Archive for the 'cityscape' Category




A fountain detail from the MacArthur Plaza in Santa Ana. Late evening light in Southern California.

Canon SD4000IS Digital Elph at about 46mm equivalent field of view @ f3.5 @ 1/800th @ ISO 125. Programmed auto.

Some Recovery in Lightroom. A touch of Fill Light, Blackpoint just right, added Clarity and just a bit of Vibrance. Sharpen narrow edges preset.

From Zeiss Trip CA 2010.



Window Birds

Back at last from the land of low bars (AT&T) and no wifi. Better late than never. This is another window from the same house as yesterday in Rockport Maine. Some have window blinds…some have window birds.

Canon SX20IS at 560mm equivalent. F5.7 @ 1/640th @ ISO 100. Landscape program.

A bit of Recovery in Lightroom. Fill Light and Blackpoint just barely right. Added Clarity and just a bit of Vibrance. Sharpen narrow edges preset. Cropped for composition.

From Rockport Maine.



About Light and Weathering

An interesting old building in Rockport ME on sunny afternoon. I like the weathered door and what the sun is doing with the shadows, especially of the porch light. I used the long end of the zoom on the Canon SX20IS to frame this snippet from across the street.

Canon SX20IS at 560mm equivalent. F5.7 @ 1/640th @ ISO 125. Landscape program.

In Lightroom 3, Recovery for highlights. A touch of Fill light and Blackpoint just barely right. Added Clarity and a bit of Vibrance. Sharpen narrow edges preset. A small amount of distortion correction and vertical perspective correction applied using the new tools in Lightroom 3.

From Rockport Maine.



NYC Reflections

The city that lives in glass houses! Still at Bryant Park but looking the other direction…up as opposed to down. I am always fascinated by the abstractions caused by buildings reflecting in the glass facade of other buildings. Don’t know why, but there it is. I have some shots closer in, of the reflections themselves, but this wider shot has a lot of interest for me.

Canon SX20IS at about 38mm equivalent. F4.0 @ 1/250th @ ISO 80. Landscape program.

In Lightroom, a bit of recovery for the sky, Blackpoint just right, added Clarity and Vibrance, and Sharpen landscape preset.

From NYC 2010.



Park Ave at 39th South

Though I still have a stock of recent Maine images to share, I am in NYC for three days. I am training staff at B&H Photo and Adorama in my real job. I was pleasantly surprised to see the full length of Park Avenue in bloom when we came up out of the tunnel and headed for Grand Central. It was a gloomy day, but still, the trees are beautiful, and somehow more beautiful in this setting. This is, as the title says, Park Avenue looking south from 39th Street.

Canon SX20IS at 28mm equivalent. F4.0 @ 1/80th @ ISO 80. Landscape program.

Because of the distortions of the Canon zoom at 28mm setting, and the perspective of the shot….looking up….the first step in processing had to be opening the image in PhotoShop Elements and correcting for both perspective and distortion. Mostly perspective. The Correct Camera Distortions filter works wonders and is both quick and intuitive. Then, in Lightroom, I used Recovery for the sky, thou there was not significant detail there, and then Fill Light for the foreground, with added Clarity and Vibrance, and the Blackpoint to the right just slightly. Sharpen landscape preset. Finally I cropped slightly from the bottom to include as little pavement as was practical. Still had ot leave the man in the lower left room to stand. 🙂

From the so far brief set of NYC 2010.