Desperate for new material….so back to the old. This is a foggy morning image that I did a little toning on using Lightroom (which I have never tried before). As if that were not enough, I’ve gone and downloaded a free frame-adding pack from Filter Forge to add the border and more distortion. Rather than doing anything else, like adding the Eiffel Tower or pink elephants, I decided to stop.
Not much beats neon lights reflecting on rainy pavement. This is HDR, taken in “Old Town” Wichita, where the Warren Theater anchors a series of shops and restaurants around the perimeter of the square. Rain was still falling during this adventure. My Nikon D700 has good weather sealing, but it was getting wet enough that my little voice saying “you could be ruining your camera!” finally got the better of me and I gave up. This HDR was generated and tonemapped in Photomatix Pro, then finished off with a little cropping, spotting, level tweaks, and noise reduction in Lightroom.
Sure, it looks peaceful, and it was. The sky was finally looking interesting on Sunday afternoon so I took off for the country. That sounds more photographer-ish than the truth, which is that this is taken at a local county park which I believe is within the city limits of Wichita. What this photo cannot convey is the searing heat during which it was taken. What we are left with then, is a tranquil summer scene, minus the heat. This is a three exposure HDR, processed in Photomatix and Lightroom as is my custom. I am putting this location in my hip pocket for future use, it should be a nice spot for anything happening in the sky to the north or northeast. This is one of those photos that I think looks better the larger you are viewing it. Please feel free to click for the jumbo version.
I went out to search for winter scenes at mid-day, and happened upon some ducks on a lake, swimming through brilliant twinkling sun reflections. My confession about this one is that I decided not to wade through the huge pile of snow necessary to change to a longer lens. This is quite the extreme crop, I’ll leave it at that. I believe the little sunburst patterns you see are a result of the small aperture used here…f/16. No filters were used on camera or in post processing. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…