Changing Maple – 300mm, 1/500 @ f/5.6
Hot & Cool – 300mm, 1/1000 @ f/5.6
Caught – 300mm, 1/125 @ f/5.6
Tiny ‘Shrooms – 300mm, 1/30 @ f/5.6
Little Fans – 244mm, 1/30 @ f/5.6
Out of Place – 35mm, 1/45 @ f/8
Autumn Path – 16mm, 1/60 @ f/4
Autumn Forest – 16mm, 1/350 @ f/4
Reaching Skyward – 16mm, 1/90 @ f/4
Autumn Road – 72mm, 1/8 @ f/4
I decided to try something different this time. A photo gallery. I was at St. Martins University in Lacey, Washington yesterday shooting some fall leaves photos. This is a great opportunity to take advantage of color contrast, where you have warm and cool colors together in a photo. Blue skies and green foliage in the background of yellow and orange leaves definitely adds something to the photo.
If you check the captions, you’ll see I was using stupid-slow shutter speeds on some of these photos, but Canon’s image stabilization built into the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L and the EF 16-35 f/4L is quite incredible. I am seriously impressed. Raising the ISO would be a more sure way of getting sharp hand-held photos, but I wanted to test the limit. That last photo at 1/8 sec at 72mm is insane! I should NOT be able to get a sharp hand-held photo at those settings.
Don’t forget to click on the photos to see a larger version and get the full effect.
Olympia Marina, Infrared – 21mm, 1/30 @ f/11
These are some infrared photos I’ve taken the last couple months. Lightroom doesn’t have enough latitude on its “Temp” slider to “cool off” a color infrared RAW file to match the camera’s custom white balance settings. Infrared is well named, because the color is a very dominating magenta-ish red. It’s easier to just convert to black and white, but I like the sepia tone look I can get leaving them color.
Mighty Tree – 70mm, 1/90 @ f/8
I see this tree every morning on the way to work. Finally stopped one day and took a shot of it. So back to Lightroom, since the white balance can only go so far, and the photos are still too red/orange, I get around it by reducing the saturation in the reds and oranges. I usually have to add contrast with infrared photos, or they look soft and muted.
Cape Disappointment Barracks – 17mm, 1/180 @ f/9.5
These historical buildings are near a lighthouse at Cape Disappointment. Infrared photos turn a blue sky very dark, so you get much more contrast than normal color photos with objects that reflect infrared radiation.
I like infrared enough that I had an old dSLR converted as a dedicated infrared camera. It’s a way to see the world in a way our eyes don’t.