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LIGHT ON THE LAND, III

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Tree Trunks I, Green Lake, 2012

Tree Trunks I, Green Lake, 2012

A friend asked what I think of the Sony NEX-7 for a travel kit so I have been diligently trying to put it through it’s paces.

I shot Tree Trunks I under the dense mid-summer tree canopy. The difference in EVs between the highlights and the rest of the bark was huge…maybe 5 or 6 stops. I processed the RAW file in Lightroom, doing a fair amount of dodging and burning to get the image to where it approximates what (I feel) the human eye/brain perceives. I was pleased to find that I could pull as much detail out of the highlights as I wanted.

Tree Trunks II was made under a typical cloudy Seattle sky. No direct sunlight to contend with but the location of this tree meant that certain portions of the frame were rather brightly illuminated by reflected light. In processing, I again applied some dodging and burning to even things out. The thing that pleased me about this image is that it shows how much detail the NEX sensor (+ inexpensive 55-210mm lens) is able to resolve.

Tree Trunks II, Green Lake, 2012

Tree Trunks II, Green Lake, 2012

Tree Trunks I: 1/25 second at f/13, ISO 400. Sony NEX-7 + E 55-210mm OSS.
Tree Trunks II: 1/60 second at f/8, ISO 400. Sony NEX-7 + E 55-210mm OSS.

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August 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Spring Arrives

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blossoms

blossoms

It looks like we are finally into Spring. As the weather warms, one of the popular gathering places is the quadrangle (“The Quad”) at the University of Washington, which boasts a 60+ year-old collection of carefully curated Yoshino cherry trees that always seem to bloom in unison. When this happens, residents and visitors alike descend on campus; on sunny days, it reverberates with excited oohs and aahs, joyful giggling and delighted shrieking.  Most people see the quad experience as a celebration of the season. I see it as a celebration of life.

kids in trees iuntitled

kids in trees i

This year, while most people focused on the beautiful pale-peach blossoms, I decided to concentrate on the people, for it is the people who give this spring ritual life. I made these images in sunshine, clouds and rain, conditions that are typical of spring in the Northwest. If you are one of the people featured here, do drop me a note. I’d love to get a print to you.

pink

pink

Photo Notes
A major impetus behind the creation of these images is my ongoing evaluation of the Sony NEX-7 system. As such, these images were made with the 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 (SEL1855) and 55-210 mm f/4.5-6.3 (SEL55210) “kit” lenses. When proper technique, the JPG images that came out of the camera were very, very good. Nontheless, I chose to process the RAW files in Lightroom to get more familiar with both ARWs (Sony RAW files) and Lightroom. Coincidentally, the resulting images look very much like the out-of-camera JPGs. 😉

love

love

Market After Dark

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All-Way Crossing

All-Way Crossing

So I’ve been playing with this gizmo called a Sony NEX-7. One of the things that I’m especially interested in is how it performs in low light…how the images look when shot at high ISOs. Last night, after dinner, the rain finally let up. I made a quick trip to the Pike Place Public Market and got in some shots of the place as it appears after hours (those of you who have visited Seattle have probably seen it in it’s crowded daytime glory so this is a somewhat stark contrast 😉 ).

Red Jacket

Red Jacket

Photo Notes
All images were made with the Sony 18-55 kit lens, shot mostly wide open. What stunned me was how great the JPGs looked, right out of the camera. Nonetheless, I decided to process the RAW files in Lightroom, to see how things could be pushed and pulled. For these first three  images, I applied a minimum of processing, mostly mimicking how they looked when they came out of the camera.

Take Me Home With You?

Take Me Home With You?

I was more heavy-handed with Chef. A tough scene to meter, I had underexposed it quite severely when I shot it. I thus applied an additional stop of exposure in processing. As is to be expected, the dark areas came out somewhat noisy, but Lightroom did a reasonable job in clearing it up (I tend to favor putting up with noise over losing detail).

Chef

Chef

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