Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Vision of the Future

As usual, after a trip, I'm playing catch-up. I did get one image processed today - Vision of the Future is a shot of Pine Glade Lake in Florida just before sunset. I loved the textured stones in the water, and the reflected light on the lake was absolutely beautiful.

Shooting into the sun adds all kinds of complexity to photography. :) I shot at f/22 to produce a slight flare in the sun, and to slow the shutter speed a bit. I used a GND filter to reduce the huge dynamic range, a 3-stop ND filter to slow my shutter speed even further - enough to smooth the surface of the lake, and took three bracketed shots. I combined those three shots in PhotoShop today, and tried to present the scene realistically. I'll have to take a look at it again in a few days to see if it needs any improvements... but I'm happy with it for now.

I processed this image while waiting for and watching the inauguration of Barack Obama. Now, I'm waiting for my little brother to march by in the parade - he's a member of the Ohio State Marching Band... "TBDBITL".

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Anonymous daniel said...

i like it :) well done !

January 20, 2009 at 8:18 PM  
Blogger Varina Patel said...

Thanks, Daniel! One down, a whole lot more to go. ;)

January 20, 2009 at 9:06 PM  
Anonymous Daniel Ewert said...

Beautiful shot! I'm glad you are enjoying your stay in Florida. I need to drive down to the Everglades one of these days to do some shooting.


January 21, 2009 at 1:24 AM  
Blogger Varina Patel said...

Glad you liked it, Daniel. :) We're back in Cleveland now - shoveling snow once again. It's darn cold up here... but I have Death Valley to look forward to in a couple of weeks!

I hope you find some time to shoot, soon! Good luck!

January 21, 2009 at 8:00 AM  
Anonymous Paul Marcellini said...

I like the processing Varina. Has a very clean fresh feel. I think I have that comp too, so of course I like it. =)

January 22, 2009 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Varina Patel said...

Thanks Paul - Jay has had more time to process photos from the Florida trip... and his have a bit more gold in them. They're beautiful. I'm guessing he sent you a link... but if not, send him an email.

You have better skies than ours by far, though - I get jealous looking at your work. I want to be able to stay in every location long enough to get skies like yours. :)

(Check out Paul's website at:

January 22, 2009 at 12:42 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

I just searched google images for "tbdbitl inaugural parade" and your picture was there... haha, led me to this page. Quite random I'd say.

January 23, 2009 at 3:03 PM  
Blogger Varina Patel said...

Random indeed. :) I hope you enjoyed a couple of photos while you were here!

January 23, 2009 at 3:33 PM  

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