Different Lenses

The Little Things – TLT008
Squared – SQ155

 

Different Lenses
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/20s, f/5.6, ISO 200

1 Qt Liqd

Oil Can Project – OCP23
Monochrome

When my Mom came out for a visit a few weeks ago I wasn’t positive I would be a good host. I’m not the entertaining type. Luckily everyone agreed it would be good to get out and explore one of my go-to consignment shops. I figured there is usually something for everyone and if not at least the hunt can be fun. I was able to find a cool addition for my Oil Can Project but I was apparently oblivious to the shopping being done by the others. Thanks Rea for getting me this cool oil can.

 

1 Qt Liqd
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8, 1/25s, 19mm, f/11, ISO 200

Reaching Out

The Little Things – TLT007
Midday, Macro

 

Reaching Out
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, ,M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/640s, f/2.8, ISO 200

Impending Light

Bellamy Harbor Park

If I was worried about time consistency, I would have posted this image before yesterday’s image. The overall view of Bellamy Harbor as it was fifteen minutes before the clouds rolled in. That is the only difference between today’s and yesterday’s images.

 

Impending Light
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 4s, 16mm, f/11, ISO 200

Skipping Stones (again)

Delta Lake State Park

A couple days ago this image popped up as a memory in my FB stream. It brought back quite a few memories. This was captured a little over a year after I started learning about photography. Earlier in 2012 I had purchased my first non point and shoot camera, the Nikon D5100 with the Sigma 17-70mm lens. I was experimenting with everything (I guess I still do as I have never focused on my style of photography).

I remember setting up the tripod at the edge of the water and squatting behind the camera throwing stones past it trying to capture the “perfect” skip. This image is actually the very first attempt. All the remaining tries didn’t create the look and feel of a stone skip. At some point I realized I was tempting fate by hurling stones past my camera and it was only a matter of time before I ended up hitting it. I moved on…

 

Skipping Stones
Nikon D5100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/10s, 38mm, f/20, ISO 200

 

This image has generated a lot of interest. I like it but I never thought other people would find it worthy. One person contacted me to see if they could use it as the cover of a short novel they were writing. Another asked if it could be used for a in a blog post they were writing. I had a researching ask if it could be used in paper being written. But my most surprising was when I was contacted by a firm in Canada who wanted to use it in training material. That one took months to sort out as I had to learn about contracts and image rights. In the end I was able to reach an agreement with the firm. Probably more surprising than how much interest this image generated is that it didn’t happen immediately after I posted it online. All these inquiries have happened over the past six or seven years!

So, after the memory on FB brought this image back to me, I decided it was time to re-process. I’ve learned quite a lot in the past eight years (well, I hope I have) and I wanted to give this one a fresh coat of paint. I can see in my older images I hadn’t worked out the balance of highlights and shadows. I didn’t understand light, its quality or tone. The original image feels flat to me and it definitely has a few issues with white balance.

I created a fresh copy in Lightroom and set about processing this one as I would today. I changed the crop from 4×5 to 5×7. I wanted to give the ripples a little more breathing room in the scene. I definitely adjusted the white balance. I was able to de-haze the image and improve details of the subject. Once I was happy with the adjustments in Lightroom I brought the image into Luminar and applied my normal sunset processing, taking care to not overpower the image with an orange cast (which is obvious in the original). I think the new version is an improvement… how about you?

 

Skipping Stones (again)
Nikon D5100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/10s, 38mm, f/20, ISO 200

Snowball?

Squared – SQ154
The Little Things – TLT006

 

Snowball?
Olympus E-M1 Mark III. M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/2000s, f/2.8, ISO 200