The wonders of the latest software allowed me to go back and revisit some shots that were taken under difficult conditions with older cameras. Sometimes the processed results are better.
A shot from the end of the road on the Napli Coast.
The break in Cabo can be surprisingly strong.
Just an old shot I found while updating my catalog.
This little hole in the wall (literally) in Makena, HI is a place for lots of beach weddings
A five exposure HDR , done on my new D800 with textures added it is a hecka of a big file.
A lone kayaker paddling back to Hanalei
I got some days with pecular lighting along the coast due to heavy fog. I found the look to be quite interesting
Just one of those great moments you have in Kauai
Yep this is how they look. For those that prefer B&W check out that version.
More from my Bridal Fall meanderings
This shot was taken with my OMD and the 75mm 1.8 I wanted to compare the files with my D800. The colors are natural with the exception of some making the whites a little whiter. The light was filtering thru the leaves and made this great green sheen on the water which is what caught my eye and lasted for about an hour.
I found a great little provencial park , Goldstream lots of old growth forest with this nice little creek running thru it.
The Pany 25mm really does a nice job in these low light situations.
If you find yourself in Hana make sure you head down to KoKe in the morning for some great sunrise views.
I like the luster on the grays in the water so I decided to post this one another from the Hana Series.
The days I was in Olympic National Park area there was alot of cloud cover so not ideal but, I liked the atmosphere of this shot.
weather conditions were unusually warm which when combined with the cold water made for huge fog banks and some really strange lighting.
I did not get good light for my foray into Forks and surrounding points when that is the case I tend to get a bit overly creative on my attempts at processing.
There was chop but, no good break
Shot with the PL 25 from the hills overlooking Cronkite Field.
The last of my Golden Gate series from last week. In this one you can see the sun setting on Alcatraz.
Just before sunset
Shot from a different angle after sunset with some of the movement of the surf
I shot a series during blue hour on this day and for my eye I like the movement in the water better in this shot.
Just a shot as blue hour was starting.
More from my blue hour series @ Fernandina I chose to convert this one to B&W I just liked the effect better.
Just a shot taken as sunset approached on Baker Beach. I used the Singhray Vari N Trio to get the long exposure time needed for this water effect.
I was fortunate to catch a day with some very nice light
Just a Golden Gate shot framed under the pier at Chrissy Field
Just what the title says
an experiment in astrophotography
Different angle , different processing choices. This features the actual light color (red).
Just a sunset shot from last week.
One evening with a nice full moon
One fall day I was in Portland and took advantage of the good light that day
An HDR that I Grunged up a bit
Another vantage point took awhile to get this shot with noone roaming around .. had to wait for the rain to pick up some.
The lighting was far from ideal this trip with rain on and off. I was curious to see what kind of job the m 4/3 kit could do verses my last shooting there with a FF rig.
Fog was really starting to come in fast.
Hey I didn't design these but, there is alot of similarities to many of the lighthouses I found in Nova Scotia this shot has obviously been reworked alot . Again shot in the rain.
This is an old file that I went back and reworked with DXO Pro 8. Textures were also added to give it more of an art look.
A surprisingly small lighthouse found in Acadia National Park
Surprisingly this is now in a residental area and the only way to see it is from the park across the marsh
This spot is on the way to Princeville on Kauai.
Another from my Nova Scotia Series. This one I gave some texture treatments to create more of a vintage feel.
Another from the Nova Scotia series. This one I converted to B&W then selectively desaturated some spots.
Another of the Nova Scotia series this was right before sunset started and this was the spot I picked for shooting sunset.
This place caught my eye and I came back and shot it several times. This is an HDR , that obviously has had textures applied
Not the same shot as the B&W but, taken during that shoot. The color was starting to come in and I felt this was the place to be for sunset.
This was another old barn I found this particular shot is an HDR. I shot this scene several times on different days more to come.
Another Peggy's Cove shot this one was during a muted sunset but, this particular shot I felt screamed for a B&W conversion.
Another from the marsh and boathouse series. This one is grunged up a bit.
The prior version my wife said looked like s**t but, I wasn't willing to give up on the image. Not sure I have the processing right yet but, I think this is a step in the right direction.Aloha and mahalo
I really like how this one turned out. Shows that you can get a nice shot with m 4/3 gear on occasion.
just as the title says
Same as the shot before it only this one has texture layers added for more of a vintage look to my eye.
Just an old boat that had run aground. This is an old shot that I reprocessed using some texture layers.
Yes one of many. Once you go to Igazu it is hard to imagine another place where waterfalls will overwhelm you with their beauty and variety.
A portion of one of the falls
One of many falls in lovely Igazu
Just one of many waterfalls off to the side. In the spring I am sure they are more impressive.
The next morning I got up a little late but, that isn't real important for this shot since it is a sunset shot .... Used my trusty 35-70 2.8 , I've had it a long time but, it is still very sharp and a go to lens for me.
An easy hike in Yoho National park. Had to work with the overcast skies at sunset but, this turned out okay.
If you make the trek up to Hanging Lake if you go just a bit further there is a nice little waterfall in the back.
I wish I had more time to explore but, the falls were the best I have personally seen in Yosemite.
I wish I had focus stacked this shot but, it turned out okay. I did this trip with only my E5 wish I had a longer tele but, maybe they will come out with one soon. Sure appreciated the lighter gear.
Just another from the Bridal Veil Fall series
Anyone who has visited the Grand Teton NP will recognize this.
Yep the "prime shooting" spot early morning when the sun just starts to bring some color to the peaks.
While you are in a hurry to get to the "prime" shooting location look what's available just steps from the parking lot.
I have heard this is the most photographed barn in the US. Obviously makes a nice foreground for the Tetons behind it.
Just a snapshot from one of my travels.
Just a roadside find on the way to Lake Placid
My personal favorite from this series. The sun was just scraping the top of the mountains and most everything had started to decend into shadow.
converted to B&W with textures added
As the title says caught this view on my way out of town.
9 exposure HDR lately I have found I enjoy incorporating textures into my pics.
A slightly different shot than the prior one. This one was also processed in DXO Filmpack to give it the feel of an old favorite.
I can't remember exactly where this was I think it was before I got to Silverton but, I can't be sure.
As you drive into Monument Valley there are great things to see. This is a scene on your left.
Why Monument Valley of course one sunset last Christmas.
Obviously added some of my custom textures, I have been working on making textures lately.
From the Alberta leg of the journey
A rainy day in Seattle presented this opportunity. I had forgotten about it but, I recently was trialing DXO 9 and wanted to see what it could do with the image. I was pleased with the results.
No idea what these are they were just there while I was walking down a road. I reprocessed this old file using DXO 9 and Nik Analog Effects. I was pleased with the results.
These were just outside our window in Kauai. One morning I finally got up to catch the soft light reflecting on them.
If I heard right the locals call this very primative looking flower or orchid a "Pitcher Plant". The reason for that is the leaves at the bottom form a pitcher that collects the rain and then when the unsuspecting bugs go down the stem they are trapped in the water and drown and eventually become food for the plant.
Just as the title says
While wandering around Texas hill country looking for wildflowers (there were lots) these little devils caught my eye.
This is a combo of three frames stacked together for focus.
Three shot focus stacked then textures added
Another from the Cape Breton adventure. I saw these day lillies off in a field and decided to give them a try. It was rainy but, with the EM5 and 60mm Macro lens that isn't a problem. The rain provided the natural rain drops on the leaves and the grey gave me nice colors to work with.
Just taking advantage of the desert blooms. This is focus stacking practise for me.
Apparently these monster blooms come from a species of hedgehog cactus. This shot is a 7 frame focus stacked image which I then mucked up to my taste :)
The 60m is actually very capable of lots of sharpness for this image I wanted something softer.
I used a micro lite panel to back light this daffodil then in the processing I did some texture layering.
This image is from a series of flower pics I did in Texas hill country last year. I was drawn to these in particular because of their natural blue color.
More from the oly 60mm
Yep on Maui there are a couple of Lavender farms. They aren't big like the ones in France but, hey its Hawaii :)
A snap from my recent holiday. Love the 60mm Macro
Just a wandering shot one morning on the way to Mt. Shasta
On the road back from Hana the light was peaking thru some trees and this scene caught my eye. I have applied textures to give it more of an art look.
An HDR shot of a great little beach outside of Hana on Maui
If you go to Poipu chances are you will go thru this tunnel a time or two. Only a part of what it used to be but, still a sight to see.
The morning cooperated with a nice misty day. This is one of the last shots taken with my trusty D700 before she was claimed by the waters of the Oregon coast.
Redwoods National Park
Just some more of the shots from my Amelia Island wanderings
Another shot from Wildhorse Pass sunset.
Just a shot from the side of the road
A view I liked while walking around Magnolia Gardens
The tree canopy leading into Boone Hall Plantation.
You can just make the barn out for the pygmy horses inbetween these massive old trees. To me these trees look like two old sisters talking.
Olympic National Park is not my favorite their ridiculous dog rules are just that absurd ... but, I got a few shots to not totally waste a day.
A shot from the Botanical Gardens in Ft. Worth. I used the new Details 3 plug in from Topaz Labs to help me create this look.
Just a snap from my hotel balcony.
Its always a challenge to find a new way to shoot the Effiel Tower. This Merry Go Round is across the street and provided a nice foreground
Sort of the same shot but, left in color
Just another of my wandering street shots ... at times like this I wish the Fuji x1 Pro was available.
Taken from the top of the Arc de Triomphe. Did this shot hand held @ 6400 ISO. These shots are all part of my test run of a Fuji X1 Pro
Another from my travel with an X1 Pro series. This one was actually done on a tripod in between some iron bars.
At this time shooting at 6400 ISO etc. etc. just wasn' t there. Long exposure of course have their reciprocity issue. This was a severely underexposed shot I wanted to see if today's software could salvage. Alas there are few miracles and I wouldn't want to waste one on something this insignificant :)
Older pics ...older cameras so the capabilities that are available today just weren't there in these moments.
a seven exposure shot
I always try to find a new and different way to shoot the Effiel tower when I am in Paris there was a break dance battle performed during this trip.
a processed version of a shot I did a few weeks ago in Lyon
Keep in mind in these olden days controlling low light noise was a real problem. I have been going thru the archives doing some out with the bad and came across this oldie. I enjoyed the colors and liveliness of the shot. I hope you do too.
An old shot from the archives.
An old photo using new processing tools that weren't available when this was taken. Yes it is Big Ben taken while I was in London back in 07.
Inspired by the Olympics starting soon I went back and took a look at some old London shots to see if I could bring new life into them.
A blur of a double decker bus behind an iconic London telephone booth.
A shot done in Milan around Christmas time around 06
Just as the title says
My wife and I spent the weekend in SD and this is a snap from our balcony.
Another PL 25 shot I find I am going to this lens alot vs. the 75mm 1.8 and 60mm probably just a POV thing
Fisherman's Wharf HDR
An older shot from Fisherman's Wharf
given a bit of a vintage treatment that seems to be my mood today.
Just a drive by.
Just a shot from one of my nights wandering around Amsterdam. I like to take shots during the blue hour and this one worked out nicely.
I will be in Holland for a free day in a couple of weeks so I was looking back at some old shots to see what I need to get this upcoming trip besides Windmills :)
Shot on a very rainy night. I was very pleased with the weather proof aspects of the OMD and PL 25mm ... I even swapped lens a couple of times. Shot with Lens hoods attached but, not camera cover ... I got soaked.This one has been color adjusted my wife hated the yellow cast from the lights and the mist.
Just a snapshot of the statue of liberty then applied some textures I made of things while I was there.
A dance troup, dancing for donations on Florida Street in Buenos Aires
A friend of mine walking down the street after we all went to dinner
A gentleman enjoying a beverage in NOLA
Just a nice little street scene
More from the second rainy shoot down at the waterfront. I purposely shot with the high f stop to get the star effect and I am pleased with how it turned out with the rain and fog thrown into the mix.
On the waterfront of Halifax is this interesting sculpture of the surreal lamposts. I lined the full moon up under the posts and converted to B&W.
I started out making this a texture but, decided I liked the look enough for it to be a stand alone image.
More from the River's Edge series ... not sure I have the shadow treatment perfected but, I like the image.
More delicious abstracts thanks to the course of nature.
In the riverbed by the falls most people missed an amazing display of shapes and patterns.
yes it was
Yep ... but, I mean that in an architectural way :)
I'm not sure what the model year (maybe early 60s) was but, while in SD I saw this nicely restored old Bentley and loved the hood ornament.
Shot from the upper deck of the Washington State Ferry just before we stopped at Friday Harbor. These little reflections appeared in the water and I got a few shots while they were still there.
Ah my love of water and abstract natural patterns. Did this while on a ferry boat ride in the NW.
While at Sea World this lightplay caught my eye.
This shot was from my second round of shooting .... again very rainy.
A stylized conversion of a portion of a bay area sculpture.
A hypersaturated image that has been modified with Textures courtesy of : Turquoise by Alice Popcorn Texture 133 by Golden Croato
I was using an S90 w/ underwater housing to do some pool shots.
Just something that caught my eye one evening while walking back from dinner.
More from the sunset series on the Merced River
I am giving my S 100 to my son since I use my E5 as my travel camera now. This was just one of the shots left on the memory card.
I am still struggling with my attempts at still lifes this is a shot from my latest attempts.
I seem to be more comfortable with Macros than still lifes
Went to the Butterfly Pavilion in Scottsdale yesterday here are a couple of the shots from the day's adventures.
Red Butterfly , I think its called a Scarlet Mormon taken at Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale,
We were fortunate to get a bit of rain here in Phoenix today and I sat outside under the umbrella for a half hour to see if I could catch these territorial little bastards at play.
Yes I like hummingbirds and I find them to be a nice test for lenses. This shot probably I went too far with , texturing etc.
I was curious about the Pany 100-300mm lens for my m 4/3 kit this seems to be the best available. I look forward to one of the 150mm f2.8s soon. Anyway this isn't too bad but, autofocus is VERY slow definately no match for hummingbirds. This shot was taken during the heat of the day and I didn't spend a ton of time doing color correction but, I liked how the vivid setting showed the plumage of whatever kind of hummingbird this is.
This was taken with the 75mm 1.8 and my OMD I wish Olympus made a fast telephoto for their m 4/3 kit. But, with that said it turned out well though.
This little guy does not like it if you get too close to his feeder.
Some well fed Flamingos
On of many feral chickens to be found on the islands.
These damn feral chicken just fascinate me every time we are there. I haven't gotten the penultimate rooster shot yet but, maybe this December I will get lucky. The light play on the feathers can really be spectacular.This shot is more realistic than my previous upload with only the textures added to get more of a three D effect on this bird.
This is Debra after being with us for a few months. She is our adopted daughter.
This is our first daughter and she would be upset if I didn't upload at least one pic of her. She is quite the Diva.
A glimpse at old industrial America.