Tunnel Vision

This is along the Riverwalk in Chicago. I was returning to my hotel and saw this tunnel lit up and I thought it would be a cool shot. I quickly setup my tripod and waited for some people to walk through. I got lucky with these two and fired several frames to make sure I got them where I wanted them. Their motion blur because of the exposure time give it a sense of movement.

Usual edits but I did mask in a HDR layer. Mostly to make the colors and textures in the tunnel pop more. I deliberately made sure the outside where I was shooting from clipped to black for the most part. On the other side you just get a faint outline on where they came from.

Enjoy.

Tunnel Vision

People of Panama

Little departure from the landscape stuff I normally do. I will venture forth into street photography from time-to-time. I’m not a huge fan of doing it because I find it mildly invasive. I also despise having my own picture taken. So I tend not to photos of random people. In addition, I am not a fan of the posed shot unless I am shooting a portrait. I learned this in Thailand where if you ask for a shot odds are you are going to get a peace sign and a huge grin. Not authentic.

I shot these over a couple days. I used my Nikon D810 and my Sony RX100. It just happened to be what I had on me at the time. Some where take in the areas around the fish market and some were taken as I walked downtown. Just depended.

I mainly stuck to the 1×1 crop when I did the editing. This allowed me to focus on the individual. I also went monochrome where I thought it fit and left others in color. This series is longer than my normal but I have more stuff lined up for the week and I didn’t feel the need to split it into two.

Enjoy.

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Casco Viejo – Part 2

Here is the second part of the Casco Viejo series I shot while I was in Panama. I’ll stress again I didn’t want to go for the typical tourists shots. Anyone can shoot those. I wanted to show the real Casco Viejo that isn’t always pretty.

This set has some people in it. I guess I did a bit of street photography. Unlike the cliche’ street photography stuff I left it in color. I think some people do the conversion to black and white because all the legends of street photography did. Part of it has to do with them shooting film and black and white was cheaper to develop. The other part is that I think people feel the need to shoot in black and white to call it street photography. Good thing I ignore most stuff.

Enjoy.

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Baltimore Days

I shot this series as a preparation for my Panama trip where I am now. I wanted to see how the Nikon D810 performed in blazing afternoon sun. In addition I wanted to see how I performed in the blazing afternoon sun while carrying the “beast” as someone called it. The Nikon performed better than I did before I tapped out and had a beer after a few hours of lugging it around.

I normally take my Sony A7R on trips because it’s much lighter than the Nikon D810. Yet, with Panama I really wanted to capture the country with a lot more detail. While the A7R is a great camera I primarily use it on a tripod. With Panama, I’m going to be in a ton of different shooting situations so I wanted a camera with image stabilization (all my lenses have it) since may not be using a tripod all the time.

What I learned is that the Nikon lenses are beasts with weight so lens selection is critical. I deliberately lugged all the lenses in a messenger style bag I have. I learned quickly that it’s not a good idea. Messenger bags with that much weight are uncomfortable. So for daily shooting take a smaller backpack that can evenly distribute the weight. In addition, lens selection is critical. No need to carry an arsenal. So with that in mind I rented a Nikon 28-300. After reading all the pros and cons against it, for my style of photography it’s perfect. If I like it well enough I’ll purchase one on return.

With the experiment over it was time to process the images. I deliberately pushed myself off my usual paths in Baltimore and started to wander. The white tower you see is part of St. Vincent de Paul. I have always seen it but never walked myself towards it. So this time I did. As, always I took a shot of the City Hall building. I call it my muse because I have at least a 1000 shots of it. The other shots are around the Inner Harbor that I never really wandered into during the day.

Editing wise I kept it simple, no masking in filters and layers. Sometimes you just need to let the photos speak for themselves.

Enjoy.

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Around Matlacha – Part 1

I make my triumphant return and I have edited 3 series and in the process of editing a 4th. It was nice to take a break from editing then come back. I would do the curation then the first round of editing then take a break then come back and do the final bits in Photoshop. Made things much less stressful on my brain and my wrist from editing for hours on end.

This is the first series and I will likely break it up so there isn’t a constant repetition. So one day will be Matlacha followed by something else then return to the series. Just a word of warning with these images. I created a new Photoshop action to do my resizes for me. Since I keep a full resolution image I sharpen that aggressively then remove the sharpening for the resize. However with the new action my muscle memory kept clicking that and going ok, you resized and I forgot to remove the sharpening. So if these images a bit “extra crispy” it’s because of that. If you want to see them in full glory you can always check out my Flickr.

All these images were either shot on my Sony RX100M3 or my Sony A7R.

Enjoy.

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Nestled In The Turret

This is from my wanderings in the Dupont Circle neighborhood in Washington, DC. The area I was near is called Embassy Row because it’s where a lot of embassies are located in DC because it’s close to the US State Department and the White House. A lot of them are older mansions that have been converted as working embassies or diplomatic residences. I have no idea what this one is. I just liked the turret. Reminds me of a castle.

This was shot with my Nikon D810 and the Sigma 24-105 Art lens. I did all the base adjustments in Lightroom then went to town on it in Photoshop. I had to do a lot of healing and cloning on this one so bonus points if you figure out where I did it. I also discovered the latest version of Photoshop CC fixed the healing brush! I shall no longer curse Adobe (least for this release).  Once I had the image adjusted for contrast and lighting I wanted to subtly bump up the building texture because it looks cool. So I loaded up Intensify CK and then went picked a filter. Quick layer mask to brush in what I wanted and called it down. Very happy with how it came out.

Enjoy.

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Surfacing

I am always a sucker for escalators coming up from Metro systems and I just happened to be in a place where I could take a shot. I took the Metro into Washington, DC to meet someone for brunch and I had my Nikon D810. So when I was riding up the Dupont Station escalator I reached into my bag and took the shot. The Sigma 24-105 has been temporarily welded to that camera so I knew I could easily get a shot that would look cool in monochrome.

Not much going on here. I did the monochrome conversion in Lightroom instead of using some third party tool. I just wanted to keep it simple and let the image speak for itself. Once I had the image where I wanted it I brought it into Photoshop and did the curves adjustment and then dodged and burned what I wanted in it. Simple and elegant for the image.

Enjoy.

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