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Where the Earth Meets the Ocean

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Ebey's Landing Afternoon, 2012

Ebey's Landing Afternoon, 2012

Last week, my friend Sai and I took a drive up Whidbey Island, a great look-see and photo-snapping adventure. I made these images at Ebey’s Landing, one of my favorite places around here.

Photo Notes
These images were made with my infrared-converted point-and-shoot. In processing, I converted them to monochrome, then added a bit of silver toning to simulate the look of real photo file/paper.

Ebey's Landing Driftwood, 2012

Ebey's Landing Driftwood, 2012

 

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A Duck Encounter

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Houseboats, Lake Union, 2012

Houseboats, Lake Union, 2012

It had been a really intense work week. When Friday rolled around, I was dead tired but since there was a temporary break in the rain and there were big, puffy, luminescent clouds blowing over the city, I grabbed the cameras and headed down to the lake. One of the compositions that I tried was to juxtapose the boxy, man-made lines of the houseboats against the randomness of the sky. So there I was, crouched on the shore with camera at the water line, contorting myself in order to (barely) make out the composition on the (non-articulating) camera screen. A bit of swirling in the water caused me to glance up and there in front of me, almost eye level to eye level, was this duck couple. They had been messing around in the scrub several yards away but apparently the intense, awkward, human activity was something that warranted checking out. I laughed so hard that I almost fell over.

Photog Notes
f/3.4, 1/250 second at ISO 80 on an infrared-converted Panasonic ZS6. In post processing, I applied some sharpening and a bit of selective dodging and burning. I then adjusted the red and blue channels to get the tones that I desired. A teeny bit of curves adjustment finished off the image. In good light, the point-and-shoot ZS6 performs quite well (as is the case here) but I’m rather rapidly growing into the notion that I need to be shooting with an SLR-sized sensor 😉

 

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March 18, 2012 at 2:40 pm

That That Is Not Seen

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Carkeek IR No.1

Carkeek IR No.1

For some time now, I have been interested in Infrared photography. I recently jumped into the genre with an IR-converted point-and-shoot. I’ve been shooting it alongside my regular cameras and have been learning what works, what doesn’t, what subjects look good, what is absolutely boring. Here are a couple of my experiments.

Photog Notes
One thing that I quickly discovered with shooting in the infrared part of the spectrum is just how much light is required to make a proper exposure. Because my shooting style involves shooting in relative low light anyway, a great deal of my initial handhelds were discards. Exposing for IR takes 1 to 2 stops more light (or roughly twice to four times as much light as needed with a regular camera), so I’m toting the tripod around a lot more. I imagine that it’s quite amusing to people to watch the guy with the big tripod with the little camera perched on top 😉

Gasworks IR No.1

Gasworks IR No.1

 

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March 3, 2012 at 4:58 pm

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