Monthly Archives: July 2012

Sunset Clouds

Looking at the sky around sunset. The lowest cloud level blocked the sun from direct view and was silhouetted by the warm light. A beautiful evening.

Technical Details: Canon 70-200mm/f4 lens @200mm on 5D MkII camera.

Billowing layers of distant clouds are dramatically backlit by warm orange light from the setting sun. (©2012 Jonathan Gewirtz/jonathangewirtz.com)

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Stormy Sky, Homestead, Florida

Driving back from Everglades National Park shortly after taking the photo in the previous post, the sky was full of turbulent rain clouds backlit by morning sunlight. The scene was particularly striking around a group of pastel houses that were visible across a bright green field along Ingraham Highway. I pulled over, got out and started walking around and making photos from various vantages. The image shown here is my favorite.

This photo needed a fair amount of photoshopping to raise overall contrast, lighten the houses and ground and increase color saturation to get the scene to look like what I had seen with my eyes. Because the sky was quite a bit brighter than the ground, I first duplicated the background layer, then masked off the ground on one layer and edited the layers separately. It might have been easier to use a graduated ND filter when I took the picture, but so far I have been able to avoid using ND filters. The tradeoff of doing it in the computer seems to be more control at the cost of much more editing work. Maybe grads are worth trying.

Technical Details: Canon 70-200mm/f4 lens @70mm on 5D MkII camera.

A dramatic sky of dark rain clouds contrasts with colorful houses and green fields near Ingraham Highway in Homestead, Florida. (© 2012 Jonathan Gewirtz / jonathan@gewirtz.net)

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Summer Morning, Long Pine Key

Long Pine Key campground is a lovely place that’s a short drive down the road from Royal Palm in the southern part of Everglades National Park. Of course it’s deserted during the warm buggy months. The lake is shallow and reflects the summer clouds nicely, particularly during tranquil mornings. I visited as an afterthought after making this image.

Technical Details: Single exposure processed as HDR in Photomatix software. Canon 17-40mm lens @17mm on 5D MkII camera.

Early-morning view of the lake and rainy-season sky reflections at the Long Pine Key campground in Everglades National Park, Florida. (© 2012 Jonathan Gewirtz / jonathan@gewirtz.net)

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It Should Be Possible to Save Your Personalized Camera-Settings to a Memory Card

Reading this post and the responding comments, it’s clear that the Olympus OM-D camera’s menu system is sufficiently complicated that someone who doesn’t already use Olympus products might reasonably hesitate to buy into an Olympus system.

A point that nobody mentions is that once you get the complicated settings on your camera configured for your needs, there’s no way to back up those settings so that you can easily restore them if you inadvertently change something or if you send your camera in for repair. It should be possible to save your camera’s configuration to a memory card as it’s possible to save the configuration settings for your computer’s desktop. I recently sent my Canon S95 in for repair, and of course when I got it back my personalized settings had been wiped and factory defaults restored. Happily, I had written down my settings, but it would have been easier to restore them by importing them from a memory card. And the hassle would be worse for a DSLR with its many more levels of settings.

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