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Down by the river

Yesterday, at the end of my commute, I went down by the river to grab some shots. Off 1st Street there are several streets that dead end at the river that have new sitting areas. These two shots were taken from one of the sitting areas (actually at the end of H St.).

Old pilings and river side industrial plant

Very old river pilings

Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm
First image: 26mm, 1/250 at f/11, ISO 200
Second image: 18mm, 1/200 at f/11, ISO 200
Black and white conversion: Nik Silver Efex Pro (version 1)

Canon T2i at the river’s edge.

Old pilings on the river

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.

Petaluma Bridge

Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm at 24mm. 1/160 second at f/11, ISO 200.

Canon T2i rolling on the river.

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