Orange Sky

Sunset on an overcast day through the tamarack trees.  Adjusted levels and added a little extra orange gradient in Photoshop Elements 6.  Thought I would stick with something simple.

Camera settings: Canon T1i, F/8, 1/200 sec., ISO 100, focal length 100 mm.  No flash.

Sunset At Home

Saw this as we came home from Fresno this evening.  I ran in the house and out to the backyard to catch a few photos of the last of the sunset.  A recent storm (somewhat unusual for this time of year) had left some amazing clouds and colors in the evening sky.  This was processed in Photoshop Elements 6 with just a little sharpening in Topaz Detail and some burning.

Camera settings: Fujifilm FinePix S700, F/3.5, 1/60 sec., ISO 64, focal length 11 mm.  No flash.

Island Lake, Minnesota

I have been gone on a week long trip to Minnesota.  What a beautiful state!!  I’ll share some photos that I took with my daughter’s point and shoot Olympus camera.  This one is of a dock on Island Lake.  The property belongs to some good friends!  We took a ride on the lake in a pontoon boat and it was heavenly!  What a great way to spend a summer evening.  This photo was processed in Photoshop Elements by adjusting levels and adding a little orange gradient on the upper right side.

Camera settings:  Olympus Stylus 7010, F/8.5, 1/80 sec., ISO 64, focal length 5 mm.  No flash.

Mini Assignment #4 – Silhouette 2

Took this at the same time I took the eucalyptus silhouette.  This is our maple tree in partial silhouette.  I used my little Fujifilm camera and it was a little harder to fool it into getting the shot.  One of the great articles on silhouettes that were posted on the 2010 Virtual Photowalk home page suggested pushing down the shutter release partway while pointing towards the light area, then moving back to the dark areas to finish the release and get the shot.   This seemed to work for me.  This photo was processed with Topaz Clean and a 50% peach color gradient set on Overlay.

Camera settings: F/6.3, 1/1000 sec., ISO 800, focal length 28.7 mm.  No flash.

Morro Bay Panorama

Similar to a photo I posted last week, this photo is a composite panorama of Morro Bay in the evening.

I adjusted levels and hand stitched the two photos together in Photoshop Elements (PE) and smoothed over any joining marks.  I added about 3 layers of pink and peach colored gradient to the clouds.  I flattened this composite and then placed an overall warming filter from OnOne Photo Essentials 3 over the entire panorama.   Camera settings were on Auto F/14, ISO 64 and shutter speeds of 1/250 and 1/350.  I thought this gave a different feel to the landscape and made it a little more serene and meditative with the lone beach walker.  Hope everyone had a nice weekend!