I had to go find a photo I took a few years ago so I was digging through my archives. I found some photos I never published. I have no reason for not editing them other than I guess I didn’t have the skills back then.
My editing from when I started to where I am now is two different worlds. I never used Photoshop, I didn’t have a Wacom tablet, I had no idea what layer masks were, and a whole host of other things. So when I saw these images I just had to edit them and I’m happy I did.
This is obviously the same restaurant on San Diego Bay. I do know where I shot them from and based on the angle I just moved a bit to the right. They felt better in a 16×9 crop to give them a more expansive feeling. To me they feel like different images. While they are the same subject there are different items in them.
I didn’t go wild on the editing because these are micro four-thirds files. One of the reasons I gave up on the format was that the more I pushed the images the more the images degraded. While I have 1″ sensor Sony’s my main work cameras are full frame sensors. While I use the same workflow I don’t dare mask as much in as I do when I have a full frame image to work with.
I have been working in color too much. I knew I had to go monochrome soon. There is something compelling about monochrome landscape images. When dealing with lots of textures like this image it really draws it out.
This is the pier that the ferry’s dock on when you arrive to Coronado Island in San Diego. I took this as I was walking back to catch my ferry from the island back to the “mainland”. While there is some falloff the shot was done at F9 I think but you still get a sense of depth out of the image.
This was on the water taxi back from Coronado Island. While it was sunny out, the camera metered on the dark area. The Sony RX100M3 has a different way of spot metering then my Olympus cameras so there is a learning curve. Still, I liked how it came out.
The way the sky is swirling and causes the land elements to be silhouetted. The light coming in from the left just adds to the drama of the image.
This was shot from Coronado Island which is a view of San Diego I have never seen before. I really liked how the buildings were reflecting off the water. I didn’t use the usual landscape format to give the image a sense of length. I was shooting is 3×2 just for a bit of change up.
To get the details out of the image I did another composite or about 8 total images. I am discovering that prefer doing a composite because I finally get the level of detail I want. With memory cards being cheap and setting a camera to continuous you can easily create composite images. With a bit of trial and error you can figure out what works and what doesn’t.
I was waiting for the ferry to Coronado Island and snapped this one quickly. Enjoy.
Little set shot through windows while I was in San Diego. These were the views I saw everyday as I would show up for work at the hotel. Enjoy.
I was stumped for a title for this post until it hit me while I was editing. Where I live we don’t have a lot of palm trees. To be honest, we don’t have any until you go further south and I consider them poor imitations of a proper palm tree. I guess I have spent too much time in the tropics to get fooled by real imitation palm trees or something (yes I know what I just typed). So when I was in San Diego, using my extensive botanical knowledge I shot some palm trees. Enjoy.