Seabrook Photography

I had a chance to work on my photography again today. I was asked to go take pictures of Seabrook’s Town Hall while it still had holiday decor.

For those of you unfamiliar with Seabrook – Seabrook is “Washington’s Beach Town.” Seabrook is located in Pacific Beach. And Town Hall is Seabrook’s main structure that hosts a lot of the town’s community events.

Here are some of the shots I took of Town Hall and the houses next to it:

In this photo, as with the rest of the photos in this post, I’m shooting on the Nikon D5200 with the 18-55mm lens that comes with the camera.

What I like about this photo is the composition. It seems well balanced to my untrained eye. This was captured at 44mm with ISO 400, f/9, 1/60th.

I through this photo into Lightroom and auto corrected the light, I leveled the geometry, and I enabled lens correction.

This picture is of the same landscape, but a different, slightly lower angle as you can see the post on the left has now made it into the picture.

I made the same adjustments to this picture in Lightroom as I did the previous picture. And I shot this scene with the same ISO, shutter speed and F-stop.

Here is one of Seabrook’s Town Hall I took right around 4:15pm on Jan. 3, 2018. Earlier in the day the sun was clipping the top section of Town Hall, so I had to wait until the sun went down.

Usually, I find it hard shooting in the evening. But right when the sun goes down is perfect.

I shot this at 24mm, 400 ISO, f/9, 1/60th. Those settings seem to be perfect for shooting right when the sun goes down.

I want to experiment shooting with a smaller f-stop (higher number). I want to practice shooting at f/8 or higher to see if the images are more clear.

As with the two previous photos, I ran this photo through Lightroom. I leveled the photo. I auto corrected the lighting. I also added some clarity to the photo.

The major difference with this photo is that there is more of the walkway in the picture. Here, I’m sitting on my rear-end so I could get lower for, perhaps, a better angle.

This was shot on the same settings as the previous pictures. The same techniques were applied to this picture in Lightroom as the previous one, as well.

Finally, I took some sunset pictures too. Shooting into the sun is always difficult for me. This was no different. I studied some sunset shots in Lightroom of a picture I came across. I tried to re-create the settings out in the field.

I ended up shooting at 55mm, ISO 125, f/20, 1/20th. It was a noticeable difference from what I had been capturing in the past.

Then when I got into post-production I noticed I was still way over exposed.  I auto-adjusted the light. Leveled the frame. And this is the result. I actually added some clarity too.

I still feel like the sun is too bright. I will continue to work on these types of shots.

But overall, I felt like this shoot was a success. I learned some small things. Nothing that’s going to make me a world-class photographer. But some things that will surely help me in the short-term on my way to becoming a better photographer.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everybody!

New Year’s resolutions. Everybody has them. I’m no different.

For me, there are 5 things I want to improve in 2018. Those 5 things are diet and exercise, photography, videography, writing, and computing programming – namely Python and Machine Learning.

This morning, I went on a walk with my family around town and took my camera with me to practice photography.

What I really want to improve on during the beginning part of the year is my photo composition.

Here are some of the shots I took this morning, with some lightroom edits to the exposure, etc.

I’m using a Nikon D5200 with a 105mm macro lens.

Union Station in Tacoma, WA. I used a Lightroom present called Intense Cinema. ISO 200, f/13, 1/100th.

This might be my favorite picture I took this morning. I cropped it. I also leveled the photo. I jacked the clarity up to 100 in Lightroom.

What I like best about this photo is the composition. I think I did OK here. I like this photo.

ISO 100, f/13, 1/100th.

Another picture I took this morning that I like.

This was taken on the Chihuly Bridge in Tacoma.

I also threw this one into Lightroom. Jacked the contrast up. I brought up the clarity as well.

ISO 100, f/16, 1/80th.

Nothing special here. I guess I’m satisfied with the composition. Please keep in mind I’m a true beginner, so I don’t really know what I’m doing at this point. My main goal is just to get in hours and reps.

Here I did some auto-correcting in Lightroom, and increased the clarity.

ISO 100, f/13, 1/80th.

Another landscape shot. What I learned is the 105mm macro is not a landscape lens. It does OK. But it’s not what it should be used for.

ISO 250, f/18, 1/60th.

This lens is pretty good, however, at taking pictures of people. It’s ideal use is taking pictures of things close. But it does really well with people too.