Neon Nights

I admit that this one will not be to everyones tastes but I do periodically take pictures for myself.  I was walking in Baltimore and saw this lady flash out of the corner of my eye.  I had all of 5 seconds to get this shot framed in the neon on a point and shoot camera.  It was point and pray time that the image came out and I got lucky.  I just love how the neon silhouettes her and I just cranked the black to make the colors pop more.  It’s not often I take an image for myself but this one is for me.

Double bonus points if you get the Black Sabbath reference (RIP Ronnie James Dio).

Neon Nights

Four Lanterns

Still carrying around the Canon 330HS and still very impressed with it.  Not happy with the light behind the lanterns and I guess I should have moved a bit but I like how they just appear to float in space.

Four Lanterns

The Emperors Morning View

Well not really.  It was just a view out to the pool area at Caesars Palace Casino in Las Vegas.  It was my last day there and I just had the Canon ELPH 330HS on me so I walked out to the balcony area and snapped the picture.  Seems cruel that they put this type of view from the conference area of the hotel where you are working but can see out to what you are missing.

The Emperors Morning View

Night Moves – The Steeple

I saw this going home one night and I have shot the front of the church before but really liked the light coming from the front and illuminating the steeple from the back.  I have been watching Ming Thein’s Compact Camera Masterclass so I had the Canon Elph 330HS with me so I stopped and took this picture.  This was handheld, spot metered, and at ISO 800.  Yes, I did some editing in Lightroom and some Photoshop sharpening as well.  I really like how it came out considering the camera used and hand held.

Night Moves: Steeple

McCarren

Flew home yesterday and had the trusty Canon ELPH 330HS on me (along with a selection of other cameras) but I like the ease of it instead of hauling out a bigger one from my bag.  While I took some Lightroom liberties these are straight out of the camera jpegs.  If you are willing to fiddle with some settings for your shot its a damn fine camera.

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Departure and Arrival

It seems I am on a plane at least once a month.  Sometimes by my own choice other times for work.  I used to be a nervous flyer after a couple of incidents involving storms and running out of fuel.  Then one day I didn’t care anymore because I realized that I had zero control over the outcome of the flight anyways so why bother.  I could ramble about statistics of flight versus other modes of travel but the reality is you have no control so why worry.  Now you will find me reading my iPad through the worst turbulence or snoozing if the air is smooth.  Oh, I guess you can tell where one picture was taken where the arrival was.  No, I hate Vegas.

For the record these were all shot on a cheap Canon ELPH 330HS.  Not bad if I say so myself.

Departure and Arrival

Departure and Arrival

Dulles Airport

My home airport and considering its all of 5 minutes from my house easy to get to.  This is the main terminal and you can see one of the towers in the background.  I have seen a shot like this in my head every time I have driven to the airport on official airport business (meaning the main road is backed up so I take the airport road), or when I fly in or out of it.  What I didn’t know was how to get the shot so breaking several state, local, and federal laws and feigning ignorance of said laws in case a law enforcement official was to appear I went for it.  Dulles has a smaller terminal for private jets so I managed to get myself there and park the car and jump out and grab the camera and the tripod and have it setup in record time.  One of the joys of my location was I was on the main exit road for all terminal traffic so I had to time shots around vehicles and with long exposures that can be a challenge.  I managed to fire about 6 shots.  Even had several law enforcement vehicles roll past me without so much as a glance.

I went with a 16×9 crop to get rid of the parking lot and some of the lights which tend to sparkle a bit too much on long exposures like the one that made the picture.  The other cool thing about the 16×9 crop is that it really gives you a perspective of the size of the building.  One of the problems I faced was the main terminal was brightly lit but the tower wasn’t so the shots had to be relatively short for a long exposure because it would blow out the building.  I went for black and white as well because there wasn’t a lot of color to the image to begin with.  Filtering some colors out to get the light down even more to keep the building from being too lit up then played with the curve tool to bring it down some more.  Finally added a slight coffee finish and adjusted it to give the tone I wanted.  Was a bit noisy but used ye olde Photoshop and removed it then sharpened it during the resizing to give the image..

I should point out that this was all done on my newly acquired 70-210 f/4 Canon that I picked up for around $40 from a thrift store.  For the type of shooting I do it’s perfect and I don’t regret selling the 70-200 2.8 I had since I rarely used it and I don’t need 2.8 speed for long exposures.  Can even be used as a portrait lens if I need something longer than my 85mm.

Dulles Airport
Canon 5DMK2, 125mm, ISO 200, f/11, 4 sec.

Fear of the Dark

Tribute to Iron Maiden?  Slightly with the title.

I admit this is boring to some extent but I have been trying for about 6 months to get this shot or one damn similar to it.  Parking on the bottom level of the building I always thought the lights looked cool as you slope up to the next level.  I have tried with 3 different cameras until I finally did it on a whim with my 5DMKII and it nailed it or I had a moment of serendipity.  I knew it was going to be black and white to begin with but as I started to edit I liked how I more or less blackened everything else and the areas that are lighted and in particular the lights going up have weird shadows.  It was completely what I had in mind when I first envisioned this picture months ago.  So I’m giddy right now.

Fear of the Dark
Canon 5DMKII, 50mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/160

Boat on the Water

Apologies to Deep Purple and points if you get the reference.

The day was dreary and rainy and I wanted a sunny picture.  I did a lot of “enhancing” and if I wanted to be slicker I could have masked the sky out but I’m too lazy for that and about 15 minutes is all I’m willing to spend on a picture.  I like it enough to share.  Nothing spectacular but after not having shot with the Canon 5DMKII for a few months its worth getting back into practice with.  I used a tripod and a 70-200 2.8 to get this shot.

Boat on the Water
Canon 5DMK2, 200MM, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/800

Solo Seagull

After leaving the Flock of Seagulls, Tim found his solo career floundering.  It sounds better than it was one of the few pics that turned out while I was goofing around with the Canon 400D and the Tamron 18-200.

Solo Seagul
Canon 400D, 149mm, ISO 400, f/8.0, 1/320