Saturday, November 24, 2012

water in the air.


I fly a 1946 Stinson 108, also called a Voyager.  It's fairly good for taking aerial photos, and I have been flying between Petaluma and Watsonville recently.  However, I am now experience what water in the air will do to photos. 

I fly south in the morning, and this means the sun is toward the east and  pretty much in my larger field of view.  What happens is the light refracts through the water and turns the image blue. This is the same thing that happens to make the sky blue.  When I am coming home during the afternoon, the sun is behind my view, so the light is not as refracted and you get the normal looking skylines.

A polarizer might help, I'll have to try that some time.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Nik Software

Nik Software, now owned by Google, puts out a series of filter packages for Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture, and others. I purchased the entire set because I wanted two of the packages (HDR Efx Pro 2and Color Efx Pro 2), and it wasn't that much more to get the rest in a bundle for Lightroom. So I have been playing around a bit with some of the other filter packages.

This is Silver Efx Pro, which allows you to make adjustments to transform color images into black and white.  I know that the same could be done within lightroom if you're willing to play around with trying to get what you want, but it's nice to be able to quickly scan through several options and then choose one that you make adjustments too. It allows much more flexibility.

This photo was taken in Golden Gate Park, at the Botanical Gardens.  The Egret didn't seem to mind having a lot of people around, and the small boy was fascinated.