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Landscape Photography Night Photography Travel Photography

Stretching Across

Another from Brookside Gardens that I struggled to edit. This one admittedly turned out better to me but I still sat there and stared at it for awhile.

I have noticed that I have been into reflections lately. No real idea why. I have figured out how to edit them to give them a lot of detail without masking in the image from above. It basically comes down to dodging and burning and gradient adjustments. No real big secret to it. You want your water reflections to “pop” just dodge them. Sounds counter-intuitive but trust me it works. I learned this from Ming Thein and he’s a far better photographer than I will ever be.

Editing wise I gave away a good chunk of what I did. Gradients and then localized contrast adjustments with dodge and burn. It’s really not hard once you figure it out and you get used to doing it. The biggest challenge is if you never used a Wacom Tablet you are going to struggle with the pen. I really can’t stress how much better your editing will be when you start to use a tablet. I use the cheap version. I had a more expensive one I got as a refurb but I found the cheap one works better and I travel with it. So if you are thinking how do I take my editing to the next level, get a cheap one.

Enjoy.

Stretching Across

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Landscape Photography Travel Photography

The Path

If you are here because you Googled the Rush song with the same name as this photo prepare for disappointment. It’s not related to Rush who are a mighty fine band. It’s just a photo.

This is the C&O Canal in Maryland. I was on Chain Bridge shooting down on the canal. I just liked how the path stood out versus the rest of the scenery so I figured why not get a shot. I did have a few frames with bikers in it but I was shooting on a tripod with slow shutter speed and they just looked like blurred blobs so no bikers.

I didn’t go too wild on the edits this time. In fact, I’m rather tame. I did remove a bunch of stuff floating on the water. Originally I was going to remove every little down and make it smooth but then I realized I am not going to edit for 4 hours doing that. I’m anal retentive but I do have a life. I did bump the saturation in the sky to give the clouds an angry look. Then I made sure the reflection was much more visible. Then dodged the path to make it stand out. I masked in some bits to get the trees a bit more pizazz if you will. I then considered removing more floating bits and finally went hell no and hit save.

Enjoy.

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Landscape Photography Travel Photography

Upon Reflection

This series was shot while I was at Lakes Regional Park in Fort Myers, Florida. When I went there I was hoping to get sunset type photos but the trees were blocking my view of the sun which I wasn’t used to because I had been shooting along the river.

With the light dropping and not getting sunsets I adapted and started to shoot the islands and their reflections on the water. It turned out to be one of the longer shoots I did with me walking around the circumference of the lake and the light dropping to almost dark. So I was shooting under constantly changing conditions.

Normally with edits like these I mask in various bits and pieces but with this many in the set I did straight edits and kept the images “pure” for lack of better words. Just curves adjustments and local adjustments using dodge and burn. Standard sharpening and called it a day.

Enjoy.

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Landscape Photography Nature Photography

Discussing The Important Things

This is one from Brookside Gardens. I almost didn’t publish it but I figured why not give it a while and see what I could do. The reason for this is the harsh light. It was shot at like 2 PM with the sun just blazing down. I gave it another try because I really liked the water reflection. I also normally don’t shoot kids in my photos because some parents get a little upset about that. I felt that the Mom and Son added to the image so I didn’t wait for them to leave the small walkway. Plus I figured I was shooting landscape and not people so it wasn’t like I was intentionally pointing the camera at anyone.

Since the light was so harsh I had to put in a ton of graduated filters to get the light to something less than retina searing. Once I had that I started doing a curves adjustment and then the dodge and burn process. Getting various bits tuned down or brightened up based on what I wanted. Then it was work on the reflection time. I put in a graduated filter with dehaze and clarity to bring out details. Then I loaded up Intensify Pro and found a filter I liked then masked that bit in on the water. Then Nik’s Color Efex for a bit more color adjustment. Once I got that turned in I called it done.

Enjoy.

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Landscape Photography Travel Photography

Easy Like Sunday Morning

I won’t give points for knowing the song that the title came from since almost everyone on earth knows it. I will say I was not listening to the Commodore’s version but instead Faith No More’s version of it. Blame that on a show called the Corridor of Covers and the theme for that one was 80’s Pop Music. My friend Eric who has an unhealthy obsession with Mike Patton had the Faith No More version played at his wedding. He will like this when I post it on Facebook simply because of the title and Faith No More.

The truth of the photo was it was really shot in the afternoon but Easy Like Sunday Afternoon doesn’t work.

Lots going on in this image. I lost count of gradients and the amount of dodging and burning I had to do. Then I started throwing filters on using Nik ColorEfx to remove the nuclear green and some other issues. After that I went into Macphun’s Intensify CK just to bring out some details in the water because I roll that way. The only thing I didn’t like is the sky color and I mention it because it irritated me. I tried to bring it inline with what I think I saw but I guess the camera knows better and the weird blue/grey/whatever is how it is.

Full resolution.

Enjoy.

Easy Like Sunday Morning

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Abstract Photography Landscape Photography Travel Photography

Don’t Drink The Water

Got a theme going today for this image set. Self explanatory I think. I still don’t want to give away where I shot but there are major clues here simply because of the foliage. I despise cold so it wasn’t an outdoor garden in Washington DC so that should be a major clue. Plus it drives my Mom nuts that I won’t tell her.

There were all taken on my Sony RX100M3 except 2. The other 2 were shot on my Olympus EM1 with a 40-150 (80-300 eq). I went with a low key style for these images as I just felt that it fit the mood a little better. One of the things that my weekly Photoshop lessons from Ming Thein has taught me how you can change the key of an image depending on how you apply your tone curve. While I’m not at Ming’s mastery I see what he does weekly. I will also say that my Wacom Tablet juju is getting stronger. I totally get the control you get over the brush in Photoshop by using a pen. It’s a whole different world.

I also tossed in one image that didn’t fit anywhere but I liked it. Got me all Jurassic Park like!

Enjoy.

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HDR Photography Landscape Photography

Reflecting Pool

Might be the last HDR for a bit as I am getting frustrated with editing. Not unhappy with the edit but not happy either. It feels forced to me so I might go back to normal stuff and then watch some videos on how to better edit these things.

Enjoy.

Reflecting Pool

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Landscape Photography Landscapes

Pond Reflections

These are some of my most detailed landscape images to date. They were all stacked images then stitched together to get the most detail I could possibly I could extract. When I do these type of images I have to do all the editing in Photoshop versus Lightroom. It’s a different experience from editing in Lightroom but I find that I have a finer control.

These were shot in Fort Myers Florida. The images where shot about 10 minutes apart but on the first image I had the light coming in from behind the trees. When I took the the tree shot with the bird in it the light was behind me and was darker. That is why there is such a drop in the light between the two but I just really liked how the images came out. So enjoy.

Pond Reflections

Pond Reflections