Looking towards the summit of Mt. Evans, CO.
Getting to shoot climbers is almost as fun as actually climbing.
Here, a climber hones in like a laser beam in a moment of intensified focus. Touch n’ go.
An Aspen grove
A natural world, a natural frame.
A recent memory is almost forgotten under the growth of time.
wandering around affords unexpected opportunity.
The paradoxical mountain air of summer
chills the skin,
but warms the heart.
My latest trip yielded some nice pics. Though not a trip dedicated to taking photos, I took shots while keeping on the move. The landscape seemed to do all the work. This was taken atop the Cathedral in Sedona, AZ, after an improvised approach to avoid the crowds. The pic is taken from the non-road much less traveled. Much to my liking!
I won’t be posting for another week, so here is my “sending off” pic to myself until I return.
Had to creep up to this one.
Shortcake and Mojitos! An unexpected foray into food photography. Fun, and harder than it seemed, especially in composing the shot in a dynamic setting (people were moving around the kitchen), finding the best manual settings and framing the shot. Some of my others were rejects due to too high ISO noise.
So far I think my pictures have been higher in contrast. I wanted to try something that was not so stark in color, softer, yet vivid. I think I was successful to some degree with these. Learning much about manual settings.
A concept undergone during a study break. There are things I would change, but they will have to wait for a future session.
I’ve been experimenting with manual white balance settings using the Kelvin meter and have had some good success so far (except for some photos in the beginning). I find that a good Kelvin setting gives you a wide range of options in post, and that is even with my limited knowledge of manipulation of the color space – I’m sure my practice is very crude at this point!
But, one has to start somewhere, hasn’t one?
After my hard lesson the other day mentioned here, I decided to return to see if I was right in my diagnosis (f-stop too low). I took another series of photos of the two trees in full manual mode, starting at 5.0 f-stop and going all the way to 22, adjusting the shutter speed and ISO accordingly.
When I got home, I noticed a stark difference in the uncorrected sharpness of the photos, especially between f-stops 6.3 and 10. After 10 they started to lose sharpness. F.22 was very soft. It seems that a tripod may be required for f-stops 10 and above when not increasing the ISO (I tried to avoid that as much as possible, but did it when the shutter speed decreased below 100).
This was a better shot in terms of its sharpness, but I think the overall composition of the two tress from the first session is better (link above – the last pic in the series is the best shot).
Here it is at f-stop 8.0, 1/250:
When I put pics into my imaging software and see the RGB metrics, I have absolutely no idea what they are telling me. I just tinker around until I think the natural colors have been brought out to their fullest (I notice patterns, such as a connection between brightness and contrast, hue and saturation, etc, but I do not know how they are related). I’m looking forward to understanding these concepts better as time goes on.
However, I have noticed that when the three colors are more uniform (i.e. there are no major spikes of one color or the other), the image is MUCH friendlier to deal with in post. This is the case with this photo. The RGB colors were practically symmetrical (can someone tell me why that is?), and when I went to bring out the natural highlights in the image, it happened without any pain and suffering — giving the !squirrel! that fresh-from-the-salon look.
Squirrel make-over reality TV show anyone?
Another study of light and dark contrast in natural light setting, here using a wider angle lens.
Another study of light and dark contrasts in natural light setting.