Spot The Carp

Taken at Meadowlark Gardens earlier in the spring when I was there doing the other spring shots.

This image is one of those that I don’t know why I like it but I do. The carp swimming buy just adds that little something to an otherwise boring image. I was just standing there and could see them swimming by so when one came into the frame I fired off a few shots to capture the image.

Editing I am still playing with Intensify. So I ran it through and didn’t bother masking anything in. I did some selective dodging and burning and called it a day.

Enjoy.

spot the carp

Pond Bridge

I have likely published a photo of this bridge more than a few times before. When you like a subject you keep shooting it. This is a bridge at Meadowlark Gardens in Fairfax, Virginia.

Strangely enough I always went back to Meadowlark Gardens even when I moved to Maryland. Not that it was a far drive, it just happened to be a place I frequented because it was the first real “shoot” I did with a camera. Was my Canon XSi which I spent $400 on and a friend gave me a 18-55mm kit lens. I thought it was the most expensive piece of photography equipment I ever owned. Little did I know the rabbit hole I was heading down. I don’t even shoot with Canon anymore but I have taken a photo at this park with every camera I have ever owned. Living in Thailand that’s not going to happen anymore but I still have the memories and the images.

Editing this image I went a bit different. I was going to make it black and white but it looked more infrared when I did the conversion but I liked how it bumped the detail up on the trees. So I went ahead and just created a layer and then did an opacity layer and brought it down to 20%. Did a bit of dodging and burning here and there to get it to where it is and then called it done.

Enjoy.

Pond Bridge

Tulips – Part 1

I shot this series of images when the tulips were in full bloom. The series was shot between Brookside Gardens in Maryland and Meadowlark Gardens in Virginia.

When I was taking these image I didn’t have a filter that fit my lens. I would have used a 3 stop neutral density to cut down on some of the light since I shot them just before midday. You can fix some of it in Photoshop but it’s never going to look as good if you had a filter.

None of these were shot with a macro lense. I just used my Sigma 24-105 on the Nikon D5500 and went wild. I was still learning how to use the camera so I there were a few misses but for the most part the images came out decent.

Editing wise I just did the Lightroom to Photoshop workflow. I always add my contrast in via a curves adjustment and do local work with dodging and burning as needed.

Enjoy.

Spring Tree – Part 3

This series was shot at two locations on back-to-back days. They were taken at Brookside Gardens and Meadowlark Gardens. I was playing with the Nikon D5500 and had my Sigma 24-105 on the camera.

I am on travel this week as I start the final part of my journey as I move to Thailand. With all the travel I have done all the editing in one shot. I am preloading all the posts for the week so I can focus on getting to Thailand.

Editing for every images was just my Lightroom and Photoshop workflow and nothing more.

Enjoy!

On The Bench

These were all shot at Meadowlark Gardens while I was shooting the early spring stuff. While they could have gone with those images I felt they stood on their own with their own theme.

Still on travel, in fact as this goes live I’ll be on my final leg of my flight to Thailand. So hello from the future since this was all preloaded.

Editing was my standard Lightroom and Photoshop workflow.

Enjoy.

Spring Trees – Part 2

This series was shot at two locations on back-to-back days. They were taken at Brookside Gardens and Meadowlark Gardens. I was playing with the Nikon D5500 and had my Sigma 24-105 on the camera.

I am on travel this week as I start the final part of my journey as I move to Thailand. With all the travel I have done all the editing in one shot. I am preloading all the posts for the week so I can focus on getting to Thailand.

Editing for every images was just my Lightroom and Photoshop workflow and nothing more.

Enjoy!

Spring Trees – Part 1

This series was shot at two locations on back-to-back days. They were taken at Brookside Gardens and Meadowlark Gardens. I was playing with the Nikon D5500 and had my Sigma 24-105 on the camera.

I am on travel this week as I start the final part of my journey as I move to Thailand. With all the travel I have done all the editing in one shot. I am preloading all the posts for the week so I can focus on getting to Thailand.

Editing for every images was just my Lightroom and Photoshop workflow and nothing more.

Enjoy!

Fountain Fun

This was taken at Meadowlark Gardens in the early Spring when I was out wandering around with my camera.

I have shot a similar image before of just the fountain. This time I just handheld the camera and watched the shutter speed. With the sunlight being as bright as it was it wasn’t a big deal to freeze the water coming off the fountain.

The Nikon D5500 is one of those cameras you don’t really need a tripod with because you can handhold it very stable due to the size. It’s a tiny camera even compared to the mirrorless offerings out there. So it’s a real joy to shoot with when you don’t want to lug a lot of gear around.

This was a straightforward edit. Used my normal workflow. Most of the work was doing with dodging and burning. Once I was happy hit save.

Enjoy.

Fountain Fun

Enjoying The Day

Shot this one at Meadowlark Gardens as I was wrapping up. Just saw the elderly couple sitting on the bench and took the photo as I was standing back.

Meadowlark Gardens was the first place I ever took a camera to. It was a Canon XSi and I think I had a 18-55mm lens on it. Pretty much every camera I have ever owned has been used in the park. It was a fertile testing ground for cameras and lenses. The final camera tested there was the Nikon D5500 and it was just me wandering around with my Sigma 24-105 4.0.

When I went to edit this photo I didn’t go fancy. I just ran through my normal workflow. As always, in Photoshop did the tone and contrast adjustment. Then just local working dodging and burning.

Enjoy.

Enjoying the view.

Park Bridge

This is a bridge at Meadowlark Gardens. There are a few of them over the various ponds in the park.

This is just a random shot I took while I was playing with the Nikon D5500. I didn’t go with any real plan to Meadowlark Gardens. I shot the limited shots I wanted and then just took a wander.

The one thing I regretted was not having a polarizing filter on my lens. I could not find it before I left for the shoot. In all things, as I returned I found the filter. But that is how many things are.

Editing wise nothing fancy. Just gradients and camera filters. Then I brought it into the Photoshop and used curves for tone and contrast. I wanted a bit more so brought it into Aurora 2017 and bumped up the HDR settings but its so slight most would not recognize it.

Enjoy.

Park Bridge