Posted on December 24, 2018
When we were walking out of Longwood Gardens after photographing Christmas displays, I noticed in the distance, the setting sun casting interesting sun rays in the clouds on some homes. I liked the “warm” light and the opening in the clouds for the sun to cast the rays. Because my subject was quite distant, I shot at 95mm with my 14-140mm m43 lens for 2 images to combine in a panorama. If I just zoomed out I would have too much dark clouds above and too much foreground below so it would have lost some of the highlighted sun rays impact on the image. Using Adobe Camera Raw enabled me to pull even more detail and tones from the raw digital file.
Category: Blog, Favorite Locations, Fine Art Prints, Landscapes, Longwood Gardens, Nature Still Lifes, Panoramas, Skies and Clouds, Skyscapes & Clouds Tagged: 2 image pano, 2 image panorama, Landscape, Longwood Gardens, m43 camera, Olympus OM-D, Panasonic 14-140mm lens, setting sun, setting sun landscape, sunrays, Sunrays through clouds
Posted on June 14, 2018
Another sunrise with heavy cloud cover. This time I used a Sigma 12-24mm and shot @22mm. This was shot a while ago and I finally got around to working on my images from that day. Work sometimes gets in the way. Again this was taken at the Celery Farm Natural Area in Allendale, NJ.
Posted on May 28, 2018
My second version of the Meeting House Image. This time a 4 image blend exposed for different sections, then combined in Photoshop. All at 24mm. I also tried 12mm, but the Meeting House looked too small in the frame. First I exposed for the brightly lit building. Then an exposure for the darker trees and foreground lawn. Then 2 exposures for the few stars that were visible at this angle. I used a technique of greatly over exposing the sky on one of these, then using levels in Photoshop to pull out a few more faint stars so they stood out more. Then combining those two layers. I also made a reverse mask of the bright building so I could replace the area around the building steeple with the dark sky with stars and darker trees. Then I manually layered and masked my layers to where I liked all the elements of the image so they looked like it was somewhat balanced.
The exposure for the stars was 30 seconds, the longest time so not to show movement. But being in NJ, I had to try a few times because a jet would fly through and leave a streak of light from the lights on the wings. Which in some ways looked interesting, but not what I was after. But it is New Jersey with constant planes going overhead, so maybe I will add it later.
Category: Blog, Composites, Favorite Locations, Landscapes, Panorama & Stacked Images, Photo Tips, Skies and Clouds, Slideshow, Stacked Images, yard & pond Tagged: blending, blending images, Image Stacking, image stacking wit photoshop cc, Landscape, Montages, Night sky, Night Sky Photography, Photoshop, photoshop effects
Posted on May 27, 2018
This is a 4 Image vertical panorama of the Meeting House in the condo community we live in now. It is a multi-use building for the whole community and it reminds me of areas I used to like to photograph in New England when our children were small. They liked Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts among others. I tried a variety of ways to photograph this building to see which way I liked it best plus it gave me an opportunity to practice or try different effects and combinations.
For this image I shot 4 images, handheld, vertically at 24mm. I used a lot of overlap on each image because I was shooting at 24mm (vertically). It helps having a lot of overlap in the images when using a 24mm, it seems like Photoshop handles it better and you get less “distortion” in the combining of the separate images.
On this version the clouds were amazing, so I continued up to include a lot of clouds & sky.
It seems like the more you do of these panoramas the more you learn and have a higher success rate. Also if you are just walking around and traveling “light” with just one lens, it gives you more options for photo subjects.
Category: Blog, Composites, Favorite Locations, Landscapes, Panorama & Stacked Images, Photo Tips, Skyscapes & Clouds, Studio, Tips & Techniques, yard & pond Tagged: 24mm, canon 24-105mm, Landscape, landscapes, panoramas, Photoshop, photoshop effects, photoshop panoramas, stacked panoramas
Posted on May 8, 2018
Very closeup images of Dandelions going to seed remind me of fireworks! One of my favorite setups for this is a m43 Panasonic Camera body with an old Canon FD 200mm f/4 manual focus macro lens. So with this setup I can go to 2x macro without extension tubes, plus I have a great working distance. It is sort of equivalent to a 400mm macro on a 35mm format. This lens seems to work great on m43 bodies. Plus it gives a great working distance to your subjects. These are image stacked from 4 to 7 images at different focus points and combined in Photoshop.
Posted on April 2, 2018
While I was working on files from a previous visit to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Maryland, I came across this image of a sunbeam shining through an opening in the cloud cover. I used a 400mm lens to isolate the beam so it was more prominent in the image. With a wider view, the sunbeam did not seem to stand out as much. I think the beam as is, is prominent enough against the clouds and I did not want to enhance the beam to make it stand out more, opting for a more natural look.
Posted on March 27, 2018
An early morning sunrise from last year at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland. This is a view from along the Wildlife Drive. 2 image exposure blend to bring out shadows and maintain the colorful glow of the sunrise. Shot at 24mm.
Posted on January 20, 2018
We were going to go to a National Wildlife Refuge today but were not sure if it would be open because of the Government Shutdown. So we went to a local County Park to take a walk. It got up to 55 degrees here in NJ after weeks of very very cold weather, sometimes in single digits.
I did not find a lot of photo subjects, but by a smaller pond, the sun was high in the sky reflecting in the ice covering the pond. I thought it would be fun to try an HDR bracketed series of both exposures and images for the pano. I liked the reflections on the ice in the pond and stopped down to f/16 to get a nice starburst on the sun. Shooting multiple images vertically and horizontally with overlaps for both the panorama and Shutter speeds for the HDR effect.
Images shot @ 24mm, f/16, bracketed series of different shutter speeds for the HDR effect and series of compositions for the panorama.
Category: Blog, Davidsons Mill Pond Park, Favorite Locations, Landscapes, Nature Still Lifes, Panorama & Stacked Images, Skies and Clouds, Skyscapes & Clouds, Tips & Techniques Tagged: canon 24-105mm, Davidsons Mill Pond Park, Landscape, nature, Panorama, Panorama laandscape, Panorama tips, panoramas, Photoshop, Starburst, Sun Starburst, Vertical Panorama
Posted on January 16, 2018
A series of multi-image panoramas photographed at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Oceanville, NJ. Shot with a m43 camera @14mm. Featured image was 4 images, shot horizontally in sections, handheld, going from ground to the sky. Assembled in Photoshop. I find the m43 images take a little more care when assembling in Photoshop. Some need a little more “tweaking” or fine tuning than larger sensor cameras. But overall they are fun to use. A lot lighter to carry when you are wandering around looking for subjects to photograph. I still prefer my larger Canons, but sometimes it is nice to go “light”.
Category: Blog, Brigantine NWR, Oceanville NJ, Favorite Locations, Landscapes, Nature Still Lifes, Panorama & Stacked Images, Stacked Images Tagged: 14-140mm m43 lens, Brigantine Division, Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Landscape, m43 camera, Panasonic m43, panoramas, Photoshop, photoshop panoramas
Posted on July 10, 2017
I liked this cloud formation we saw at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, in Cambridge, Maryland. I never saw one that sort of looked like a “Porthole” or Doughnut and in such a large area. I tried a few different compositions, no foreground, foreground in vertical and horizontal formats. All were shot with a 17-40mm at 17mm.