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Prelude

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Lindera obtusiloba

Lindera obtusiloba

It has been a really mild winter. I’ve been seeing signs of the trees coming to life and decided to stop in at the arboretum to take a look around. I made this image under a Japanese Spicebush or Lindera obtusiloba. A mature specimen that may actually have seen more days than I, it is one of my favorites of the collection. I’ve spent many a spring or autumn afternoon under it’s brilliant foliage, absorbing the magnificence of the sea of yellows and greens, and bathing in the spicy-sweet fragrance. On this day, it was just awakening from it’s winter slumber.

Photog Notes
f/11, 1/10 second at ISO 400. I shot this on a relatively calm afternoon but these shoots were so thin and delicate that even if I moved a little too quickly, the air would stir just enough that the camera was able to pick up the slight movement. I thus chose to shoot at a higher ISO than I’d have preferred, and underexposed a teeny bit to get a usable shutter speed. In processing, I bumped up the exposure ⅓ stop, and applied a bit of selective dodging and burning.

 

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February 26, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Fall, Remembered

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Fall, Remembered

Fall, Remembered

I was looking through the archives, looking for an image for a friend when I came across this interpretive piece, which I made during the fall. I’ve liked this image since it popped up on the back of my camera, just haven’t had the chance to process it until now.

Photo Notes
f/32 at ISO 280, handheld at 1/10th second. A lot of interpretive intimate landscapes involve moving the camera vertically – most commonly to accentuate the pattern of tall grass and/or tree trunks. In visualizing this piece, I wanted to preserve the pattern of the dark trunk against the bright golds of the foliage; this is the premise that dictated how I manipulated the camera.

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February 12, 2012 at 3:31 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

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.

 

Brrrr!

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winter style

winter style

We’re pretty spoiled in Seattle. Our geography and proximity to the ocean (currents) provide us with mild weather all year round. Wet maybe, but definitely tolerable. December, however, blew in with some attitude. I made this image earlier this week on a morning when the frost was thick on the ground.

Photog Notes
This is another image from my ongoing test of the Canon PowerShot S100. I made this exposure at 1/200 second with the camera set at ISO 400. To control the depth of field, I shot the lens at a wide-open f/2. What I like most is the cool tones that the auto white balance imparted. In processing the RAW image, I tried a variety of settings but nothing came as close to reproducing the light and color that day as the in-camera white balance.

 

Potpourri

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Potpourri

Potpourri

For the past several weeks, I have been testing Canon’s new S100 point-and-shoot camera. I made this image while walking around Green Lake (our local urban lake). I had stopped at a local fishing spot to survey the fall colors that fringed the water and discovered this scene, undulating gently at my feet. As I leaned toward the surface to take a closer look, the sweet, earthy bouquet of maple rose to greet me. What a pleasant surprise gift of nature.

Photog Notes
I made this image at ISO 400, exposure set for 1/30 second at f/8. What you see is the full frame. The details and clarity speak to the sharpness of the lens and it’s superior integration with the sensor and electronics. The from-camera JPG was beautiful and eminently usable but I decided to process the RAW file to correct for a bit of blueness from the auto white balance. I also applied the tiniest bit of tone mapping to bring out the wonderful gradations in the scene.

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December 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Sunlight Through The Trees

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sunlight through the trees

sunlight through the trees

In my evolving feelings about photography, I’ve been making a fair number of interpretive and abstract images. I shot this the other day, as I was trudging around amidst beautiful fall colors. The sunlight was piercing through the brilliant greens and golds immediately in front of me, creating gorgeous speckles of Autumn. It would have been ideal if there had been a breeze also but since there wasn’t, I decided to introduce some movement of my own. My more documentary pieces of this season’s colors can be found here, and here.

Photog Notes
I debated long and hard about posting this image. In my heart of hearts, I like landscape and nature photography that is calm and peaceful, which this image certainly isn’t. But ultimately, the draw of the movement and colors won out and so here it is. 😉 I shot this with the camera set to ISO 200, tripping the shutter at 2/3 of a second with the aperture at f/19.


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November 20, 2011 at 9:24 am

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