These dragon boats were on the docks in Portland, Oregon. You can rent them if you are inclined but these were rented out for an extended period of time. I know this from a sign posted next to them. The other long boats were boring compared to these so I can see why they were rented for extended periods. Why be out on the water in some boring boat when you ran ride a dragon?
I wasn’t sure of the crop on this image and still not 100%. I liked the expansive feeling of the 16×9 but a 1×1 would have isolated the dragon heads better. I admit to really messing with this one to hell and back. Once I had basic edits I started the layer masks in Photoshop. It took for a HDR mask on what I wanted, then I did some detail masking. It’s a bit of this and that at the end of the image but I liked that I brought out the color and detail in the dragon heads without making it look like some nuclear HDR experiment vomited on it.
This is another from Portland, Oregon. I used my 15mm Voigtlander that I got for my Sony A7R that now comes in a native FE mount so no adapter. This is the widest lens I ever owned and I really like the way it keeps distortion to a minimum. The newest Lightroom update even has a lens profile for it.
I did this one in HDR because it’s about the sky. It’s just cool looking the way it swirls over the bridge and river. I forget where I started in my “base” HDR conversion in Aurora HDR but I started stacking layers and masking various bits in here and there. I really wanted the river smooth like it was a longer exposure than what it was. So I started with that. Then came the sky which required some noise removal. Then I masked in some bits on the bridge. Once I was happy it was time for Photoshop. Another layer mask to get rid rid of the sky noise. I finally ended with a chromatic adjustment layer because once I loaded that many filters on things got a bit funky.
I saw these logs when I took a path down towards the Willamette River in Portland. No idea how high the river gets but assume these were logs and stuff were washed ashore when the river was high from rain.
I shot these with my Olympus TG-4 since it was far more maneuverable than my Sony A7R that was mounted on a tripod. I could climb on the rocks to get to the angles I was looking for instead of trying to lug the bigger camera.
I knew when I took these images they were going to be in monochrome or some form of it. I just think it really brings out the texture of the wood when you do it. I used a filter in Tonality CK and then bumped up the structure to bring a bit more out of the wood. Slight dodge and burn and all was good to go.
This is another from the Portland, Oregon trip. Do not even ask me what the 3 bridges in this image are named as I have no earthly idea. I should also point out that this was the most sun I saw during that day of shooting. So when I saw it peeking through the clouds and the bridges lined up I took the shot, well several to be honest.
So this is image is unabashedly HDR which I haven’t done in a long time. Not even conscientiously shot in the style which if you don’t shoot HDR means you bracket the images. I use +2, 0, -2 which for me gives the best results but it’s personal preference. So when I loaded the images in Aurora HDR I let it works its magic. The one thing I can say that by not doing HDR in awhile and working on my masking skills I knew what I wanted in my head and for the first time achieve the look. I was making layers and masking them in all over the place. Using a few presets for a start point then masking in a new layer like one called glow to get some glow in the water and another called nuclear green to get it out of the trees (note: trees are really yellow when adjusting hue and saturation). Then finally saved it to a PSD and brought it into Photoshop to remove the noise from the sky using Noiseless Pro. Once I was happy it was save and done.
While not 100% happy close enough for horseshoes and hand grenades.
This is another one from Portland and shot from the hotel I was staying at. I would say it was the view from my room but it wasn’t. A group of us were coming in from dinner and a friend invited us up to her room for a nightcap so I took a peek out her balcony and was like I’m taking a picture. Sadly I only had my Sony RX100M3 on me and no tripod but one must adapt. I set the timer on the camera and then set the camera on the balcony railing and held my breath for however long the exposure was going to take. This one was the best so I out of the 8 or so shots I got lucky once.
I will admit that I was shooting the bridge and not the sky. When I loaded the images up for processing I was like; cool! The sky looks freaking amazing with the way the clouds looked. It reminded me of a ghost hence the title.
Post processing wise I filtered this one once I did my base edits. I ran it through Intensify CK and masked in what I wanted and then ran it through Noiseless Pro to get some of the sky noise out in the clouds. I didn’t want to take it all out because you would lose the cool details. I then I brushed in the cleaned up sky and said done.
No idea the name of the bridge. I know there are only a few you can drive across the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. I shot this a little after 7 in the morning I think but there was hardly any sun showing so I knew it was going to be in monochrome. As for the title of the image, the sign says Seattle.
Did the usual standard editing and then used Tonality CK for my monochrome conversion. I have been going with a clarity filter when I do the conversion. It give the skies a lot of texture that are otherwise not visible It also brought out a lot of the details on the bridge as well.
I didn’t plan on showing any of the images I shot in Portland, Oregon just yet I really liked this one so I went ahead and edited it.
This is a shot of some wake coming on on the Willamette River here in Portland. I was out doing a sunrise shoot (no sun). You get very easy access to the river and I was down right on the water. I had my Olympus TG-4 which is waterproof so I just put it down in the water and set the timer for 2 seconds and let it fire. The wave coming in is what I got!
Editing wise not much going on. You can’t do a whole lot with these images out of a small compact camera. I do have Wacom Tablet with me so I did dodge and burn the wave a bit but that was about all.