Archive for the 'lake' Category



11
Apr
10

4/11/2010

Sky Hy, Topsam ME

Happy Sunday!

And for Sunday, an image from this weekend’s Men’s Retreat at Sky Hy Conference Center in Topsham Maine. Formerly a ski lodge with a tow-rope slope, Sky Hy is situated in a range of what are, by any standard that includes the Rockies, medium high hills about 20 miles inland from the ocean. This shot was from the third floor balcony. The hill drops away to Bradley Pond, here seen under another amazing Maine spring sky. As you see, the maples in the valley are not leafed out yet, but a close look will show the red tinge of the flowers. Just before this shot was taken we saw a Golden Eagle soaring over the pond. 🙂

Canon SX20IS at 28mm equivalent. F4.0 @ 1/640th @ ISO 80. Landscape program.

Recovery for the sky in Lighroom. Added Clarity and just a smidge of Vibrance. Blackpoint to the right. Sharpen Landscape preset. Cropped from the top for composition.

From the very small Sky Hy collection.

17
Feb
10

2/17/2010

A Little Pink on Your Blues

The first shot to make Pic of the Day from my new camera. I only had a few moments of daylight after work and I am in Virginia. Frustrating. But still…

What works for me here are the subtle colors and the pattern of detail from the reeds and grasses.

Canon SX20IS at about 70mm equivalent. F4.0 @ 1/60th @ ISO 160. Programmed auto.

Recovery in Lightroom. Fill Light and Blackpoint to the right. Added Clarity and Vibrance. Sharpen landscape preset.

From First Canon VA.

27
Nov
09

11/27/2009

 

Least Grebe, Estero Llano Grande SP, TX

Taking a break from Germany today. Here is a Least Grebe from Estero Llano Grande SP in Weslaco TX. Shot with the Zeiss PhotoScope 85FL. I was actually chasing a Ringed Kingfisher up and down Alligator Lake…he was on the far side so it was not really a chase, but he did seem aware of me…almost as though he was playing with me. If I put my tripod down, he moved. I never did get a picture of him. However, at one of his perches, this little (Least actually) Grebe was swimming in close on occasion, and I did get him. Oh yes. I got him.

The PhotoScope reaches out to 45x, giving it the field of view of an 1800mm lens. This shot was taken at about 1600mm equivalent for a nice portrait without getting my feet wet.

The bird was actively feeding, above water for only 30 seconds at at time. You can see the water beads on his back.

Zeiss PhotoScope 85FL at 40x, field of view of a 1600mm lens on a full frame camera. 1/115th sec. @ ISO 100. Metered exposure at about f5.6.

Very little processing in Lightroom. Much less added Clarity and Vibrance than I would use on a scenic, and just the Sharpen Landscape preset.

From Zeiss PhotoScope 85FL.

And for you viewing pleasure, a second shot.

 

Least Grebe again

 

 

 

 

28
Oct
09

10/28/2009

 

Pond, Swan, Fall

We seem to be getting a lot of these moody fall days. I manage at least two falls each year. One in Maine, one in New Jersey, and one in New Mexico: mid-October, late-October, and mid-November. This year I will be in Germany in mid-November. I am not sure if that is fall there or not. We shall see.

This is a little pond on the back side of Lighthouse State Park in Cape May, New Jersey. I have never seen as may Mute Swans as there are this year. They are everywhere there is fresh water. A touch of fall in the foliage on the far side and the cat-tails  in the foreground give the image some depth.

Sony DSC H50 at 31mm equivalent. F4.0 @ 1/250th @ ISO 100. Programmed Auto.

Recovery in Lightroom for the sky. A touch of Fill Light for the foliage. Blackpoint slightly right. Added Clarity and Vibrance. Sharpen Landscapes preset.

From Cape May 10/09.

 

20
Oct
09

10/20/2009

Back to the Fall in Maine

Back to the Fall in Maine

From my photo-jaunt out to my favorite fall spot, along the Mousam River in West Kennebunk, a few miles from home. Still that same moody day. Trying for extreme depth on this one.

Sony DSC H50 at 31mm apparent. F8.0 @ 1/100th @ ISO 100. Programmed auto.

Some Recovery in Lightroom for the sky and reflections. Blackpoint slightly right. Added Vibrance and Clarity. Sharpen landscape preset.

From Fall 09 Maine.

08
Oct
09

10/8/2009

Mousam Pond: Moody Fall

Just down river from the falls (yesterday) there is a dam that backs up this pond (by Maine standards…perhaps a lake elsewhere). I also have many, many images taken from this spot. This is by far the moodiest. The light makes the foreground almost as prominent as the foliage. I like the subtly of the reflected clouds and the few floating leaves.

Sony DSC H50 at 31mm equivalent. F5 @ 1/250th @ ISO 100. Programed auto.

Recovery in Lightroom for the sky and reflections. Blackpoint just barely to the right. Added Clarity and Vibrance in the Presence panel. Sharpen landscapes preset.

From Fall 09 Maine.

19
Sep
09

9/19/2009

Sailing at Lakeside

Sailing at Lakeside

The season is over at Lakeside, and the little boats idle, the dock empty, under a big Lake Erie sky. This is about shape and color: one of several attempts at this row of boats, with the clouds massed on the horizon as background.

Sony DSC H50 at 31mm equivalent. F5.6 @ 1/1250th @ ISO 100. Programed auto.

In Lightroom, some Recovery for the sky, added Vibrance and Clarity in the Presence panel, Sharpen landscapes preset. I might, if in the mood someday, go in with Photoshop and clone out the bare branches at the top, leaving only the leafy ones.

From Lakeside OH.

18
Sep
09

9/18/2009

View from Marblehead Light

View from Marblehead Light

Lake Erie was showing a good chop on my visit to Marblehead. Truly grey water. Massive clouds. Stick a little bit of tree in one corner for scale, and you have an interesting (imho) lakescape.

Sony DCS H50 at 31mm equivalent. F5.6 @ 1/1000 @ ISO 100. Programed auto.

Recovery in Lightroom to pull back the clouds and sky. Added Vibrance and Clarity in the Presence panel. Blackpoint just to the right. A touch Fill Light for the tree.

From Lakeside OH.

17
Sep
09

9/17/2009

Marblehead Light, OH

Marblehead Light, OH

Sometimes there is no choice but the straight on tourist shot of the famous landmark. Time is limited. The vantage points are limited by the park management. Essentially you “stand here and take your shot.” The weather and the light are what they are. So you make the most of it. And maybe plan to come back for better light and weather…if you life allows.

This is Marblehead Light, in Marblehead OH, out on the peninsula that juts out into Lake Erie above Sandusky.

Sony DSC H50 at 31mm equivalent. F5.6 @ 1/800 @ ISO 100. Programed auto. -.7EV exposure compensation.

A bit of Recovery in Lightroom for the sky. Added Clarity and Vibrance in the Presence Panel. Sharpen landscape preset.

From Lakeside OH.

05
Sep
09

9/5/2009

Late Light Across Rutland Water

Late Light Across Rutland Water

Being limited to the early evening all my shots of Rutland Water (Leichestershire UK) share a similar light. This was not taken on the same day as the sheep shots, and you can see it was a bit later. Could not resist the view though. This is a mild telephoto shot, and the perspective is flattened by the lens setting, and you can see the effects of the atmosphere (never completely free of moisture in England) between me and the lake.

Sony DSC H50 at about 120mm equivalent. F5.6 @ 1/500 @ ISO 100. Programed auto.

From Rutland Water.