Tower Life Building

Shot this while I was out in San Antonio one night. Just had by Sony RX100III with me and handheld at that. Still turned out decent even at ISO 2000.

When I travel about I tend to carry some camera on me. While I will use my phone it’s not something I prefer. Phone photography is nice but when you want a better shot a bigger camera is going to do better. This is just a limitation of a cell phone’s sensor. While they have come a long way they still cannot complete with a larger sensor on a camera. A cell phone will be fine when there is lots of light. In low light the smaller sensor will struggle and show more noise just because there is less of a sensor to capture the available light.

With the noise on this image I could not push editing too much. Went ahead with my usual workflow then used Camera Raw in Photoshop to reduce the noise further. Some minor dodging and burning and called it done.

Enjoy.

San Antonio

Navarro St.

This was taken in San Antonio a few years ago. Me and a friend took the river boat tour. More like canal tour as the water isn’t deep at all. We mainly went for something to do and they let us drink on the boat.

Not the world’s biggest fan of San Antonio, Texas. Never really had a great time there. Unlike Ozzy Osbourne I was never arrested for indecent exposure in front of the Alamo. I don’t tend to get blind drunk in the morning then stagger around in a dress. Not saying it could not happen, just saying it’s unlikely.

That said I did have a pleasant time my last trip through. Mainly used my Sony RX100ii and when I didn’t use my Olympus EM1. It’s still my go to pocket camera. Just haven’t used it much but I tend to toss it and my Sony RX10 in my bag if I need to go light. Even a few years old its a great camera.

Editing was straight forward. I had to rebalance with gradients then into Photoshop. I did the overall exposure and contrast adjustment with a curves. Then I figured why not add a touch of something so took it into Aurora 2017. Boosted the HDR settings then brought it back into Photoshop then just masked in parts at 60%. Hit save and called it done.

Enjoy.

Navarro St

Hotel St. Francis

This is one of those images I should not publish but I just like it. I shot this a while back while I was roaming the streets of Tijuana, Mexico. Just walking around with my Sony RX100iii and taking pictures of interesting things.

What interested me about this was the light and how it played across the building. What was causing it was a building under construction/deconstruction (hard to tell in Latin America at times) about a block away. The morning sun was hitting that and then coming down on the hotel in front of me. It was just a cool pattern that I stopped and took a picture of this.

Editing was straight up. Just a curves adjustment to make it lower key and then local work with dodging and burning. Then a quick white balance in Camera Raw and then done.

Enjoy.

Hotel St. Francis

Architectural Travels – Part 4

Final installment on the Architectural Travels. These are all from Panama City, Panama as it turns out. Didn’t plan it that way but it is how it worked out.

All these images except for one were shot on my Nikon D810. The one that wasn’t was shot on my Sony RX100III. When I went to edit these some just felt better in monochrome so I did the conversion using Tonality. I have come to prefer that over Silver Efex because you get much better control. Silver Efex has very limited options which causes you to be limited.

With all that out of the way I return to my normal stuff tomorrow. I am hoping to do another series in the future. While a lot of work you get to see a theme and pattern emerge from the images that you just don’t get when you do just one at a time.

Enjoy.

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Architectural Travels – Part 2

I indicated in part 1 of this series that I was going to go through and clear out all my architectural photos I have taken over my travels. I return with part 2 which I am calling reflections.

These images were taken in Panama City, Panama and Chicago. There are no Thailand shots simply because where I am in Thailand doesn’t do large glass buildings. They are in Bangkok if you are interested but I’m not biggest fan of the city.

These images were shot on 3 different cameras. The cameras were a Nikon D810, Canon S100, Sony A7R, and Sony RX100III. There are subtle differences between the cameras but I tried to keep the images with the same style when editing for consistency purposes.

Enjoy.

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Stroll Down Michigan Avenue

I shot these as I had to walk to the Apple Store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. I bought another power adapter for my laptop and never checked it to see if it fit. So when I landed and set up my machine I discovered I didn’t have one that fit.

I figured since I was having to take a walk down I might as well bring a camera with me. So I grabbed my Sony RX100M3 and off I went.

I am a very well seasoned traveler so touts and scammers don’t bother me but I was fascinated by how many were on Michigan Avenue. I watched a “homeless” duo do a shift change. The ASPCA and the Humane Society within 20 meters of each other “collecting” donations yet strangely short of credentials except for signs asking for money. The cream of the crop was a fake monk trying to hand out prayer beads for money. Here is a hint if you aren’t familiar with Buddhism. Monk’s only collect alms in the morning and they bring a bowl with them. If a monk approached you at any other time asking for money they are fake. When I pointed out he was fake he quickly moved on.

To further illustrate my point when I was returning to the hotel with my power adapter 6 Chicago officers on bikes rolled. Suddenly the very same people started to have important business elsewhere!

Enjoy the photos.

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Stroll Along The Lake

This is another from the from Lake Fairfax that I shot. I had switched off to my Sony RX100M3 for a lot of the shooting as I wanted to see how it would preform shooting from a tripod and how far I could crop it down before the image quality started to drop. While I love my micro four thirds gear; for highly detailed landscapes you can see it start to lose quality in the finer details. With a large photographic adventure planned for later this year I want to test all my gear out to see what is going to perform best for the situations I am going to be in.

The RX100M3 really handled me cropping the hell out of this and held up resolution so very pleased with how this image came out.

Enjoy.

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Good Night From San Antonio

While walking from dinner I snapped this shot. The building used to be a stock exchange for cattle from what I was told. I just framed it between the palm trees.

Enjoy.

Good Night From San Antonio

Red, White and Blue

Not often I get excited over an image but this one just came together nicely. I was out walking back from a haircut and I saw the bridge just zoomed in to max on the camera and snapped the image. The alignment and the colors just worked out to the point it was something I got excited over. I took three images and composited them together then just did a minor curves adjustment and left it alone. Might not be to everyones tastes but I really like it.

For inquiring minds, shot on a Sony RX100M3.

Enjoy

Red, White and Blue

Winters Grasp

Seeing how it snowed again it seemed time to take some pictures. I stopped on the way to work in at a national park and snapped these images with my Sony RX100M3. The weather was grey and color was washed out at best. So I just did  conversion to monochromatic and just let the tones take over the images.

For those of you that are curious about the editing music, Lamb of God’s most excellent album Resolution. For those of you thinking I have suddenly started listening to wholesome family music; they were once known as Burn the Priest. Lamb of God is much more commercially viable I think. On a photography note, lead singer Randy Blythe is a most excellent photographer. Check out his Instagram for some of his work. It’s not shot on a phone.

Enjoy

Winters Grasp

Winters Grasp

Winters Grasp