Eagles, Globes, and Anchors

On June 22, 2014, in Virginia, by admin
Eagles, Globes, and Anchors

Eagles, Globes, and Anchors (click to enlarge)

This image is part of the Iwo Jima display at the National Museum of the Marine Corps.  The display is a large panel with a regulation sized Eagle, Globe, and Anchor for each of the 5,931 Marines killed during the battle.  The display is located in a very dark and somber space within the museum.  The light is too low to create a composition encompassing the entire display, so I focused on a single emblem with a very shallow depth of field.  I did not have a tripod (and I don’t know if the museum even allows them) so I had to handhold my camera.  Using f5.3 results in a shutter speed of 1/60, slightly slow for the 105mm focal length.  The vibration reduction feature of my lens helped some what.

Interestingly, the copyright notice in the slower left corner is blurred.   In the Photoshop file the notice is sharp.  For some reason when I save the file as a jpg the notice becomes as blurry as the background.

Location:
National Museum of the Marine Corps
Triangle, VA

N38 32 39.83 W077 20 34.84

The Photographer’s Ephemeris

On October 24, 2013, in Photography Tips, by admin
The Photographer's Ephemeris

The Photographer’s Ephemeris

This a screen shot from the The Photographer’s Ephemeris program.  This is a great program to use when planning your next photography trip.  Besides showing sunrise, sunset and all of that, it also shows the direction of sun rise and set.  This helps you plan plan where and when to be in position.

The example above shows when sunrise will hit directly into the front of the Lincoln Memorial. The yellow line shows the angle of sunrise.  If you have ever tried to shoot into the Lincoln Memorial you know that the sun is usually at an angle.  Well, if you go to the Lincoln Memorial on 18 March (sunrise 7:14) or 24 September 2014 (sunrise 6:57) the sun will shine directly into the memorial.  See you there!

Available for Macs, Windows, and mobile devices of all kinds.  I have it on my iPhone so that I can always see when the sun rises wherever I am (with cell coverage).

Photoshop Actions

On October 12, 2013, in Florida, Photography Tips, by admin
Fort Jefferson Moat

Fort Jefferson Moat

Photoshop Actions make your workflow so much easier.  If you shoot RAW images, you know that they need at least some tweaking when they come out of the camera.  Instead of manually adding layers and tweaking each image every time, I have an action that adds a standard set of layers with a single mouse click.  Running the Action adds the following layers, each of which is preset to my preferred setting:

Curves
Levels
Brightness/Contrast
Vibrance
Exposure
Hue/Saturation

 

The preferred settings serve as a starting point.  I can delete the Adjustment Layer if I want, or make additional tweaks to the layers.  Better yet, I have this Action set-up on a Droplet so that I can add my presets to many files at once.  Click on the files, drag them to the droplet, and presto, each file has the new Adjustment Layers all ready for the finishing touch.

The image on the left is the RAW file without any tweaks.  The image on the right is after I run the Action with all of the preset tweaks.  All with a single click of the mouse.

Location: N24 37 43.99  W082 52 28.32