Category Archives: Making Pictures

My work and play in photography and other graphic arts.

Motorcycle Man

We were on our way to my nephew’s wedding in some unfamiliar part of the state, parked while my parents made a pit stop and my brother purchased me some beverage. Then this young guy stepped up, helmet on, and mounted his motorcycle. He noticed me holding up my phone and gave me the “right on” gesture. Either that or he was warning me that I might get my nose punched.

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Camera: iPhone 6s • ISO 32 • 4.15 mm • 0 ev • f/2.2 • 1/1041

Sunrise over Moss Lake

I have finally started to use a drone for photography. It’s a DJI Phantom 3 Pro quadcopter, especially designed for photography and cinematography. It takes 3992×2992 RAW photos and and 4K video. This photo was taken from North Post Road in Shelby facing East toward to rising sun.

I used Photomatix Pro to post process three exposures of the image – HDR. The effect is a bit exaggerated, but I like the color.

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Camera: DJI FC300X • 20.7mm • ISO 100 • 3.61mm • -2.34 ev • f/2.8 • 1/1050

Cormorants, Basking in the Sunset

We spent part of the afternoon walking around Copperhead Island at Lake Wylie.  The first cove we encountered held about a dozen resting cormorants and a whole hill of Coots (not shown here).

This photo was taken through the trees and there were a number of out-of-focus branches and twigs in the way.  I used the gradient tool in Adobe Lightroom to brighten up the right side of the photo, which erased the twits and branches.

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The baffle is the stopper. If the squirrel enters the baffle, looking for food, it gets lost and finally comes out the bottom. There is part of me that is eager for this pest to experience the terror of the dark. But they’re still a cute creature.

This photo is a result of some HDR post processing for better color and texture. It’s rare to find wildlife so willing to stand still for it.

Unwitting Squirrel Entering the Tube
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Four Deer Running for It

These deer waited in some trees to the right until they apparent found the appropriate moment to dash across the street in front of us.

This photo took a great deal of post processing, including an initial HDR treatment with PhotoMatix Pro. Then I divided the photo into layers in Photoshop, masked out the animals, and then applied a motion blur on the background to convey more of a sense of motion and speed.

Four Deer
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