it was a rainy dreary day when I decided to get out for some "wet" work...puddles and such, all while visiting some regular stops along the way. In the process, as is usually the case, I was fortunate to find a couple of surprises one of which is the subject of today's blog post.
While I take every precaution to keep my equipment dry with several types of camera rain gear, I don't find many of them to be enjoyable to work with or around. It always seems that a flap is in the way or the material begins to "crawl" down in front of the lens no matter how many fasteners are available. It was the main reason I was hesitant to just hop out amongst the raindrops, especially during downpours. In this case I didn't melt nor did my camera, but a quick drying off session was necessary when I finished.
There were numerous intrusions in this scene including fenceposts, another dock, various items along the rock wall and background paraphenalia. All required either good camera placement or editing during post processing.
The first attraction...the boat; the second...rock wall; the third...rain drops on the water, and finally the vertical reflections. Because of the subdued lighting the colors were more saturated which really helped bring the grass area into play.
The scene was captured with Canon 5D Mrk II at an ISO of 1600 (rare for this ol' boy), but the noice was reduced in Topaz DeNoise with other editing done in NIK Color Efex and Viveza software. I also applied a texture to enhance the color of the water as well as reflections and darken the outside edges. I take care to use texture adjustments delicately...most of the time.
Scenes like this, even with the rain, are reflecting and comforting, in my opinion, and also act as a diversion from standard seasonal photography. They rank right up there with chasing fog and snowflakes.
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For more views of my work visit;
Arts On Grand, Spencer, Iowa http://www.artsongrand.org/
Lanesboro Art Center, Lanesboro, Minnesota www.lanesboroarts.org