Float Along The Harbor

I have been shooting new stuff! In fact I have shot around 3000+ frames over the last 2 weekends. I have been in cities, national parks, municipal parks. I have climbed over rocks. Walked through streams. I have faced perils such as flesh eating chipmunks, carnivorous squirrels, blood sucking midges, rabid turtles, and quicksand like mud.

All of the above is true. Mostly.

This image I faced none of the above issues. I was on the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. I wasn’t there to shoot landscape stuff. In fact I shot stuff completely different which I will share later. I just liked how this looked when I was walking to my next location so I took the picture.

I have been using my Nikon D810 a lot. When I travel I take the Sony A7R due to weight issues and ease of packing for flights. When I’m home I use the D810.

Normally I use zoom lenses because I mainly do landscape and travel work. It’s easier to avoid changing lenses and keeps weight down. I have owned a 50mm 1.8 for some time but never used it. With the project I was working on it was the fastest lens I had so I just put it in my bag and no other lens to keep me honest.*

*I do have a 35mm 2.0 on order.

Editing with the Nikon D810 is a whole other experience to any other camera I have owned or own. The resolution and dynamic range on it are mind blowing. I can get a lot of detail out of it giving me leeway to do a lot of things.

I used Aurora 2017 which really does a good job with single image HDR. I then mask in the HDR bits I wanted. I then added a Dynamic Contrast mask with Nik Color Efex. I then had to dodge and burn a bit more to fix some dark areas. Then I called it done.


PS – Sorry for the ramble. It adds pizzaz for an otherwise placid photo.

Floating On The Harbor


Squeezed Sunset

This is another one from Millennium Park . I am not sure what direction I was shooting towards. I have a poor sense of direction on a good day. Still, I saw the sunset squeezed between the buildings and I thought it would be a pretty cool image.

The lights in each windows in the buildings look like little sunsets themselves as some of them are building images. You get a progressive cooler to warmer feeling as you start at the top which is blue and cool and work your way down to the warmer part of the image which is all reds and yellows.

Editing I masked in bits here and there. I wanted some of the blacks to go completely black. Figured let your mind fill in what it is instead of trying to dodge out some sense or color. I did bring down the street a bit and then dodged in the people to give the image a sense of motion.


Squeezed Sunset

Fort At Casco Viejo

I believe and forgive me if I am wrong that the portion to the right is the old fort at Casco Viejo, Panama. I really took the image because of the layering of color in it that I liked.

I’ll get to editing first. This was shot on a Nikon D810 with a 16-35mm lens. I did the usual adjustments and then started to add in various layers. I stayed away from a HDR mask and went with a normal one to bring out the sky and water textures. As is usual when there is a lot of information in the blue channel I had to mask in a bit to remove the noise from the image. Annoying but it smoothes things out. Still, there is always a bit of pixilation.

I am on travel the next 30 days. The first 8 days will be in Chicago and I will be shooting a lot there. Taking the Sony A7R along with my 15mm Voigtlander, 16-35 Sony FE, 24-240 Sony FE, and my 35 Oshiro to test out. I will also have my Sony RX100M3 and a couple smaller point and shoots.

From Chicago I go straight to Thailand. I have some ideas on what I want to shoot there. I am also going to attempt video for the first time. How much I do I don’t know but I have a couple of GoPro’s and various mounts and a gimbal for them. Will be fun to see what I come out with at the end.

Not sure how I will handle photos. I am sitting on a comfortable backlog and I do have a large monitor in storage in Thailand so I can edit on that versus my 13″ Macbook Pro screen. If you start seeing Thailand photos in the next 30 days assume I decided to edit.


Fort at Casco VIejo

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.


Fire Water Burn

Something Missing At Sunset

This is a pier looking thing on the Caloosahatchee River near a restaurant. I wanted to get closer to it but there were warning tape on the walkway and an angry looking guy smoking a cigarette guarding the path. So I set up as near as possible without violating the same. I have no idea what happened to the pier thing but it’s clearly missing some parts and is loaded with warning tape.

While the structure serves as a visual anchor in the image it’s all about the colors in the sky and water. As usual I may have enhanced everything a wee bit! The water got one mask applied and the sky another. I really wanted the texture in the clouds and water to come out. Since Florida is always “hot” I have been applying a warmer hue/saturation adjustment to the photos to give it that feel.


Something Missing At Sunset

Rolling Field

No idea why I picked the title. The field was rolling but I cropped a good chunk of it out. It is Manassas Battlefield and I just liked the symmetry of the wood pile, the still naked tree, and the tree starting to bloom. I was originally going to do the image in monochrome but I left it in color and happy I did. Came out decently.

I wanted to keep a washed out feeling to the image to match the light. It felt better that way. So I didn’t add that much contrast in when I did the tone curve adjustment. Then I spent a bit of time doing the dodge and burn thing to give the image a bit of depth since it is a two dimensional image.

Full resolution available here. Speaking of the full resolution I don’t upload till the morning and then link it because I can’t schedule Flickr times for images to go live.



Facing the Sun

I shot this picture last year sometime while testing out a new lens. When I originally edited ti I wasn’t thrilled with the final outcome and having another year editing and more tools at my disposal I went back and did it again. The hills in the distance are the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The location was Oatlands Historical House and Gardens located in Leesburg, VA. It’s worth a trip for the stuff around the main building. You can take a guided tour if you want or just wander through the gardens and check out the landscapes.


Sitting Into the Sun