Archive for February 21st, 2010

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2/21/2010

Sumac Buds and Sea

Happy Sunday!

I am having fun with my new camera. If nothing else, a new camera will get you (or at least me) out the door and looking for images. And once you are out…well, you are just bound to find something interesting.

This stag-horn sumac grows rampant most anywhere it gets a foothold, and there is an extensive thicket of the stuff on East Point in Biddeford Pool Maine. East Point is a Nature Conservancy property at the mouth of the Saco River. They have pretty much restricted the sumac to the land side of the sanctuary path, but this specimen has jumped and gotten established among the Sweetbriar. The winter light and the first hint of buds, and the way it juts up over the sea…well, that is what I saw here.

Canon SX20IS at 28mm equivalent and Super Macro. F4 @ 1/250th @ ISO 100. Programmed auto with ISO set.

A touch of Recovery in Lightroom for the sky, some Fill Light to bring up the shadows on the sumac, then Blackpoint to the right to intensify everything. Added Clarity and just a tiny bit of Vibrance. Sharpen landscape preset.

Interestingly there is a significant difference in the way the Canon files respond to the various Lightroom tools when compared to the files from my Sony H50. I noticed with Vibrance right away. The Canon files need little added Vibrance, and the Vibrance slider makes much more radical changes…with blues darkening and overall color balance shifting yellow very rapidly. The Clarity tool has the same exaggerated effect, but in this case I like it. Details just pop when you use the slider, and the improvement is immediately visible. This was not the case with the Sony, where changes were visible but subtle. Ah, new stuff to learn!

From Around Home, Canon SX20IS.

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