Exercise In Futility

These images were shot over the span of a 7 days or so as I walked to¬†work. They were shot on my Olympus EM1 using either my 12-40 (24-80) or 40-150 (80-300). I did all but one in monochrome because I felt that it just added texture the images that they otherwise lacked in color; to be honest they don’t have much color.

Why is this an exercise in futility? I just could not get myself to edit them to satisfaction. I have attempted these images on 3 different times and either would forget something basic or just blow out the blacks or the highlights. I finally just pushed through ignoring stuff that annoyed me to no end and gave up trying to “fix” the problems. I am still not happy but some part of me liked the images. Still it was an exercise in futility and I might have well edited with my eyes closed and said to hell with it and how it comes out is how it comes out.

Try and enjoy.

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Distant Shores

This was taken off of Wongnamat Beach in Naklua as the sun was starting to set over the Gulf of Thailand with the city in the distance. You can see Pattaya, Pranumnak, and Jomtein in the distance. I also liked how the water and the rocks played off each other.

This was shot with my Olympus EM1 versus the Sony A7R which I use for most of my landscape stuff. Mainly because I am lazy and hate switching lenses and I can use the 24-200 I have for the A7R. Still, I can notice the lack of details between the two cameras if I pixel peep enough. The one thing I haven’t done with the Olympus is use a 2 stop bracket like I do with my Sony. The HDR was done with 7 images shifting 1/3 of a stop each direction. I might try it with 3 images with a 2 stop shift.

Lots of filters after the HDR conversion. Running it through Macphun’s Intensify CK and Nik’s Color Efx. Then masking everything back in at various levels.

Enjoy.

Distant Shores

Sint Maarten

It’s funny how you think about some images and can’t find them and you move on. It just so happened this was the case with these images. I asked my friend who was on the trip with me about them and he had no idea where they went so I moved on. I needed to clear space on my phone and backed up all my images to my Google account and suddenly there were the images.

These images are 7 years old. They were shot on an Olympus FE-230. The camera had “quality issues” to be nice. The unflattering truth was image quality sucked. Then again, when I used the camera I was totally clueless. This was before I started to spend enough money on photography gear that I could have bought a nice family car (no joke).

Still, I had a fondness in my heart for these images for some reason so I figured why not take a crack at them. The saying you can’t polish a turd is true. You can make it look like a better turd. Think of it as concept art.

These were all processed in Photoshop and Camera Raw. Using my usual process just scaled way the hell back to retain what little sharpness there was in the images and improve it if I could. Also, it should be pointed out that the photographer at the time was clueless about anything remotely considering photography other than point the camera in the general direction and hope for the best.

Enjoy this little trip down memory lane and Sint Maarten.

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Waves Lapping At the Shore

Final one I think from the Edison & Ford Winter Estate. The shoreline was the one thing I found fascinating there from the sheer number of images I took of it.

Went with a cinematic crop and then just played with the image to get it where I wanted it. Did a lot of work while in lab color in Photoshop which made color adjustments a bit different but overall liked the effect. I also built lots of layers to bring out the textures in the rocks but didn’t want to mess with the sky. I like my clouds fluffy damn it!

Enjoy.

Waves Lapping At the Shore

Framed Ripples

This is another shot from the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. I happened on this view while discovering everything else was closed and my $20 was spent for naught. The river is the Caloosahatchee and I just like how the shot was framed between the palm trees.

Enjoy

Framed Ripples

Signs of Spring

Just two quickies I shot while working on something else. Used the Olympus 40-150mm (80-300) and got both these shots before moving on to what I was really shooting. Since what I shot will take a lot more time to edit then these two you get the hopeful signs of spring.

Enjoy.

Daffodil

Daffodil