Monthly Archives: March 2018

Black Water Swirl

Black Water Swirls

Interesting swirls in the black water during high tide at Percival Landing in Olympia, WA

A little over a week ago I wanted to take some of my new gear out and see how it behaved with some night shooting.  I put my Sony a7II, the new 24-105 f4 and the new to me Sony 16-35 f4 in my bag and headed down to one of my “goto” locations and found this fascinating black water swirl.

I wasn’t sure what the tides would be like when I got to Percival Landing, my “goto” location, but was happy to see that it was relatively high when I got there but what really caught my attention where all these little bubbles that were swirling around between the public boat dock and the shore.  These bubbles were moving very slowly, and the water was very dark, but I suspected that with the contrast between the more bright bubbles and the dark water and a long exposure I would be able to capture their motion.  This image is the result of that effort and I am quite pleased with it.

So, how did the 2 lenses handle the night shooting?  Both did quite well but IMO the 16-35 f4, which I used to create this image, was a tad better than the 24-105 f4 when it comes to creating the “starbursts” around the lights.  Don’t get me wrong, the 24-105 was very good and I really need to get out for some more night shooting to really put both of these excellent lenses through the paces.

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The Cinematic Frame

Cinematic Olympia

Cinematic Capitol

Last month I explored minimalism in photography.  I shared an image of some geese, a manhole cover and a bird in flight.  This month I am exploring the cinematic frame, and more specifically, images in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio.

As you can see in the two images I have shared in this post, the 2.39:1 aspect ration is a lot wider than what I normally shoot.  While I can’t actually capture this natively in camera, and I need to crop it to the cinematic frame in post processing, I am working on seeing the final crop in my viewfinder when I am capturing the frame.

Stay tuned, I suspect I will be sharing a few more this month.

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