Post Processing

Elkhorn Slough Day 2

No matter how much you plan, you are always at the mercy of Mother Nature. After the first day of kayaking, we decided it would be worth it to go earlier and try to take advantage of early morning light. When I left the hotel in the dark, I didn’t realize how thick the cloud cover was, and it wasn’t just a thin marine layer it was heavy overcast...The downside of that was since the sky was gray, the water appeared gray in all my images and didn’t look too appealing.  Fortunately it is easy to correct that problem in the raw processing. If you don’t know how to do this in Lightroom or ACR than watch the video...

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Saturday's Sunrise

As much as I love the long days of summer, I hate the fact that I have to get up so early to photograph sunrise…. Fortunately my launch spot is the narrow portion of a peninsula on the north bank of the river, so I have good views in both directions… The start of the sunrise, facing east, was rather nice so I took several images… I turned my attention to the west and saw this really nice cloud formation, and a pink glow in the sky… the cloud formation got more intense.  I turned the camera vertical and took a series of HDR images, bracketing 2 stops apart for three images, and photographed a 5-frame panorama.

Read the whole story and see all the images below.

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Processing tutorial

It has been fairly quiet on the river lately, but last weekend I did come across a Double-crested Cormorant that put on a good display. Here is a little video tutorial on how I processed that image.

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Good Streaking Clouds

Whenever we get good puffy clouds here in Sacramento, I try to get down to the river and do some long exposures. We had good clouds on Friday.

I processed both image in color and in Black and White. On image #1, I prefer the black and white, but on image #2, I am not sure which I like better.  Which do you prefer?

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Making Dreams Come True

I visualized an image with a total streaked background of the panning motion and a relatively sharp image of the horse and rider. I could never obtain that image in camera despite all my attempts, so I decided to create the image in post processing. Here is the image I wanted...See the video tutorial on how I created the image.

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Scouting Trip

This morning I went on a scouting trip, looking for an area to do a sunrise shoot if I get invited back to the Florida Birding and Photo Fest.The director of the program Erin Masters told me about a location about a few miles south of the beach where they do the horse shoots. I took off at 5:30 am in total darkness and arrived at the location a few minutes after 6. The light was just starting to appear on the eastern horizon...

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Blackbird Singing

I liked this pose the best because it looks like the bird is watching me as it sings. Getting down to eye level with the bird created a great interaction but that caused me to include some of the sky. Since it was an overcast day with high clouds and a white sky I had to expose a bit dark, so I would not overexpose the sky, which caused the bird to come out too dark....Watch the video to see how easy it was to fix these problems all in the raw processor.

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Video Tutorial on Crafting My Coyote Image

The lighting on the coyote was nice but not ideal, so I needed to make some adjustments to the image in post processing.  Watch the video tutorial to see how I post processed this image.

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Picture of the Day

...when I awoke and looked outside and saw all the stars I thought to myself "this is going to be a boring sunrise." I was afraid everyone would be upset that I got them out so early...but as we got closer to the river I saw the fog over the water and knew we were in for something special. To read the rest of the story and to watch the tutorial on how I processed the image, read the blog

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Reducing Depth of Field

It is the goal of every photographer to make that perfect picture. Getting that perfect picture is a result of good field technique and good post processing technique. Having skill and knowledge in both is what it’s necessary to bring out the best in every image.

I almost loved this image as it was captured in the camera. But I wasn’t 100% satisfied. I felt the background was a bit too distracting. Watch the video to see how I remedied the problem.

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