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Around The Yard

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.















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Around The Bench

I shot this at Brookside Gardens at some point but I honestly don’t remember when. Could have been Spring or Summer I really have no idea anymore.

To be honest this was a compromise photo to fill out the week. I am working on a series that is an absolute nightmare to edit and I just hit the wall with it so I stopped and stepped away. I just started to go through the archives until I found something I knew I could knockout quickly and easily. It was then I stumbled on this image.

Editing was straightforward. Add the camera defaults, put in a few gradients and then off to Photoshop. A quick curves adjustment and then local work to add contrast here and there. The most I did was desaturate the purples a bit. It was then off to sharpening and done.


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Flowers For Valentine’s Day – Part Two

I’ll finish up the set of flowers for Valentine’s Day. Normally I like to break these things up but my schedule has been hectic and these are already edited and ready to go so I’m going with it.

This set is actually when I first started to shoot the US Botanic Garden Conservatory. When I bring stuff into Photoshop it goes from the last photo I brought in to the first. So I work backwards. I was too lazy to sequence them yesterday since it was a quick upload. In the end it works out as these are the ones I really struggled with getting the camera tuned in and the flash to work.

Editing wise nothing special. Usual local adjustments with dodge and burn. Put the tone curve in to add contrast and done.



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Flowers For Valentine’s Day – Part One

I had a request for flowers. It turns out I had recently shot some while I went on an adventure to the US Botanic Garden Conservatory.

The entire reason I went to Botanic Garden Conservatory was to test out a couple lenses, a camera, and a flash I own. I had purchased a Sigma 24-70 2.8 and I had a Sigma 50mm macro to test. So I put them on a recently acquired Sony A7ii along with a Newer Flash for Sony I had bought last year. The inside can be dark and I the A7ii with it stabilization mixed in with the flash seemed to be a good test.

I wasn’t sure how these images came out. The flash absolutely struggled the entire time. It got so hot it just shutdown. I had to let it cool and then fire it back up just to shut down again. I was far from stressing it too. Might be good for periodic use but sustained use it was all but useless.

I won’t blame some of the motion blur in these images solely on the flash. The A7ii is just smaller and lighter than my A7R or my Nikon D810 so balance with the flash was interesting. I’m mainly going to use it for video work but I will get a battery grip for it. The lenses performed fine and for being adapted lenses I was pleased with the results.

Editing wise nothing fancy. Just curves adjustments and dodging and burning for local adjustments. They are flowers, I don’t want to go too wild on them.



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Winter Flowers

When I was in Florida I was informed that I would take pictures of flowers in a garden. I like to think I fulfilled my obligation with these images.

I only took my Sony RX10 with me to Florida as it was a quick trip. It was also a test of my new mobile workflow which means just a smaller external SSD drive and a Lightroom library to dump images to. When I return home I then import the images into my normal library and edit if I haven’t already. Worked well.

Still playing with my new editing workflow. Seems to do well and I’m happy that I was able to bang these images out quickly. It’s just one simple curves adjustment in Photoshop, some dodging and burning, then sharpening. Much faster for when I’m busy and need to be on the run.


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Flower Squares – Part Two

Here are the second half of the flowers I published yesterday. These were all taken in Portland, Oregon at the public Rose Garden. If it wasn’t for people I worked with wanting to get there I doubt I would have ever taken the photos.

There is a bit of a story behind editing these images. It almost didn’t happen. My hands were hurting from lugging around my tripod and Nikon D810 earlier in the day. While it’s not super cold, my tripod is aluminum so all that cold goes right into my hand. So when it came time to edit my hand was screaming in pain. While it only takes a few minutes per image by the time I was done doing 16 I was ready to call it quits.



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Flower Squares – Part One

I have been getting requests for flowers from my Mom almost daily. Since she reads and comments daily I’ll humor her not for just one day but two!

The whole flower thing started when I was a new at photography. I had no real clue what I was doing. If I was outside it was flowers. If I was inside it was my cat. Over the years my photography got better and I realized I hated flowers because I learned to shoot other things. The cat – well she was old and had an extremely charmed life.

So I don’t take a lot of flowers photos anymore. When I was in Portland, Oregon they were doing the Rose Festival. I already published a few sets of the roses. This was the B roll stuff that I didn’t select in the first cut. Some have errors resulting from myself or the camera. Others have issues with the backgrounds. Still, I knew I had them and to make my Mom happy I just went ahead and did the edits.

Going to split this up into 2 sets. There are 16 images totals. This will also buy me some time to do additional editing of all the new stuff I have shot recently. I’m on the road starting this Friday. So I need to preload all the images which means a lot of time sitting in front of the computer and editing

Speaking of editing flowers are easily done. Nothing special here. Contrast adjustments and then dodging and burning. Called it done.



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Two Paths

As you read this I’ll be on a plane waiting to head to Portland, Oregon for the next few days then I head off to Mexico for a few more days before flying home. I have done a lot of pre-editing to stay somewhat ahead of schedule before I go to Mexico since that will be for personal versus my Portland trip which will be for work. I am planning on shooting while in Portland rain or shine. Taking my A7R along with my 24-240, 15mm, and 19-35mm. I’ll have some smaller compacts as well but the A7R is my “travel” rig because it’s lighter than the Nikon D810 and its lenses.

I shot these at Brookside Gardens. They were supposed to be with the tranquil path photo I published earlier but I liked that one as a standalone image better. So these two get their own post. Plus the feeling for these two images is different anyways.

Honestly, I have no idea how I edited these. I know no filters were used and all of it was done in Photoshop.


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Tulips Anyone?

I had a request for some flowers so I figured why not get out and shoot some while the weather was reasonable. Little did I know I would venture out to a large regional park that was celebrating an extended Earth Day. The hippie drumming circle was only mildly annoying. I did think of South Park and how to save the town they had to play Slayer to get rid of the hippie infestation. It was tempting considering I have Slayer’s Repentless album on my phone. What put me over the edge was the acoustic duo that were playing Earth Day songs. I did hear them say they were going to do a song called Sweet Beet and I was getting excited thinking it might be a Earth Day version of Black Sabbath’s Sweet Leaf (figure that one out). Sadly it wasn’t. It was then I started to pack up the gear.

For inquiring minds on where I encountered all this Earth Day goodness and hippies I was at Brookside Gardens in Silver Spring, Maryland. I had never been there before and it’s my new local park. I would shoot before at Meadowlark Gardens in Fairfax, Virginia. I think without the Earth Day stuff it would not have been bad and I did get a lot of good shots. I will likely be back when it quieter.

I took the Nikon D810 out with the Sigma 24-105 Art out. I also had the Nikon 70-200 2.8 (I thought it was a 4.0 so go me!) and a 50mm 1.8. I kept the 24-105 on the entire time and was very pleased with how it performed. As for the the camera itself there is a huge learning curve on it but the more I use it the more I am happy I bought it. The resolution on these images is amazing. I won’t even talk about the dynamic range on it either. I am just very pleased with what I have produced with it so far. Once I link to the high resolution of these images I strongly recommend looking at them.

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Blossoms on Branches

Think I’ll be wrapping up the various Cherry Blossom stuff with a few more images. There aren’t many left and I have a backlog of newer stuff that I have shot that I need to move on to.

This was not an easy shot to get regardless of how it looks. The issue was the wind and at the time I didn’t think to just increase the shutter speed to freeze it. So live nad learn. I was freezing by this point with my fingers numb so I was more concerned with getting warm then getting a shot.

Nothing much going on here. Just a couple of curves to get the light right and a bit of a dodge and burn for effect.

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