Archive for January 20th, 2009





Fresh from Florida and not orange juice. This is a blind (or hide as our British friends call it) at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. I was attracted to the color of the wood, the geometry of the structure, and the contrast with the amazing vista behind it. The wide angle end of the Sony’s zoom framed the corner nicely and by the second shot, I was seeing well enough to carefully place the horizon in the viewing ports.

Sony DSC H50 at full wide angle (31mm equiv.). F5.6 @ 1/500th @ ISO 100. Programed Auto.

In Lightroom I applied a bit of recovery for the texture in the wood and to darken the sky from its exposed value. I moved the black point up a bit for contrast. Added Clarity and Vibrance, and used the Landscape sharpen preset. Since the stark geometric shapes of the wood are set off against the background, I blew up the image and checked for Chromatic Aberration and Purple Fringing (two common artifacts in digital cameras. The first a lens flaw, and the second a sensor flaw). There was no CA, but there was some Purple Fringing in the corners of the image. Lightroom’s CA sliders took it out.

The image is from the Space Coast Birding Gallery.