Took this with my phone after I walked out of a restaurant from dinner. Was a nice view so I took the snap.
The weather here in Florida has sucked. It’s been rainy and grey most days. When it’s not raining the light is horrible and not worth even getting a camera out of a bag and going for a shoot. The image I took was just pure luck the storm had passed earlier in the day. If I shot in a different direction another storm was rolling in but I took what I could get at the moment.
This was done from a DNG from my phone which is a Nexus 6P. I used an app that shoots RAW and just opened it up in Camera Raw. Did some adjustments and then into Photoshop for overall tone and contrast. Did some local adjustments and then one more time into Camera Raw for some gradients and denoise. Called it done.
This photograph was the unintentional consequence of going to shoot something else and looking up and seeing the sky. The evening I shot it the sky was weird all over the Washington DC area with clouds and the Sun making for some interesting views.
I was actually out shooting landscape stuff in the later evening. The place I was shooting would be darkened in shadow before the Sun set so I ventured out at 7 PM. I was moving from location to location setting up my tripod for the shots when I looked up and saw the clouds with the house on the cliff and thought I have to take a picture!
Editing wise, yeah I masked in bits because the camera could never fully capture what the sky was doing. I had to bring the cliff and house up from the shadows because I expose to the right and the Sony A7R lets me get away with recovering shadows nicely. Then I started to mask in some bits to bring the sky out. Final part was a hue/saturation to bring that little bit more out.
I walk to work now! Weird to be excited by that but considering my commute could be anywhere 30 minutes to an hour or more depending on traffic. Now my commute if I walked earnestly is 10 minutes. It’s usually around 30 because as you can guess by the title of this that I am puttering around taking photos. Occasionally (once a week) I have to deal with a detour to the local bar for $5 beers. So in all I am enjoying my new area and don’t miss my old place at all.
For the first time in a long time I didn’t use layer masks for these images. They are straight from Lightroom flattened out which means I make the image as flat as possible by increasing blacks and shadows and decreasing whites and highlights. Contrast tends to be increased along with exposure. It just depends on the image itself and how it came out of the camera. Once I have a flat file I move it to Photoshop and start the heavy lifting.
If you really want to know more about the process just check out Ming Thein’s Photoshop Workflow I & II. Not cheap but worth it. He is also doing a weekly Photoshop Workflow now for $9 a week. It’s not the cheapest around at $36 a month but you get to see the workflow of a master photographer and how he views images and what he thinks will make an image look good.
All these images were processed using Ming Thein’s workflow. The only think I don’t do is use Bridge and Camera Raw. I do use Camera Raw but only after I have it in Photoshop. Instead I use Lightroom where he uses Camera Raw because I am lazy and let Lightroom catalogue for me.
For inquiring minds all the images except the first one which was my Sony RX100M3 were shot on an Olympus EM1 using either a 12-40 (24-80) or a 40-150 (80-300) lens.
No real cohesion again. Just dumping the rest of the images from the Canon SD1400IS. One of the interesting comments I got on Facebook was that a cell phone takes better pictures. I agree completely. Their sensors are far newer then the one on the Canon. Still it was a fun exercise and I challenge anyone to get out there with an old camera and give it a try just for fun.
This one was shot at Walt Disney World’s Disney Town if I remember the name correctly. I stumbled across the grounded balloon while I was wandering around. They weren’t going to fly it because of the threatening skies and were actually in the process of securing it because the storm was coming every soon.
With a bit of Photoshop magic I increased the drama in the image and bumped the colors a bit and overall happy with the image.
The connecting theme for all these images in the monorail track that travels between the various parks within Disney World. The reality is I liked the light in the sky and the reflection off the water and the track just happens to be there. This is more abstract style landscape then normal but I find it relaxing and interesting to edit because there are lots of bits to play with.
This image was taken after I took Lonesome Traveler shot that I published on Tuesday. The Tuesday shot was the first time I think I have ever published the plane I have flown in an image. Usually I never get a clear shot of the plane so it never happens. This time, because I went to a different gate area I managed a shot of the plane I was going to fly.
I really like the skies in this image. I was a bit worried that my flight was going be delayed because as I was being driven to the airport lightening was streaking in the sky and they tend to not let planes fly when there is lightening. I have been on a plane that has been hit. We were coming into Amsterdam and I saw a bright flash off the wing and then the pilot came on explaining said bright flash was indeed lightening striking the wing. The plane was fine and we landed normally at Schiphol Airport.
How the above relates to the image I have no idea. Still, enjoy.
Since I don’t really see a need for continuity I can jump around to tall the stuff I have shot lately. Trust me, there is a lot!
This was shot in historic Old Town Alexandria when I decided I was bored and wandered in to do some shooting. I was really going to test a lens on flowers but happily my car steered me to Alexandria instead. The downside was my car didn’t have a sense of time and Noon isn’t the best time to go out shooting in the summer but you adapt. So with my Sony A7R and my tripod I wandered around and took pictures. This was one of the first I took. Technically speaking its wrong. I’m ok with that. I shot it on a 18-28mm lens and I like the effect I got. The image is about the sky and how it interacts with everything around it. Sure the light is the focal point but without that sky none of the other colors and details would stand out.
I was going to do this image HDR but it turned into a sludgey mess so I took the 4 images and merged them in Photoshop and went from there. Ran it through a few filters and done!
Now that the football season is over (soccer to you godless heathens) I now have mornings to myself to get some shooting in. So I snuck off the Meadowlark Gardens just as it opened and paid my $5 entrance fee and in I went. I just wanted to wander and not worry about shooting anything with a purpose so I just had my Panasonic GX7 along with 3 lenses, the 45mm 1.8 (90mm eq), 12mm 2.0 (24mm eq) and the 60mm 2.8 Macro (12omm eq) with me. Sounds like a lot but considering I can bring an arsenal with me of cameras and lenses this all fit in my tiny Domke bag.
Normally I’m really lazy about switching lenses but considering I am planning an extended adventure later this year and not really wanting to take my arsenal with me I figured I might as well train myself that lens switching isn’t evil and as I crested the hill I saw this magnificent view and knew I had to put the 12mm on. Happy I did.
Just ran it through a couple filters. Was going to do a few layer masks but was happy with the green and blues really coming out. Then did a few more tweaks and was happy with it all. It’s not HDR which is what I have been doing most of my landscapes in but I really like the color and the contrasts.
Not really feeling like editing much of anything I went to the well with stuff I have shot recently but not had any use for that I always hold back in reserve. Just a simple shot from a morning I happened to be up earlier than I normally ever wake up. Having a camera on me I snapped it. Some creative editing and a photographic was born. Enjoy.