Thursday, October 1, 2015

Before and After

After a pretty dry September, water levels on area bodies of water were quite low so when a few days of potentially heavy rains were forecast I decided to document the before and after.

The before shots were made Monday morning, September 28th. 3.85 inches of rain fell at the nearby Albany International Airport on Tuesday and Wednesday. The after shots were made either the evening of September 30th or the morning of October 1st.

Mohawk River, 9/28/15

Mohawk River, 9/30/15

Mohawk River, 9/28/15

Mohawk River, 10/1/15

Mohawk River, 9/28/15

Mohawk River, 10//1/15

Peebles Island Bog, 9/28/15

Peebles Island Bog, 10/1/15

Sunday, September 27, 2015

100% Crops and Some More HDR

I brought along my 5D Mark III and EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens on my walk yesterday morning. The low morning sun created some nice lighting for HDR scenics.

First is a bush in the middle of a field of cattails which for some reason makes me think of an African savannah. This image was shot at 200mm and I needed a faster shutter speed for the hand held shots. I used ISO 800 and f/6.7 for increased depth of field and the shutter speeds of the five images ranged from 1/90 sec. to 1/1500 sec.

There was a line of Canada Geese flying North not too high up and I decided to try and capture the group and see what it looked like cropped in close. I didn't get the zoom ring all the pay to the maximum so this shot was made at 195mm. Here is a 100% crop which you can click on twice and scroll across to see the whole image.

Finally, here is an industrial scenic of the back side of the Momentive silicone plant North of Waterford, NY. This is again a five image HDR composite followed by a 100% crop of the top of the distillation towers from a different image.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Nighttime HDR Street Scenes

For something a little bit different, I walked over to the Village of Waterford after sunset and shot some scenics under artificial lighting. I had with me the 5D Mark III and 24-70mm f/2.8L lens.

I was able to hand hold five image bracketed shots by using f/2.8 and ISO 1600. Here are a few of the resulting images.