Last week, my daughter participated in an adjudication for her flute quartet. After the adjudication, my wife and I took her to the Pantages Theater for a concert with the Tacoma Concert Band. As I always do, I brought a camera and found a great opportunity to take a vertical panorama of the interior before the show began. To get the shot, I found an open seat in the middle of the theater and took 10 photographs, starting with the stage, continuing towards the ceiling, and ending with the row of seating behind me.
Back at the computer, I processed the images in Lightroom for proper white balance, shadows, and highlights. Then, I exported out the shots to Photoshop CC’s panorama merge utility. The result is a very interesting looking vertical panorama of the interior of Pantages Theater.
Here are a couple of other shots from the day.
A few days ago my father-in-law and I took a few nieces and nephews on a boat ride through our local waters here in the Puget Sound. During our two-hour tour, we motored through Tacoma’s Commencement Bay, Vashon Island, and Gig Harbor, WA. The morning clouds had just started to burn off, so there was quite a bit of haze obscuring the famous Mt. Rainier, but I thought the haze added an interesting look. This haze had the effect of isolating the mountain from the surrounding foot hills, so it looked as if the mountain was floating above the city.
As always, I had a camera with me and in this case brought along my Nikon D800, 24-70mm f2.8 and 70-200mm f2.8 lenses. Back at my office, I processed these images in Adobe LR4 and Nik Color Efex Pro 4.
When I need a shot of creative energy, I head over to the Tacoma Museum of Glass. The colors, shapes, and patterns always clear my mind and give me that much-needed quick burst of photo inspiration. These images are from the Chihuly Bridge of Glass.
Last night, I went out to a local waterfront park with my family for a Sunday evening picnic. We were eating our sandwiches and skipping rocks when I spotted a pod of Orca about a mile away. I always have a camera with me, and this time around I had the Nikon D800 with a 24-70mm lens. Photographing a killer whale a mile away with a 24-70mm lens is an exercise in absurdity. However, I snapped a shot anyways just to see what I’d get. I figured that the D800 might have enough pixels to barely resolve the whales that were tiny dots in the distance.
So, how’d the D800 do? See for yourself…
Each month I give out a GOAL Assignment that is designed to encourage you photographically. The GOAL Assignment for March, 2011 was to create a triptych. Here’s an example from some photographs I took a couple days ago at the Tacoma Museum of Glass which features work from Dale Chihuly.
I took each photo in the series with a Nikon D700 and a Nikon 14-24mm f2.8. I was photographing a fundraiser event called the Chair Affair for a local charity called the NW Furniture Bank. During the event, I stepped outside to shoot some images of the building at dusk in order to add another dimension to my coverage. I’ll detail how I put together the triptych in next month’s newsletter.
I went out to Pt. Defiance Park on Wednesday with the kids to go on a morning hike. We had a great time trekking along the beach and wandering through all the trails. We parked at Owen Beach and went Northwest along the rocky beach and up to the Dalco Passage Viewpoint.
Along the way, we climbed up a big tree and watched the Vashon Island ferry slowly motor back and forth between the Tacoma and Vashon docks. As we hiked, we snacked on salmon berries and huckleberries. In fact, we ate so many huckleberries that our tummies hurt!
Towards the end of the hike, my kids found this fantastic tree (above image) and began climbing up all the exposed roots, just like it was a big jungle gym. They saw an opportunity for exercise. I saw an opportunity for HDR photography!
To create this image, I used my Nikon D90 set to auto bracketing. I shot three images at 2.0 stops apart. Since I didn’t have my tripod with me, I handheld all three exposures and stood as still as possible so there wasn’t much movement in between pictures.
For the final HDR merge, I used Photomatix Pro. Here are the three shots that went into making the final image.