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Grey Dawn and Silent Cannons

This was shot on the Manassas Battlefield just as dawn had really set in and the light wasn’t going to get much better than the grey that was already in the sky.

I was going to do this image in monochrome but I just wasn’t getting the tonal separation I wanted. After thinking about it for a minute I saw that the washed out color that was there gave me separation and a sense of distance and scale that monochrome wasn’t going to do so I left it. I think it gives the image a bit more feeling too because it’s not the most cheerful image I have ever done.

Editing this brings up something I never really thought about before and only recently come to understand after I shot this image. Until recently when I would do landscape I would just step the aperture down until it could not go¬†down any further. What I wasn’t aware of is that diffraction sets in after a certain point that means that critical sharpness is lost. So even using the most expensive lens on earth, at some point diffraction is going to take its toll so there is no point in stopping down to f/22 if the image isn’t going to be sharp.

With that said there is very little editing in this image. I think I spent more time removing dust spots then I did doing anything else. I had forgotten to clean the lens. Once I removed the most egregious of spots I added a very slight tone curve adjustment. Then did a bit of dodging and burning to bring out some features. I did have to do some color correction as I found out another tip recently, that the Sony’s tend to do funky things to the blue channel and that is it tends to shift it more towards cyan. So a quick fix there. After that I took the image into Noisless Pro to remove the noise from the sky and then masked it into the image. Final bit was a unsharpen mask to get some color separation.

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Grey Dawn and Silent Cannons

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Lonesome

I just looked at the tree and I thought it looked lonesome hence the title for this one. It was shot at the Manassas Battlefield and I believe the tree is a marker for something or there is a grave there. I can say this because there was a small sign next to the tree. I might have accidently removed said sign from the image because It just didn’t much for me.

I knew when I took the image it was going to end up in monochrome. I did the square crop because I wanted the focus to be on the tree. The right bias draws the eye to the tree. I then did a couple of curve adjustments to get contrast back into the image. Once I had that I did the conversion using Tonality CK then played with the settings to get it to where I wanted. In the end I’m happy.

Double bonus points if you can figure out where I removed two people walking the trail with bunny ears. The image was shot on Easter.

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Lonesome

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The Fence

My first monochrome image in a long time and I suspected that after reviewing the shots from Manassas Battlefield I would be doing a lot of these in monochrome just because the light was so overcast.

This fence encloses the house that is on the battlefield that was used as a command center for one of the two warring armies. It’s a typical US Civil War style fence and if you have traveled or lived in a Southern state its rather typical so you see them often.

I used A mount 17-35mm Tokina that I picked up to cover the areas between my on order 15mm Voigtlander and the Sony 24-240mm. That and a 50mm macro are my last two adapted lenses for the A7R. It did a nice job with this image and the vignetting is from the monochrome conversion not the lens. Speaking of conversion to monochrome I used Tonality CK instead of doing it manually or SilverFX. I was very pleased with how it came out and I got a lot more control over the final image than I do with SilverFX.

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The Fence

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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.

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Rolling-Field

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The Tree

This was taken at the Manassas Battlefield. I just liked how the tree was all by itself. I believe it is a memorial tree but don’t quote me. After a week at work the memory gets a bit foggy. With the light and the house and the Blue Ridge Mountains in background it really made for a nice picture.

There was some post processing going on here mostly just curve adjustments. I went for a low key image to keep the moon and the colors. Bit of a dodge and burn and overall very happy with how it came out. I am really impressed with how the Sony A7R and the Sony 24-240 worked together to give me the images for this week.

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The-Tree-IC

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Rider At Dawn

I shot two locations over the weekend. The Tidal Basin in Washington, DC and Manassas Battlefield in Manassas, Virginia. After I shot the moon I saw this statue when I arrived. What you see is roughly what I saw when I turned my attention that way. My first thought was what the hell is the rider doing there but then it dawned on me it was a statue of a Civil War soldier. I didn’t read the plaque that was near the statue because it was too dark and when I was packing up to go I forgot to go back and check it.

This will likely be the only color image from this series as the day turned grey on me. It said partly cloudy in the forecast but it went full cloudy. Still, this shot made it worth going out there for.

This image is more or less straight out of the camera. I added a gradient to blacken the grass a bit but that’s it. Not even sharpened, I just gave it a minor unsharpen mask to give a bit more color separation. The light trail behind the tree is a plane taking off. I debated on fixing it but I liked it so it stayed.

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Rider At Dawn