Just A Hint Of Pink

Part of the storm series I did when I was in Florida. This was just a bit of pink cloud left over from the first storm as the second storm moved in.

While I am shooting regularly, as I indicated, it’s not always for publication. Yet, I keep my eyes open for opportunities to do some personal work and I think I have found something interesting I can shoot quickly using one of my smaller cameras. Little bit of life in Thailand. Hoping to get to it this weekend but have some stuff already scheduled so will see.

Editing this was a bit different. I did my normal workflow but then immediately went to Intensify and used my favorite preset. Still wasn’t happy so I loaded up Color Efex and had a run through it. Played with a few sliders until I was happy and ┬áthen called it good to go.

Enjoy.

just a hint of pink

 

Between The Storms

Shot this in Fort Myers, Florida when I was there. This was after the first storm rolled in and the next one was coming.

Been shooting a lot lately. Just not stuff I can publish here as its for a client. Been great to shoot stuff I’m not used to. So used to landscape photography that I never really messed with flash work. Now I am shooting people in a run and gun style with a flash. Bit of a learning curve but a good one as I know flash photography in theory and have done a bit but now it’s something I am doing almost daily.

Think with photography you either push yourself or you get bored. I love landscape and travel. Thing is now that I do it for some pocket change I have to put the client first and me secondary. This is forcing a challenge for to find the time to shoot my own personal work as now I shoot at night, edit during the day and turn around and repeat. Good because I like it. Bad because personal work goes out the window.

Editing this was mostly my normal workflow. I have been playing with Intensify a lot. I am in the phase where I like to bring out the details and get away with it. The Nikon D5500 is a solid little camera. The resolution is amazing so I can push the files. Hence I did.

Enjoy.

Between The Storms

Bridge In The Clouds

Took this while I was in Florida on Estero Bay near Fort Myers. Was on a boat in the middle of the day.

Sadly this is one of these place holder images I do that should be apart of a series but I haven’t had time. Since moving to Thailand I have been busy with so many other things that editing has taken second place.

This time I had to edit photos for someone else on a quick turn around. So I have been editing most of the afternoon to get them done and turned over. So I’m a little fried from looking at Photoshop right now.

Editing wise this was normal workflow. Then I took it into Intensify to bring out the clouds a bit more. Originally masked it in at 40% and it was way too much. Took it down to 13% and got the effect I was looking for. Bit of a dodge and burn and good to go.

Enjoy.

Bridge In Clouds

Racing The Rain

Shot this in Florida while the rain was doing its weird lull before the next torrential downpour hit.

I missed this photo when I was doing the curation. For some reason I never paid much attention to it because it looks like a missed shot, that is until I blew up the image and saw that I had the two women in motion rushing in the rain with their umbrellas out.

After doing some basic edits I realized I had a very decent photo on my hands and figured why not give it an edit.

Did the usual workflow then punched it into Intensify which I am into right now for some reason. I just went ahead and hit a preset. Was happy so didn’t mask anything in. Did some dodging and burning to balance the image and bring out some details in the clouds but in the end super happy.

Enjoy.

racing the rain

Lurking Clouds

Shot this off boat in Estero Bay in Fort Myers, Florida. Always were cool clouds in Fort Myers.

I have been shooting a lot of clouds and I have a series planned when I get around to sorting them out. Right now just doing the I live in Thailand thing which is a lot of fun. There were more than a few nights that went into mornings by the time I got home from the previous night out. Since I’m heading to week 3 living here that has slowed to a crawl and now I am focusing on shooting more stuff. Sadly with the heat or the rain it makes things difficult and I do have work to do from time-to-time which means I have to actually do stuff before just walking out with a camera for a stroll around the neighborhood or even taking a ride on the bike to a temple.

Editing this was the usual Lightroom and Photoshop workflow. I debated on a square crop but like the layering effect with the water, ground, cloud, and sky. Gives you a sense of perspective. I did run it through Intensify just to give the clouds a bit more pop and masked those in.

Enjoy.

Lurking Clouds

Ripples And Clouds

This shot was the precursor to the storm coming in. The wind was just picking up and I was standing on the beach with the camera on the tripod.

I have pointed out how bad the weather here is. As I type this up a storm is coming in. You can’t set your clock by it but you do know a storm is going to hit as some point during the day as the humidity picks up. The winds come in from the Gulf of Mexico and it’s just a recipe for a storm.

Went a bit different editing. Did my usual workflow and loaded up Tonality CK and just picked a preset. I want the ripples to pop. Was going to mask it into the photo but decided against it. Dodged the water a bit to bring it out and called it done.

Enjoy.

Ripples and Clouds

Spot of Blue

Took this during a break in the craptastic weather here in Fort Myers, Florida. It was my usual spot but the light and weather made this super interesting.

This image wasn’t enhanced at all color wise. This is really what the sky looked like when I took the image. I was standing out on a pier with the wind gusting all around me. In fact, shortly after this was taken it started to piss down and I had to shove my camera into my bag to prevent any damage because the Nikon D5500 isn’t weather sealed.

Editing this I selected cloudy for the white balance which does a really good job of color accuracy in these scenarios. I didn’t even put in a curves adjust. Just did some local dodging and burning and called it done.

Enjoy.

Spot of Blue

Caloosahatchee Sunset

One from the archives. I have shot and edited more than a few of these but I just like them. I keep finding news ones that are just different enough to make them worth editing.

I will be in Fort Myers, Florida for the next 5 or 6 weeks. Hope to get some new images along the river now that I will have time to explore and scout spots. I need to get into the habit of shooting daily again. Also going to start playing with video so I’ll start posting some clips during this time as well. My video editing skills are zero so should be interesting.

Speaking of editing this is more or less out of the camera. Set the camera profile, did a gradient here and there, quick curves in Photoshop and some dodging and burning and done.

Enjoy.

Sunset Over Fort MyersCaloosahatchee

Gold Fading To Blue

This is a sunset on the Caloosahatchee River. I have published similar images before but I always masked stuff in. This is straight out of the camera relatively speaking.

Not going to write up too much about this. It’s one of those images that you get lucky to capture with a camera and it turns out well. It’s just being at the right place at with a camera and a tripod.

Editing wise nothing but loading my A7R camera profiles with the 24-240 lens profile. Doing a bit of gradient works in Lightroom. Once in Photoshop put in a fairly aggressive curve and then just some local dodging and burning. Done.

Enjoy.

Gold Fading To Blue

Rising Cloud

This is a shot from Fort Myers, Florida I took a few years ago. It was apart of the everything must be in HDR phase when I had no clue what I was really doing.

Fort Myers has to have some of the weirdest skies I have seen. Well, at least paid attention to since I started photography. It’s on the Gulf of Mexico so you get all the winds coming in from the gulf along with the humidity which makes the clouds go all weird. So you get some cool clouds to go with the sky color if that is your thing.

This image got the nod when I was just going through and seeing what I ignored before. It was the cloud obviously that drew my attention. I had shot a 7 exposure set for the imagined HDR photo but I likely tossed it because the resulting image was a mess. Honestly, if you want to do HDR just stick with 3 frames with a 2 stop bracket and be done. Anything more and you introduce a whole host of problems.

Editing this I used the base exposure for the image. Applied my camera profile and then went about doing the base adjustments in Lightroom. For picking white balance you can’t go wrong with sunny or cloudy. While I could have likely white balanced off the cloud I found that those two give the best overall average for a sky.

Once that was done into Photoshop as usual to apply my curves adjustment to correct exposure and add contrast. Then it was just local adjustments doing dodge and burn.

Enjoy.

Rising Cloud