Beach and bokeh
Well, today it is raining. At least it was raining when I was on my way to work. It was actually kind of weird, because we still have probably around five inches of snow on the ground, but it was absolutely pouring down rain. There was a bit of ice, nothing to make the commute too bad. I usually love winter, but this year has kind of been a pain. It snows six inches one day, then gets up to 33 and it all melts. Then it snows again two days later. Then it gets warm again. I can say that I am officially over winter and ready for spring. To me winter has two parts. The part leading up to Christmas and then the part where it snows (hopefully the two coincide). I know that winter doesn’t technically start until December 22nd, but to me, everything after Thanksgiving is winter. So now that Christmas and New Year’s have come and gone, it’s time for some snow! And some sustained snow!
I’ve titled this entry beach and bokeh, yet all I’ve done is talk about winter. Sorry. You know how you get off topic and start rambling? And I’m not talking about just talking with someone. Like when I had a conversation with a group of coworkers the other day, we started talking about an upcoming happy hour and then bachelor parties and then sushi and then German beer and it was like “How the hell did this happen?” I’m not just talking about that. I’m talking about when you’re sitting there at a red light waiting for it to change thinking about what to make for dinner when you get home. Then you see someone walking their talk and think about that dog you had when you were little. And how cute it was when she knocked over your Coke can at your birthday party when you were 8 all over your friend Tom. And then, “Man, I wonder what Tom’s doing now? I haven’t seen him in 15 years!” Then you start thinking about that girl that he used to date who was so annoying, she reminds you of a girl you work with who is equally as annoyi…oh wait, work, that’s right, I forgot to bring my laptop home to finish that presentation! My boss is gonna kill me! Hold on, the boss is still out of the office in Europe…then you think how you would love to vacation there, visit Italy, they probably have the best pasta in the world there! PASTA! That’s it. Pasta for dinner. While all of this was happening, you missed two green lights, almost drifted into the guy behind you and are getting strange looks by people walking by.
Look at me, rambling again. How about some pictures?
It’s a two for one special today! One is from our Jamaican honeymoon (beach) and one is from last Friday on a short photowalk (bokeh). For the Jamaican one, I was trying to get a minimalistic feel to, with just the lone raft on the beach and the whole people in the distance in the water, one of them being my wife. I took it mid trip there on the typically afternoon we had, stunning blue sky, a few wisps of clouds, and that sparkling water. It actually did rain one afternoon, but this pretty much epitomized the weather!
I put more work into this shot than I was originally planning to. It is just a single exposure that I tonemapped in HDR Efex. I kicked it over to Color Efex where I added a Tonal Contrast layer to the sad and water and left the sky alone. After that I added the Brilliance Filter from Color Efex to give it that warm glow. I also added a Selective Color layer to boost some of the greens in the water as well as striaghtened the horizon.
This shot is a bit more straightforward. It is a five exposure handheld HDR from Station Square in Pittsburgh. I’ve been trying to do more DoF shots, and I think that this one turned out rather nice! Processed the HDR in HDR Efex, added a Tonal Contrast filter and boosted the reds from the sunset!
If you haven’t had a chance yet, make sure you check out my HDR Efex Tutorial!
Enjoy your Tuesday everyone!