Archive for December, 2008



23
Dec
08

12/23/2008

Plum in Snow

Plum in Snow

Parson’s Beach after the 20 inches of snow we got day before yesterday. A beach plum (rose hip) at the tip of an otherwise buried bush. Another exposure challenge, but the Snow scene mode on the H50 handled it well.

F5.6 @ 1/640th @ ISO 100. Snow Scene Programed Mode.

I tried to take this at the tele end of the zoom for framing, but could not get in tight enough. To make it work I had to capture all the detail in the plum, and the texture of the snow. Therefore I zoomed out all the way to 31mm equivalent to take advantage of the super-macro focusing at that end, stepped off into the snowdrift to get close enough, set the camera so the LCD was on, and took the image at arms length. It is options like this that keep me carrying and using the H50.

This required only a tiny crop on the left, and sharpening in Lightroom.

It is from the Winter Weather Gallery.

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22
Dec
08

12/22/2008

Wind on Snow

Wind on Snow

We got about 20 inches of snow overnight, and as soon as I shoveled out, I drove down along the coast to see what there was to see. Access was limited, as the plows were out, but far from finished. This is a shot of what the wind did along the back side of the dunes. The snow was just the right consistancy to for wind sculpting.

The Sony H50 has some preset scene modes, including Snow.  The exposure was F5.6 @ 1/250th @ ISO 100. Snow Scene Programed Mode.  The lens was zoomed out to about a 160mm equivalent to frame the detail.

I had to brighten this a bit in Lightroom, and I pulled some blue saturtion out to make the shadows more gray. Sharpen Landscape preset.

This is from the Winter Weather Gallery.

21
Dec
08

12/21/2008

 

Winter Road

Winter Road

In honor of the snowstorm outside. From last winter. A color photo of a black and white world.

The trick with show shots is always maintaining detail in the highlights, and much of the image is going to be highlights, without the rest of the tones in the image going black. 

Sony H9 at about a 50mm equiv. focal length. F5.6 @ 1/400th @ ISO 100. Programed Auto.

Only sharpened slightly in Lightroom.

It is from the Winter Weather Gallery.

20
Dec
08

12/20/2008

Old Port Portland

Street Display: Old Port Portland

I had some hours to spend in the Old Port area of Portland ME one day last winter, waiting for my daughter while she was at piano lessons. I do not do city photography. Never have. So I had to force myself to overcome my reluctance to be seen in such a public place operating a camera, and I had to tune my eye to see photographic possibilities in the busy street scene.

I discovered, of course, that it is still, for me, all about light, color, texture and shape.

This is a rack of woven capes displayed outside a boutiquest shop (I made that word up…”like a boutique” or maybe “a boutique want-a-be”).

Exposure was straight forward, though the low light levels of the overcast day made the image stabilization of the H9 necessary. F3.2 @ 1/6th second (yes that is right: one sixth of a second, hand held) @ ISO 100. Programed Auto.

In Lightroom this got only some added Vibrance, Clarity and Sharpening.

It is from the Around Home Gallery.

19
Dec
08

12/19/2008

 

Canada Lily

Canada Lily

The Acadia Wildgardens at Sieur de Mont Springs in Acadia National Park are, in season, an amazingly rich photographic resource in a tiny little patch of tended woodland, mini-meadow, and micro-marsh. Volunteers from the local garden club keep it planted with a wide variety of plants and wildflowers native to Mt. Desert Island and the upper Atlantic Coast.

This stand of Canada Lily, only a half dozen plants or so, was in the mini-meadow on the edge of the micro-marsh. I took many different views from various angles…above and below…close in and further back. This one, with the second flower making an interesting out of focus accent in the background, is the one that keeps my attention best.

I actually set this up in camera, moving around the flower to place that second bloom exactly were it is.

Sony H50. F5.6 @ 1/400 @ ISO 100. Programed Auto.

All I did to this in Lightroom was bring the highlights down a tiny bit with Recovery, and sharpen it slightly with the Sharpen Landscape preset.

It is from the Bar Harbor 08 Gallery.

18
Dec
08

12/18/2008

Hike Against Gold

Hike Against Gold

Past sunset on a cold, snowy day, we took a hike around the fields at the Wells Estuarine Research Center, known locally as Laudholm Farms. The light was gold, the snow was white, and this rusted farm implement was caught against both. As I was framing it, a cross country skier entered from the right, behind the machinery. It was only a matter then of zooming up to about 120mm equiv. and waiting until he got to the hot spot in the composition.

Sony H9. F5 @ 1/500 @ ISO 100. Programed Auto.

In Lightroom, I had to apply a good deal of fill light for the foreground, and I used a little Clarity and Vibrance for overall effect. Sharpen Landscape preset.

It is from the Around Home Gallery.

17
Dec
08

12/17/2008

Humbolt Forest

Redwood: Humbolt Forest

It is all but impossible to capture any sense at all of how tall, how massive, a redwood tree is. I have tried images from every angle. I have tried panned video from bottom to top. This is one of the more satisfying attempts, but it still falls far short of the reality. It took me several moments to figure out how to hold the camera to get this angle. It is not as intuitive as it might seem, or at least, it wasn’t to me. I found myself getting my arms into all kinds of contortions. Of course, this was only possible due to the articulating LCD on the H50.

Sony H50. F4 @ 1/125 @ ISO 100. Programed Auto.

In Lightroom, I applied some recovery for the sky, some Fill Light for the shadowed tree trunks, a bit of Clarity and Vibrance, and the  Sharpen Landscapes preset.

From the Northern California Gallery.