Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

10.27.09 Dinner Grilling on the Patio

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I enjoyed a pumpkin spice eggnog latte while grilling some steaks on the back patio. Fall is in the air, and winter can't be far behind when eggnog is on the store shelves and best of all in our coffee.

Monday, October 26, 2009

10.26.09 Rainscape Over North Bend

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Lightroom Post-Processing

Vibrance: +50
Clarity: 36
Point Curve: Medium Contrast
Noise Reduction: Luminance 100%
Sharpening: 55 at 1.3 radius, 25 detail and 0 masking (Palm already sharpens drastically)
Temperature: -10 (jpeg adjusts by amount instead of temp)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

10.25.09 Wildhorse Lookout Siskiyou Forest

Wildhorse Lookout Siskiyou Forest

We were out hunting this weekend up near the Rogue River and Agness. I have a few more shots to post on my flickr. It was beautiful up in the national forest areas and we covered a lot of country in two days.

10.24.09 Mining Camp Art Remnants

Mining Camp Art Remnants

10.23.09 Coos Bay Tug & Barge

Coos Bay Tug & Barge

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Sunrise Magic Hour Above the Bay

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I don't normally leave enough time in the morning to take photographs, but I was dropping off coffee for my wife today and say this view. Another thing I noticed today was the public beta for Lightroom 3. The feature that stood out to me was the promise of better noise reduction. It may not matter for the full-frame shooters, but for someone like me who prefers the G9 style camera it would be very useful.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Woodpile Revisited

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It's interesting to see the barge fully loaded versus the last time I photographed it. There's a much different mood to the atmosphere and weather. To me it speaks about the full harvest after braving the trials of Oregon's stormy weather.

Lumber Barge

Monday, October 19, 2009

Some Catching Up to Do

Traveling to New Orleans and Baton Rouge was inspiring, but it also threw me out of my photo posting routine. I have to admit I had been losing steam on the project. Like most things I do, I can't follow through without a focus or a theme. So I will be looking for a way to continue my 365 project with new focus.

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Friday, October 16, 2009

A Valuable Lesson


Jason learns he doesn't have to build a mega-church. It's already been done. Thanks Joel Osteen!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Too Many Syllables

Mall of Louisiana

-- Sent from my Palm Pre

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Deluge conference - Brandon Heath with Leland


Made it from Nawlins to Baton Rouge. The Deluge worship conference is awesome so far.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Portland to New Orleans

Missed posting last night because I was driving to Portland, and today we fly to New Orleans. Should get some good shots there.

-- Sent from my Palm Pre

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Candlelit Pumkin

Makes me crave candy corn and all things fall.

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Hunting and Spider Webs

When I got up this morning to go hunting I found the fog had left strings of dew on all the spider webs. Unfortunately by midday the drops had evaporated and the webs were much harder to see. Pretty to look at but not walk through. You should see the size of the spiders that were making these intricate patterns... or try brushing them off of you.

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Night Lights Illuminate Me

Strange you can see straight through me. It looks composite, but it is one 10 second capture. Flash fired 1st curtain sync, and I got up halfway through the shot. Can you tell where I ended up?

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Dry season

Wickless candles don't offer much inspiration for the muse.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Mmm Cookies (Gluten Free)

I followed up my snoot project by making a grid from the leftover cereal box scraps. Meanwhile Marci baked some gluten free cookies. They actually look and taste better than the real thing.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Target Practice (forgot my camera)

Went shooting tonight... the bang bang kind. It was a beautiful evening for target practice and photography, but I left my camera in another car. So here's to missed opportunity and never forgetting my camera again (or else).

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Cereal Monger Snoot

My wife likes to call me the cereal monger because all the granola disappears as soon as we get it. Don't worry, we recycle the boxes. But this time I opted for a little DIY project and made a snoot our of an empty Chex cereal box. I had lots of fun trying to aim the tight beam to where I could jump in the photo just in time.

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Pillars and Shadows of Foliage

Our church had a history/vision night, and I have been wanting to capture the projected shadows from the trees along the front. Next time I need to bring a tripod, because I was limited to the what the image stabilization could do at ISO 200. Any higher ISO on the G9 just looks too noisy. I can't wait for the G11 to be out long enough to find one at a reduced price because the high ISO performance is amazing in comparison. You have to see the example gallery to believe the difference. I could have shot this at ISO 1600 and probably had lower noise.

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After
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Camera settings: 35mm 1/20, f/2.8 at ISO 200. 

Lightroom Post-Processing

Exposure: +0.86
Noise Reduction: Color and Luminance +100
Black Clipping:  7
Temperature: -793 = 4.9K (Cool it off because WB was set to cloudy)
Tint: +14 (more red, less green)
Clarity: 25
Vibrance: 31
Sharpening: 102 at 1.6 radius, 39 detail with masking at 21
Point Curve: Strong Contrast

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Daylight Parking Lot HDR Panorama

For some reason parking lot shots have caught my attention. Maybe it is because they are the some of the most open areas near my house, or just because I take the time to stop and look around when I get out of the car. The sky was looking dramatic after a brief rain shower, so I put the camera on manual and snapped 5 shots to stitch together when I got home.

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My post-processing in Lightroom was primarily to balance out the exposure and apply recovery on the brighter 2 of the 5 photos (right side) and to add saturation and sharpening throughout the 5 shots. After exporting the processed images as sRRG jpegs I made a new Panoramic Photo Merge in Photoshop Elements 6. Using the cylinder stiching method I was able to keep the horizon and parking lot lines relatively straight and still get most of the resolution out of the overlapping photos. Once the stich was complete I applied 2 adjustment layers with respective multiply/screen blending mode gradients to give the photo a slight HDR effect. I also applied a lighten shadow adjustment with a value of 12 to the base image.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Out of Parking Lot Experience

I had to climb the bank behind Walmart to get this shot. Feeling the pressure now to take pictures during the day instead of waiting until the end of the day. It either means relying on my camera phone or carrying my G9 between jobs.

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Back to post-processing: I found I was hoping to reproduce what I saw in my G9's screen more than I was initially able to post-process from my RAW images. So I stuck my memory card back in the camera to use my best shot as a reference. When I didn't find what I was looking for, I took another look at what the RAW image was showing with its "flat" appearance. For this shot I left more detail in the shadows instead of cranking up the contrast all the way.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Window to the Soul

Looking at the paper scraps through my shredder window I found some interesting words and textures to play with. I was stuck at home sick today, so I am looking forward to tomorrow for a fresh perspective on work and the wellness I often take for granted.

Window to the Soul

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Soothing Cup of Tea

Nothing is better for a cold than a steaming cup of tea. Any ideas for capturing steam in a photograph? For the lighting setup I shot through a folded piece of paper and added bounced fill light with a paper towel roll and napkin holder on the counter.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Status Lights All Say Let Go

I have to admit I haven't quite let go completely. Throwing your camera is a big commitment, but the creative results may just be worth it.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Sunset after the Rain

Tried to stay inside during the wet part of the day, but still made it out to take this photo and grill some halibut for dinner. I have to remind myself not to wait for perfect weather to get out and make photographs. Colors are actually more vibrant in the rain.

Sunset after the rain

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Harvest Season

Apple picking represents the beginning of fall and other harvest activities. I can't wait to go find a corn maze or hay bale maze to explore. Maybe we can even go look for an overpriced pumpkin before settling on one from Safeway.

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Light Painting

Yes, I tried to write some words initially but liked the squiggly lines better. Writing backwards in under 15 seconds turns out to be a challenge.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

DIY Meets Paperclip Art

I've always enjoyed bending paperclips into interesting shapes, and now I have a useful reason. For all the times a tripod has been too much but a flat surface is not quite right, I can see using something like this paperclip stand. My modification was to add gaffers tape to protect my LCD screen.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

First Class Postage

Self-portrait wandering after work. Reminds me of Peter Thompsen's self-portrait. My post fix was done zoomed in all the way on the mirror, and the rest of the image followed. Again focusing on a small area in the photo can bring the best overall result when post processing.

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After
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Camera settings: 210mm 1/250, f/5.6 at ISO 100.

Lightroom Post-Processing

Highlight Recovery: 62
Black Clipping: 31
Fill Light: 18
Brightness: -7 (43)
Red Chromatic Aberration: -12 and Defringe: All Edges
Crop: Square
Noise Reduction: Luminance Smoothing 51
Sharpening: 62 at 1.6 radius, with 35 sharpen detail and 26 edge masking.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Green Bridge - Introducing Before & After

Both jobs I have worked at since moving to Oregon have a nice view of the North Bend bridge, but my last workplace didn't allow cameras for security reasons. Tonight on the way out of the parking lot at my current workplace Marci stopped the car and rolled down the back window so I could take this shot. She has a good eye for lighting and composition, but she typically leaves the photographing to me. It looks better large, and I also posted a black & white version.

You may notice I have gone back over the last few posts and filled in the details with the before shots as a reference when there is a noticeable difference.

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After
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Camera settings: 210mm 1/160, f/5.6 at ISO 100.

Lightroom Post-Processing

Exposure: +.76
Highlight Recovery: 12
Black Clipping: 18
Vibrance: 45
Temperature: +688 (7.2K)
Highlight Tones/Shadow Tones: +19/-14
Clarity: +44
Noise Reduction: Luminance Smoothing 68
Sharpening: 75 at 1.5 radius, with 25 sharpen detail and 19 edge masking.
Crop: 4x6
Brightness: -39 (11)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tsunami Evacuation Zone

I love living by the bay and all, but it still strikes me at times we are completely surrounded with water.
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Monday, September 21, 2009

Feeling Blue

There's nothing wrong with taking your inspiration from outside yourself when you need some new ideas. Resources like Photojojo's DIY newsletter exist to spark creativity. One of their more recent newsletters includes tips for making "refractographs". I think I could use a few more lights and some practice, but here is an early attempt.

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After
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Camera settings: 35mm 1/2 sec,  f/5.6 at ISO 100.

Lightroom Post-Processing

Exposure: +.57
Black Clipping: 18
Clarity: +48
Temperature: +355 (3.9K)
Fill Light: +25
Noise Reduction: Luminance Smoothing 57.
Sharpening: 82 at 1.7 radius, with 37 sharpen detail and 33 edge masking.
Vingette: -100 with 31 midpoint.
Highlight Hue/Saturation: 111/65
Shadow Hue/Saturation: 48/17

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Constellations

Recently we stood under a cloudless night sky with some friends and picked out the few constellations we knew. The summer constellations are still prominent and remind me of the many camping trips and night hikes I've been on. Some things like the starry sky hold meanings beyond a photograph's ability to capture, and their timeless images endure longer in our memories than any snapshot.

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

All Different Directions

Today was one of those where I couldn't focus long enough to come up with a creative idea. But we did go biking after a long time of ignoring the call of the road. Road biking is always amazing once you are out on the ride. Here is a shot to remind myself to get out and actually do what we love.

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After
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Camera settings: 80mm 1 sec, f/3.5 at ISO 200.

Lightroom Post-Processing

Exposure:  +.95
Black Clipping: 11
Clarity: 100
Vibrance: +10
Convert to Grayscale
Brightness:  +46
Noise Reduction: Luminance Smoothing 100.
Sharpening: 109 at 2.1 radius, with 48 sharpen detail and 30 edge masking.
Highlight Tones/Shadow Tones: +36/-33

Friday, September 18, 2009

Preserving Photo Imperfection

No amount of sharpening an image will make up for it being completely out of focus, and that's a good thing. At some point you have to realize most of your decisions were made before you pressed the shutter button. Processing an image is about being true to your intentions at the moment you captured the photograph.

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After
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Camera settings: 70mm 1/2 sec, f/3.2 at ISO 200.

Lightroom Post-Processing

Exposure: +.48
Black Clipping: 21
Vibrance: 50
Tint: +11 (7 on the red side)
Noise Reduction: Luminance Smoothing 100.
Dust Spot Correction
Vingette: -50 with midpoint of 100
Highlight Tones/Shadow Tones: +5/-5

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Golden Shoot Through

Sometimes it helps to focus on one aspect of a photo when post-processing to come up with the best overall result.

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After 
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Camera settings: 35mm 1/5, f/2.8 at ISO 200.

Lightroom Post-Processing

Exposure: -.95 (It was a bit overexposed for the gold)
Temperature: +338 (Warmed it up when it was already golden)
Black Clipping: 63 (for the black gold)
Highlight Recovery: 52 (More gold detail in the highlights)
Brightness: -25 (still kinda bright except for the gold)
Clarity: 52 (Clear up those golden details)
Highlight Tones/Shadow Tones: +10/-10 (More golden contrast)
Noise Reduction: Luminance Smoothing 61
Sharpening: 82 at 1.6 radius, with 25 sharpen detail and 0 edge masking. (Zoomed in on the gold flakes)
Defringe: All Edges
Crop: 8x10 (The golden rule of thirds)
Vingnette: -79 with a midpoint of 67 (bring the focus in on the...)
Dust Spot Correction: There was a big piece of non-gold dust.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Morning Magic Hour

I usually sleep through the good lighting part of the morning (or we are fogged in), but this morning I rolled out of bed in time to see the tail end of a beautiful sunrise. When I peaked out the backdoor I could see two rainbows, and the second one was just visible as I made it outside with my camera. Maybe I should get up early more often and see what I am missing... nah.

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Camera settings: 175mm 1/60, f/4.5 at ISO 200.

Lightroom Post-Processing

Exposure: -.19
Highlight Recovery: 45
Black Clipping: 6
Vibrance: 31
Saturation: +24
Crop Angle (Straighten): -1.26
Crop: Square
Clarity: 27
White-Balance: Custom off of the gray wall.
Highlight Tones/Shadow Tones: +5/-5
Hue Shift: Red -38
Noise Reduction: Luminance Smoothing 100.
Sharpening: 100 at 2 radius, with 45 sharpen detail and 30 edge masking.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Blenheim Shrine

Well it's time to get creative with the daily nightly photo. I was inspired by a Kodak lighting book I saw on the clearance rack at the local library to light a glass from below. The closest thing I had on hand were two glass bottles. One a vintage coke bottle I dug up when I was a kid and another rare giner ale brand called Blenheim. You can visit the ginger ale shrine below.

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Camera settings: 70mm 1/125, f/3.2 at ISO 200. Strobist: Off camera desk lamp snooted by hand.


Lightroom Post-Processing

Highlight Recovery: 44
Black Clipping: 19
Clarity: 65
Noise Reduction: Luminance Smoothing 49.
Sharpening: 93 at 1.7 radius, with 25 sharpen detail and 0 edge masking.
Crop Angle: +1.26