Due to major failure at work I just don’t have an image today. While I have the images ready to go writing anything coherent or sequencing a series I have just isn’t in me. After 12 hours of work with the last 9 dealing with a server that didn’t want to boot I’m done for the day with computers.
These are just some random images taken on two different days with two different cameras in two different locations. They all share some element of sky in them. The first two where shot in the later afternoon in Baltimore and the last two were shot near my condo at dusk. They are all a bit abstract on some level and I just wanted to edit them to play with Photoshop and see how far I could push them.
For inquiring minds the first two were shot on my Sony RX100M3 and the last two were shot on my Panasonic Gx7. I have mentioned before this is my “go” kit that is always in my Domke bag.
Still feeling the debilitating effects of man flu so two quick edits before I return to convalesce and recover from my illness.
If you are a lover of all things nature in color look away now. I have enough in my archives to make you happy. If you love abstract photography mixed with moody black and white stuff then scroll down.
I would say that it was Metallica’s Ride The Lighting that I was listening to when I edited these images that made them dark and moody but I had every intention of editing these in black and white when I shot them. The simple leaf left alone isn’t that exciting. It’s green. We all know that. Turn the image into black and white and play with the lights and shadows and you get something more. There is another side of a leaf that you just don’t see until you remove the color. It becomes something more and less mundane. Least that is the effect I was shooting for.
Hope you enjoy.
Luckily I do not live in the North East of America. I’m further south and we just got our real first taste of snow this winter. Since I got the day off I wandered outside with a new camera that I procured; a Panasonic GX7. I always liked the looks of the camera and it has image stabilization built into it unlike my Panasonic G5. So when an offer showed up in my inbox with an insane price I snapped it up.
These images were shot with the Panasonic PZ 14-42 3.5-5.6. Which is a inexpensive but very good stock lens that I picked up previously based on the review that I linked to.
These images are just a test to see what I could get out of the camera and lens combo. I just wanted to see what I could produce without going to the typical snow pictures. Least that is my attempt.
I have been dying to use that title since I edited this image. I have been sitting on it just so I could use it on a Monday.
The image itself is of the guy who works for me. I usually point a new camera, lens, or flash at him. Most of the images are looks of hate or inappropriate gestures. In fact, the next image that had him exposed shows him glaring at me. I just liked the silhouette effect with the blue coming in from window. Enjoy.
I really like this image. While I have been trying to keep things in something of a consistent series with several connected images, this one stood on its own with nothing else like it. I just like the structural elements of the window with the water distorting the view of the building behind it. Enjoy.
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Solace in shadow sounds better then me taking random pictures of stuff that had shadow elements in it. I did stick to a theme of all the images have some sort of architectural element in them. I did this during the later afternoon while the Sun was starting to set and the shadows were deepening. Granted I did take some editing liberties but the shadows were as they fell, I just “enhanced” them to give tonal separation.
For those interested in such things, it was my Panasonic G5 and a Minolta 50mm 1.4 that I had set for 5.6. No idea why I use the Panasonic for the adapted lenses but it gives a closer feel to a manual camera as there is no focus peaking or image stabilization so I really need to slow down my photography and pay attention to what I am doing because the camera isn’t going to save me if I screw it up.
Leaves. Not that exciting to photograph when you think about it except in the fall when they turn colors. Then again, if you have some fun and know you are going to turn the images into black and white from the onset you really can make an interesting image out of it. While initially I was only going to edit the leaves in front of the tree but it turned out to be the weakest image in the set but I like it a lot because of the vine covered tree behind it so I left it. The other images are what you can do when you have light hitting the leaves in a unique way and the black and white conversion really brings out the tones and textures of them. For those of you that are leaf purist, they were all green when I shot these.
Another note. I used to set the height on all my images to 1000 pixels. This had to do with storage constraints on the server. Now that I have unlimited storage and my editing can hold up to closer scrutiny the size has increased to 1500 pixels in height. Width is always handled by height so its a guess to what that really is.
For inquiring minds; shot on my Panasonic G5 with the Nikon 55 1.2. No I haven’t given up on Olympus. Just both are gripped now and shoving them in a camera bag isn’t as easy as it once was and I’m really too lazy to un-grip them.