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Night’s A-Fallin’

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Night's A-Fallin'

Night's A-Fallin'

I made this image a couple of weeks ago. Contrary to the title, the sunset actually led to a spectacular blue hour but I like the ominous tones so much that I left well enough alone.

Photo Notes
1 second at f/22, ISO 200 on a Nikon D300 + Tokina 11-16. I did very little by way of post processing – just applied a teeny bit of tone mapping to bring out the richness in the sky and reflections. IMO, the key to getting this shot was the rubber boots. They allowed me to set up in the middle of the creek. 😉

 

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January 29, 2012 at 7:30 pm

The Turning of the Year

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Old Town, Shanghai

Old Town, Shanghai

Today (January 23rd, 2012), about 1/5th of the population on this globe celebrates the Chinese or Lunar New Year. There will be family reunions and feasting, fond reminiscing of good times, and hopeful planning and eager anticipation of even better times. If you are celebrating this auspicious occasion today, I wish you a Very Happy New Year. May the year of the dragon bring you health, happiness and good fortune. 新年快乐! 龙年行大运, 恭喜发财!

Photog Notes
1/750 second, f/8, ISO 200 on a Nikon D300 + 18-200 mm Nikkor at 200 mm. I made this image on a gorgeous spring afternoon in old Shanghai last year. These decorations were on the vertical display of a streetside vendor. The symbolic shapes, bright colors and characters of good tidings are popular year round, and especially proudly displayed during the weeks surrounding the turning of the year. In making this image, I chose to isolate the bright red-and-gold fish with an especially short depth of field (f/8 which, not coincidentally, is the sharpest aperture on my 18-200).

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January 22, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Snow Days

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雪天

雪天

We’ve had snow on the ground for the past several days. Not terribly unusual for Seattle, but interesting nonetheless because we get so little of it each year that the most people stay home and a lot of businesses, government offices and schools either shut down or have abbreviated hours. I made this image on Sunday, after the first snowfall.

Photog Notes
1/200 second, f/5.6 on a Canon Powershot S100 point-and-shoot set at ISO 200. I love how snow days make everything so monochromatic. This image is very much what came out of the camera. In processing, I applied a teeny bit of spot tone adjustment to compensate for the somewhat uneven lighting. No typical copyright watermark on this one – I decided to apply a Chinese-style stamp to reflect the art and other things that inspire me these days.

 

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January 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm

I Live for Days Like Today

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i live for days like today

i live for days like today

It feels like once or twice every winter, Mother Nature pulls out all the stops and beams us a sunset to get us through the cold gray days ahead. This evening was one of those evenings. While heading home, I realized that the cloud patterns were about right for a nice end of the day – if there weren’t any clouds on the horizon (which I was not able to see). Grabbed the gear anyway, headed down to the water, waited a bit, and this is what I saw.

Photog Notes
ISO 200, 6 seconds, f/19 on a Nikon D300 + Tokina 11-16 at 11 mm. To combat the high dynamic range, I applied a 2-stop (soft edge) graduated filter at the time of the exposure. In processing, I reduced the saturation a bit to more accurately reflect the tones and light that I witnessed tonight.

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January 13, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Leaves on Dark Water

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Leaves on Dark Water

Leaves on Dark Water

I was walking around the lake, and stopped for a bit on the south side. By this late hour of the day, the shoreline was almost completely in the shadow of the adjacent tree-covered hill. The water was dark and flat, except for two, maybe three, feet from the shore, where the weeds grew. Here, their tops created a beautiful texture on the dark, shiny surface, occasionally broken up by the brightness of fallen willow foliage. As I stopped to survey the scene, a narrow beam of sunlight cut through the trees, bathing this patch of leaves in a warm glow.

Photog Notes
ISO 100, 1/25 second, f/8. I made this image with a Canon G12 point-and-shoot. The RAW file was processed with Canon’s Digital Photo Pro, then tweaked and finished off in GIMP. What you see is pretty much what came out of the camera. I applied a bit of curves adjustment and tone mapping to bring out a bit more of the richness of color and to focus attention, and that was about it. Apart from it’s heft, the G12 is a joy to work with. I particularly enjoy the build quality, the quick access to controls, and the beautiful balance of the instrument.

 

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