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Postal Sunset

This is another sunset over the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers. I was setup on the riverwalk that runs along the river doing one of the many sunset photos I managed to take while I was there.

I really liked how the pylons framed the image. There is enough detail there to let your mind fill in the blanks but it’s dark enough that it doesn’t distract from the focal point of the image.

Editing wise I went with faux-HDR if that is a thing. I wanted the water to pop so I ran it through Aurora HDR and then masked that bit into the image. Then I went ahead and bumped the hue/saturation in the sky along with a polarization filter. Normally I leave that alone but ended up masking in bits there to keep things in balance. Then I spent some quality time removing the noise from the sky then called it done.

Enjoy.

Postal Sunset

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Two On The Rocks

These images were shot at the National Harbor and I just got around to editing them for. No idea why I never published them but I finally did. They seemed to work together so instead of doing one at a time I’ll post them together.

Editing wise I went back to masking in layers and so on. I have been doing fairly clean edits so with these images I went a little wild and made the world look like I wanted instead of what really was there.

Enjoy.

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Vertical Rising

I had a tip on a park located about 30 minutes away from where I was staying in Fort Myers. The park was called Lakes Regional Park so I headed there around sunset so I could get some evening shots over the lake. One of the problems is that the West view was blocked by trees and housing so I was a bit late for the really good sunset photos but I made do and ended up shooting for a couple of hours at the park.

I took this photo in both landscape and portrait just to see which way would work better. The vertical allowed me to capture the clouds like I wanted to so I edited that version.

The image is all about the clouds. So I made sure to run a filter through it and brought out the details. Then masked that bit in. Then another filter for the water and boat to bring out the sun reflection on it. Finally a hue/saturation and sharpening and called it done.

Enjoy.

Vertical Rising

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Sunset In Southwest Florida

This is the riverfront in Fort Myers, Florida. I had just parked the car and was walking towards the river walk to get some shots and just saw the trees in silhouette with the sun in the background and the person walking along. Since I was already setup on the tripod I just took the shot.

Honestly not a lot of editing going on here. I just did the image in low key. Then threw in a hue/saturation adjustment. Just a bit of sharpening and called it done. Love it when an image comes in almost perfect from the camera.

Enjoy.

Sunset In Southwest Florida

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Sunset On The Caloosahatchee

This was shot at some little park on the Caloosahatchee River. It’s usually crowded with people enjoying the river and the park. Luckily the shore wasn’t being fished so I setup my tripod and took a few shots of the sun setting in the distance.

I used my 15mm Voigtlander to get this shot. I really wanted the covered pier on the right to be in the frame. I also wanted to capture both shores because the sun reflecting on the buildings on the left to be included. That’s where the 15mm lens comes in handy.

I did the usual curves and dodge/burn adjustments for local light. Then it was time to mask in various bits that I wanted. The sky got one mask and the shore another. I knew I wanted to keep the image warmer so I added another mask in for hue and saturation along with a bit of polarization.

Enjoy.

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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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After The Ceremony

No, I am not becoming a wedding photographer. Bridezilla is a real and out there. I have shot a wedding but it’s not really my thing. I stumbled on to this scene while visiting the National Harbor. This is the dock area outside the Gaylord National. I have seen a few wedding photographers working there and we always give the nod of a fellow photographer and I carefully avoid walking into their shot or acting as a distraction.

This wedding was over by the time I stumbled on to the scene and the hotel staff hadn’t started to break down the setup. Since it was sitting there I figured I might as well get some shots off while it was empty. It turned out pretty well I think.

I will admit that the image out of camera didn’t come out like this. I may have pumped the color up a bit in the sky and then added some texture to the images. Masked that in then loaded one more filter in then masked that bit. One of the things I did different than normal is added sharpening of the resized image. It’s not as aggressive as I do on the full resolution but I was noticing that there was a lack of sharpness on the smaller images. So using a bit of adjustment I found a happy medium that made the image pop and to be blunt print ready if you were inclined.

Enjoy.

After The Ceremony

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Wheel In An Angry Sky

I return from the Portland, Oregon images and back to the National Harbor, Maryland images. Just to take a break from Portland stuff since I’m sitting on a healthy back catalogue from my various adventures.

I kinda lost the plot with this image. I was layering filters on top of filters with more filters and realized I lost the purpose of the image. So I reset and tried again from my base image in Photoshop. An important tip on why working with layers is a good thing!

After my moment of I don’t know where I am going with the image I just took a layer with some color saturation and masked that in. Then I went into Camera Raw and removed the noise from the cloud somewhat. I didn’t want to lose all of it because the cloud is cool and the visual weight of the image. After that I masked that in and said done. So about 15 layers of useless work later I’m happy – enough.

Enjoy.

Wheel In An Angry Sky

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Masts At Sunset

I likely should not have edited this photo but I will admit to being a bit emotionally attached to it because in my mind it looked cool. I just liked how the ships masts work with the setting sun. The other little bits in the photo catching the light also drew me to it. They all can’t be winners and sometimes you go with an image just because you like it.

This is not HDR believe it or not. I knew if I did the HDR merge things would go horribly wrong with noise and it wasn’t going to be a battle I could win. So instead I just brought them into Photoshop and did a merge. Once I had an image to work off of I didn’t do a whole lot more to it. Just a simple dodge and burn to bring out some features (Wacom Tablet Practice) and then left it alone. Sometimes the desire is there to do more than the image needed and it just causes problems. So I just hit save and called it a day.

Enjoy.

Masts At Sunset

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Shadow On The Potomac

I almost didn’t edit this photo. After working a 12 hour day and having a blinding headache I just wanted to pass out and go to sleep when I returned to my abode. However, after a dinner with my staff after a successful project and walking home in a brisk snow pelting me in the face I sat in front of the computer and carried on!

I saw the shadow the cloud cast on the shadow and thought it looked really cool. I had no idea I captured that when I shot it and I figured what the hell and processed it. I didn’t put a lot of effort into it and I liked the softer look that came out of it. I did some tweaking and called it a night.

Enjoy.

Shadow On The Potomac