Clouds, Ripples, Reflections

This one is from beautiful Southwest Florida, aka, Fort Myers. So I took this when I was living back in America. Then again, Florida and Thailand are basically the same temperature and climate, except we don’t smacked by hurricanes here on the Gulf of Thailand. Instead we get monsoon rains. Nothing says fun while going 60km/ hour on a scooter while getting smashed in the face with rain.

I took this photo from a pontoon boat while on Estero Bay. We rented the boat to go fishing but it was surface of the sun hot. I mainly went to provide sarcastic comments and to drive the boat. I’m better at one than the other. Not saying which. Of course I brought a camera so I took a few shots while I wasn’t skippering or being sarcastic.

Editing this was just me playing around with Intensify and then just a bit of a dodge and burn and called it done.

Enjoy.

Clouds Ripples and Reflections

Long Twisting Path

This was taken at Great Falls on the Maryland side of the Potomac River. The trail is actually part of the C&O Canal tow path that is along the river. I guess the canal was put in to move goods along and avoid the rapids and and the falls.

I shot this on New Year’s Day this year. The weather was warm so everyone had the grand idea of heading towards the park to enjoy the day. I was hoping more people would be hungover and nursing their New Year’s Eve headache from too much partying. I guess more people were like me and just stayed in and stayed home that night.

Editing was straight forward. Nothing but camera defaults applied and a few gradients here and there. Then into Photoshop for a curves adjustment for tone and contrast. Lots of dodging and burning for local contrast. Sharpening and then done.

Enjoy.

Long Twisting Path

All About Reflections

I thought I goofed and copied these images as just individual files last week when I was on the road. Turns out I just missed the folder completely so I get to save some editing time and publish them this week!

These were all taken at Brookside Gardens as I spent several hours just walking around playing with my Sony RX10. I had no real plan of shooting anything in particular except some fall leaves. I came home with a plethora of different images with all sorts of subjects. The RX10 is a handy camera when you just want to go light with one camera. The 24-200 2.8 lens allows you to cover most ranges without worry and you can shoot a variety of subject as your whim takes you.

Editing these was straight up camera profile in Lightroom and then adding gradients as needed. Then moving right into Photoshop for a curves adjustment for tone and contrast. After that local dodging and burning as needed.

Enjoy.

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Subtle Reflections

This was shot at Brookside Gardens last Fall. I was playing around with my Sony RX10 which I had recently purchased.

With upcoming travels I’m not bothering to take my DSLR’s. Just the Sony RX10 and the RX100iii I own. These two cameras will shoot almost anything I need to without the need to pack an additional camera bag.

There is always a tradeoff when going with a bridge camera or a compact but the Sony sensors can produce solid images. When you don’t want to pack the full gamut of lenses for a DSLR a solid bridge camera or compact can get you through most trips.

Editing this is nothing but a camera profile and some gradient work. Then it was into Photoshop for a curves adjustment and dodging and burning. There was no need to push the image further. Adding some subtle sharpening got the result I wanted and I was happy.

Enjoy.

Subtle Reflections

 

Canal Reflection

This is another from the unpublished archives. I shot this on one of the small canals at a regional park in Fort Myers, Florida.

One of the reasons I have been going back into the archives and not publishing my more recent stuff is because I take a Photoshop class. Well, I watch videos. It’s Ming Thein’s weekly Photoshop Workshop. After watching it I just want to go through and look for an image I never published. This leads me down to all the other images I never published for one reason or another. So I will edit a few applying what I learned. Sometimes I throw in a little whatever. It’s mainly Ming’s workflow for all my base images then I channel my inner Trey Ratcliff and go off in a weird direction. Having met Trey I can tell you he’s just like he appears in his videos.

Editing wise it’s fairly standard. I didn’t mask anything in. The image would not have held up. It was shot I believe on a Panasonic G5. While I loved micro 4/3 I much prefer the latitude I get off a full frame sensor.

Once I had the image where I wanted it I put in a curves adjustment in Photoshop then local adjustments with dodge and burn. Mainly to bring out the reflection of the boat and clouds on the water.

Enjoy.

Canal Reflection

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

Fall From A Different Perspective

Think it’s rather obvious why I titled this one like I did. It was taken at Brookside Gardens.

I was playing around with the Sony RX10 and the guy who sold it to me also tossed in a Manfrotto tabletop tripod. This worked out because the one I had wasn’t that sturdy and it was like 20 years old. The Manfrotto worked out great as it fit within my bag and I could honestly leave it attached to the camera and it didn’t impact me at all. I only took it off when I used my larger tripod.

Since I had the small tripod I just set the rig down in the grass going low. Little known thing in photography is that the lower your camera is the better your water reflections are. Plus, I wanted a different perspective than normal. The grass being golden helped frame the rest of the scene. It changed the perspective to make the world seem a lot bigger than it is.

Editing wise not too much going on. Just simple curves adjustments and then lots of local adjustments with dodging and burning. I go through phases where I’ll post process the hell out of stuff, mainly landscapes. To others where I just do simple edits and let the photo speak for itself. This one is speaking for itself.

Enjoy.

Fall From A Different Perspective

Stretching Across

Another from Brookside Gardens that I struggled to edit. This one admittedly turned out better to me but I still sat there and stared at it for awhile.

I have noticed that I have been into reflections lately. No real idea why. I have figured out how to edit them to give them a lot of detail without masking in the image from above. It basically comes down to dodging and burning and gradient adjustments. No real big secret to it. You want your water reflections to “pop” just dodge them. Sounds counter-intuitive but trust me it works. I learned this from Ming Thein and he’s a far better photographer than I will ever be.

Editing wise I gave away a good chunk of what I did. Gradients and then localized contrast adjustments with dodge and burn. It’s really not hard once you figure it out and you get used to doing it. The biggest challenge is if you never used a Wacom Tablet you are going to struggle with the pen. I really can’t stress how much better your editing will be when you start to use a tablet. I use the cheap version. I had a more expensive one I got as a refurb but I found the cheap one works better and I travel with it. So if you are thinking how do I take my editing to the next level, get a cheap one.

Enjoy.

Stretching Across

It’s All Reflected

This is another from my excursion to Brookside Gardens. I just liked the light coming through the trees in the distance and the reflections on the small pond. Seemed like a good time to take a picture.

I was standing on top of a drain when I took this picture. I’m not 100% sure I should have been where I was but I am a firm believer in it’s easier to ask forgiveness than permission. Once I was on the drain I got low and flipped the screen out and fired off a few frames with the camera. The one great thing about flip out screens is it makes shooting at weird angles so much easier. While the resolution on my Nikon D810 is amazing, no flip screen makes shots like this tough.

Editing wise I did a slight saturation bump to the leaves near the bottom of the frame. I just wanted to give them some color. Then I brought it into Intensify CK and used some filter to just make things look a little more punchy. I then lowered the opacity in that layer. Once I had that it was dodge and burn time to get local adjustments. I really wanted the light rays to pop out of the trees to give it the effect it did. Once I was happy called it done.

Enjoy.

Its All Reflected

The Reflecting Pool

This is the small pool that is in the Korean Garden area of Meadowlark Gardens. There are a lot of structures there and you can spend a few minutes wandering around and taking photos.

I am not sure I ever took a photo of this pool before. If I didn’t I doubt it was at this angle. I setup my tripod low to get the angle. Once I was happy it was just trying different focal lengths until I got something I liked.

To be honest I am not sure what I did editing as it was a few days ago. I do know I had to fight the brightness of the light to bring things down. I know there was a lot of dodging and burning to get local light adjustments correct. In the end I guess I was happy.

Enjoy.

reflecting pool