It’s nasty outside today – high winds and rain. So when I can’t go on a photo outing on the weekend, the next best thing is digging up old photos and re-processing them. It’s just a different sort of treasure hunt.
This photo was taken in 2012 with my old Canon 7D. I drove to the Capitol building after work and set up a tripod just after sunset. I suppose this would be called the “blue hour”. I liked the lamp standing over the curving path leading to the Capitol building. It creates depth and makes me feel I could walk down the path when I look at the photo.
This photo isn’t quite as “big”, but when I shot it I was thinking it would be good for a tonal black and white. But my attempts to do a black and white just looked blah. The photo didn’t have much color to begin with. So I’ve used a “Bi-Color Filter” from NIK Color Efex Pro 4, along with some other adjustments. The cattails are opening up their “fluff” which carries their seeds on the wind. I just thought it looked neat that they were a different levels and distances, but there is still a band of them running through the middle of the photo.
This photo was also taken with the Canon 7D, and the EF 70-200mm f/4L. It was bright enough to reach 1/400 shutter speed at ISO 100. This should prevent motion blur, unless your photographing a race car. Using f/4.5, instead of f/8, helps blur the cattails that are farther back.