Here’s a backyard image of Max the wannabe gopher killer. He’s not our cat, but he hangs out in our field. As a hunter, well, he tries. Occasionally, he sneaks into the house and catches some ZZZs in the guest bedroom. Talk about living in the lap of luxury.
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm at 85mm. 1/125 second at f/5.6, ISO 400.
Canon T2i hanging with Max.
One of the beautiful things about large digital files is the latitude of detail–if the overall exposure is good shadows areas can be brightened and highlights can be darkened in post production. Digital photographers can do this in camera with graduated neutral density filters, but the “trick” is less effective with angles. For this Petaluma River image, in Photoshop, I pulled up the shadow areas and lowered the highlights with the “Shadows and Highlights” image adjustment tool to give it an HDR effect.
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm at 24mm. 1/160 second at f/11, ISO 200.
Canon T2i rolling on the river.
Today, at the end of my commute, I stopped in town and wandered the streets for 20 minutes or so looking for stuff to photograph. I happened upon this cool looking, but rain dirty 1953 Buick Roadmaster. The surrounding scene wasn’t so great, but the look of the car (especially the front end) got me snapping. Once home, I loaded the images into Photoshop, picked the shot I liked the best and proceeded to do my usual Nik Silver Efex Pro tweak. While clicking through the Nik presets I chose “solarized” (an effect I usually ignore) and BINGO! I don’t tend to go “cartoony” with my photo manipulation, but the strong solarizing effect worked magic on the image.
For reference, here’s the image straight from the camera.
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm at 22mm. 1/160 second at f/11, ISO 200.
Canon T2i catching a ride.
I tend to look at people’s hands because they tell a story. The “story” is not always obvious, but I believe it’s obvious whether a person’s hands are worked or not. Musicians use their theirs so they tend to show a strength of skill. This pair belongs to a musician who happens to be my wife.
Canon G11 capturing hands.
Has anyone ever grabbed an image of a tuba vortex? Finally, there’s a glimpse.
Canon G11 peering into the big brass.