Photos of Golden Gate, Muir Beach

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Cynicor, Feb 7, 2005.

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    Cynicor Guest

    Cynicor, Feb 7, 2005
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    Cynicor Guest

    Woo hoo! Although I think there's a bit of lens dust on the skyline shot
    that I'm telling people is eagles.
    The fisheye is the Nikon 10.5mm DX. I am fighting the urge to overuse it, I
    promise.

    Any work I did was in Nikon Capture, no PhotoShop. I applied sharpening, EV
    comp (although I still have a crummy eye for this), and a mild color booster
    on shots that looked flatter than my eye caught them. I used a polarizing
    filter on about half the shots - the Alcatraz, skyline, and a couple of the
    sunset ones - I like how it makes the blue pop out alongside the
    reds/yellows. The full-frame shots of the bridge also got the polarizer,
    because I was there at just the right time to make a huge difference in the
    sky as I rotated the lens. I took a series while rotating it, just so I
    could compare different cloud highlights.

    On the wildflower pic, I used a fisheye and then unrolled the picture in
    Capture. I composed it at a series of angles, and the one that looked the
    most like a natural landscape had some glaring fisheye sky in it. I hit it
    with the color booster to make the flowers stand out just like they did to
    my eye, then cropped out the sky and distorted edges.

    On the Muir overlook photo, I walked to the end of the Muir Beach Overlook
    area, then turned around. Unfortunately, the sun was at my back (3:30 PM)
    and there was no angle I could take without casting a shadow. So I scrunched
    up my body really tight so that I looked like a post. It don't think it
    totally ruined the shot unless you're looking at it closely.
     
    Cynicor, Feb 8, 2005
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  3. Nice composition on the Alcatraz photo, but I must say it's way too
    blue. At least on my monitor and I live a few miles from there. I took
    out some blue, added a touch of red to put the rocks to right, and I
    can't recall if I moved green at all- this in Curves. Brought levels in
    a bit, and now it looks right on- again, this is my monitor; I think
    it's calibrated well, but ymmv.

    --
    John McWilliams

    Two vultures board an airplane, each carrying two dead raccoons. The
    flight attendant looks at them and says, "I'm sorry, gentlemen, only one
    carrion allowed per passenger."
     
    John McWilliams, Feb 8, 2005
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    Ed Ruf Guest

    It's been quite a while, but I always enjoyed the hike through Muir Woods
    up to Mt. Tam. Usually very few and far between people on that route.

    Thanks.
     
    Ed Ruf, Feb 8, 2005
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    bob Guest

    I have just about the same picture of Mt. Tam Valley, including the sun
    in the lens...

    I didn't care for the veiw of the bridge from the parking area with all
    the retaining sticks (on the hill, leading down to the bay. Maybe it's a
    factor of the very limited resolution/size of the NikonNet presentation?

    I thought the "hairpin" shot was a great use of a fisheye.

    Bob
     
    bob, Feb 8, 2005
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