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Foto Friday - Custom House

Foto Friday - Custom House

Hello everyone.

Today's photo is a street level view of the Custom House in downtown Boston. I have taken many shots of the this building from the waterfront, highlighting its long tower with clock face on top. It is a much different representation of the building when you are standing directly at its base looking skyward.

For the Technology Geeks, it is a relative straight forward shot. My camera was mounted on my Tripod and the picture was captured at 1/160s, F11, ISO 100, at 28mm. After minor cleanup in Lightroom, I then processed the shot in the Nik Filter called Silver Efex Pro2 to render it in Black and White. As you can see, the B&W treatment really helps you focus on the structure of the building, as opposed to the bright sky where you eye would travel in its color counterpart.

Hope you enjoy!

Dennis

www.drfineart.com

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Foto Friday Barberton Daisy

Foto Friday - Barberton Daisy

Hello everyone.

Today's photo is one of a Barberton Daisy that I captured in studio from 24 focus stacked pictures. It is amazing when you get up close to something like this everyday daisy to appreciate the beauty and detail that mother nature has put out there for us to enjoy!

For the Technology Geeks, this is a relatively straight forward studio shot utilizing two strobes, a key light and a fill light against a black seamless background. The 24 shots were captured at F22, 1/125s, ISO 200, on a 60mm Macro Lens by Nikon. After capture, the shots were combined using Helicon Focus and the end result is here for your viewing pleasure.

Hope you enjoy!

Dennis

www.drfineart.com

www.instagram.com/drfineart



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Foto Friday - Bearded Iris

Foto Friday - Bearded Iris

Hello everyone.

Today's Foto is one that I captured in the Acton Arboretum of a beautiful Bearded Iris. This is a four shot Focus Stacked photo that was captured with a small "depth of field" to separate it from the background. It had recently rained, and I was able to capture it with the rain drops still on it.

For the Technology Geeks, the four shots were captured at 1/200s, F2.8, ISO 200, with my Sony 90MM Macro Lens. It was captured as four separate shots, moving the focus point farther into the plane of view with each shot. With the shallow depth of field (DoF), this allowed me to to separate the flower from the background, giving the viewers full attention the the main subject (Bearded Iris).

Hope you enjoy!

Dennis

www.drfineart.com

www.instagram.com/drfineart

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Foto Friday - Dahlia in Black & White

Foto Friday - Dahlia in Black & White

Hello everyone.

Today's Foto Friday is a picture of a focus stacked Dahlia that was then processed into a Black and White shot. Dahlias are one of my favorite flowers to shoot. Their colors (when kept in color) are subtle and beautiful, but also have great form and shape when viewed in B & W.

For the Technology Geeks, this shot was combined (focus stacked) from 19 separate shots. It was captured at 1/125s (sync speed of studio strobes), F22 (about 0.1 inch DoF), ISO 200, and with my 60mm Macro. The shots were combined in Helicon Focus to give a resulting shot that is in focus from front to back. After combined, the photo went through some cleanup in Lightroom and then Silver Efex Pro 4 (Nik Filters) was run to give the final Black and White shot.

Hope you enjoy!

Dennis

www.drfineart.com

www.instagram.com/drfineart

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Foto Friday - Whalers Wharf

Foto Friday - Whalers Wharf

Hello everyone.

Today's shot is a three shot HDR architectural photo of the Arcade at Whalers Wharf in Provincetown. The center structure is three stories high with an open air roof. It is quite a different shot at 6:30am without the high number of people it usually holds.

For the Technology Geeks, as stated above, this was a three shot High Dynamic Range (HDR) capture, with each shot two (+2, 0, -2) stops apart. This was needed to capture the large tonal range with the early morning sun coming through the open air roof, and the dark reaches of the hall in the background. The main shot was captured at 1/4s, F8.0, ISO 100, and 16mm.The shot were compiled in Lightroom (Right Click ->Photo Merge -> HDR). After that the shot was processed and NIK Filters added. Also when doing any architectural shot such as this, you always need to ensure that the verticals are straight!

Hope you enjoy!

Dennis

www.drfineart.com

www.instagram.com/drfineart.com



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