Iron and driftwood

Here’s a little rainy day photo play. For phun (photography + fun), I set the G11 on macro and snapped some close-ups of the iron and driftwood piece on our patio. I converted the image to black and white because the idea was about contrast and texture. This shot was the fave.

Iron and driftwood

G11 settings: 15.7mm, f/3.5 for 1/15 second, ISO 100.
Black and white conversion: Nik Silver Efex Pro (version 1).

Canon G11 playing with contrast.

Surreal courtyard

A few weeks back, we stayed in room #6 next to the old, well manicured cypress tree at the far end of this little scene. Though the original shot was well exposed, I couldn’t resist tweaking it a bit with Photoshop and Nik Silver Efex Pro (version 1). Layering the original shot over a black and white conversion produces an interesting faux HDR effect.

Ocean Park Motel courtyard

Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm at 24mm. 1/30 second at f/16, ISO 200.

Canon T2i making the scene.

Inside and out

Because it’s raining buckets today I’m going to the well (so to speak). These are a couple of shots I took before a gig at a San Francisco watering hole a couple of weeks ago. With a steady hand, the G11 in “Manual” mode, white balance set to “Cloudy” (which tends to saturate the colors), and the flash turned off, I got several night shots I liked.

Hotel Utah bar at night

Hotel Utah neon

Inside: 10.8mm (49mm equivalent), 1/8sec at f/3.2, ISO 800.
Outside: 6.1mm (28mm equivalent), 1/30sec at f.2.8, ISO 400.

Canon G11 at a watering hole.

Pride of Madeira

I’ve been seeing patches of these blue flower spikes for years but never bothered to find out what they are. The solution? Take a photo! For several weeks, I’ve been eyeing this patch near where I run during my lunch breaks. The blooms burst this weekend, so today I stopped and grabbed a few quick shots with the G11. The large perennial is called “Pride of Madeira“. They are quite stunning, even under a bright, overcast sky in the early afternoon. I gave the image a bit of a faux HDR effect by converting a Photoshop layer to black and white with Nik Silver Efex Pro (version 1). During the conversion, I boosted the “Structure” 30%, “Contrast” 9%, and took the “Brightness” down to -5%. Happy with the black and white layer, I then duplicated the original layer, moved it above the Niks layer, switched it from “Normal” to “Color” in the layers menu at 100% and merged down.

Pride of Madeira in mid March

Canon G11 filling in the gaps.

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