This set of images is really all about light for the most part. However, they were all shot around my Mom’s house in Fort Myers, Florida. I really never left her front or back yards. Well, one shot was technically on the neighbors but he doesn’t have a fence so it counts! Plus you can see my Mom’s fence so clearly it was around the yard.
These images were shot on 2 cameras. The Sony A7ii using a 16-25mm 4.0 and a Canon 55mm 1.2 that just showed up in the mail while I was in Fort Myers. The other camera a Sony RX100iii. The images were shot over different days.
While I was at the Naples Zoo I snuck in a few landscape type photos. Well, close enough to landscape to count in my world. I feel more comfortable doing these edits because I have kept my hand in shooting them even if I didn’t publish them.
I have been editing furiously while I am here in Florida. When I get back I will start publishing some of the older stuff I have shot. It will be a mix of stuff from the US and Thailand and Cambodia.
More from the Naples Zoo! It also helps I stole the title from a Maroon 5 song called Animals. It’s a sad day when I know Maroon 5 lyrics meaning I have lived in Thailand too long where you hear it frequently in the bars. Plus as I have been told Adam Levine is dreamy. I’ll take it on the ladies words.
For the record I am not a wildlife photographer and I know some of these images are less than sharp. I still liked them and shared them. Plus I had to get the editing muscles back. I haven’t had to edit photos like these in a long time.
My time here in Florida has been spent editing a plethora of backlogged photos. I also took the time to change up my workflow. I also made the switch to publishing all the images on Flickr instead of storing the images on my hosting. It saves a ton of space.
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.
I am back in the US visiting from Thailand. I am still here in the US so taking some of the time a trip was scheduled to the Naples Zoo. Not being a wildlife photographer and having to shoot through cages made things interesting. I was in manual focus for a good chunk of these images. Factor in moving animals and me in too low of an ISO made thing less then perfect but good enough to share out!
Part of the storm series I did when I was in Florida. This was just a bit of pink cloud left over from the first storm as the second storm moved in.
While I am shooting regularly, as I indicated, it’s not always for publication. Yet, I keep my eyes open for opportunities to do some personal work and I think I have found something interesting I can shoot quickly using one of my smaller cameras. Little bit of life in Thailand. Hoping to get to it this weekend but have some stuff already scheduled so will see.
Editing this was a bit different. I did my normal workflow but then immediately went to Intensify and used my favorite preset. Still wasn’t happy so I loaded up Color Efex and had a run through it. Played with a few sliders until I was happy and then called it good to go.
Shot this in Fort Myers, Florida when I was there. This was after the first storm rolled in and the next one was coming.
Been shooting a lot lately. Just not stuff I can publish here as its for a client. Been great to shoot stuff I’m not used to. So used to landscape photography that I never really messed with flash work. Now I am shooting people in a run and gun style with a flash. Bit of a learning curve but a good one as I know flash photography in theory and have done a bit but now it’s something I am doing almost daily.
Think with photography you either push yourself or you get bored. I love landscape and travel. Thing is now that I do it for some pocket change I have to put the client first and me secondary. This is forcing a challenge for to find the time to shoot my own personal work as now I shoot at night, edit during the day and turn around and repeat. Good because I like it. Bad because personal work goes out the window.
Editing this was mostly my normal workflow. I have been playing with Intensify a lot. I am in the phase where I like to bring out the details and get away with it. The Nikon D5500 is a solid little camera. The resolution is amazing so I can push the files. Hence I did.
Took this while I was in Florida on Estero Bay near Fort Myers. Was on a boat in the middle of the day.
Sadly this is one of these place holder images I do that should be apart of a series but I haven’t had time. Since moving to Thailand I have been busy with so many other things that editing has taken second place.
This time I had to edit photos for someone else on a quick turn around. So I have been editing most of the afternoon to get them done and turned over. So I’m a little fried from looking at Photoshop right now.
Editing wise this was normal workflow. Then I took it into Intensify to bring out the clouds a bit more. Originally masked it in at 40% and it was way too much. Took it down to 13% and got the effect I was looking for. Bit of a dodge and burn and good to go.
Shot this in Florida while the rain was doing its weird lull before the next torrential downpour hit.
I missed this photo when I was doing the curation. For some reason I never paid much attention to it because it looks like a missed shot, that is until I blew up the image and saw that I had the two women in motion rushing in the rain with their umbrellas out.
After doing some basic edits I realized I had a very decent photo on my hands and figured why not give it an edit.
Did the usual workflow then punched it into Intensify which I am into right now for some reason. I just went ahead and hit a preset. Was happy so didn’t mask anything in. Did some dodging and burning to balance the image and bring out some details in the clouds but in the end super happy.
Shot this off boat in Estero Bay in Fort Myers, Florida. Always were cool clouds in Fort Myers.
I have been shooting a lot of clouds and I have a series planned when I get around to sorting them out. Right now just doing the I live in Thailand thing which is a lot of fun. There were more than a few nights that went into mornings by the time I got home from the previous night out. Since I’m heading to week 3 living here that has slowed to a crawl and now I am focusing on shooting more stuff. Sadly with the heat or the rain it makes things difficult and I do have work to do from time-to-time which means I have to actually do stuff before just walking out with a camera for a stroll around the neighborhood or even taking a ride on the bike to a temple.
Editing this was the usual Lightroom and Photoshop workflow. I debated on a square crop but like the layering effect with the water, ground, cloud, and sky. Gives you a sense of perspective. I did run it through Intensify just to give the clouds a bit more pop and masked those in.