We get clear skies.
In the winter they are cold and clear, in the summer they are our dog days of summer, just right for a day on the beach.
Due to the lunar nodal cycle we had the lowest low tide in 13 years yesterday. We spent the day over at my Dad’s. He lives on Vashon Island. For fun I took a series of photos from about the same vantage point to show the dramatic difference over the course of about twelve hours starting about 6 in the morning.
Clearly the weather wasn’t much: the sky was pretty much flat gray.
Usually we go to the mountain a bit later in the year, after most of the snow melt, so we’ve never seen Narada Falls so vigorous. This year the snow melt was accelerated by the record breaking hot weather in our area. The water really was everywhere, even in the air! It was hard to photograph the falls this year without getting my lens covered with water.
It’s been crazy hot here. But the water is cold, and wading at sunset makes you feel like the world isn’t so bad…
I played with using some of the effects available in the GIMP and the G’mic plug in for it (I think you can use G’mic as a plug-in for other programs as well).
A chance ray of sunlight lit this rose, making it pop from the surroundings.
I continue my exploration of chiaroscuro.
This is a Renaissance painting using chiaroscuro:
I took these photos yesterday between rain showers. One typical feature of chiaroscuro is the light coming from a specific direction. In this case the sky was a mix of dark clouds and blue, when the sun hit a break in the clouds it came between some nearby trees.
Another feature is that the brightly lit subjects have a lot of detail. Since I wanted detail in the highlights I chose what some would consider an under exposure (I used the P mode and set the exposure compensation to -0.3) and made sure the depth of field was great enough to get the whole flower. The settings were F 4.0, 1/320s and ISO 100 the focal length was 8.8 mm (24 mm 35 mm equivalent).
I used Raw Therapee to darken the shadows without loosing detail in the highlights.
Moving the photo into the GIMP, I made a duplicate layer of the image, switched the duplicate to multiply blend mode, adjusted its opacity then used a tone curve on the resulting image to fine tune the contrast.
Fern Cove Preserve on Vashon Island in Puget Sound. For Jez’s Water Water Everywhere.
I’m a fan of the beach at sunset…even on a chilly winter evening.
Every year the winter rains and high tides reform the tide flats near Shinglemill creek. Today was a low enough tide to walk the beach, without rain, but the creek is still full and running fast and deep. My little dogs were intimidated and couldn’t get across, but they kept trying.
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