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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Esquimalt Lagoon from Saxe Point

The weather has been so balmy and spring-like lately I ventured out to Saxe Point Park in Esquimalt a few days ago. This view is from the point looking west towards Esquimalt lagoon. Though it is very small, in the upper part of the photo on the right side you can see the red-capped white tower of the Fisgard Lighthouse.

5 comments:

Mike Laplante said...

Hi again.
I'm curious to know what post-processing you are doing on some of your photos.
Some of the landscape shots have that soft HDR look to them. The lack of movement -- water, tree, etc -- in the photos suggests that it's not true HDR but some sort of software at work.
Are you somehow tweaking the photos via Photoshop or using some sort of specialized software?

JoJo said...

We sure have been having some mild weather for January. Classic El Nino year. Great photo. Oh how I long to jump on the Clipper and head over!!!

Benjamin Madison said...

JoJo, thanks. I love this warm weather though it's a bit colder today. I was out this morning very early and had to keep warming my hands in my pockets every few minutes.

Mike, sometimes it's real hdr, like today's photo - three exposures of 1/5, 1/8, and 1/13 seconds at F20 with a 50mm 1.7 prime lens. Sometimes it's faux hdr like a couple of days ago "Shoal Point at Sunrise" - a single exposure tonemapped to bring out the detail in the shadows. Sometimes there's no HDR, like the Wigeons photos yesterday. There's usually quite a lot of processing in my photos. For me the photo that comes out of the camera is just raw material. Sometimes it doesn't seem to need much work but most of the time I'm going to adjust the levels, saturation and sharpness and if it can benefit from HDR then I put it through that process too. I use Photomatix for HDR processing. I don't have Photoshop. I use a much less expensive older program called PhotoImpact and lately I've been using GIMP also. Today's photo of Esquimalt lagoon was first put through Photomatix HDR, then GIMPed for some further local contrast and sharpness treatment, then Photoimpact to clone out some dust spots and for final cropping and compressing for online use. I don't set out to do so much processing. Usually I just start with a photo I like and then I work with it to see if I can make it more interesting or evocative. It's mostly experimentation but for me, processing is half the fun.

Kcalpesh said...

Love to see the HDR images posted by you! This one's a beauty too! I'm learning more about the HDR and post processing... hope I come up with something soon!

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