Calm Water

I ran into this location late summer and this one taken a little earlier in the same area than my image “Where The Grass Grows Green”. I liked the colors in the rocks/stones and the wooden blocks here. It was a very calm evening and we also had some nice clouds.

As for the processing, it hasn’t seen so much. Basic adjustments in Lightroom and some finishing color adjustments in Photoshop.

I hope you like it and thanks for visiting.

Type Exif
Camera Make Canon
Camera Model Canon EOS 5D
Aperture F16
Exposure Time 1.6 sec
Focal Length 17.0 mm
ISO 50
Exposure Bias 0
Shooting Mode Aperture priority
Flash Flash did not fire, auto
Metering Mode Multi-segment

Sixty Seconds At Sunrise

Before I write something about this image, I would like to take the chance to thank all the visitors for taking your time, leaving comments, voting for my blog on the Photoblog Awards and bookmarking me on Photoblogs.org and on VFXY. Thank you all so much, it is very motivating to get such a feedback.

But now to the image. It’s a 60 seconds exposure taken at almost the same location as my last image, only two lakes to the north, which should be around 500m. For those interested, the name of that lake is: Valkiäsjärvi.

I got up at four that morning and drove around 15km through the dark with my bike to this lake, and when I arrived there I got the reward for my effort. A beautiful sunrise. The mist on the water made the trees on the other side of the lake soft and dreamy and some clouds did their best to reflect in the water.

Some notes on the processing: I used GND filters here with together 5 Stops over the sky. The original file was quite well exposed, and I did only apply some color correction in Lightroom and finally some (really not much) adjustments in LAB color mode PS.

View the original, unprocessed version of this image

Exif Info: F16 | 23.0 mm | 59 sec

On A Little Island

Okay, now off to the next 100.

Last Tuesday I got off very early before work and took a ride to this lake, hoping to capture a nice sunrise. And I had luck. I took quite a few nice captures there and from all those, this is one of the last ones.

There are three lakes in this forest, and it’s a very silent place with only a little wind, so the water surface was just like a mirror. The mist was rising on the water and it was a very idyllic moment. This is surely a great way to start the day, though I got up so early, that I was tired for the next two days, but it was worth it.

As for the post-processing I did some color-adjustments in Lightroom and additionally in LAB mode in Photoshop. Also I did some minor level-adjustment on the trees.

Richard from Pixyblog enabled the possibility for us, to be able to show also an alternate version of a image. So you’ll find here also the link to the unprocessed image, “zeroed” in LR.

I hope you like and thank for visiting my site.

Exif Info: F11 | 70.0 mm | 0.2 sec

Where The Grass Grows Green

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To my own surprise, I just realized that this is already my 99th image here on my blog!

I took this in an old, vanished industry location near the city of Pateniemi. There are no buildings left there, just the decaying shore line. It’s a nice location to explore but unfortunately I was late and didn’t had too much time there. I will go back there though, once the conditions are right.

What is interesting here, that I spotted this location, by using the “Birds View” feature on Live Maps. So I had some idea what to expect before I arrived there without me leaving the apartment. This made location scouting a lot faster, though it takes the sport out of it.

Notes on the processing: Some color adjustments in Lightroom followed by some level adjustments in Photoshop to bring back detail in the rocks and the wood.

Thanks for visiting my site and I hope you like my images.

Exif Info: F16 | 17.0 mm | 8 sec

Floating Jetty

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After my last two experiments with panning still objects, I felt it was about time to post something slightly sharper.

I’m rather happy how this turned out, since it was actually a rather windy evening as you can see in the trees, and the jetty was constantly moving. Not much, but at least a little, and I feared it would turn out, very unsharp. To my own surprise it’s not too obvious.

Concerning the processing:
Since I used GND-filters, I basically only did some minor color corrections/adjustments in Lightroom and minor level/curves adjustments in LAB mode in Photoshop. Those visitors familiar with this place though, might realize that something is amiss. You’re right… there used to be two pipes of the industry and a little bridge which was hardly visible in the trees, visible on the horizon. Well, they kind of disappeared.

Thanks for visiting my site and I hope you like it.

UPDATE: I recently become increasingly better in posting the wrong version of the image. Updated to the correct one now.

Exif Info: F16 | 17.0 mm | 10 sec

Birch Trees

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Here’s another try at using the panning technique on still objects. I went out during the weekend, and took benefit of the overcast morning to experiment a little more with this and I have released a little “how-to” on the panning technique that I used here. You’re welcome to have a look at it on my blog here.

Birches are all around the place the here, but still I had to search a while to find this frame nearby the beach. I wanted to render the white trees with a green background which was not so easy to find.

While the effect is achieved completely in-camera, I have done some white-balance adjustments, color (clarity, vibrance) and curves in Lightroom and some final color adjustments in LAB mode using Photoshop.

I hope you like my work and thanks for visiting my site.

Exif Info: F32 | 81.0 mm | 1.3 sec

Forest in Pastels

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I was recently reading an article about the impressionistic work of photographer Ted Leeming. The showcased images were very interesting and fresh even though the article didn’t mention how he produces those images, it mentioned that he is doing everything in-camera. After looking at those images I got a vague idea on how he produced the images.

This morning I had a little time off, and went to the forest in the neighborhood and experimented a little with this technique. And I can tell you… I had a blast! I was there only very short time, since I only wanted to try this technique a little, but when I looked at the images back home at the computer I was amazed on the outcome and wished I would have stayed a little longer. I decided to quickly post this one, even though I’m not 100% happy with the composition here. It is really very inspiring to work like this.

From the processing point, I have done nothing else than some color/white balance adjustments and cropping in Lightroom and some minor color adjustments and levels in Photoshop.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you like it.

Exif Info: F32 | 70.0 mm | 2 sec

Being There

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Today I have a little announcement to do, before I write a little bit about this image.

I tried to implement a little blog to this photoblog on my own, when Richard from Pixyblog offered me to integrate one hosted here on Pixyblog, and the result is just great. You see a link in the header “17mm Blog” and it leads you there. Alternatively you can go directly to 17mm.pixyblog.com/. I will post some news, links, info etc. there from time to time so feel free to subscribe to the feed if you want to.

But now the image. As I wrote on my blog, me and a friend took a little trip to the city of Ii, but we left too late and arrived just a few minutes before sunset. Luckily, we quickly found a nice, little bay at the river, where I/we had the chance to take some images. The light was really great, and we were at the right at the right place.

Problematic were the moskitos though. I didn’t expect so many of them there anymore, but it was an average of 4 moskito bites per image.

Thanks a lot for visiting my site and I hope you enjoy it.

Exif Info: F11 | 17.0 mm | 2.5 sec