Going into the Archives #2

Continuing from the previous post, I also went into the archive of my shots from Acadia last year, and came up with a single image that I processed in two different ways.

I took this photo on the first day of our workshop.  The day was overcast with intermittant rain, so the colors were very saturated.  The original image was pretty dark and flat, but I knew when I made the click I was interested in the textures and the shape of the rock I was standing on.  I shot this with my 10-24mm at 10mm, 1/4 sec at f/22. The first version is fairly straight forward where I took the flat, dark image and brightened up the overall scene, added some contrast.

I like this image as it is, and I think it works.  The second version of this image is a real experiment.  When I was doing the initial post-processing work on the image, I went into Nik ColorEfex Pro 4 to use the Tonal Contrast filter.  Like all the filters in the application, Tonal Contrast offers a number of presets as a starting point, and I chose the strong preset to see what would happen.

As you can see, the result is pretty “crunchy” – not an effect I normally use, but I liked where the image was going, nonetheless. I finished off the image by enhancing the contrast and color saturation.  In both images I worked to make the central tree and limb at the top stand out from the background.



Going into the Archives #1

I am leaving in the morning for a workshop with Tony Sweet at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  In getting ready for a workshop, Tony asks that we have some photos set up for a class critique if we get weathered in one day.  So, I looked into some recent folders and searched out shots that I had not done anything with when originally shot. The photos in this post came from a couple of trips to Venice Beach last month.

The first shot was taken at the waters edge: I was trying to capture some of the movement of the small waves as they lapped against the shore.  I used my 10-24mm wide angle zoom at 14mm, shooting at 1/4 sec to get some movement in the water, and at f/22 to ensure  sharp detail for the exposed sand granules.  The original shot was a little flat, so I increased the contrast and color saturation in post processing.

I am not sure about this image – I like the movement of the water and the shape of the bubbles as the wave retreats, and having something like the piece of seaweed within the wave to hold my eye works fairly well.  Yet …

The second shot was taken from the Venice Pier, looking down at waves lapping at the shore.  My primary goal was to capture some patterns and render them in black and white to make something of an abstract image.

Of all the shots I took while hanging over the pier railing, this is the one I like the best.  Shooting like this is a real crap shoot!  I used the 24-70mm, and shot at 1/60th sec at f/22 with -1EV programmed in to keep the wet sand dark.  I think I should have shot this at a faster shutter speed to freeze the wave action.  I think the slight movement blur might be the killer for this shot.  I do know that if Fred and Grace can put up with us again next year, I am going to spend more time hanging off the pier shooting wave patterns.

I will be interested to see what kind of creative feedback I get at the critique.