Blue Hour Clouds

Since I was playing in the archives I came across some night shots I never published. This would be one of them from when I was in Fort Myers, Florida. Which I will be heading to in about 30 days.

This is is the magical blue hour that photographers talk about. While it may look like a product of rain or a storm the reality is that is just the clouds coming in from the Gulf of Mexico and with it the evening breeze in Fort Myers.

I liked this photo because of the cool clouds in the sky and the streak of light from a boat coming down/up (hell if I know) the Caloosahatchee River. It made for an interesting photos so I went ahead and just edited it.

Speaking of editing I didn’t mask anything in. I just hit my camera defaults and then went about through and made my usual Lightroom adjustments. Into Photoshop and the usual curves adjustment. I then just went through and did some local dodging and burning for local contrast. Quick sharpen and done.

Enjoy.

Blue Hour

Where Blue Meets Green

This one is from when I went to Manassas Battlefield one early morning to do some photography there.

I really like doing early morning and evening shots. I just don’t wake up early enough to do the morning ones that often. Night shots I’m tired after working so I don’t do that many of them except on weekends.

This photo is of the battlefield itself. One of the interesting things I noticed on the battlefields I have visited is that there are a lot of lone trees. This is because the battles took place in open fields where soldiers could march out in formation. The American Civil war was one of the last wars that the platoons of soldiers were used to attack without cover. After that modern warfare as we know it started to phase in. If you are into European history the Crimean War was the first war there that didn’t use formations of troops over open ground.

With that said, you get a lot of lone trees battlefields.The only other place you see this is on golf courses. These are striking subjects because you get them isolated.  So if you are into solitary trees you know where to go.

When I went to edit this I had no real idea where I was going. The sky color isn’t what you call accurate. This one was all about mood and not realism.

I went for the cinematic 2,4:1 type crop to give it that expansive feeling. I then made the image low key on purpose because it’s really about the sky. The tree in the middle was going to be silhouetted the entire time. While I could have fixed the grass color I think the more glowy green added to it. Once I had that I wanted a bit more punch. I loaded up Macphun Intensify CK and picked a preset. Masked in those bits into the sky at one opacity and a lower one for the ground. In the end very happy with the way it came out.

Where Blue Meets Green

Purple Haze

Purple haze, all in my brain
Lately things they don’t seem the same
Actin’ funny, but I don’t know why
Excuse me while I kiss the sky

I like the thank Jimi Hendrix for the title and lyrics. Seemed appropriate considering how purple the image is. The rest speaks for itself.

Purple Haze

Feeling Expansive

More from what is becoming my daily walks.  I felt like using the 16×9 crop for all these since they just felt more natural that way.  The Ricoh GR and the mighty Canon 330HS were used and its obvious to tell which is which.  The interesting thing with the Canon versus say the Olympus is I have a hard time telling them apart unless I look at the image names.  The Ricoh having a standard APS-C sensor which is larger than the Micro 4/3 sensor gives images richer tones.  Does this mean I plan on purging my Micro 4/3 gear?  Nope.  The reality is I’m invested in the lenses and chasing pixels is pointless.  If I was to ever ditch the Micro 4/3 stuff it would be for Fuji and their lovely X-Trans sensor which is magical on color saturation.  Only problem is no image stabilization in Fuji that I know of.  While I can hand hold at 1/30th of a second shutter speed on my Fuji X100s it requires me to pay full attention.  If I see 1/30th on the Olympus I can break out in dance and be pretty sure I get a shot. Unrelated note, I think I see another print run coming up for that flag picture.  That one is damn near magical with the colors.

Feeling Expansive

Feeling Expansive

Feeling Expansive

Feeling Expansive

Feeling Expansive