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Landscape Photography Travel Photography

Sit Back And Relax

I have continued to explore the archives after finding so many shots I never edited. This is another one and my jaw honestly hit my desk. It’s a gorgeous image and there was no way I wasn’t going to publish it.

I took this photo when I was in Delray Beach, Florida a few years ago. I was using my Olympus EM1 and the very new Olympus 12-40 2.8 lens.

I know exactly why I didn’t publish this before. There were two people in the image walking across the beach. When I took the picture I didn’t use Photoshop much at all. Lightroom’s healing brush is crap to be nice. So I could not effectively remove them from the image. Now I just go into Photoshop and either use the healing brush or the clone stamp and be done. It took a few seconds for this image and I cleaned up some crap off the beach as well.

I didn’t go too wild editing the image. The image stood up all on its own. Just some gradients in certain places and lots of localized contrast adjustments with dodging and burning. Hit saved and was done.

Enjoy.

Site Back And Enjoye

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Landscape Photography Travel Photography

Ominous Clouds

This was a typical view for me in Panama City when I was shooting there. Nothing but storm clouds rolling in over the city. Coming in from the ocean and then just hanging there over the city.

I debated on doing this one in monochrome but it works as color as you get a bit more separation of the city and a better layered effect creating distinct areas in the image.

I masked in bits here and there to just give the image some pop. Depending on where I masked I changed the percentage based on what I wanted.

With that much clouds I was going to have to use Noiseless Pro to remove some of it while not making it look unnatural. So the final mask. Hit save and was happy.

Enjoy.

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Landscape Photography Travel Photography

3 Friends In The Evening

Hello from Fort Myers, Florida where I am based for the next week. A couple days ago was the first time I got out to shoot. My first shoot was interrupted by a torrential downpour which is common in Florida this time of the year. My second shoot that evening perfect. The biggest for the night shoot was mosquitoes using my body as an all you can eat buffet. Oh, and the occasional heat lightening while carrying a tripod!

Wandered into History Fort Myers area along the Caloosahatchee River where I have shot before. This time I ventured further down the river. Where I parked I saw this fountain and the sunset and was like hell yes! Luckily I had my camera mounted on the tripod so it was a quick setup. Unluckily the lens fogged up because of going from aircon to 7000% humidity. So used my lens cloth to defog it a few times.

The fountain is called Uncommon Friends and it depicts Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Harvey Firestone. They were the 3 famous winter residents down here. I wonder if the locals complained about traffic from the snowbirds showing up in the warmer climes like they do now?

I went lower key in this image. I will let your imagination fill in the details about the fountain. I really wanted that sky to pop and lower key will bring in more contrast. Once I had contrast where I wanted I did some dodging of the figures and then started adding layer masks. First it was into Aurora HDR to give it a bit more oomph and then in Intensify CK for a bit more pop. Once I masked in the layers, a bit more sharpening and called it done.

Enjoy.

3 Friends at Sunset

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Landscape Photography Travel Photography

Grey Dawn and Silent Cannons

This was shot on the Manassas Battlefield just as dawn had really set in and the light wasn’t going to get much better than the grey that was already in the sky.

I was going to do this image in monochrome but I just wasn’t getting the tonal separation I wanted. After thinking about it for a minute I saw that the washed out color that was there gave me separation and a sense of distance and scale that monochrome wasn’t going to do so I left it. I think it gives the image a bit more feeling too because it’s not the most cheerful image I have ever done.

Editing this brings up something I never really thought about before and only recently come to understand after I shot this image. Until recently when I would do landscape I would just step the aperture down until it could not go down any further. What I wasn’t aware of is that diffraction sets in after a certain point that means that critical sharpness is lost. So even using the most expensive lens on earth, at some point diffraction is going to take its toll so there is no point in stopping down to f/22 if the image isn’t going to be sharp.

With that said there is very little editing in this image. I think I spent more time removing dust spots then I did doing anything else. I had forgotten to clean the lens. Once I removed the most egregious of spots I added a very slight tone curve adjustment. Then did a bit of dodging and burning to bring out some features. I did have to do some color correction as I found out another tip recently, that the Sony’s tend to do funky things to the blue channel and that is it tends to shift it more towards cyan. So a quick fix there. After that I took the image into Noisless Pro to remove the noise from the sky and then masked it into the image. Final bit was a unsharpen mask to get some color separation.

Full resolution.

Enjoy.

Grey Dawn and Silent Cannons

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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 Travel Photography

Heading To Shore

This is another one from the National Harbor. I was on a path that leads to somewhere but I stopped when it was going to go through a tunnel under the freeway. My objective was the National Harbor area and not wandering down paths. It just happened that when I snapped this the dragon boat was heading in toward the shore area and I thought it looked cool in the image. I have the same image without it but I think it adds some drama balances things nicely.

When I went to edit this one I debated on going through a bunch of filters and other junk but I didn’t. It just looked cool almost straight out of the camera and I wasn’t going to mess with it. Sometimes an image just says don’t touch so I listened to it. Just a slight curves adjustment and some minor dodging and burning. The only filter I masked in was adding some dehaze and clarity to the sky only just to give the clouds some texture. I did add an unsharpened mask this time to give the colors some separation.

Full resolution.

Enjoy.

Heading To Shore

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Landscape Photography Travel Photography

Dusk On The Water

This was shot off a pier at the National Harbor. This is one of the water taxis (rather evident) that ply the water between Old Town Alexandria across the river in Virginia. The bring people back and forth between the Maryland and VA side and on days the Washington Nationals play they also take passengers to the DC side close to the stadium (so I have been told).  I shot this one after if finished dropping passengers off at the Gaylord hotel and just waited till the boat passed by and fired the shot.

There is a bit of motion blur in this image. Not a whole lot I can do about it because my shutter speed wasn’t fast enough to freeze the image but you get the point. Plus its a boat! It should be in motion.

Editing wise I may have went with the assumption it’s my world and I’ll make it look the way I want. I could have kept it “normal” which is great but I felt the image needed some drama. So I started stacking filters and using layer masks to take the bits I wanted. Some played with saturation, some played with color, some added HDR and other effects. Sometimes an image just goes in the direction it does and you flow with it. This time I did.

Full resolution.

Enjoy.

Dusk On The Water

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Macro Photography Nature Photography

Drips and Drops

It’s been raining here in the Washington DC area the last few days. The usual thunderstorms as the weather tries to figure out what the hell it wants to do. Since I walk to and from work and have a camera I figured why not shoot some of the drops I see when I am walking in. Plus it gives me an excuse of not to rush in and sit in my office for a bit longer.

All these images were shot yesterday with my Sony RX100M3. I put the camera in macro mode and went at it. The annoying thing about the RX100M3 is you have to shift to scene mode then select macro. It’s not intuitive at all. I guess that’s why they market it as a photo enthusiast’s compact because you will be enthusiastically cursing the damn thing as you try and find macro mode.

Nothing fancy on the edits other than I was all over the place crop wise. I figured what the hell, make it interesting. Pumped a lot of contrast into them because plants just look better with them. Then some subtle dodging and burning and calling it done.

Here is the generic link to the full resolution. Too many to do individually.

Enjoy.

PS – The last one has no water. I just threw it in because it was there.

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