Feeding Time

Old image that I had and shot a while back.  My editing skills weren’t as good back then so I tweaked it and ran it through Color Efex and forgot the settings I used but they were under nature.  Did a massive crop to get the bird in focus then turned on the 1×1 crop to make it look a bit cleaner.  The final edit was a frame added.  I admit to being inspired by Bella Remy Photography to do a bit more editing than is my normal.

Feeding Time
Canon XSi, 200mm, ISO 400, f/6.3, 1/320

Light At The End of a Tunnel

Taken at the US Capitol.  Shortly after I had a very nice Capitol Police Officer ask me what I was doing since I apparently wandered into an area that wasn’t open to the public yet.  He just asked that I stay in the area in front of the Capitol until it officially opened and off we both went.

Light At The End of a Tunnel
Canon XSi, 50mm, ISO 800, f/4.0, 1/25

Charles Bridge, Prague

I don’t pretend to be a landscape photographer.  I would go so far to say I stink at it.  Give me a human or something small in and inanimate and I can shoot it all day long.  Put a landscape in front of me I will just stare at it and press the shutter button hoping it comes out.  In this case, it didn’t but sometimes you work with what you got.  I made the executive decision to completely ignore good taste and throw caution into the wind.  I have tons of third party tools that weren’t cheap but I never use them.  Instead I fire up the $19 Snapseed and go wild!  This is after normal post processing in Lightroom.  I let Snapseed do some color balance and then told it to center focus and vignette and then made it “moody” and slapped a border on it.  I could control how much or how little I wanted but sometimes you just let the program do the thinking.  Is the picture fantastic?  Hell no.  Is it different?  Hell yes!  Sometimes you just go with different and fun because you can.  They all can’t be winners but why not have some fun at make the losers slightly more interesting.

Charles Bridge
Canon XSi, 42mm, ISO 200, f/7.1, 1/125

Buddha on Koh Larn

I believe this is at the end of the pier as you get off the ferry to Koh Larn.  If you have taken the ferry in rough seas through the Gulf of Thailand to get to Koh Larn you will be happy to see any deity after the trip.

Buddha on Koh Larn
Canon XSi, 50mm, f/5.0, 1/320

That Sinking Feeling

Taken off the Bali Hai Pier in Thailand.

That Sinking Feeling
Canon XSi, 50mm, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/400

Playing in the Surf

This was a pure luck shot that I fired the camera at the right time.  Taken on the gone but not forgotten Canon XSi and with the gone but happily forgotten Tamron 70-300 (I gave it away).  I completely ignored the histogram when I edited this one and just tweaked it until I liked it.  This was taken on Koh Larn in Thailand and the rarest of rare sights, a Thai on a beach not covered from head-to-toe to avoid getting darker from the Sun.

Playing in the Surf
Canon XSi, 300mm, ISO 125, f/8.0, 1/500

The Church

My sharpening issues have been resolved as I finally found the correct amount of pixel radius to sharpen the Panasonic LX 7 images up.  This picture is a direct result of the new-found formula.  I drive past this church almost everyday going to and from work and its one of the few around with a true steeple and they light it up at night which makes it interesting.  So I pulled into the lot with the LX 7 set it for wide and fired away.  The interesting thing on the EXIF data is how slow the shutter was and how little shake their was.  In body image stabilization is nice.  No idea why Panasonic doesn’t do it on their micro 4/3 cameras instead of adding it to the lenses.  I debated on cropping the image but I like how the lights illuminate the trees so I left it as is.  There is a bit of photo trickery going on and I’ll leave that to someone to figure out where I got lazy and what I removed something from the image.

The Church
Panasonic LX7, 28mm, ISO 400, f/1.4, 1/13

The Capitol

This was shot in a long time ago it feels like and it shows it.  No matter how much post processing I did I could not remove all the noise from the image and in this case, I can blame the gear.  I shot this on my first DSLR ever, the Canon XSi (sold in the great Canon Purge) which wasn’t a low light performer in the best of cases.  It didn’t help that I shot this at night without a tripod and instead of opening the lens up to f/1.4 I shot it at f/4.0 while hand holding it.  The amazing thing is the shutter speed was relatively high all things considered.  Most of my night shots are at 1/60 which is where I can usually hold a camera steady and get away with not using a tripod which I hate lugging around.

The Capitol
Canon XSi, 50mm, ISO 800, f/4.0, 1/125

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

I am not sure if this qualifies for the weekly photo challenge but I like it.  I will be the first to tell anyone I am not a landscape photographer but I do enjoy shapes and with the Sun coming up behind the power line it made it interesting.