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Swirls of Blue

The title for this one just came to me as I was uploading to the server. It seemed appropriate with the river and the sky being one giant swirl of blue.

This is from Fort Myers, Florida. The river is the Caloosahatchee River and the bridge in the distance is one of the Route 41 bridges. There are two, one is labeled business. This is the non-business bridge.

Editing wise I did my usual masks when I do an image like this. I have come to the conclusion that I will mask until I’m happy. I wanted the water to look one way and the sky another. At the same time I wanted to make sure the bridge stood out to balance the sky out. I know some people think it’s cheating to manipulate an image. I’ll break many hearts now and tell you that Ansel Adam’s routinely dodged and burned when he developed his film. So by me using Photoshop to get what I want is no difference.

Enjoy.

PS – I accidentally published this on the 22nd. Might as well leave it up as it’s out in the wild so to speak. So no new image tomorrow as I am flying to Chicago. If you feel upset go through the archives. You can see how crap I was when I first started shooting 6 years ago. Trust me – I was complete crap.

Swirls of Blue

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Landscape Photography Travel Photography

Liquid Gold

It’s Friday! Seems like it’s time for another sunset photo from Fort Myers, Florida. I have lots of them actually and I’m off to another destination in a few weeks that will have a few more.

I know I shot this on the Riverwalk in Fort Myers but I honestly have no idea exactly where. The sun was mostly down and I liked the way the other pier was into the water.

This is one of those photos that look nothing like what was captured in the camera. I can tell you the water was done in HDR but masked in a lower level. Then I added a hue/saturation to bump the colors up and give it a warmer feeling. Then I had to remove the noise from the sky to get it clean. There were a lot of layers and a lot of masking going on but I think it turned out pretty well.

Enjoy.

Liquid Gold

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Little Bit Blue

I return to the Fort Myers, Florida well for this image. I have actually published a similar image but without the boat in it. Just by moving the camera a bit to the left you get two images for the price of one!

I have like 3 versions of this shot and this was the lucky one. I was on a floating dock and with the boat moving and fairly long exposure times most were blurred. Once I started to pixel peep I found that this shot was 90% perfect so I went and edited it.

There is a lot of masking going on here. I really wanted the sky to come alive and bring out the textures in the boat and bridge. So I applied several masks to get each area to look the way I wanted. Once I had that I still wanted to increase the saturation in the setting sun in the left hand side to balance out the bright blue on the right so masked all that in. During this I had to make sure I didn’t mask the bridge lights because they became molten gold which blew out everything else.

Enjoy.

Little Bit Blue

 

 

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Framed Sunset

It’s Friday and the sun is setting on the week and the weekend begins. It’s why I saved this one until today.

This was shot while I was in Fort Myers, Florida near the river walk area that follows the Caloosahatchee River. The wood is for mooring boats but I have never seen one tied up there except in the marinas. Still, they worked great for framing the photo.

This image was not shot for HDR, I find I have better success with images by using one photo and then running it through Aurora HDR then masking it bits here or there. I know I ran a few filters through it to get the effects I wanted between the sky and the water. Then, as what seems to be the norm remove noise from the sky using Noiseless Pro because of the blue channel.

Enjoy.

Sunset on Caloosahatchee River

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Architectural Photography Landscape Photography Night Photography Travel Photography

Red Sky At Night

This is another one from Fort Myers. You can see the sunsets are rather spectacular there provided you don’t mind dealing with the heat and humidity. The heat and humidity are the reasons I have so many sunset and night shots because it was too hot to move during the day and it would either fry you or your camera first because it’s so hot. I had heat spots on the sensor from the one day I shot during the day.

When I edited this it was all about the sun and the colors in the sky. So I brought it into Aurora HDR and selected some preset. I tend to go for an overall look and not really worry about over saturation or whatever. I’m going to mask it in and change the opacity anyways depending on what I want. So once I had that back to Photoshop to mask in the various bits. Once happy, smack sharpen and hit save.

Enjoy.

Red-Sky-At-Night-IC

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Fire Water Burn

The title comes from a Bloodhound Gang song and I would give some lyrics but I would not make it too far before I would start offending people. Still, I think it fits this image nicely for a title. I remember thinking that it would be perfect for it when I was taking the image.

This is one of the bridges that spans the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers. With the light coming off the water I just liked the effect with the hotels lit up in the background, the bridge lighting and the sky itself. The way the light hits the water reminds me of the water being on fire which isn’t always a good thing.

Editing wise, I didn’t do much. Masked in some bits here and there and did a hue/saturation layer and said done.

Enjoy.

Fire Water Burn

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Stretching Into Blue

Feeling a bit abstract with this image. It’s a lot of blue only broken up by the bridge. Still, I liked it because you get a sense of depth because the sky and the river seem to stretch into one.

Editing wise I had to scale back a bit. I went with a lower key but whenever you have a lot of the blue channel in an image you get noise. Sure I can scrub it out but the photo was shot at ISO 100 so if I did it would look a bit unnatural so what was there I left. I did mask in a bit on the river to give it a bit more texture along with the bridge. I didn’t touch the sky at all because of noise so I put a hue/saturation mask in and said done!

This will be the last image until Tuesday July, 5th. It’s a long weekend here in the United States so I am going to take advantage of it and take a break from editing. I really would like to focus on getting a few series together and I know one is going to take a significant amount of time just based on what it is. So instead of rushing it I rather just take a couple days off and start fresh with a few days to edit the series.

See you next Tuesday and enjoy!

stretching-into-blue-IC

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Piering Into the View

This is another one from Fort Myers, Florida and shot on the Caloosahatchee River. People seem to like the photos of the sunsets so I went with another. I really wanted to do a few more series this week but my schedule just hasn’t allowed me to to sit and edit for the extended amount of time that a couple of them will required. So sunsets it is!

The usual layering and masking applies when I do a landscape shot like this. I really like just masking in bits of HDR stuff without making it overblown. I like doing HDR stuff but sometimes it can be a bit too much so if you take the subtle route you can get what you want to enhance a photo instead of distract. So once I was happy with all the various layer masks, HDR and non-HDR I said done and was happy!

Enjoy.

Piering Into the View

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Reflecting On The View

This is another one of those Fort Myers, Florida sunsets that I captured (I got a lot of them). I was on the River Walk and I saw the puddle left over from the frequent storms and saw the reflection along with everyone sitting there and enjoying the sunset so I figured why not take a picture. Think it worked out.

Editing wise I didn’t go over on the filters and masks I applied to the image. Once I had the base done in Lightroom it was time to move to Photoshop. I applied the curves adjustment and started to dodge and burn to my liking. Of course, with the new upgrade to Photoshop I didn’t have any of my filters so it was save the file, then copy my filters then open it back up. Once I had filters again I did apply a slight HDR effect to the sidewalk area and masked that in. Then I worked on the sky to bring it out a bit more. Then it was a hue/saturation mask to give it some color and warmth.

Enjoy!

reflecting-on-the-view-IC

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Drops On The Water

I was planning on doing sets this week but my body reminded me I am old and staying up late to attend a concert means I’m rather useless the next day so no editing. Good thing I worked a bit ahead!

I took this when I did the storm photo. Where the Sony A7R had the filter on the lens, I just used my phone to take the picture. I have mentioned before I like the Nexus 6P as a decent photo tool when I need it and I think the image came out very nice here. Plus I had a DNG to work with so I had some latitude to play with.

I did the conversion to monochrome in Lightroom. I did add some gradients to bring out the water a bit more through dehaze and clarity. Once I was happy brought it into Photoshop very slight curves adjustment and that was about it. I did spend some quality time removing the water drops that were on the phone that showed up in the photo. Double bonus points if you find them. If I missed any it was intentional!

Enjoy.

Drops On The Water