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.
I started last week off with a similar image from Panama City, Panama so I might as well start this week off again with a return to Panama. The other image primarily focused on the buildings on the right. This time I pointed the camera towards the harbor.
I knew this image was going to be monochrome. It just worked better as there was very little color to begin with. I think the monochrome conversion also helped to bring out the sky a bit more than leaving it in color would have.
I did the conversion using Nik’s Silver Efex which I haven’t used in a long time. Just to change it up. Once I had the conversion done it was time to make local adjustments with dodge and burn. Then ran the image through Noiseless Pro to remove some of the noise from the sky and masked that in. When I was happy I called it done.
PS – Need to thank Tool (the band) for being the music for this week’s edits. Going to see Maynard James Keenan in November when he’s doing his book tour.
I figured I start off with a suitably darker image since it’s Monday and the usual start of a work week. The sky is what I dealt with a lot while I was in Panama and I think it fits a Monday well.
Editing wise I did a bit of a departure from my normal routine. I had every intentions of making this a black and white image but it was too dark and there was very little separation in the tones. This meant a lot more dodging and burning then I was prepared to do with potentially limited returns. Still, I liked the sky that came with the black and white conversion.
It was then I made a choice and just did an opacity mask to get the effect out of the sky that I was looking for. I rarely use them but in this case it made perfect sense. Once I had the mask where I wanted it I still needed some dodging to get the hill to separate and a bit on the shoreline. Once I had that I called it done.
I like breaking up series with a nice landscape because it gives a break and you aren’t overwhelmed with the same subject matter repeatedly. While this image was shot in Casco Viejo you would never guess it just based on the view but you are always near the ocean when you are in Panama.
When I took this image I just really liked how the colors separated into nice little bands. You go from the dark reds to the various shades of blue and the causeway breaks things up nicely.
There was a lot of layer masking going on in this one. I really wanted that sand to pop so I made it so. With the blue channel stuff I had to remove the noise from it. So masked in that bit. Then bumped up the details and called it a day.
I will be breaking this up into at least 3 parts and likely 4 based on the 2 days I spent shooting in Casco Viejo in Panama. I really wanted to show Casco Viejo without the picturesque, tourist only images.
Casco Viejo is old Panama, City and it’s an interesting mix of upscale restaurants and bars mixed in with lower and income apartments. There are lots of government offices in the area as well. There is a heavy police and military presence. It’s a weird little area and I really liked spending time there.
Nothing fancy with the edits. While not straight out of the camera they were not masked in like I do my landscape stuff. For inquiring minds, all shot in my Nikon D810 with the 16-35mm.
I shot this at the Panama City, Panama Fish Market. It’s rather a famous tourist attraction but its also a working fish market with local fishermen bringing in the days catch. You can enjoy a nice, fresh seafood meal there if you are inclined and the prices are extremely reasonable. I had a mixed seafood ceviche and two beers for the princely sum of $3.
I snapped this after I finished my lunch and was on my way to Casco Viejo. One of the problems I had with Panama is that the weather wasn’t on my side. The light was constantly overcast and when the humidity hit a certain point the skies would open up and it would pour down rain. So I was always fighting with light and weather.
To make things pop a bit more I masked in some bits here and there. Just give it a bit more color and a bit more detail that would otherwise go missing because of the light.
I haven’t had time to shoot lately. Part of it is laziness and the rest is weather and my schedule. While I could sneak in some photography the thought of having to fight with the weather or only allocating 10 minutes just doesn’t do it for me. Luckily I always have reserves! Welcome back to Panama! I had a bunch of landscape stuff I didn’t share out because it just didn’t go with what I was doing at the time. So I kept them in reserves for times like these. I doubt I will do a series as I just don’t have it in me to edit 5 or more images in one sitting right now. So it will be single image posts until my schedule levels out and with me traveling to Las Vegas it might be a bit. However, I have a Mexico series I am dying to do that I held back so maybe during the flight, if I can get some editing time in I just may do it. Until then enjoy.
This is more of the Casco Viejo series. There will likely be a few more before I work my way through the photos. The area was just very interesting and as you will see there is a mix of restored buildings with the older, living areas that the residents use. You will also see how light shifted constantly with the weather there as one image will be in sun and the next I have storm clouds moving in. Made for interesting shooting all the time.