Sunday, March 18, 2018

Reprocessing Old Files From a 5D Mark II

One thing that's fun is to go back and reprocess files with updated software and the knowledge that's been gained about using the software over that time.

On June 12, 2013, following some heavy rain, I visited Cohoes Falls. I used a tripod extended above my head with live view and a cable release. Here's how I described it in a blog post from 2013:

I used the 5D mark II and EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens at 31mm. Aperture was f/11 and the shutter speeds were 1/10th, 1/30th and 1/90th of a second. ISO was 100. I believe that I also used a 3 stop neutral density filter to obtain the slow shutter speeds.

First, here are the three unprocessed files simply converted from RAW to JPG in Canon's DPP software.

Here is the HDR processed result from 2013.  Judging by the naming of the finished file, I think I did the HDR processing with Canon's DPP software.

Today, I reprocessed the RAW files with PhotoMatix Pro 6 using its Painterly 5 presets. One thing that's different is the newer and better software has many options for dealing with ghosting and I can choose which file to use as the base. I chose the file with the slowest shutter speed so that the water is a bit more blurred.

There's a reason I was looking through old landscape files which should become evident later in the week.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

St. Patrick's Morning in Waterford (NY)

This is a really long blog post with a lot of photos. This morning's walk was a 3.6 mile journey over to and through Waterford and up the old Champlain Canal trail - and back.

All photos were made with my 5D Mark III and 24-105mm f/4L lens. All, except the train, are 5 file HDR composites. The captions will show only the focal length and the letter designation of the shooting location in the google earth image at the end.

The beaver evidently does not like the canal drained for the Winter.

28mm - A

32mm - B

55mm - C

24mm - C

24mm - D

24mm - E
24mm - E

24mm - E

24mm - F

105mm - G

60mm - H

24mm - I

24mm - I

35mm - I

24mm - H (a bit south actually, H is under the bridge)

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Waterford Scenics Two Ways

Thursday morning I walked around Waterford after a decent snowfall with a lot of snow sticking to the trees. The sky was overcast (it was actually still snowing a bit) and there was no color to be found anywhere. Here are two scenes, HDR processed in PhotoMatix Pro using the monochrome settings, from that outing.

Today, I walked around Peebles Island with the sun in and out between clouds and a totally different color palette. These are also HDR processed but obviously with full color options.