It’s been raining here in the Washington DC area the last few days. The usual thunderstorms as the weather tries to figure out what the hell it wants to do. Since I walk to and from work and have a camera I figured why not shoot some of the drops I see when I am walking in. Plus it gives me an excuse of not to rush in and sit in my office for a bit longer.
All these images were shot yesterday with my Sony RX100M3. I put the camera in macro mode and went at it. The annoying thing about the RX100M3 is you have to shift to scene mode then select macro. It’s not intuitive at all. I guess that’s why they market it as a photo enthusiast’s compact because you will be enthusiastically cursing the damn thing as you try and find macro mode.
Nothing fancy on the edits other than I was all over the place crop wise. I figured what the hell, make it interesting. Pumped a lot of contrast into them because plants just look better with them. Then some subtle dodging and burning and calling it done.
Here is the generic link to the full resolution. Too many to do individually.
PS – The last one has no water. I just threw it in because it was there.
I think I’ll release what the mystery camera is at this point. I left the EXIF data in the images, its a Canon SD1400IS. I am nearing the end of what I shot with the camera so I’ll tell you what I really thought of it by this point.
I did enjoy the experience of using the camera. To a point. Its annoying habit of not wanting to take the next photo I wanted. Instead it wanted to show me the preview endlessly even when I was half-pressing the shutter button. My biggest complaint with the camera and I guess I have been spoiled by more modern cameras is tonal range and noise. The first series with the leaves it wasn’t as apparent but the more I started to push the pixels in the previous series and this one is where I noticed it. Yesterdays was a real challenge for me and I grew frustrated to the point where I went good enough. Today’s series was also difficult because I had to make sure I didn’t blow out the blacks too much but I wanted to keep noise to a minimum. Little tip, if you got noise in a image don’t use the noise slider. Add more blacks and it will get rid of a large majority of your noise. Use the noise slider if you have to. Just remember when you sharpen not to go too crazy else it will reappear.
The monotone conversion was done in Nik Silver Efex Pro and then dodged and burned to try and recover highlights and shadows. Monochrome images are all tonal separation. Trying to do this on this camera was tough but I hope I accomplished it to some degree.
PS – I like to thank the following bands for giving me patience to work through this, 3 Doors Down – When I’m Gone, Rush – Passage To Bangkok, Rush – Roll The Bones, Foo Fighters – Long Road To Ruin, Foo Fighters – Stacked Actors, Metallica – Whisky In The Jar.
I am tired after working 16 hours and then coming home and doing these so no witty writeup.
Not all of these are flowers. I have thrown in some other stuff just to vary it up a bit. Not much more to write other then they are flowers and I have no idea what they are.
I think I have stated I’m not big on flowers. I can shoot them mindlessly without much thought, in fact these four images were shot in a span of 10 minutes and most of that was walking from point A to point. They just happened to be around where I live so when I got home I jumped out the car and reached into my ever ready camera bag and pulled out my Panasonic GX7 with the Olympus 45mm (90mm eq) and took the shots. Then 5 minutes of editing and done.
Blame the music for this one. I had on Johnny Cash American Recordings. Highly recommend it. It was Cash’s last recordings. There are 5 albums in total. He did a lot of songs that were a departure from what he was really known for. So with that, I took the idea and went wild with nature.
Not sure how this is going to appeal to everyone but I went with the idea that if I liked the final product good enough. It isn’t anything other than what I wanted the image to look like. If I liked the final result it was good enough. There were no rules.
So take the images for what they are and enjoy.