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Landscape Photography Travel Photography

Spot The Carp

Taken at Meadowlark Gardens earlier in the spring when I was there doing the other spring shots.

This image is one of those that I don’t know why I like it but I do. The carp swimming buy just adds that little something to an otherwise boring image. I was just standing there and could see them swimming by so when one came into the frame I fired off a few shots to capture the image.

Editing I am still playing with Intensify. So I ran it through and didn’t bother masking anything in. I did some selective dodging and burning and called it a day.

Enjoy.

spot the carp

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Landscape Photography Nature Photography

Spring Trees – Part 2

This series was shot at two locations on back-to-back days. They were taken at Brookside Gardens and Meadowlark Gardens. I was playing with the Nikon D5500 and had my Sigma 24-105 on the camera.

I am on travel this week as I start the final part of my journey as I move to Thailand. With all the travel I have done all the editing in one shot. I am preloading all the posts for the week so I can focus on getting to Thailand.

Editing for every images was just my Lightroom and Photoshop workflow and nothing more.

Enjoy!

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Landscape Photography Travel Photography

View At Meadowlark Gardens

Shot this in April I believe on a visit to Meadowlark Gardens. Just liked the bench and how it looked out on the water and the trees.

Like the photo from yesterday I was still out playing with the Nikon D5500 with my Sigma 24-105 on it. It was just a wander around playing with the camera and getting to know it.

I never read manuals with a camera. I attempted this with my Nikon D810 but promptly bailed on the book I bought for the purpose. It was just too much of the same thing. I stick with my it’s a camera, can’t be that hard to figure out. Plus if I get stumped I can always look up something on the internet.

Editing wise this was just out of the camera. I did add overall tone and contrast in Photoshop. I added a bit of pop using Aurora 2017 and then hit save and done.

Enjoy.

View At Meadowlark Gardens

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Landscape Photography Travel Photography

Signs Of Spring

With yesterday being the military hardware photo not being that popular I’ll go┬áback to a landscape shot. I needed to test a camera so I ventured forth to Brookside Gardens.

I ventured out to Brookside Gardens to test a Nikon D5500 I picked up for video. The flip out screen is nice so I can see what I am shooting if I am in front of the camera. I figured since I was testing I might as well do some photography and see how the 24mp sensor works. So I threw on my Sigma 24-105 lens and just took a bunch of stuff.

I didn’t do much landscape stuff. I was there for some other things which I’ll eventually publish. When I saw this view with the spring buds on the trees and how it led to the gazebo looking thing I figured why not.

This is the second version of this image. I was shooting in harsh light for a reason. So when I did the first edit I made it a bit too hot with the highlights just below the blowing out point. So I went back and edited it again. I didn’t blow the highlights at all and a lot less dodging and burning. I used gradients to push attention to the gazebo. Once I had the curves in a bit of dodging and burning this time around and done.

Enjoy.

Signs of Spring

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Landscape Photography Travel Photography

Tranquil Path

This was shot at Brookside Gardens when I was there almost a month ago. I was going to include it in a series that will be coming later this week but I really liked it as a standalone image so I am publishing it here first.

For the last few images I didn’t mask anything in. What you see is what you get (mostly) out of the camera. Granted it’s heavily edited but I didn’t go wild with masks from plug-ins. I thought the images stood on their own and it’s totally based on my whim so I kept it natural for the lack of a better word.

I went low key with this image just to offset the fact I was shooting at like 2 PM in the afternoon with the sun just blazing and the light harsh. Once I had the tone curve where I wanted it I had to move on to dodge and burn. For images like this I find myself doing a lot of adjustments simple because the time of day made the light so harsh. Plus doing a low key made some parts block up to black and I wanted to retain some of the details. As always, once I was happy I called it done.

Full resolution.

Enjoy.

Tranquil Path

 

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Flower Photography Nature Photography

Walk on the Mild Side

I attended a birthday celebration on Tuesday and since it was close to where I live I tossed my Canon S100 in my pocket and walked up to the restaurant. Along the way I saw that some of the tulips survived so I figured I might as well take some shots. Hence the title, walk on the mild side since it wasn’t so wild and crazy other than some tulip photography. I did throw in one shot off my Sony RX100 that I took on the way home from work but its still a tulip so might as well toss it in.

Nothing fancy here. Just straight up flower edits making the colors look good. I do find myself using Photoshop to add a bit more punch through the tone curve then dodging and burning in lab mode. That way I preserve the color I got in Lightroom and just enhance it.

Full resolution here.

Enjoy.

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Abstract Photography Nature Nature Photography

Signs of Renewal

Its Spring finally in the Washington DC area! That means the frigid subarctic temperatures are finally banished! Least thats the story I am going with. I have had to turn on aircon on since early March. So since I walk to work now I usually have a camera or two with me. In this case I had my Sony RX100M3 and the Canon S100. When I needed a longer reach I used the S100 since it can zoom to 100mm. I get better images out of the Sony but the Canon is very usable.

Some of these images are a bit abstract. Just depended on my mood when I was shooting. Did the usual post processing and called it a day. After the marathon slog with the Prague edits I needed something easy.

Enjoy.

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Architectural Photography Landscape Photography

Clouds In The Distance

This has been my view this week in my hotel room. I came in to do some work (nap) in my room and I saw this and figured why not grab a quick shot.

Shooting through a window is always fun so I hope I took out all the imperfections but the monitor isn’t the best.

I return home tonight and I will have finally be able to edit properly again.

Enjoy!

Clouds In the Distance

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Flower Photography

Still Here

Since I am stuck trying to build a new server here at home and fighting with Windows Update and moving data from one dying to server to a new one my focus wasn’t on editing. I had this image canned and ready to go. It seemed appropriate with the dandelion’s gone to seed still there and hanging around which is more-or-less what I have been doing with a new server. So the title Still Here seemed appropriate.

Enjoy.

Still Here

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Architectural Photography Landscape Photography

Renewal and Faith

So I got asked for flower pictures and my response was I didn’t have any. While I have been shooting a lot recently most of it hasn’t been published or even processed yet. One of the things I have discovered is that with my new found skills in Photoshop and finding a consistent workflow is that images I never processed because I just didn’t have the editing chops to pull it off are now becoming images I can now process.

I clearly remember taking this image which is about 18 months old. I used an Olympus EM5 and an Olympus 12mm 2.0 (24mm eq). The image was backlit because of the sun and the tree was too dark to use. So it just sat untouched waiting for me to finally be able to process the image.

So while its now flowers it is a flowering tree of some sort that I shot in the Spring hence the renewal part in the title. The church just happened to be there but I think it gives the image a dramatic effect.

Enjoy.

Renewal and Faith