Seattle Street Photography

Posted January 21st, 2014 by   |  Photography, Travel  |  Permalink
Minecraft dude

Dude showing off for the camera near Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA. Nikon D800, 14-24mm f/2.8

My family and I took the day off yesterday for Martin Luther King Day and headed to Seattle for some food and street photography. The atmosphere in town was extremely festive, especially given the fact that the Seattle Seahawks just beat the San Francisco 49ers for a chance to play in this year’s Superbowl. We had one of those rare winter days in Seattle where the sun was out, so the streets were packed with people outside enjoying the atmosphere.

My photo kit for the day was a Nikon D800 with a 14-24mm f/2.8 and a 70-200mm f/2.8. I used my Peak Design Capture system so my camera was out and ready for whatever photos presented themselves. Whenever I walk around with my 70-200mm f/2.8, people always ask about it and want their photos taken with it. The dude shown above was hanging out with his buddies at a park bench and they called me over. “Hey! How far can you see with that thing? There’s a bald eagle way over there on the top of one of those buildings.” This guy said that I needed to take a portrait of him with the eagle in the background. We bantered around for a while, talking about random things, then he said, “Ok, take a pic of me here. It’s going to be awesome. NATIVE PRIDE MAN!” Then, he flashed some Native American hand symbols and acted up for the camera.

I shot the pic with my 14-24mm so I could keep the image close and intimate. Back at my computer, I processed the image using Adobe Lightroom 5. I decreased the saturation a bit while increasing the clarity and vibrance to create a grungy look to the scene.

I think my favorite thing about this photo is his buddy in the background, just staring at the camera with intense eyes. Love it.

Here are a couple more pics from yesterday’s shoot.

Street performer

This street performer was serenading the lady, while her male companion tried to laugh it off. Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA. Nikon D800, 14-24mm f/2.8

Ferris wheel

Seattle Seahawks 12th Man flag and Seattle’s giant ferris wheel. The distortion in the ferris wheel comes from trying to stitch together 9 images taken at 14mm. I was very close to the wheel and just getting it all in the panorama required a lot of pixel warping.

 

 





Seattle and Safeco Field

Posted June 9th, 2011 by   |  Photography, Travel  |  Permalink

Took a trip to Seattle today on the Bremerton – Seattle ferry. Had a great time with a Nikon D700 and a few lenses while taking a group tour of the Seattle Mariner’s stadium. Walking the streets was fun and capturing the iconic city locations from different perspectives was a great challenge. Here are some pics.

Safeco Field from the press box. Nikon D700, 14-24mm f2.8. Processed with Nik HDR Efex Pro

Safeco Field from the press box. Nikon D700, 14-24mm f2.8. Processed with Nik HDR Efex Pro

Safeco Field sign. Nikon D700, 70-200 f2.8. Processed in Photoshop.

Safeco Field sign. Nikon D700, 70-200 f2.8. Processed in Photoshop.

Stadium seats at Safeco Field above the visitor's dugout. Nikon D700, 70-200 f2.8. Processed in Photoshop.

Stadium seats at Safeco Field above the visitor's dugout. Nikon D700, 70-200 f2.8. Processed in Photoshop.

Smith Tower and Columbia Tower. Nikon D700, 14-24mm. Processed in Nik HDR Efex Pro.

Smith Tower and Columbia Tower. Nikon D700, 14-24mm. Processed in Nik HDR Efex Pro.

Seattle skyline and Bainbridge ferry. Nikon D700, 14-24mm f2.8. Processed in Nik HDR Efex Pro.

Seattle skyline and Bainbridge ferry. Nikon D700, 14-24mm f2.8. Processed in Nik HDR Efex Pro.





Blue Hour Panorama From Seaside, OR

Posted April 26th, 2011 by   |  Photography, Travel  |  Permalink
Blue hour in Seaside, OR. Nikon D700, 14-24mm f2.8. Four image panorama stitched together in Photoshop CS5

Blue hour in Seaside, OR. Nikon D700, 14-24mm f2.8. Four image panorama stitched together in Photoshop CS5

I’m always looking for shots whenever I travel. Just before the light faded away for the day, I ran out to my vacation condo’s balcony to capture the pool and the resort. This is a panorama merge of four images from my Nikon D700 and 14-24mm f2.8 wide angle lens.

After the merge, the image was wildly distorted, so I used the Transform tool in Photoshop CS5 to straighten out the corners and fix perspective.





More pics from Galveston

Posted June 16th, 2010 by   |  Photography, Travel  |  Permalink

I was down in Galveston, Texas a few weeks ago, photographing the local scene. Here are a few shipyard photographs from Galveston Bay. Had a great time capturing some of the industrial areas.

Dry dock, Galveston, TX. D700, 70-200 f2.8

Dry dock, Galveston, TX. D700, 70-200 f2.8

Red tug boat, Galveston, TX. D700, 14-24mm f2.8

Red tug boat, Galveston, TX. D700, 14-24mm f2.8

Unloaded tanker, Galveston, TX. D700, 70-200 f2.8, 1.4x TCII-E

Unloaded tanker, Galveston, TX. D700, 70-200 f2.8, 1.4x TCII-E





Photoshop CS5 HDR

Posted June 2nd, 2010 by   |  Photography, Software, Travel, Uncategorized  |  Permalink

I ran my first HDR image through Photoshop CS5’s new HDR pro utility. I must admit that the program did a very good job of producing a “believable” HDR image. I ran four 14-bit Nikon D700 NEF images through the utility and was impressed with how quickly CS5 rendered the preview. So far, so good.

These images were taken last week in Galveston, Texas.

HDR Image processed through Adobe CS5's new HDR Pro utility. I used four NEFs from a handheld Nikon D700 with 14-24mm f2.8 lens.

HDR Image processed through Adobe CS5's new HDR Pro utility. I used four NEFs from a handheld Nikon D700 with 14-24mm f2.8 lens.

Here's one of the original images. You can see that the new HDR image doesn't look too heavily processed. I like the results I'm seeing.

Here's a single shot (i.e. non-HDR) from the same vantage point. You can see that the new HDR image doesn't look too heavily processed. I like the results I'm seeing.





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