it. First monochrome HDR and used a new plug-in called Tonality to do the conversion. There are issues in it but after 90 minutes of editing and trying various images until I found one I liked I went with it.
This one is a bit more HDR then others recently. I liked the darker tones on the jungle but wanted the path to stand out a bit so I just masked in a different color path till I got it to where I wanted it. Still learning all this stuff but I am finding I can appreciate what I turn out now versus just toss it aside and saying its garbage.
For inquiring minds it was shot on Sanibel Island near the Lighthouse Pier (I think thats what its called) and it was the path that lead through what felt like jungle canopy. Having spent enough time in Thailand and seeing what counts as “forest” it was damn similar. So it shall be dubbed jungle!
When I used to play video games we used to joke about the ball of fire in the sky. Something most video gamers fear as we would never see it. This image just reminded me of it hence the name.
It’s funny that while I was watching the HDR videos one of the things that kept cropping up was being able to get multiple images out of similar shots. It just comes down to light and angle. It turned out to be true because I have already showed similar images to this but because of camera placement and the light changing they are all unique.
One of the things that bothered me about this image was the lens flare and I debated on fixing it. Then I went screw it. It’s going to take me hours to get it right versus something that doesn’t detract from it and gives the image some realism because if you were looking at it with sunglasses on you would get flare (true because I had mine on).
The other issue with the image was I wanted the texture of the path to be more prominent then it was. So I just did two versions of the image, one with a sky I liked and one with the sidewalk I liked and with the magic of Photoshop I got what I wanted.
So give a little on one thing and take a little on another thing and you get an image that you can live with.