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HDR Photography Landscape Photography Travel Photography

Road To Yonder

Title came from a comic I read as a kid. Guy walks up to two other guys and asks for directions. One of the men answers and and says ‘It’s yonder’. The man asking for direction leaves. The other man who didn’t talk then asks the man that gave directions if he actually knew where he sent the other man. He replied, ‘Always wondered where yonder is’.

This isn’t the most fabulous image I ever took in my life. In fact, it’s more of a Monday image and I was playing around so might as well publish it. There are lots of flaws with it but I’ll let it go. Part of this is me wanting to avoid Photoshop and Lightroom right now after having to reinstall them to fix the latest Adobe nightmare that somehow insists that my Camera Raw is not in sync between the two.

I do find it ironic that I raged against HDR and then I turned around and made a HDR image. In this case it worked as the source images were relatively static. There is some motion in the sky but it works so I didn’t bother with it.

This was taken at Antietam Battlefield at some watch tower thing. I climbed to the top and has it to myself so I setup my tripod and fired off a bunch of shots since I had the luxury of time. Was rather nice not to have to rush to try and get an image in what would normally be a busy spot.

As I indicated this was done in HDR. I only used the -2 and 0 images to create the file. I manually did the settings playing with sliders until I was happy. Then I brought it into freshly reinstalled Photoshop and started adding local adjustments via dodge and burn. Satisfied enough with the result I called it done and hit save.

Enjoy.

Road to Yonder

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Landscape Photography Travel Photography

At Anchor

This is from Panama City, Panama. Not exactly sure where I was except along the water. I walked from my hotel down to the waterfront that day and just kept walking until I hit Casco Viejo.

In Panama City there are tons of marinas. Some are private and some are public. I didn’t explore them that close as I was just walking along the trail with no particular destination in mind other than towards Casco Viejo. I liked this this image because I could pull the reflections off the water and the boats add a bit of color in another wise flat photo.

My goal when I edited this was to make the boats stand out and give some detail back to the sky. Once I had my basic edits done it was time to start adding masks to the image because there was no other way to bring out details. First was the sky so I loaded up Intensify CK and then masked in the sky bits I wanted. I followed that up with a mask for the boats and land. When you use two different masks you need to make sure the transition is clean between the two masks so you lower opacity to make it look cleaner. Did a bit of a dodge and burn to touch things up and called it done.

Enjoy.

At Anchor

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Landscape Photography Monochromatic Photography Travel Photography

Tower Above Casco Viejo

This is one of the never before published images from Panama City, Panama when I was there last year.

The tower which is the most prominent feature in the image is the Iglesia San Francisco De Asis. If you are Spanished challenged it’s the Church of Saint Francis of Asis. Who it should be pointed out was never a priest or monk. Just for historical reference.

I liked how the tower stands above everything else in the image. Still there is a lot visually going on. It’s a layered image with the water, the boat, causeway (road), then the smaller buildings then the tower above it all.

When I was editing this image there just wasn’t a lot of color. The buildings are yellow and the roof tiles are red. The sky was grey and with very little details in it. So I did a monochrome conversion using Tonality CK. I just kept playing with sliders until everything felt right. I tried to keep things tonally as separated as I could. The goal being to keep each area distinct as possible. Now looking at it the water is a bit too much but still the overall image is decent.

Enjoy.

Tower Above Casco Viejo

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Landscape Photography Travel Photography

The Reflecting Pool

This is the small pool that is in the Korean Garden area of Meadowlark Gardens. There are a lot of structures there and you can spend a few minutes wandering around and taking photos.

I am not sure I ever took a photo of this pool before. If I didn’t I doubt it was at this angle. I setup my tripod low to get the angle. Once I was happy it was just trying different focal lengths until I got something I liked.

To be honest I am not sure what I did editing as it was a few days ago. I do know I had to fight the brightness of the light to bring things down. I know there was a lot of dodging and burning to get local light adjustments correct. In the end I guess I was happy.

Enjoy.

reflecting pool

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Landscape Photography Nature Photography Travel Photography

Forest Path

This was taken at Meadowlark Gardens on a path that leads around a small pond. Not sure if it started as an official path but it is now because there are seats there now. It’s a bit muddy after a rain but it’s a quick way to get to other parts of the park.

I setup up the shot because I really liked the light coming in from the side. It gave the leaves a bit of a glow and the way the shadows come off the trees. You also get the impression you are walking in shade and then head out into the brighter sunlight at the end of the tree covered path.

There was some experimenting with this image. It was not done in HDR even though it slightly looks like it. The light was slightly blown out and you could really tell at the end of the path. I put in some layer masks from Intensify CK which I liked but it was still very bright. I brought it into ColorEfex and did my usual hue/saturation adjustments but I wasn’t happy with the blown highlights. Saw a filter called darken contrast and selected it. Started to play with sliders and I got the image exactly where I wanted it in regards to light. Did a quick round of sharpening after bringing the image back into Photoshop and called it done.

Enjoy.

Forest Path

 

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Travel Photography

Fence In The Woods

There are parts of Meadowlark Gardens that are fenced off to prevent people from walking in them. When I saw the light and all the texture on this portion I figured why not take a picture.

Interestly enough I did this image in monochrome. I wasn’t happy with it. Normally I use monochrome to bring out textures but it just lost something in the conversion. I even did the conversion two different ways and masked in bits and still didn’t like it so I just scrapped it after saving copies.

One I settled on color it the image just seemed to do what I wanted. I did mask in a bit from Intensify CK to bring out the wood textures. I left the leaves and stuff alone since it wasn’t the focal point in the image. Once I was happy I called it done.

Enjoy.

Fence In Woods

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HDR Photography Landscape Photography Travel Photography

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.

Enjoy.

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

Floating On The Harbor

 

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Landscape Photography Travel Photography

Meander Down The River

This is the Cacapon River located in West Virginia. I shot this a couple months ago when I was there. I was standing on a bridge just outside a town with intermittent traffic going past me wondering why this crazy guy was hunched over a bridge taking pictures of the river.

I was worried about the sky in this one because it’s slightly blown out. There isn’t anything I can do about it because it’s the the sun coming through the clouds. So instead of fighting it I went with it. There are extra bonus points if you can figure out where the power lines used to be in the image.

Editing wise there are 3 different layer masks. I wanted the trees and the river reflection to stand on their own so I basically masked in a clarity and sharpness mask. After that I went and processed the sky. Used a mask that added contrast and clarity and then masked that in lightly. I got more texture out of the sky and I think it looks cool. Finally added a hue/saturation mask along with polarization and contrast corrections and said done.

Enjoy.

Cacapon River

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Flower Photography Nature Photography

Flowers Squared

The beloved flowers return. These were shot at Brookside Gardens during my foray there. Nothing fancy just me and the Nikon D810 with a Sigma 24-105 4.0 lens.

I’ll be truthful about not really wanting to edit much so I picked the flowers since I can knock them out in a hurry. I did the edits in Lightroom and only did a bit of the old dodge and burn in Photoshop. I will admit to the fact that I maybe did a mask on these to bring out the flowers details but it was a quick one. So nothing overly fancy was done. As for the square crop, they just felt better that way. Hence the title.

Here is a generic link to the full resolutions.

Enjoy.

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Landscape Photography

The Tree

I feel bad about not editing a photo for today so I figured why not get one out today.

I really liked the color of this tree and the way it contrasted with everything around it in the gardens. It just stood there as the lone reddish tree in a sea of green. So I just had to take a picture of it.

Not much going on edit wise since I was doing this last minute. Just a bit of dodging and burning.

Full resolution.

Enjoy.

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