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.
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.
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.
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.
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.