Fall Colors

Shot this at Brookside Gardens last fall. Just never got around to editing this.

This was taken with my Sony RX10. I remember trying to setup the tripod for this shot. I got a small Manfrotto tabletop free with the camera so I figured I might as well use it. It’s a great little tripod that is great for setting up in small and tight places. I would not want to use it for anything heavy but for shots like this it’s perfect. It fits in my small Domke bag and I tend to keep it there.

Editing this was straightforward. The one thing I can’t stress enough is using a camera profile that fits your camera. It makes things so much easier when you go in to edit. Once I had that it was just a matter of doing my normal workflow.

Enjoy.

Fall Colors

Nature Squared – Part 1

I was intending to go back to the series I was attempting to edit last week. Instead I ended up with 3 different series but I think it worked out ok.

These images are from Brookside Gardens shot last year in the fall. I had missed the peak leaves time with my travel to Vegas but I still managed to get some leaves. I was really testing my Sony RX10 that I had purchased. I was just wandering around shooting whatever struck my fancy.

The series will be split into two connected but separate themes. It will make sense once I publish the second half later this week. The reason is the park is split into 2 distinct areas so it changes up the images slightly and to have a cohesive set it was better to split them.

When I went to edit these it just made sense to go with a square crop. Part of this was to remove stuff I didn’t want in the frame and part of it was for the theme. Most were shot landscape but some were shot portrait so the squares don’t always come out perfectly the same.

Editing wise it was apply the camera defaults and then into Photoshop. I went towards lower key and higher contrast on these images. It makes the colors pop more. When I was done with exposure and contrast I just went about doing local dodging and burning as needed. Sharpened them and called them done.

Enjoy.

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Fall Ripples

This was shot at Brookside Gardens when I was visiting there. Least I think it’s Brookside Gardens as there are a ton of trails and a giant lake behind what I thought were the gardens. I stumbled on them while I was there one trip.

I seem to be into reflections so I took this image while standing in mud. I had my tripod and mounted the Sony RX10 on it and fired off a few shots to get it. I always like when wind adds some ripples to the water. Sure mirror smooth looks cool but ripples adds textures.

There are two different masks going on in this image. I masked in the water with one mask to bring out the ripples and a lot more of the color. I then added another mask to the top to bring out the trees to some extent. Most of the work was in the reflection. I do have one minor issue in that when I resized the image it over sharpened it ever so slightly. This is because I use a bicubic reduction and it will add sharpening. Nothing much I can do about it and it’s just slightly crispy.

Enjoy.

Fall Ripples

Light Up Fall

I shot this in some small park in Baltimore when I was playing with my Sony RX10. The perspective is a bit weird but I wanted the focus on the light and the colors of the tree above it.

I have been amazed at what I have been able to achieve with the Sony RX10. While I have the first version which means it doesn’t do 4K video I doubt the sensor has changed that much between the I and the III. Similar to the Sony RX100. There is no compelling reason for me to move from the III to the IV or V. I’m not a video guy but I am slowly making the shift towards that direction. My one complaint about the camera is that chromatic aberration is bad. It’s easily fixed but still something you have to be aware of.

Editing wise I did this low key even though it doesn’t look like it. Normally when I add my curves adjustment I move to Lab Mode so it doesn’t affect the color tones. This time I wants those tones to be vibrant so stayed in RGB (standard in Photoshop). I put in a shadows curve first then added a second curves adjustment to adjust the highlights. Then just some local dodging and burning and called it done.

Enjoy.

Light Up Fall

 

Burst Of Red

If you read my post yesterday you read that I was struggling to edit. I turned on some Tool and opened up another set of images and started to edit. I believe Tool’s – The Pot or Vicarious was on when I was editing this one. Either way, the edits came much easier.

This was one of the first images I shot with the Sony RX10 I purchased. I really like the camera and what I can get out of it. Supposedly it’s the same sensor as the RX100III I own. It just seems I am able to get a bit more out of it versus the RX100. May be just because it’s new to me but I am able to push these images a bit more.

This is more or less straight out of camera. I didn’t mask in layers. I did bump the hue/saturation a bit to get the red to punch a bit more and bring out the yellows of the leaves in the background. I then dodged and burned various areas to do local contract adjustments. I paid attention to the lights just because they lead in towards the leaves. I deliberately left them in the frame when I took the image.

Enjoy.

PS – Still listening to Tool as I wrote this. This time Forty Six & 2 and Hooker With A Penis. No, Hooker With A Penis is not about a transgender person. Look up the lyrics and it will make sense.

Burst of Red

Sunset On Fall

This is from Brookside Gardens and was near the end of the day with the light starting to fade and the sun setting over a hill in the distance. I was literally hanging over the creek bed trying not to fall in as I balanced off a rock trying to get this shot.

I should point out that I shot all the Brookside Gardens stuff with a new camera that I purchased. I had been looking at a Sony RX10 (original version) and I finally saw one on eBay at the price point I was looking for. All other buyers were gunshy since the seller had only a few ratings. I took the very low risk since Paypal would handle any dispute and got it.

So far I have been very pleased with the output of this camera. It’s great because I can carry a light kit of one camera and no lenses and reach 24-200 which is mostly what I shoot anyways. While not a full frame sensor like my Sony A7R or Nikon D810 the output is beyond my expectations since it’s the same sensor as my Sony RX100M3.

Editing I didn’t do too much. I bumped the saturation and masked in a bit here and there. It’s mostly straight out of the camera.

Enjoy.

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Warm Fall Reflections

This is another from my recent visit to Brookside Gardens. It was part of my attempt to shoot the leaves turning but being an utter failure at it because I’m always too late in the season to shoot them because of my work travel.

Brookside Gardens has a lot of little lakes and ponds. In fact, there is a rather large lake that will eventually appear when I get around to it. With the light being what it was it seemed a good time to do some reflection photos which I like because you can have a lot of fun editing them provided you are patient and willing to work on them.

Editing wise I kept it very simple. The camera was a smaller Sony 1″ sensor and I just don’t like pushing the pixels to the bleeding edge. So I kept it very basic. I did mask in a Color Efex layer to boost some of the contrast in the colors. I then changed the opacity to a different setting to get the sun beams across the water to stand out a bit more. Just a bit of dodging and burning here and there and done!

Enjoy.

Warm Fall Reflections