No, it’s not really Cripple Creek, I’m sure it has a real name but hell if I know it. However, if you get the reference then go you!
I took this shot as a warm up shot before I meandered off to my real destination. I hadn’t shot with my Sony A7R for a few weeks because I was in Panama using the Nikon D810. I just prefer the Sony A7R for landscape stuff because I can flip the LCD down to see what I am doing when I have to shoot at weird angles. Which in this case I did because I had the tripod set up at an angle to avoid a telecom line in the frame.
Editing wise I wanted to bring out the detail of the scene. While it was a warmup shot I didn’t want to treat it as just some b-roll stuff. So once I had things dialed in color wise I masked in some details here and there. I didn’t use a filter but did shoot at a relatively slow shutter speed to get the water to look like it did.
I had a chance to go to the Portland Rose Garden before flying out towards Mexico. So I brought a couple cameras with me. My Sony A7R and my Sony RX100M3. I will get to the roses eventually but I did shoot this shot which I thought was cool.
To take this picture I had to flip the back LCD towards me. I discovered that the Sony RX100M3 will switch to “selfie” mode giving you a countdown to when the picture would be taken. I was rather amused by this fact.
Editing wise it’s a straight up edit in Photoshop. I hope it looks okay because editing on my 13″ Macbook is a struggle and I can’t see the finer details. I did dodge and burn the trees to get some texture into them and give them depth.
I didn’t plan on showing any of the images I shot in Portland, Oregon just yet I really liked this one so I went ahead and edited it.
This is a shot of some wake coming on on the Willamette River here in Portland. I was out doing a sunrise shoot (no sun). You get very easy access to the river and I was down right on the water. I had my Olympus TG-4 which is waterproof so I just put it down in the water and set the timer for 2 seconds and let it fire. The wave coming in is what I got!
Editing wise not much going on. You can’t do a whole lot with these images out of a small compact camera. I do have Wacom Tablet with me so I did dodge and burn the wave a bit but that was about all.
So I will annouce that I have a new camera. This image seems to be appropriate for my thinking in purchasing it it. I was going through photography stuff on eBay and I’ll be honest, I have been considering moving to full frame again beyond my Sony A7R. So I saw a listing for a Nikon D810 that was being sold in Canadian dollars so I took a look. At the bottom the seller said he was selling all his Nikon gear and contact him about making a reasonable offer. So I did. After some haggling between the two of us we struck a deal that was mutually beneficial to both of us. I got a Nikon D810, Nikon 16-35mm 4.0, Nikon 70-200 4.0, Sigma 24-105 4.0 Art all for an insanely low price in US dollars. He got to sell it all and convert it back into Canadian so he ended up ahead as well. So it was a no-brainer in the end.
The gear got stuck in customs in San Francisco for a few weeks but it finally arrived and I took a trip to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC. I have lots of images from this and it was my first time shooting with the D810 and the first time in 3 years that I used an optical viewfinder. Still I had an amazing time shooting with the camera. It has a steep learning curve but even this image shot at ISO 1600 with the lens wide up and me winging it the resolution is fantastic.