Welcome to the blog of Doug and Roxanne, two photographers who are head-over-heels in love. In this blog you’ll find our musings about photography, camera equipment, image editing programs and more. Roxanne is a talented photographer who enjoys wildlife and landscape photography. Doug is a published author and photographer. We’re both Canon shooters. Between us we have a bushel full of lenses, and lots of enthusiasm. Currently we’re exploring the area near our home with Lensbaby Composers. Stay tuned for news about our photo shoots and lots of photos. The following image is one of Doug’s Lensbaby captures. He tweaked the image in Photoshop using images of textures on layers with different blend modes.
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After spending most of the day doing odds and ends at home, Roxanne and I decided to go out and create some images with our Lensbaby gear. We started out at Blackburn Point and ended up at the North Jetty. Clouds were coming and going, perfect weather for shooting with the Plastic optic. I also did some exposure bracketing and converted some of the images to HDR. When the sun did peek through a cloud, the rippling waves looked like sparkling diamonds. These shots were prime fodder for conversion to black and white. Here are a few images from this afternoon’s Lensbaby Walkabout at the North Jetty. Enjoy!
On the Beach
In a Dream
One of the worst things a photographer can do is stagnate. There’s always something to learn, perfecting a technique you already know, learning a new technique, or experimenting with a new piece of gear. Today was a day of experimentation using a 10X neutral density filter to create images of a lovely beach. The combination of a small aperture and the neutral density filter made it possible for me to photograph the crashing waves with exposures of 25 seconds and longer. This rendered the ocean as a smooth surface with mist where the waves crashed on the shore.
The technique required a tripod for the long shutter speeds. I also had to take an educated guess at the exposure duration. Thanks to the photography god who included a histogram on my camera, after analyzing the histogram of an image and adjusting the shutter speed and f-stop, the exposure for the second image was just about spot on. The only other difficulty was composing the image. The neutral density filter is almost black, which makes it impossible to see anything through the viewfinder, so I employed LiveView, which rendered a dark, yet recognizable image on the LCD monitor.
I was pleased with the results. I took my favorite images into Silver Efex Pro 2 and converted them to black and white.
This morning another cold front blew into Florida. Last night we had rain, this morning the sky was cloudy and the winds were kicking up to around 25 mph, a perfect day for a beach stroll. Our first plan was to visit the North Jetty and photograph the heavy surf with long exposures, but less than a block from our home the plan changed and the destination was Stump Pass. We did create some images using long exposures, but those will be the subject of another blog post. Most of the images I shot were created with a Lensbaby. I started out with the Plastic Optic, then I switched to the Double Glass optic, and I finished out the day shooting with my Sweet 35. Stump Pass is a beautiful place. The following are some of my favorites from today’s photo shoot.
Stump Pass After the Storm
HDR Image created with HDR Efex Pro 2
The Road Less Traveled
In this video tutorial, Doug shows you how to create an HDR image with bracketed Lensbaby exposures in HDR Efex Pro 2, which is part of the Google Nik Collection.