Friday, February 29, 2008

#23 Chelan Thunderheads (updated)


Thunderheads develop to the east of Chelan Washington.

Photograph EXIF info:
Canon 20D using EF 70-200 f/4 L at 126mm for 1/640 seconds @ f/9, iso=100.

I took the original RAW file and ran through Photomatix to tonemap the image. I then placed it on top of the original file and lowered the opacity down to 24%. I like the result.

Monday, February 25, 2008

#22 Storms of Lake Michigan


A perfect day on the beach. Holland State Park in Holland Michigan, on Lake Michigan. Thunderstorms developing to the south and moving on to land. I just love the clear warm waters of Lake Michigan. Earlier that day I was wearing my sunglasses and a wave knocked them off my head. I was standing in about 5 feet of water - no problem I looked down and could see them sitting on the sand. The water is so clear and wonderful.

Photograph EXIF info:
Canon 20D using EFS 17-55 f/2.8 IS at 17mm for 1/800 seconds @ f/7.1, iso=100.

Friday, February 22, 2008

#21 Seattle Skyline version 2.


Here is a second shot, taken at the same time as but shot with a different composition. Note that the water dominates this shot, the sky dominates in #12. Which one is better?

Photograph EXIF info:
Canon 20D using EFS 17-55 f/2.8 IS at 18mm for 1/500 seconds @ f/6.3, iso=100.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

#20 Heavenly Seagull


Photoshop: Cropped, slight curves to darken the sky very slightly. Smart Sharpen That's it.

Photograph EXIF info:
Canon 20D using EFS 17-55 f/2.8 IS at 55mm for 1/1250 seconds @ f/4.5, iso=100.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

#19 Seagull


Photoshop: Duplicated layer, changed blending mode of new layer to soft light - this added some punch to the sky. That's it.

Photograph EXIF info:
Canon 20D using EFS 17-55 f/2.8 IS at 55mm for 1/2500 seconds @ f/4.5, iso=100.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

#18 Canada!


The Canadian lights of White Rock, British Columbia, Canada - shot from the Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, Washington.

Photoshop: Cropped and slight curves adjustment.

Photograph EXIF info
Canon 20D using EFS 17-55 f/2.8 IS at 48mm for 90 seconds @ f/8, iso=100.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

#17 B-17 Bottom Turet


My daughter was reading a World War II novel at school. It was about a B-17 bomber and its crew. She wanted to see a real B-17 and it just happened that one was visiting Seattle. So we went down to take a look. This is the bottom machine gun turret on the plane. I really can not believe someone would actually sit in there. Interestingly, my daughter commented how small the plane was - just 60 years ago this was one of the largest planes flying.

I really like this shot. The gun turet looks other-worldly, alien and evil. I think it is emphasized by the fact that it pops out of the bottom of such a beautiful and streamlined airplane.

I shot this through a chain link fence, the blur to the left side is the fence. As an aside. I know we all get pretty upset about marks or dirt on our lens. But if I am shooting through a chain link fence and it only slightly mars the shot - notice the end of the top machine gun, then a little dirt or scratch on our lens is not going to make any difference at all. I have heard some professional photographers make this same point but it is always nice to prove it.

Photoshop: Cropped about 50%, Very slight curves adjustment to increase contrast. I used the channel mixer in monochrome to convert to black and white (the line on tarmack was annoyingly yellow), Used standard PS sharpening.

Photograph EXIF info
Canon 20D using EF 70-200 f/4L at 200 mm for 1/250s @ f/6.3, iso=100.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

#16 High Key Alpental Skier


Alpental, Summit at Snoqulamie, Washington, USA.

I took this picture from Edelweiss Chair as the skier was coming down Gunmont. It was snowing really hard. I photoshoped the picture to bring out more detail than the original. The trees in the background were not really that visible.

Photoshop: Heavy curves and channel mixer in monotone. Original picture was very dark. Basically used channel mixer in monotone mode as a highlight/shadow adjustment to bring out the trees which were almost invisible - that is why the sky is blown out. Maybe I need to go back and do a gradient filter to tone the sky down... But I like it.

Update: I thought I would post the original shot. Here it is...


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