I shot while I was in Matlacha in Florida. I suspect I didn’t edit it because of the boat that is slightly in view between the pier poles.
Not much to write about here editing wise. It came out the camera more or less like you see it. I did mask in some details for the wood and water but left the sky alone. With the blue channel and a smaller sensor you just bring noise into it. You can then mask it out with noise removal or just leave the clouds alone. I left it alone.
I return to Matlacha, Florida for the image today. I shot this while walking down the main road through Matlacha and just saw the cool blue channel leading out into the Gulf of Mexico.
Nothing special editing again. Still trying to get out of vacation mode and editing anything complex isn’t worth it right now because I’ll obsess over it and then never save it. Easier to stick to simple edits that work and then go from there. So as always a tone curves adjustment and dodge and burn. Then just did a hue/saturation adjustment to make the blues more blue since the Sony A7R loves to shift towards aqua. Then brought down the greens from nuclear to normal. Quick sharpening pass and done!
This image is another one from Matlacha, Florida where I did my only daytime photography. The outside temperatures were just too hot to do anything until it cooled off in the evening with the sun starting to set.
I titled this Into the Blue Unknown and it’s all about the clouds which seem common in this part of Florida. As for the unknown portion it’s really the Gulf of Mexico. So it’s not unknown at all. Just sounds more mysterious when you say it’s unknown.
Not much going on here editing wise. I brought out the details in the clouds. Little trick if you want to give your clouds some depth is to dodge the highlights and burn the shadows. Just be careful and go with a light pass and you will give a bit of depth to them. I then smoothed out the water a bit and called it done.
This is one of the few daytimes shots I have done while I am in Florida. The reason is that the temperatures are only slightly cooler than the surface of the Sun making daytime shoots painful.
This is a little town called Matlacha here in Florida that I have shot before. It’s more a winter down when there are seasonal residents migrate South to the warmer climes. So Matlacha was quiet and I could get shots without worrying about someone walking into my frame or setting up and blocking traffic.
I used a filter to shoot this. Thing it was a 3 stop neutral density to take the light down. Processing was usual then ran some filters. One for the sky and then one for the water. Then did a sharpening pass to bring out the details and called it done.
This is a photo from Matlacha, Florida. I found it funny that the birdhouse had all this construction material around it.No idea what is really going on but I snapped the image. The water is the Gulf of Mexico (I think) and the land to the left is likely Pine Island (I think). The clouds are typical Florida sky around the gulf region.
This is an image I shot in April when I was down in Florida. I was asked why I didn’t have any of Matlacha, Florida and I answered that I wasn’t happy with them. Still I went back through and did some editing and as I hinted at yesterday its in HDR.
This image was shot using my Ricoh GR and I combined a lot of what I learned from HDR and the newest editing techniques I have picked up to get this image to close to where I want it. Perfect by no stretch of the imagination because the two styles are at opposite ends of the spectrum. One shoots for hyper realism and the other shoots for looking like you were taking psychedelic drugs. So I tried to make something that looked like I was coming down from a really good acid trip. A happy medium but still having a lot of acid in my system (For the record I have never done acid. Just basing it on friends and the Ozzy song Flying High Again).
So enjoy the afternoon in Matlacha.
Starting to hit a rut with editing HDR stuff. Just struggling right now and I know its me. On the upside I am getting ready to travel again so will have some new stuff to shoot. So looking forward to that. I’ll be hitting two destinations on the next trip. First stop will be San Antonio, Texas and the next will be San Jose, Costa Rica. So there will be opportunities to shoot some new stuff and try some different techniques. Plus time on planes to watch videos to expand my knowledge.
As for this shot. I knew it was going to be black and white from the start. The warped dock just called for it. First monochrome HDR and used a new plug-in called Tonality to do the conversion. There are issues in it but after 90 minutes of editing and trying various images until I found one I liked I went with it.