Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

10.27.09 Dinner Grilling on the Patio


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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