On my first few days on the Big Island of Hawai'i, we had some incredible sunsets. Some of the best I've seen. The Big Island has some of the nicest beaches in the world and some of the clearest waters. This beach, Manini'owali is one of my favorite on a quiet evening like the night I took this photo. It seemed like nobody was around. A few turtles were swimming around in the crystal clear water making the night even more surreal.
It's one of the most amazing places I've been to and the whole time I was there shooting photos I kept thinking of how awesome the experience was, it just didn't seem real.
For the last few weeks I've been doing some experiments and tests on my different lenses, trying to find that sweet spot.
During these tests I discovered why we really shouldn't always be shooting high apertures as landscape photographers. I've found my Samyang 14mm lens performs best really at an f13. I've always been shooting f16. You can read all about what I've learned about diffraction here.
So with my recent photos on this particular lens I've been shooting at f13. You might be thinking there will be less DOF at f13, but once you apply post sharping, everything turns out really nice.
My area of focus on this shot was the rock in the foreground, which was only 2 to 3 feet from the lens. Yet the pier in the background also remains in focus because of the nature of this ultrawide lens.
About The Shot – 'Malibu Gold'
This Landscape Photo was taken near the Malibu Pier in Malibu California. It was an extreme high tide so I was able to capture the waves interacted with the foreground rock formation. The lighting and time of day made the rock look almost like gold.
Finally, a sunset. It's been raining so much on and off these last three weeks but last night it finally cleared up for a bit. So my wife and I took some bikes down to the beach just in time to get this shot.
We never realized Fukuoka could be so beautiful. The water was so clear and the air was crisp.
I'll probably head back there again tonight.
The Shot – Imazu Bay
This was two exposure, one for the foreground one for the sky. Masked together in photoshop, with some contrast and color correction added.
I tried a few HDR looks using Photomatix but just couldn't get it looking believable which is always the challenge with HDR Photography.
Shot with the Sony A7r and the Samyang 14mm lens. See my Samyang 14mm lens review here. Great lens if you're looking for an affordable ultrawide.
ISO 50, F22, 1/5 seconds.
My wife and I drove up the coast from Los Angeles to Ventura to do some beach scouting for shooting when the weather is a bit more interesting. We landed at the Venture Beach Pier. The sunset that day was very unique. Although we had clear skies, the sun casted this amazing orange glow over everything. It was unusual for a cloudless sunset.
Landscape Photography With The Sony A7r
I am blown away at how sharp the Sony A7r sensor is and the resolution coming off of its sensor is fantastic. I don't feel so guilty about cropping anymore. And surprisingly, this is also a single exposure. I was able to lift the shadows of the pier and get a great sun exposure in a single photo. I use to have to work so hard to get great results out of my 5Dmkii, now, it feels like i'm cheating. It will be fun to see how Canon responds to this camera. I'm seeing more and more rumors about them developing high megapixel cameras. And it's about time. Nobody builds em quite like Canon!
Ever process some photos that you've forgotten about? I just found some New York City photos that I processed and never released. It's been a very busy year and it's nice to finally have some time off. I'm planning for next year to not be so busy so I can focus a bit more on Photography and other ambitions.
Those photo was a tricky one to process. Took me a couple attempts. At first I went to crazy with the colors. I wanted really dark heavy contrasted colors. But then it lost a lot of it's rich saturation. So I took one of the more vibrant processed images of a totally different look, layered it on top and adjusted the opacity. It's a cool trick I've learned with HDR when you push it to far. I'll process the photos with two extremes then blend them in Photoshop to meet in the middle.
While touring a temple deep in the jungles of Bali, we immerged to this awesome sight. Some rice fields in the clearing. It seems that in Bali Indonesia, where there are no trees you can almost always count on there being rice fields.
You can actually see my wife in the picture way in the back. In this temple we had to wear a covering over our legs so they were not exposed.