Welcome to another edition of Photo Friday! Perhaps because I have so many plans for this year with regard to photography, I’m having difficulty getting myself together and actually shooting. Does that ever happen to you? I definitely am feeling some overwhelm, which is actually the last thing that I want hanging around. Kinda like riding a bike, though, photography is always patiently waiting for me and doesn’t make it too difficult to dive right in.
One of the things that I have long intended to do is make it out in the early morning to shoot the sunrise. Each morning on my way to work, I drive over the bayou and think to myself, “Man! That is gorgeous! I need to stop and capture it.” I never leave myself enough time to actually do that, though. This morning I made the time. I was leaving to get to work early because one of my behavior techs was out today, meaning I needed to be prepped to the nth degree. As I left, though, I thought – go back and get your camera.
(this one is my second favorite of these shots. Scroll down for my very favorite)
So I did. While it would have been nice to have a sunrise, there is definitely something about the fog. Keeping in mind the lessons from the last time I shot fog, I upped the ISO in this instance. One of the things that I noticed while I was working in post-processing, was that due to the higher ISO and low-light (still no tripod so a long exposure isn’t totally possible for me right now), the images were really noisy. For the first time, I utilized LR’s noise reduction tools. I’m no exactly how well that turned out, but I could definitely tell a difference in the before and after.
My pelican friends were still hanging strong…although I do have to admit that the reason why they are so far away is because I was a little nervous about getting too close. The abandoned marina has a little boat house that has evidence of someone having spent quite awhile there recently. At that hour of the morning and with $1500 worth of camera equipment in my hands, I decided staying away from that particular spot was a good idea.
I really like the trees in the background kind of floating out of the mist and appearing there. I worked a little with trying to get them to pop out a little bit more, and I thin I could go back and do a little bit more with that.
As I get more conversant with post-processing, I’m enjoying trying out different styles, and in LR, that means playing around with presets, which I somehow have a ton (there are lots of them included with the 5 Day Deal and I’ve done that particular deal for the last year). I particularly like the way these photos came out – almost as if the rising sun is obscured by all the fog. Unfortunately, this preset because of the limitations of my skills with that particular application, didn’t work with all of my photos or I would have used it on all of them.
(I think this one is my absolute favorite. I think I got the composition right on this one)
I hope that you’ve had an outstanding week. Even with the extra day in our weekend here (due to the MLK holiday), there was so much to do. I feel like I’m never getting ahead. That’s OK, though, when there are mornings like this morning where everything comes together serendipitously. How are you handling the pressures of a new year with improving your photography practice? Let’s talk in the comments!
Photo Friday Link-Up
Welcome to this week’s edition of the Photo Friday link-up! I’m so glad you are here and I can’t wait to see what you have for us this week! I’m almost through all of last week’s entries, and let me say – as always…y’all blow me away! Great work, y’all!
I don’t know if you know this or not, but in two weeks, we will be celebrating the one year anniversary of this amazing community. I’ll be hosting a give-away in honor of the anniversary and to say thank you for all of you who make this the best link-up out there!
Last week our most-viewed link came from Betty at Photographing New Zealand with a gorgeous bottle brush capture.
Our last added link came from Jenn at Because I’m Cheap – who took us to Phipps Conservatory. If you haven’t been by to visit Jenn, please make sure you do!
Without further ado – this week’s link-up is now live! As always, thank yo so much for supporting each other and making this such a great community!