Signs of Renewal

Its Spring finally in the Washington DC area! That means the frigid subarctic temperatures are finally banished! Least thats the story I am going with. I have had to turn on aircon on since early March. So since I walk to work now I usually have a camera or two with me. In this case I had my Sony RX100M3 and the Canon S100. When I needed a longer reach I used the S100 since it can zoom to 100mm. I get better images out of the Sony but the Canon is very usable.

Some of these images are a bit abstract. Just depended on my mood when I was shooting. Did the usual post processing and called it a day. After the marathon slog with the Prague edits I needed something easy.

Enjoy.

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Little Bit of Fall

I set myself a challenge. I found the first “real” camera, meaning one I thought I spent a lot of money on it; something like $179.┬áThis was 5 years ago and I had no concept of what photography equipment cost. You can tell by the price it was a point and shoot. I thought I had made a major investment. It was to shortly thereafter I acquired my first DSLR, a Canon XSi so this camera was relegated to the forgotten pile until I found it. Little did I know the path that purchase would set me on.

Seeing how I had some free time I went for a photowalk. I shot a variety of subjects but I figured I start with the fall leaves since they are turning color. The only thing I can control on this camera is ISO, meter mode, and exposure compensation. I shot all these at ISO 200 and in spot meter (rare that I don’t shoot in spot meter). No exposure compensation was used.

They were imported into Lightroom and then “flattened” then taken into Photoshop for the heavy lifting. I did not change my workflow for these images. Meaning curves adjustments, dodge and burn. Then a run through Nik Color Efex for Pro Contrast and Vibrance and Saturation. I then used the newer technique which is cheap and tawdry and I will reveal eventually to give it a bit more pizzazz. A quick layers mask adjustment then flattening the image and running it through Camera Raw Filter to remove the brutal color fringing. About the only thing I did different.

I get that this sounds like a lot but its about 5 minutes an image at most. I have the flow down to a science.

I realize that I have down sized these images because lets be honest, if we were pixel peeping the camera would show its weaknesses. I have found this true even on my modern cameras. So I kept it the standard 1000 pixels I use.

So the challenge is based on what I provided could anyone tell the difference with these images? Would anyone realize that this was all done on a 14.1 meg point and shoot that is 5 years old? I highly doubt it.

If you think you can guess feel free. The EXIF data has been stripped.

I’ll share more images out this week and go in to some of the challenges and frustrations I had with the camera. Still, I found myself enjoy the novelty of the experience. It also reminded me a camera is a tool and nothing more. As I have gotten deeper into photography I have come to view my gear as tools; each has their own uses. Neither one is more special than the other. You just need to use the right tool for the job unless you are Jeremy Clarkson and then its a hammer for everything while screaming POWER.

Enough rambling.

Enjoy the fall colors and enjoy trying to guess the camera.

Fall Colors

Fall Colors

Fall Colors

Fall Colors

Fall Colors

Wildflowers

You belong among the wildflowers
You belong in a boat out at sea
Sail away, kill off the hours
You belong somewhere you feel free

Run away, find you a lover
Go away somewhere all bright and new
I have seen no other
Who compares with you

You belong among the wildflowers
You belong in a boat out at sea
You belong with your love on your arm
You belong somewhere you feel free

Run away, go find a lover
Run away, let your heart be your guide
You deserve the deepest of cover
You belong in that home by and by

You belong among the wildflowers
You belong somewhere close to me
Far away from your trouble and worry
You belong somewhere you feel free
You belong somewhere you feel free

Tom Petty – Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Small. Delicate. Things.

Title explains what I think of all these images. Very pleased so far with how all the images have come out with the Tokina 24-200mm lens. It’s not a macro lens in any sense but it handled the flowers very well. Mix that in with the Sony A7R’s giant 36.4mp sensor I get more tone and depth than I am used to working with.

This is the second batch out of the camera for flowers and I think I have the work flow figured out to the point I like these images better than the first set. Found a camera raw profile that works for flowers and will stick with it since I get much deeper colors natively out of the image.

Enjoy.

Small. Delicate. Things.

Small. Delicate. Things.

Small. Delicate. Things.

Small. Delicate. Things.

Small. Delicate. Things.

Small. Delicate. Things.

Flora Maximus

These are the other flowers that I took when I did the Sunshine of Your Love images. I have no idea what these flowers are called and to be honest doesn’t really matter. They are flowers or weeds or something between them. I’m not a botanist and really don’t pretend to be otherwise.

Like the other set of images I shot these using an Olympus OMD-EM1 and the Olympus 75mm 1.8 (150mm eq). Using tweaked settings and a ISO of 100 the files have remained critically sharp even at 100% which is something I have been struggling with. So very happy how these turned out in regards to image quality.

I think I have managed to get a flower workflow hammered out in Photoshop as well. Little dodging and burning in critical areas to keep the colorful bits the focus of the image.

Enjoy.

Flora Maximus

Flora Maximus

Flora Maximus

Flora Maximus

Flora Maximus

Flora Maximus

Flora Maximus

Flora Maximus