Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Lotus Flower and Lily Pads

Lotus Flower and Lily Pads - EM-1, 40-150 + 1.4x @ 190mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 200
A pair of Lotus flowers floating among lily pads.  In addition to the interesting color combination, there is something serene I find about this scene.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

"Dehaze" in Lightroom & Camera Raw

Storm over Luskentyre - Leica S, 30-90 @ 30mm, f/8, 1/90s, ISO 100
Earlier last week Adobe released an update to Lightroom CC and Camera Raw with the major feature being a new control called "dehaze".  As the name implies, with a single slider it can help make your hazy (i.e. washed out, low contrast, low saturated) images less so.  Thats when you push the slider to the right, take it to the left and images become even hazier.  I've been playing with it on a several images and its a pretty useful tool to have in a single slider.  This is what the image looks like with only the haze slider set to 0.

It looks to me like the one slider increased contrast (at multiple scales) and saturation.  Interestingly, since increasing contrast changes tonal relationships, I would actually have expected this control to be up in the "Basic" settings area rather than down in Effects (with Vignette).  I find dehaze to generally do a good job on most images, so its actually the first thing I want to try, and then go fix up the tonal relationships afterwards.  I haven't tried going negative on many images but on the ones I have I almost always want the ability to do it selectively (i.e. with the radial filter or brush).  Overall, I like this new tool and I think it should just be called "bacon" because a little bit makes almost every photo taste better.

Monday, June 22, 2015

New Growth

New Growth - A7r, Leica 90 APO Summicron, ~f/5.6, 0.6s, ISO 100
From the remnants of decay comes new growth, new life.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Logs and Mountains

Logs and Mountains - XE-1,  14mm, f/8, 1/2000s, ISO 200
This is beautiful Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, Alberta.  We didn't stop here for long on our trip in 2013, just a few moments to stretch our legs on the way to British Columbia.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Callas and Flowering Watercress

Callas and Flowering Watercress - 645Z, 28-45@45mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 100
Calla Lillies aren't the only thing in that gully at Garrapata beach, Watercress is also thriving with all that steady water and minimal direct sunlight.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Wild Callas

Wild Callas - 645Z, 28-45@28mm, f/8, 1/200s, ISO 100
One of my favorite spots in the Big Sur area is Garrapata beach and a small gully where water is almost always flowing.  Its also a spot with lots Calla Lillies, and in a spring after lots of rain, the sheer number of Callas growing can be amazing.  Even with the drought this year, there is a small amount of water flowing and its enough for little batches of Callas.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Bathed in Orange

Bathed in Orange - 1DX, 560mm, f/5.6, 1/400s, ISO 3200
Today's color is orange from the reflection of a sunset on a Hippo pond.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Pacific Blue

Pacific Blue - 5D2, 70-200 @ 95mm, f/9, 10s, ISO 100
From green to blue today with swirling waves around a rock anchored near shore.  I made this image on a morning drive through 17 mile drive in the same area as the Lone Cypress.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Green Canopy

Green Canopy - Leica S2, 30mm, f/11
My tour of colorful images continues, this time with the vibrant green canopy of the woods, in this case Muir Woods in Marin County.  I made this image at around 8:20 AM shortly after the park had opened and being a cloudy the light conditions were ideal for this kind of image.

Monday, June 08, 2015

Magenta and Blue

Magenta and Blue - D800e, 70-200 @ 180mm, f/5, 1/160s, ISO 400
This week I am going to post images with a strong visual element of color.  To start off, flowers taken at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC, with the contrasting colors of magenta and blue.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Rolling Hills

Rolling Hills - Leica S2, 30mm, f/22, 0.5s, ISO 160
Rolling hills from Northern California.

Saturday, June 06, 2015


Ridgeline - A7r, Leica 90, f/4, 1/2000s, ISO 500
I love the patterns and the tones of dark and light formed by the ridges of sand dunes.