This is the fishing pier at Fort Myer’s beach. Shockingly enough this was my first trip ever to Fort Myer’s beach so I really had no idea that the pier even existed.
I set up my trip in the water as I took this photo. Some guy was behind me going what you shoot? I was like the sunset over the pier. He goes brilliant and busts out his cell phone for the same shot. He ended up following me and getting the same shots I was getting for about 15 minutes.
I did this one in subtle HDR. I didn’t see a need to go nuts about it. Plus I prefer the subtle versus the so damn obvious versus of HDR.
Just want to say apologies to the regular reader of this blog. I had a retirement party for a couple of people who I respect so after a dinner and drinks the thought of editing is beyond me.
Please forgive me for no image today.
I am pushing the envelope on what I’ll accept for some of these images. The issue when I shot the cherry blossoms there was wind so that meant they are motion blurred. There was no way I could push the shutter speed up fast enough to freeze it while keeping my ISO low enough to capture the ambient light. Still, the idea of the blossoms are there. I also noticed that I was very much into the Jefferson Memorial. Technically it sits on the Virginia side of the river and not in DC but who knows where the boundary lies.
I went for a very cinematic crop mainly to get ride of some stuff that didn’t add anything to the image, like the rail that showed up. It also gives you a more expansive feeling of the tidal basin area. Nothing fancy editing wise. I will admit to a lot of dodging and burning to get things to where I wanted them along with gradients to focus light.
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I have no idea what this shrine is about. If you can read Thai then feel free to chime in. There is no English translation and it just sits along Beach Road. I have known about it since my first trip to Thailand years ago and have photographed poorly before but when I was coming off the beach after shooting to get to my bike I saw it again and figured why not shoot it at night.
This image was a bit of a pain because there is so much going on in it. I debated on a cinematic crop but I like the texture that the building in the back gives. Helps offset a lot of the red and gives the image some depth. I changed things up and did a lot of the pre-heavy lifting of dodging and burning along with curves adjustments, along with various gradients before I went into masking mode. I always like to give the image a bit of something via Intensify CK then mask it in. I then brought the reds down a bit by using a luminosity mask with Nik Silver Efx.
Due to my moving and having to setup my new apartment I am taking a hiatus until the 28th of December. If I manage to get everything setup and working I may post before. With the holidays mixed in I don’t see a huge demand for images right. On the plus side I can work through some of the non-landscape stuff I shot in Thailand and produce a series or two for next week.
Thanks for stopping by.
These are random shots over a couple days. Some were taken of random people around Las Vegas and others where people I work with. One image is very similar to the one I published yesterday, in fact it was after he finish texting his wife. I still liked it.
I do have to tell the story of the monochrome image.
The woman is my friend who is a meeting planner who has been featured in major magazines. She refuses to let me take a picture of her when she is less than “fabulous”. So when I saw her like that I was like just stay in that pose and don’t move. Since I didn’t show her face she was fine.
One of those never edited shot have been sitting on. This was shot on my Ricoh GR. Set it up on my tripod at Lake Fairfax and just let it soak up the day.
This is the path that runs along the Caloosahatchee River in Forth Myers, Florida. I’m a sucker for palm trees (I think they are). So when I saw this path without anyone on it was a perfect time to shoot it.
Still learning and playing around with the new editing I am learning. It’s hard breaking yourself of years of habits but I’m getting there. I find myself doing less and less in Lightroom and more and more in Photoshop. Tomorrow I might return to HDR world just for a change of pace.
Enjoy the walk!