Abstract Flora

This set will be a bit more abstract than normal because it’s all about light and shadow. I actually shot this while walking to the little convenience store near my Mom’s house. I took my Sony RX100M3 out with me and just took a bunch of images while walking to and back. I knew what I wanted out of the images when I took them.

Editing wise I went for a mix of monochrome or color based on how the image felt to me. Some looked better in color and others did not. It’s all about the light play in them. When I added the tone curves I tended to crush the blacks to highlight the light effects. Otherwise not much going on editing wise.

Enjoy.

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Tidal Blossoms

I am pushing the envelope on what I’ll accept for some of these images. The issue when I shot the cherry blossoms there was wind so that meant they are motion blurred. There was no way I could push the shutter speed up fast enough to freeze it while keeping my ISO low enough to capture the ambient light. Still, the idea of the blossoms are there. I also noticed that I was very much into the Jefferson Memorial. Technically it sits on the Virginia side of the river and not in DC but who knows where the boundary lies.

I went for a very cinematic crop mainly to get ride of some stuff that didn’t add anything to the image, like the rail that showed up. It also gives you a more expansive feeling of the tidal basin area. Nothing fancy editing wise. I will admit to a lot of dodging and burning to get things to where I wanted them along with gradients to focus light.

Full resolution available here.

Enjoy!

Tidal Blossoms

Evening Shrine

I have no idea what this shrine is about. If you can read Thai then feel free to chime in. There is no English translation and it just sits along Beach Road. I have known about it since my first trip to Thailand years ago and have photographed poorly before but when I was coming off the beach after shooting to get to my bike I saw it again and figured why not shoot it at night.

This image was a bit of a pain because there is so much going on in it. I debated on a cinematic crop but I like the texture that the building in the back gives. Helps offset a lot of the red and gives the image some depth. I changed things up and did a lot of the pre-heavy lifting of dodging and burning along with curves adjustments, along with various gradients before I went into masking mode. I always like to give the image a bit of something via Intensify CK then mask it in. I then brought the reds down a bit by using a luminosity mask with Nik Silver Efx.

Enjoy.

evening-shrine

Hiatus

Due to my moving and having to setup my new apartment I am taking a hiatus until the 28th of December. If I manage to get everything setup and working I may post before. With the holidays mixed in I don’t see a huge demand for images right. On the plus side I can work through some of the non-landscape stuff I shot in Thailand and produce a series or two for next week.

Thanks for stopping by.

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People of Vegas

These are random shots over a couple days. Some were taken of random people around Las Vegas and others where people I work with. One image is very similar to the one I published yesterday, in fact it was after he finish texting his wife. I still liked it.

I do have to tell the story of the monochrome image.

The woman is my friend who is a meeting planner who has been featured in major magazines. She refuses to let me take a picture of her when she is less than “fabulous”. So when I saw her like that I was like just stay in that pose and don’t move. Since I didn’t show her face she was fine.

Enjoy.

People of Vegas

People of Vegas

People of Vegas

People of Vegas

People of Vegas