Not For Hire

I just realized I haven’t posted in awhile. It’s not that I haven’t been shooting, just for private clients so the editing time goes to them sadly. I am trying to get a comprehensive set from Cambodia and started the curation and early edits of the street photos. I am also actively planning my next trip to Cambodia which will include a few other spots in the country. It just seems, that every time I sit in front of the machine I’m editing photos for someone else.

I shot this truck in a back soi that most tourists will never go. Unless you have a bike you aren’t going to get back to where this soi is and no real reason to go there. When I saw it I knew I had to take the photo. The title, not for hire comes from the license plate.

Used Tonality to do the conversion. Nothing much fancy. Bit of a dodge and burn here and there and done.

Enjoy.

Not-For-Hire

Barnacle Covered

I have no idea what these things are. I know they are used for boats but beyond that can’t begin to guess. I just liked the way they looked all barnacle covered and just left to rust away in the Thai climate.

When I took this photo I knew it was going to be in black and white. It’s all about the texture and tones and it creates a mood around the image. So I did my usual workflow then into Tonality and I just started to play with sliders until I was happy.

I did do one thing different, I put an overlay on it and then changed the opacity. It just brought out a bit more to the image so I was like why not. For me, this was a chance to play around and not be serious. This is one of those I like the image for what it is, not about anything else.

Enjoy.

Barnacle Covered

Photos In The Rain

Shot this while I was out shooting in Fort Myers. The rain storm had passed but it was still raining when I saw these two ladies walk into the frame.

When I took this photo I was hiding under a bridge out of the rain to see if it was a quick storm or if it was going to turn into a steady rain. I put on my 55-200 lens which for a budget lens is extremely sharp and well reviewed. When I combine it with my Nikon D5500 I get a nice reach with the crop sensor. It’s better than lugging around my 70-200 2.8 around. I can carry my Sigma 17-80 and 55-200 and shoot almost anything in my path. It’s also a great video camera if you don’t need 4K because of the flip out screen.

Editing this I attempted color but it just wasn’t working. So loaded the photo up in Tonality and started to play with sliders until I was happy. Did a bit of local dodging and burning once the conversion was complete and said done.

Enjoy.

Photos in the rain

Required Viewing

This was shot on the Portland River Walk along with the previous image from here. If I was to be honest I would tell you I screwed up the name and this one was to be titled the sweet spot. Oh well.

I haven’t worked in black and white lately and its been fun to do a few images. For images like this it’s just more interesting when you do a black and white because it then becomes about textures and tones.

When you do an image like this you start to bring out features that otherwise aren’t visible when its in color. Things just get enhanced in unexpected ways that just make the image pop.

Editing for this was all done in Tonality CK. I just play with sliders until I’m happy. Then some dodging and burning and called it done.

Enjoy.

Required Viewing

Sweet Spot

This was taken in Portland last year. After going through the images I found a few more that I figured I wanted to process.

I remember the day I took this because it was cold and grey. I was up before dawn and doing long exposures while the sky was still dark. As it got light I just kept pressing on and shooting not knowing what I was going to get out of it. Happy I did.

I have discovered that days like this, with moody skies make for great black and white images. You can really bring out the sky and other details. It takes the need for good light out of the equation and you still have a very nice image.

Did my usual post processing in Lightroom then into Photoshop then quickly into Tonality for the black and white conversion. I just use sliders until I’m happy. I can’t tell you specifically what I did. I just start playing until it looks good.

Once I was happy it was back into Photoshop for local dodging and burning. Then hit save and was done.

Enjoy.

light-portland-river-walk-sm

Portland Bridges

No idea what the name of this bridge is or any of them. All I know is I was in Portland, Oregon standing on a floating dock and taking images.

I was in Portland last year for for work which I took this image. There wasn’t very good light and I was shooting at the ass crack of dawn which is not my normal time. I am the landscape photographer that will do evening and night shots until dawn but getting up at dawn isn’t my thing. I wasn’t jetlagged, instead I had three 8% alcohol beer which I didn’t know was 8% alcohol so I was in my room asleep at like 8 PM local time. Speaking of the beer, it was very good but the next night when I talked to the bartender and I said I was asleep early is when I found out it was 8%. Ooops.

This image was all about the sky. With little color it was perfect for a monochrome conversion. So I did my normal edits and took it into Tonality. I picked a preset and then just started to play with sliders until happy. I then took it into Photoshop and did some local work. I had too much noise in the sky so I created a layer mask and then removed that via Camera Raw filter in the areas. I then created another mask to bring up the brightness in certain areas with the Camera Raw filter. Bit of dodging and burning and called it done.

Enjoy.

Bridges in Portland

Frothing Away

This was shot at Great Falls earlier this year. Was a warm day so I took a hike out there. The title is a bit sketchy but it popped into my head. Sometimes these things are easy to name and sometimes they are not.

Sometimes an image just needs a monochrome conversion to bring out the details. There wasn’t a lot of color to begin with so I wanted it to be about the texture of the rocks and water. The trick with a good monochrome image is the tonal shifts and details. I see a lot of stuff, in particular street photography that is converted to monochrome just because. If the image doesn’t work that way there is no point in doing it. Some people just stick with it just because they feel the need to fit a certain genre. I do it because I think it enhances the image not just because.

When it came time to edit this I did the conversion in Lightroom. I just played with the sliders until I got it to where I wanted it. When you do a conversion manually it helps to remember what color channels the image had originally.

Once I was happy then into Photoshop for the curves adjustment for tonality and contrast. Then a lot of local work on the rocks, trees and water. Once that was done I wasn’t 100% happy. So I loaded it into Intensify CK and picked some preset. I then did a very light mask to bring out the details a bit more and called it done.

Enjoy.

Great Falls

Forlorn On The Floodplains

I took this photo recently along the C&O Canal. I stopped at a lock gate that I used to drive past everyday when I drove to work. The day was grey and nasty but I had my hiking boots on and my Sony RX10 with me so I figured why not take a quick hike and see what there is to see.

I wandered down off the path and hit the back trails where the the more adventurous hikers and trail bikers go. I eventually ended up at the Potomac River. There was some rain recently so the river was higher than normal. I jumped around on little islands until I found this vantage point. I am not sure if I shot this handheld or on my tripod but I was happy with the image.

There was very little color in this image. It was going to be in monochrome no matter what. The cool things about these is when you do a conversion you get way more detail because you are no longer looking looking at color. It’s all about tones and textures at the point.

Ran my usual camera profile fixes and then put a curves adjustment in. I did some dodging and burning to bring out the reflections. Then it was into Tonality CK to do the conversion. I just played with sliders until I was happy with the effect. Then back into Photoshop for another quick dodge and burn and done.

Enjoy.

Forlorn on the Floodplains

The Distant Lighthouse

It seems that with me moving my photo library to it’s new drive I found more images to edit. In fact, I shockingly did a series for later this week. Plus it’s now cold and I miss Thailand where all these images are from.

I shot this from the Bali Hai pier using my Canon S100. I have shot the lighthouse before but much closer not from this angle. I was just standing there and I thought it looked cool with the empty boat slips leading towards the lighthouse in the distance.

When I went to edit this the image was mostly blue. The light was shot because of the storm clouds and it just didn’t look good in color. I manually did the conversion to monochrome and then adjusted sliders. I discovered that it looked better in high key so I used a tone curve adjustment. I added some contrast but the rest was done through dodging and burning. I really had to do a lot of work on the lighthouse to get it to stand out. The only masking I did was in the sky to get the grain out from the small sensor on the S100.

Enjoy.

Bali Hai Lighthouse

Resistance Is Futile

This is one of the new images I shot over the last few weeks. I went hiking in Great Falls on the Maryland side of the Potomac River.

I had my hiking boots on but I had no idea how much rock climbing I was going to end up doing. There are many side trails off the main tow path trail of the C&O Canal. So when I ventured off I was crawling over tall granite rocks while balancing my tripod and my Nikon D810 which was attached to it. Not the easiest thing in the world to do.

I got down close to the river’s edge right near the rapids. As I hiked along I got tons of shots that I would have never gotten without going off the safe trail.

I went monochrome with this image because it was so bright. Even with my polarizing filter I was still dealing with the light reflection off the rocks. I could have used a neutral density but just wanted to keep it simple with the polarizer.

All the editing was done in Lightroom with me only adding tone curves adjustments in Photoshop along with dodging and burning.

Enjoy.

Rapids and Rocks