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Weekly Photo Projects, Week 23
Pigeon Point Lighthouse
For +Project 52 B&W our theme was broken. There were so many things to choose from, but I went with the broken Pigeon Point Lighthouse, with a broken window on the side building. I really liked how this photo came out, but really had to fight that searing white lighthouse to tone it down a little bit.
For +Weekly Photo Project 2013 our theme was Straight Out of Camera (SOoC) meaning that the bare minimum of adjustments are done. Better would be to have no adjustments done what so ever after you press the shutter button. Normally this is where you try to show your camera skills, but I took a different route and thought I'd show what I see SOoC when I shoot infrared. I used a custom white balance I have stored on my G3 which ends up giving me the aqua colored foliage I like in my infrared shots, but until I make a white balance adjustment in Aperture I get a very yellow looking photo.
(Infra)Red School House
This is the same photo after having played around with white balance and using Topaz Labs new Clarity tool for contrast. I consider this a work in progress and not a finished photo, but I'm liking where it's going so far.
You can view my Weekly Photo Project album here.
My black & white project album here.
Before we get into the meat of this post, if you're viewing this on a mobile device, these photos really don't translate that well on it. These are large panoramic photos and really need a large screen to do them justice. Now on with the post.
Occasionally during my Eastern Sierra trip I had the idea to take panoramas to try and take in the full view of what I was seeing and feeling. I tried to focus on a part of the view I was seeing that would fill up my frame, but I felt that it didn't full get the whole feeling with only part of the view, but this led to other problems. All the panoramas I took were literally on the side of the road, meaning I was in the middle of driving, with someone who's not a photographer. So, not wanting to annoy them I left the tripod in the car and took these panoramas free hand. When taking handheld panos my general rule is to take many photos and to go well beyond and after my intended start and stop points so that the photo software has …
If you find yourself in the Eastern Sierra, I highly highly recommend taking a few hours and stopping by the Manzanar National Historic Site. It's tells the story of out not too distant past that we like to conveniently skip over. If you're not familiar with the significance of this site, this is where, shortly after the bombing of Hawaii by Japan in 1941, some 10,000 Japanese, most with US citizenship, were incarcerated. This site is one of ten sites around the country that would come to hold over 110,000 people, again most of which were US citizens, from 1942-1945.
Burney Falls, in McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, has been on the list of waterfalls to shoot from the second I discovered it. This made all my previous waterfalls look like little trickles. But shooting here exposed a number of issues with gear and timing and so I left with photos that I was pleased with, but not thrilled with. In fact, it has taken me about a month to come back to these photos, that's how disappointed I was with them. Burney Falls is a unique waterfall in that it has the typical waterfall action of a river falling over a 129-foot cliff, but it also has underground springs coming out the side of the cliffs, which you can see off to the sides of the main fall. So the falls look like this pretty much year round, which is good when trying to plan a trip.
I had originally planned to shoot these falls in late fall/early winter of November 2017 on my Thanksgiving trip that ended in Lone Pine, CA. Due to time and weather issues, that was abandoned. At that tim…