Seagull in Sunburst

Seagull in Sunburst

I was still trying out the Nikon F6 (with Portra 400 film) … when I buy a used film camera, I try to get a roll or two of images shot fairly quickly, so I can determine if the camera is working well. This image shows the high contrast that results in the shadow areas going completely black. Digital images give you a lot more ability to recover some of the details in those areas …

What I like about this image is there was a seagull flying over that got ‘caught’ in the sunburst caused by the lens diaphragm. I didn’t even notice the gull at the time.

Smokey Air Sunset

Smokey Air Sunset

This was the summer air full of forest fire smoke a few years back … which is what provided the intense color of the sun. What I just noticed was a small spot on the sun that I wonder now if it was a sunspot. No way to tell now … it could also be a water spot on the sensor, for instance.

Sunset over Capitol Lake

Sunset over Capitol Lake

Capitol Lake is a man-made lake in Olympia, Washington, designed to reflect the state capitol building on the hillside to the left of this image. I used to frequently walk around the lake and watch nature and people. I was always amazed at the number of people that would be walking and totally oblivious to the incredible skies and cloudscapes.

Sunsets

Sunset Image 1

These are more “found images” … out of my archive folder. All were taken from the deck of my apartment where I was living in Olympia. It was a great location for taking sunset photos.

Sunset Image 2
Sunset Image 3

After the Rain

After the Rain

This is a section of the Larry Scott trail outside of Port Townsend, Washington. There had been rain in the morning, but by the time I went out for my walk, it was clear and sunny. The reflection of the sun on the wet trail was brilliant. It was a good time to use some HDR technique. (HDR = High Dynamic Range)

If I had set the exposure to capture the detail on the trail, the shadows would have been totally dark. On the other hand, if I had exposed to capture the details in the shadows, the trail would have been totally blown out and over-exposed. The solution is to take multiple photos with variation in exposure and combine them. I did this in Lightroom, although there are other software options.

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