Architectural Travels – Part One

I rarely have time to do series of images. This is mainly due to the fact that editing takes considerable amount of time. With me having some time off I went ahead and completed a series I have had in mind for some time, all the architectural shots I have taken over the course the last year or so and publish them in cohesive sets.

I broke up all the images into what I consider sets of similar characteristics. This set I am calling details. It’s more about the finer points within the architecture. Some of it is subjective. It is my interpretation of the style and I do not pretend to be an architect by any stretch of the imagination.

For those of you that read regularly and aren’t into pictures of buildings have hope. I will intersperse the series with normal landscape and travel photos I normally do. I am cognizant that this is mostly personal interest to me.

I’m not going into editing details. The series was shot on 5 different cameras. I have used a Canon S100, Sony RX100III, Sony A7R, Nikon D810, and Olympus EM1. The images were shot in Thailand, Panama, and the United States, specifically Chicago. I could have jammed more in but I thought that was enough.

Hope you enjoy.

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Gone Fishing

This one is from the archives and I published it before. You can see the original here. I was in my HDR everything phase and it showed. The image was crap.

I was digging around for some other images for Instagram to publish there and I came across this one again. With me traveling to Florida where I took this image I might as well republish it. This time I did not HDR it to death in some attempt to prove I could merge 7 images together regardless of the outcome.

Editing wise the first thing I did was color correct the image. The colors are accurate where the original was a muddy mess. I did the usual curves adjustments and then local dodging and burning as needed. Just ignore the part where I maybe dodged a wee bit too much around the man. I’ll blame that on me not calibrating my monitor until after the image was done. Too

Enjoy.

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Fallen and Broken

Finally home after 6 glorious (not) nights in a hotel 15 minutes from my apartment. So close yet so far away. It’s good to be back on my own editing rig. While I had use of a 23″ monitor it was a pain to use. So the first thing I did after dumping my luggage was hook up my laptop again.

This is an older photo I found while looking for some other images. No idea why I never published it. Who knows what was going through my mind but its a very cool image. I really wanted the wood to pop and stand out from all the green in the leaves around the fallen tree.

Editing I did the usual but added a luminosity mask to sharpen things up and make the greens a bit brighter forcing the attention (least in my opinion) to the fallen tree. Did some sharpening to make that stand out and I’m happy.

Enjoy.

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Monochromatic Blooms

I didn’t want to use flowers in the title. Blooms sounds more artful? Plus some people will find what I did sacrilege because I took perfectly good looking flowers from color to monochromatic.

The reason for the monochromatic conversion was that there was something wrong with the images in color. With the conversion to monochrome you get a lot more detail out of the flower and you see the underlying patterns that color tends to obscure.

I tried to keep the key consistent on these images but as I indicated sometimes the light didn’t cooperate with me. I am not a strobist by any stretch of the imagination so mixing in flash and trying to control it was something of a challenge for me. So when I processed these I tried to hide the fact as best as I could.

Enjoy.

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Secret Garden – Part 5

Wrapping up the flower photos for those post

To be honest after editing this many flower images in one post it wore me out. I am not a fan of similar edits unless its a paying job and even then I could live without them. There is a monotony about a similar style that makes you want to just give it over with. So if the images start to degrade assume its just me having enough of looking at flowers.

Enjoy.

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Secret Garden – Part 4

Flower warning in effect. The next two days will be nothing but flowers as I finished the edits. I don’t think I will ever do that many flowers in one sitting again. That was torture on a grand scale.

I do like how the flash worked to really allow me to get the details out of the flowers. While not always perfect I was able to achieve a decent shutter speed and have light. I also think not using a macro lens also helped. With my macro I tend to just shove it into the middle of the flower and hope for the best. With the 40-150mm (80-300mm) I was able to still get in close but be far enough away for the flash to work its magic.

Enjoy.

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Secret Garden – Part 3

Another round of flower photos! I would write about them more but I honestly don’t remember them much as I edited them all last week to have everything ready for posting. I did this so that when I returned from Costa Rica I didn’t have to rush an edit job.

I’ll return to more normal editing tomorrow now that I am home on my larger screens and usual editing tools.

Enjoy!

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Thai Rising – Part 1

Since I am in Costa Rica and not the biggest fan on editing off a 13″ Macbook screen I have pre-edited all the images. I’m going to split these up into two posts then return with more flowers for Tuesday.

I personally like tall buildings. Don’t know why but I do. There isn’t anything overly special about Thai buildings. Some have a bit of an Asian feel to them but for the most part are typical resort style hotels and condos.

The interesting note on these images are the fact that 3 different cameras were used. My Olympus EM1, Sony A7R, Sony RX100. I can tell them apart just by looking at them but I doubt the average non-photographer could.

Enjoy.

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Secret Garden – Part 2

With a break from flowers with some architectural stuff I feel I can attempt some more flowers! So I return to my secret garden or the US National Botanical Gardens. Considering I was stuck behind a Chinese tour group with photo permits for tripods I guess its not that secret. I have encountered Chinese tour groups before in Thailand and they are serious about their gear. I was genuinely impressed by the tripod permits they had. They are not that easy to get and they take planning.

I’m not sure how I feel about this batch. This is where I started to have some flash issues and I was fighting with the flash and camera to get the look I was going for. One of the problem was the LCD was showing me some funky colors but when I loaded them in Lightroom things looked normal. Even still you can tell I used flash. I am far from a flash guru. I’m not afraid of flash I just don’t use it often enough.

Usual round of editing in Lightroom and Photoshop. I will say that in all my years of shooting flowers this is the best detailed batch I have ever gotten. It has held up to the sharpening color correction well. So there is something to using flash. Maybe one day I’ll get ambition and do focus stacking.

Enjoy.

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Sunset Over The Potomac

I was on the Washington DC side of the Potomac shooting towards the Virginia side. I really liked how the clouds looked so I setup for the shot and fired away.

This is HDR but more subtle. One of the things I have done with my shooting regardless of cameras is just take 3 images with two stops in either direction. This gives me a lot of latitude work with I do the merge into HDR. I did add a bit of pop to this one using MacPhun’s Intensify Pro just because I liked how it looked. Took me a bit of time to brush in the layer mask because I forgotten I changed brushes to do something else. Always fun cursing at the computer while wanting to blame Adobe until you look down and realize that the brush is wrong.

Enjoy.

Sunset Over The Potomac