Saturday, June 25, 2011

Camera Club Field Trip

Today the Hill Country Camera Club went on a field trip to By The River RV Park & Campground.  Here's my best shot. You can see the rest of them on my Flickr page.

Buttonbush
Cephalanthus occidentalis

Details:
Canon 5D with EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM @148mm
ISO 400     f/5     1/320

Digital Darkroom:
-This was a little bit blurry due to the wind blowing so I did a little bit of focus-fixing in Photoshop.  Normally, I sharpen last - this was an exception.  
     Filter > Smart Sharpen
          Select the "Sharpen" tab
               Choose Lens Blur under the "Remove" drop down menu.
-The Pioneer Woman's free action Lovely & Ethereal (I ran it twice)
-TPW Quick Edge Burn (lowered the opacity to 50%)

Western Scrub-Jay

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Western Scrub-Jay
(Aphelocoma californica) 

Details-
Canon 5D with EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM @200mm
ISO 400     f/5     1/400

I blurred the background in order to give a little bit more separation between it and the bird.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Two Churches

Two old Texas Hill Country churches

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Ivy School & Chapel
circ. 1917 - London, Texas

Details:
Canon 5D w/ EF85mm f/1.8 USM
ISO 400     f/6.3     1/1250

Copperas Methodist Church
near Ft. McKavett, Texas

Details:
Canon 5D w/ EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM @35mm
ISO 100     f/8     1/800

Abandoned

Yesterday's search for abandoned buildings proved fruitful.  Here are a couple of photos from London, Texas (pop. 180)
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Ready-To-Wear
London, Texas

Details:
Canon 5D w/ EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM @ 16mm
ISO 200     f/5.6     1/15

Tattered
London, Texas

Details:
Canon 5D w/ EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM @ 27mm
ISO 400     f/5.6     1/8

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Bewick's Wren

Lunch!
Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)

This was really just a matter of being in the right place at the right time (otherwise known as sheer LUCK) and being ready with the camera.

Details...
Canon 5D with EF70-200mm @200mm
ISO 100     f/4     1/500

Digital Darkroom...
-Basic exposure adjustments in ACR/CS5
-Topaz Adjust to bring out the details (masked off the background)
-Sharpened with High Pass Filter (w/ Overlay Blend Mode) in CS5
-The Pioneer Woman free action 'Lovely & Ethereal'
-TPW Quick Edge Burn (vignette action)

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Butterfly

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - Papilio glaucaus
Kerrville, Texas
Details...
Canon 5D w/ 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM @200mm
ISO 200     f/2.8     1/250

Digital Darkroom...
-Basic adjustments in ACR
-The Pioneer Woman free actions:
      Fresh & Color
      Lovely & Ethereal
      Quick Edge Burn
-Sharpened
-Cropped

Thursday, June 2, 2011

By The River - After the Storm

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After the Storm - By The River
Kerrville, Texas

Details...
Canon 5D with EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM @16mm
ISO 200  f/6.3   1/80 
Handheld, Spot meter mode

Digital Darkroom (CS5)...
-Minor adjustments in Adobe Camera RAW
-Cropped
-Topaz Adjust (Photo Pop preset with minor tweaks)
-Illuminate, tweaked (free action from Paint The Moon)
-Curves Adjustment to decrease the warmth
-Added a vignette (with my favorite vignetting action: Quick Edge Burn from The Pioneer Woman)