Tuesday, September 25, 2012
During our walk around Lubeck last Monday, we came upon this empty street lit beautifully by the late day sun. I am always a sucker for these kinds of streets as its not something I get to see often where I live in California. I made one image using just a single frame and then a few seconds later also captured a bracketed set for future HDR creation. The image above is the single frame, converted to B&W with Silver Efex Pro.
This one is the HDR version, created in HDR Efex Pro 2 and then converted to B&W in Silver Efex Pro. I processed each one completely independently from the other. Which do you prefer?
Sunday, September 23, 2012
|Mini - RX100, 10.44mm, f/2.8, 1/640s, ISO 125|
Saturday, September 22, 2012
|View From Kölner Dom - RX100, 10.5mm, f/5.6, 1/400s, ISO 125|
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
It rained lightly for much of the afternoon in Lubeck yesterday but just as we got back to our hotel, the clouds started to break up and the soft, warm sunlight started to light up the buildings. When I got to my hotel room (this is the view from my room window), I knew I had to capture a panorama of the scene before me. I didn't realize it at the time, but there was even a very faint rainbow in the sky.
Monday, September 17, 2012
|Rooftops and River of Lubeck - RX100, f/10.5, f/3.5, 1/320s, ISO 125|
Saturday, September 15, 2012
|Street Guitar Player - M9, 21 Super Elmar, ~f/4.8, 1/80s, ISO 160|
First, I was walking quickly down the street. I knew the framing I wanted, I knew that I wanted as much of that wall as I could get. So before I got to the spot I was going to shoot from, I pre-focussed using zone focusing. Then when I arrived at the spot I was going to shoot from, I framed from the hip, made the frame and kept walking.
Next, my camera's white balance was set to Auto which in most scenes sets a reasonable white balance. In this case, that super orange wall threw the meter off and the camera decided the white balance should have been closer to tungsten (2850 temp, -18 tint).
With these two facts, the image as it came into Lightroom, untouched looked like this:
The first two things I did was to correct the white balance (setting it to 5000 temp and 0 tint) and crop the frame to the way I had wanted it, which results in:
Then I usually do some tonal adjustments so that I get the kind of global, shadow and highlight contrast I am looking for. In a lot of images I prefer having areas with deep shadow tones. This was a tricky image to work with as small changes to some highlights sliders could result in regions of that orange wall taking on wild colors. I had to experiment and the resulting values at times look contradictory. I made the following tonal adjustments: Contrast +23, Highlights +18, Whites 0, Blacks +40, Clarity +37. In Tone Curve: Highlights -68, Lights +25, Darks -17, Shadows +31. I also applied a post crop vignette which I usually do if I want to darken the edges a bit to bring the attention to the center. This gives the final image (same as one above):
Note that I didn't say anything about vibrance, saturation or the HSL settings. Thats because these were all 0 and were untouched. In fact, looking through a lot of my images, its rare that I apply vibrance or HSL saturation adjustments (one some images I will due targeted hue adjustments).
Thursday, September 13, 2012
|Roadside Waterfall - 5D2, 24 TS-E II, f/11, 0.6s, ISO 100|
The choice to convert this image to black & white could be debated. I primarily chose to do so because in B&W the water comes through more prominently than it does in color.
Sunday, September 09, 2012
Its definitely been a while since I photographed birds, so this morning when I heard them singing in the backyard, I quickly put a 1.4x TC on my 400mm lens and went out for some impromptu handheld photography. Its not high art but it was fun anyway.
Saturday, September 08, 2012
Thursday, September 06, 2012
|Autumn Leaves - 5D2, 70-200 II @ 200mm, f/20, 1s, ISO 100|
Monday, September 03, 2012
|Aspen Row - 1Ds3, 70-200 II @ 200mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 200|
I have included a Zoomify version above so those that love to go right up to a photograph can enjoy this image.
I am also making a change to the watermarks on the images on my website, essentially they are gone. Watermarks on images shared on Google+ are also gone.
Sunday, September 02, 2012
|Loon & Chick - D3s, 200-400 @ 400mm, f/6.3, 1/800s, ISO 800|