Racing The Rain

Shot this in Florida while the rain was doing its weird lull before the next torrential downpour hit.

I missed this photo when I was doing the curation. For some reason I never paid much attention to it because it looks like a missed shot, that is until I blew up the image and saw that I had the two women in motion rushing in the rain with their umbrellas out.

After doing some basic edits I realized I had a very decent photo on my hands and figured why not give it an edit.

Did the usual workflow then punched it into Intensify which I am into right now for some reason. I just went ahead and hit a preset. Was happy so didn’t mask anything in. Did some dodging and burning to balance the image and bring out some details in the clouds but in the end super happy.

Enjoy.

racing the rain

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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Wet

It’s been rainy here in the Washington DC area along with temperature swings. Nothing like wearing shorts one day and needing a light jacket the next. Still, I walk to work and I usually have a camera or two with me. I figured with the rain I might as well use my Olympus TG-4 in the rain. So while walking in I took a few shots just to make the trip more interesting.

One of the issues with any 2/3″ inch sensor is that resolution isn’t there when you start looking at the images in 100%. Even shooting in RAW you need to be very careful about processing because the image will go to crap quickly. With these images I knew they would be monochrome because the light was horrible at best considering ti was raining and grey out. So I used Macphun’s Tonality CK to do the conversion and little else.

Enjoy

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Reflected in Puddles

I have been wanting to do a series of reflections in puddles and while I was in Florida I had the opportunity to do so. It rained almost every night but with the high heat and humidity the puddles were gone almost as fast as they were formed. So I lucked out when I shot these as it was in an area that was out of the Sun till later in the day and I got the shots I wanted.

Enjoy.

Reflected In Puddles

Reflected In Puddles

Reflected In Puddles

Reflected In Puddles

Frozen Berries

What happens when you take a 47 year old lens out into freezing rain?  The results are below.  I finally got my M42 adapter and stuck on the lovely Jupiter 11 135mm F/4 lens on the Olympus and out I went.  Nothing like having an effective 270mm lens at your disposal for a fraction of the weight as some massive DSLR lens.  Out into the freezing rain I went.  I figured it’s a Russian lens so its used to winter!  The bokeh on this baby is just magical and you can even see where it froze the rain drops and I had to manually focus.  It did a fantastic job for the 10 minutes I had it out.

Frozen Berries

Frozen Berries

Frozen Berries

Frozen Berries

Stuck On

I have lots of images that I never processed before I left for Thailand and not overwhelm everyone with Thailand pictures I’ll change it up a bit.  I would have used some in Thailand but sadly my library was at home and pulling down the backups would have been a nightmare as they were shot in RAW and internet speeds in Thailand aren’t what you called blazing fast.  This picture was taken with the mighty Canon 330 of the leaf stuck to my windshield.

Stuck On

Flying the Stormy Skies

I know, it seems like I have only been in airports the last few days but I also shot some other things.  The airport stuff is kinda cool in that you get some dramatic views if you take the time to look out the window.  This was shot while waiting for the flight home.  That was a typical south west Florida storm that is furious rain for about an hour and then gone.  When I touched down in gloomy Virginia I discovered that we took off just before the storm hit.  I will admit to taking some liberties with the photo but it really did render this contrasty with color natively.  This isn’t in raw either, straight jpeg out of the camera.  I touched it up with a DxO Velvia 100 film pack and done.

Flying the Stormy Skies
Fuji X100S, 35mm, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/500

Sanibel Island

Road out to Sanibel Island today with my Dad and the weather wasn’t great.  There was a storm coming in so only snapped a few shots off.  It’s 50% color and 50% black and white.

Sanibel Island
Lighthouse on Sanibel Island
Sanibel Island
Color on the Beach
Sanibel Island
Bridge to Sanibel with a wee bit of drama.
Sanibel Island
I see you.

 

 

Tulip Cubed

Rain should never slow you down if you have a camera and a mission.  In my case a haircut.  Armed with the most excellent Sony A58 and a kit lens that is blowing my mind, off I went to brave the elements (with a borrowed umbrella).  Stopping along the way I got in close and snapped a few shots.  I do love me some water drops on flowers.

Tulip Cubed
Sony A58, 35mm, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/200
Tulip Cubed
Sony A58, 45mm, ISO 250, f/5.6, 1/80
Tulip Cubed
Sony A58, 26mm, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/125