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I'm about a day behind the curve here, which isn't really a good way to start this off, but I'll get there! The rest of the DLWS staff pretty well has this blogging thing down by now, but being the newbie that I am, it might take me a little longer to get the hang of this.

That said, here are a few images from yesterday morning's shoot on the coast here at Crescent City, CA...


Started off around the dock area, where there was some nice fog. I really liked the graphic of the dock, so I worked that for a while and came up with this. The raw image was much more hazy, but I wanted to bring the boats out a little. So I took it into Capture NX and dropped a control point to add some selective contrast without completely taking the fog out. Desaturated it a bit, then added some vignetting with Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0.

Captured with a Nikon D3 on Lexar CF Media, 70-200mm f/2.8

After that I walked around for a while trying to find something else of interest and stumbled upon some old, broken down tractor trailers. This was on the back of one of them and caught my eye, so I snapped this. Did some tweaking in Photoshop, then threw the Bleach Bypass filter from Nik CEP 3.0 onto it.

Captured with a Nikon D3 on Lexar CF Media, 14-24mm f/2.8

I turned around and saw this boat across the way, but couldn't get the shot I wanted (down low from the other side) because there was a fence and a bunch of other junk in the way (as you can see). So I kind of settled for this shot, but couldn't completely pass it up because it was just so odd sitting there on dry land. Did some Photoshop finessing and added the Glamour Glow (again, Nik CEP 3.0).

Captured with a Nikon D3 on Lexar CF Media, 14-24mm f/2.8

As I was walking back to the van with the rest of the DLWS staff, we wandered into this huge building where they were literally enlarging this already huge fishing ship. The guys working on this behemoth were very friendly, informative, and deservedly proud of their work.

Captured with a Nikon D3 on Lexar CF Media, 14-24mm f/2.8

As we wandered around in awe of the size of the boat, Joe's eye wandered toward the beautiful quality of light splashing along the wall. So, being the master he is, he grabbed one of the workers and asked him to stand along the wall for a few seconds. Obviously, I did a little Photoshop tweaking on this, a mixture of adjustment layers and high pass, to get the grungy look.

Chances are you found me through someone else's blog, but make sure you check out the rest of the DLWS staff's images as well:


posted by Brad @ 6:27 PM,


At May 21, 2008 at 6:26 AM, Blogger techauthor said...

HI Brad,

Nice start to your blog. Keep up the good work.

Could you please add some lens and exposure info to your captions. I'm in the market for a wide zoom and seeing the focal length of pictures I like (such as the boat in the shipyard) will help me make my decision.

I hope to meet you in the fall at the San Juan Island DLWS. Seeing these images (and the ones from Canyonlands last month) make waiting my turn extremely difficult.

At May 30, 2008 at 9:37 AM, Blogger f said...

Saw your blog for the first time.

Keep up the good work


At July 7, 2008 at 12:59 AM, Blogger Eric said...

The second to the last image is wonderful. Fabulous color.


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