Archive for March 8th, 2009



Mission Bay Marina, San Diego CA (click image for Smugmug views)

Mission Bay Marina, San Diego CA (click image for Smugmug views)

We will get back to Scotland, but I thought I would post some fresh work for the next few days while I process images from San Diego (where I am a the moment).

The conference is at the Mission Bay Marina Village Center, just behind the seawall and beyond the flood control channel for the San Diego River. This shot was taken through the wall of windows which is directly behind my booth, sort of between customers.

From past experience it is a pretty typical San Diego sunset. I used my tip the camera up and let the meter read the sky, lock exposure, and reframe trick to bias the exposure for the sunset at the expense of the foreground.

Sony DSC H50 at full wide (31mm equivalent). F4.0 @ 1/80th @ ISO 100. Programed Auto, manually biased for the sky.

In Lightroom I used some Recovery for the sky (even with the bias it was still too light). My usual Presence settings: Added Clarity and Vibrance, and Landscape sharpen preset. I also cropped off some at the bottom to eliminate some distracting foreground detail.

The sky was still too light and the foreground too dark, so I applied Lightroom’s graduated filter effect. This is my first experiment with it, and it is indeed a powerful tool. I drew the filter over the image from the top and adjusted the level of the effect to get the sky to where I wanted it. That still left the foreground too dark, so I added Fill Light in the Exposure panel. The result is an image that is a very close approximation of what I actually saw out the window. I will be using the graduated filter effect a lot more now that I have some experience with it.

By the way, exposure is only one of the parameters you can change with the graduated filter effect. You can also change the brightness, contrast, saturation, clarity, or sharpness. Powerful tool indeed.

The image is from the new San Diego 2009 gallery.