Archive for the 'Ohio' Category

03
Aug
10

8/3/2010

No Name Creek: iPhone Panorama

This is 12 images from the iPhone camera, representing over 220 degrees of view, taken from the same spot as yesterday’s HDR (you might want to compare). It really needs to be viewed as large as your monitor will allow (click the image and use the size controls at the top of the new window). AutoStitch on the iPhone makes this kind of shot easy. You just take roughly overlapping images and the program does all the aligning, stitching and exposure blending for a very polished result.

Often I use a panorama matrix that is two shots deep…4 across and two down for 8 images, or 5 across and 2 down for 10, but with this sweep I kept it simple. I was not about to attempt 24 overlapping shots. When you do two shots vertically you get an automatic HDR effect, since the upper shot is generally metered off the sky, and the lower off the foreground, and the AutoStitch exposure blending routine does an excellent job of preserving the best of both. With a single layer pano you lose that benefit, and, indeed, this set correctly rendered the sky but left the foreground too dark…even with levels adjustment in PhotoGene, since I was not willing to sacrifice sky detail for the landscape exposure. In  Lightroom I would have used the dueling Graduated Filter effects I have outlined in the past, but I was determined to keep all processing on the iPhone for this iPhone shot. Therefore I used Tiffin’s FotoFX app to add a .6 Graduated Neutral Density filter effect to darken the sky. Once saved, I reopened the image in PhotoGene and adjusted curves, exposure, contrast, and saturation for the finished image, which is a pretty good rendering of this huge sweep.

From iPhone 4 HDR and Pano.

25
Sep
09

9/25/2009

The Great Blue Heron and the Great Big Fish

The Great Blue Heron and the Great Big Fish

Immature Great Blue Heron with a Great Big Fish at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in Ohio. I wanted to catch the heron with the fish lifted its full length off the ground (it could not lift it any higher than it is in this image), and the new Zeiss PhotoScope made it possible. The bird is a hundred yards or more across a pond, with a good deal of heat motion in the air, so I am pretty happy with these results.

Zeiss Photoscope at 1800mm (35mm equivalent). F5.7 @ 1/150 @ ISO 100. Programmed auto.

Blackpoint to the right in Lightroom. Added Clarity and just a bit of Vibrance. Sharpen landscapes preset.

I should say that the imaging software in the PhotoScope is still under active development…though near final (we hope). The product is not yet on the market…due in late October.

This clip which shows more of the action of the GBHeron and GBFish was taken with a small Sanyo HD camcorder hand-held behind the eyepiece of the PhotoScope.

20
Sep
09

9/20/2009

Web

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Happy Sunday!

Lakeside Ohio sustains three amazing populations. The most abundant are the Fox Squirrels. Big as the largest Gray, and fox red. Impressive animals. The second population is feral cats. They are everywhere. And finally there are more spiders in Likeside than I have seen in a long time. Their webs drape street signs and fill any open architectural gap. This one adorns a trellis gate. Late afternoon light picked it out against the shadowed wing of the house behind and the shapes of the trellis made for an interesting composition. It is cropped slightly from the left to eliminate the whiter portion of the support post.

Sony DSC H50 at about 410mm equivalent. F4.5 @ 1/125 @ ISO 100. Programed auto.

Recovery in Lightroom for the white highlights. Added Clarity and Vibrance in the Presence panel. Sharpen landscape preset.

From Lakeside OH.

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.