Archive for the 'sunset' Category



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.

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05
Dec
09

12/5/2009

In honor of first snow of the season

We are predicted to have the first significant snow of the season tonight. So…I dug back in my archives to come up with a little something appropriate. This was taken at Laudholm Farms a few years back.

Sony DSC H9 at about 60mm equivalent. F5.,6 @ 1/320th @ ISO 100. Programmed Auto.

Added Clarity and Vibrance and Sharpen Landscapes in Lightroom. Today, if I were processing it, I would also slide the Blackpoint to the right slightly.

From Around Home Kennebunk ME.

14
Nov
09

Pic of the Day 11/14/2009

 

 

Road into Autumn Sunset

Today marks the one year anniversary of Pic of the Day, and I will have more to say on that…only…I am due on the bus for the Valley Salt Lakes fieldtrip at Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival in way too few moments. I promise a pic and a full post by evening! It has been great. I look forward to a second year.

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So, evening in Harlengen Texas, after a day of fieldtripping and optics talk at the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, on the 1st anniversary of my Pic of the Day blog. What started as a casual series of posts on Twitter and FaceBook, morphed into a full fledged WordPress blog within the first month, and took on it’s current form after about 3 months.

What has kept me at it, as I have mentioned before, is that I am learning with every day’s pic. The process has made me much more aware of what I am doing in the field, while capturing images, and at the computer when processing images…and, maybe most importantly, how the two: camera work and computer work interconnect, cooperate, to produce the images that are important to me. Neither dominates. Both are important. Increasingly my knowledge of what I can do at the computer influences what I do with the camera. Of course, both camera and computer are used to capture and reproduce some semblance of what I see in nature…with the emphasis on the I.  Because, of course, I am creating an image…not capturing reality. Images play with different rules than reality…if you know what I mean. Different elements, different effects, matter. In the end we judge images by image standards, and similarity to reality is only one of them…and often not the most important among them.

Anyway. I have learned. I hope you have too. I intend to learn a lot more in the coming year. And I hope you will go along with me.

This image, by the way, was taken at the end of a sunset session at the beach. I had actually visualized the image on the way in. I simply drove till it looked right. Stopped in the middle of the road. Head the camera out the window one handed. And took the image.

Sony DSC H50 at 31mm equivalent. F4.5 @ 1/40th @ ISO 100. Programmed auto.

In Lightroom, I added Vibrance and Clarity, moved the Blackpoint right, and used Sharpen Landscapes preset. I also increased exposure just slightly, and warmed the image slightly by adjusting color temperature.

From Around Home Kennebunk ME.

 

12
Nov
09

11/13/2009

 

Cut-out Toys

The children’s area at Mother’s Beach, Kennebunk ME. Not my kind of shot…but I found the shapes against the light of the sunset hard to resist. The wires make it busy…but they are part of the reality and can be considered an element of the design. I tried processing this as a direct positive…which made it essentially black and shades of orange…but I actually like this better.

Sony DSC H50 at 320mm equivalent. F5.6 @ 1/640th @ ISO 100. Programed auto.

Cropped top and bottom in Lightroom. Added Clarity and Vibrance and Sharpen Landscape preset.

From Around Home Kennebunk ME.

 

12
Nov
09

11/12/2009

Bound Sea at Sunset

The sun is still up there behind the clouds but the sunset effect is already happening.

Sony DSC H50 at 31mm equivalent. F5.6 @ 1/640th @ ISO 100. Programmed Auto.

Heavily post processed in Lightroom. Graduated filter effects top and bottom…dark on top, light on bottom. Added Clarity and Vibrance. Blackpoint to the right. Sharpen Landscape preset. Overall increased exposure.

From Around Home Kennebunk ME.

10
Nov
09

11/10/2009

Gulls in Sun Under Clouds

Sometimes the sun, as it sets, finds the crack between the cloud cover and the horizon (should there be one) and has one last shine. There is nothing that matches that particular light. This late afternoon in question I was shooting winter gulls on a little beach in Kennebunk when it happened, and the way the gulls lined the tide line standing on their own reflections in the wet sand, and the curve of the land out to see, and the lone house…and that subtle blush of sunset along the horizon.

Sony DSC H50 40mm equivalent. F4.0 @ 1/250th @ ISO 100. Programmed auto.

Recovery for the sky in Lightroom (but not much), added Clarity and Vibrance. Blackpoint slightly right. Sharpen Landscape preset.

From Around Home Kennebunk ME.

09
Nov
09

11/9/2009

Rose Hips at Sunset

I previsualized this shot, walking back to the car from my late day, cloud’s-closing-in visit to the beach…but getting it right was not so easy. There were lots of rose hips, just at their best, and lots of beach, but finding the right combination proved more difficult. And then exposing the thing: that was a challenge.

Still, with a little help in Lightroom, it just about works.

Sony DSC H50 at just under 40mm equivalent. F5.6 @ 1/500th @ ISO 100. Programmed auto.

I took two exposures, one metered more for the sky and one more for the rose hips. When I got home, I actually chose the lighter of the two to work with as the hips were just too dark in the sky shot.

Recovery for the sky, Fill Light for the hips. Blackpoint slightly right. Added Clarity and Vibrance. Sharpen Landscape preset. I pulled a Graduated Filter effect down diagonally from the top left corner, ending just at the hips. I reduced Exposure and Brightness, and increased Contrast under the filter. Finally, I increased overall Exposure slightly and cropped from the top to eliminate some distracting elements on the right and improve overall composition.

From Around Home Kennebunk ME.