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Landscape Photography Travel Photography

Guiding Light

This is some lighthouse out on Lake Michigan in Chicago. The large sailing ship just happened to be going by at the time while I was shooting several frames. I have no idea of the names of either the ship or the lighthouse. I’m too lazy to look it up.

There was a lot of stuff in the frame so when it came time to edit I just went with the square crop. It puts the two prominent objects in frame and makes them the central focus of the image.

Editing wise I had to be careful because there is so much blue. It also wasn’t the sharpest image ever so I had to take that into account. So I just started to mask it bits here and there until I found something that worked. I had to tone down the blue because it was too unnaturally blue which may have been the real color but it didn’t work. Once I had that done it was time to remove the noise. The whole image had it so I could not just mask in the sky. So I did an unsharpen mask and then a sharpen mask to give it some texture back.

Enjoy

Lighthouse on Lake Michigan

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Landscape Photography Travel Photography

Chicago Lighthouse

I shot this off the Navy Pier when I was in Chicago. I’m going to call this a lighthouse but I have no idea if that is the technical term for it. To me it looks like one so I am going to call it a lighthouse.

It was really nice to edit photos not being jetlagged or using screens that I’m not used to for the first time in a month. I have my 32″ editing monitor and it really spoils me when it comes to doing editing. While I travel with my Wacom tablet and I usually use larger monitors when I can, the 32″ makes editing so much easier.

I felt the 16×9 crop worked better for this image. There was a lot of extra sky and water. I went ahead and added a layer mask once I had the contrast adjusted to where I wanted it. Masked in those bits. I had to go back and do a bit more dodging since the mask darkened things. Finished that and called it done.

Enjoy.

Chicago Lighthouse

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Landscape Photography Travel Photography

Lighthouse Sunset

I shot this one off the Navy Pier in Chicago while I was there. I didn’t see them until I was at the Lake Michigan facing side of the pier and the sun was setting. Would have liked to shoot them again in different light but still happy.

For once while editing I didn’t go wild with it. When I started to play with the various plugins to mask the images nothing really added to the image. So I just went to Nik ColorEfx and played with the hue/saturation, slapped some polarization in and some warmth for the yellows/oranges. Since I have a monitor I then removed the noise from the sky and then masked that bit in and called it done.

Enjoy.

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HDR Photography Landscape Photography Travel Photography

Lighthouse At Sunset

This is one of the reasons I went to Bali Hai, the lighthouse at the end of the road. Well, not really end, more like before you take a sharp left hand turn and end up in Pratumnak but most people never make it that far down. You gotta weave through the docks with boats being moved about and roving packs of soi dogs. Rather intimidating unless you been down that way before.

There are double bonus points if you can spot where I removed the Honda Click out of the image. You can also see one of my CCTV installers making an appearance and a creepy old guys’s leg if you look close enough.

Enjoy.

lighthouse-sunset

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Architectural Photography Landscape Photography Travel Photography

Sky Blue

Since I don’t really see a need for continuity I can jump around to tall the stuff I have shot lately. Trust me, there is a lot!

This was shot in historic Old Town Alexandria when I decided I was bored and wandered in to do some shooting. I was really going to test a lens on flowers but happily my car steered me to Alexandria instead. The downside was my car didn’t have a sense of time and Noon isn’t the best time to go out shooting in the summer but you adapt. So with my Sony A7R and my tripod I wandered around and took pictures. This was one of the first I took. Technically speaking its wrong. I’m ok with that. I shot it on a 18-28mm lens and I like the effect I got. The image is about the sky and how it interacts with everything around it. Sure the light is the focal point but without that sky none of the other colors and details would stand out.

I was going to do this image HDR but it turned into a sludgey mess so I took the 4 images and merged them in Photoshop and went from there. Ran it through a few filters and done!

Enjoy.

Sky-Blue

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Architecture Black and White Flowers Landscapes Nature Travel-Tourism

Sanibel Island

Road out to Sanibel Island today with my Dad and the weather wasn’t great.  There was a storm coming in so only snapped a few shots off.  It’s 50% color and 50% black and white.

Sanibel Island
Lighthouse on Sanibel Island
Sanibel Island
Color on the Beach
Sanibel Island
Bridge to Sanibel with a wee bit of drama.
Sanibel Island
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