Sunday, January 3, 2010

Back to The Beach

Indian Beach, that is.  The weather turned out better than I expected, and it continued to improve as time passed.

But it's been pretty wet lately, and the driftwood is still wet and, uh, well slicker than I've ever experienced it before.  Slick enough that when I stepped on one log to get over another, my right foot went sailing off out of my control and I landed on my ribs ON the second log.

That really, really hurt!  Still does.  It's the same patch of ribs that I bashed against some outcroppings on Mt. Hood a few years ago, so many of the sensations are distressingly familiar.

Well, I don't think I'd faint if I sneezed this time around.  Groan a lot, yeah, but I don't think I'd black out.
Slowed, but not stopped, I continued to shoot through the late afternoon.

Top photo is infrared via R72 filter, ISO 100, 60 seconds @f/8. The surfer photos were experiments for me, using modes I usually don't and post-work that I often don't.  All just for fun.


Seraffyn said...

You'll have to tell me about the filter you used for the first and why. I'm in learning mode! :)

Oh - and I really like that one for it's smooth water and dramatic and expansive sky.

NWWanderer said...

R72 is a nearly opaque infrared filter. It was a last-ditch effort to extend the exposure time, as none of my other filters had enough density and I didn't want to stop down too far.

In conditions like those, the IR characteristics (white foliage, dark skies, etc.) aren't that obvious, though the details in the different rock types sure show up in that one.

Seraffyn said...

Thank you for explaining. If you had stopped down too far, would that have caused "noise?"

NWWanderer said...

Not noise, but there are two other potential downsides to stopping down excessively (closing the aperture): 1) You'll move out of the lens's designed "sweet spot" of sharpness (usually around f/8 to f/11); and 2) Any speck of dust that has made its way to the sensor will start to show up more and more prominently at smaller apertures. These can be "touched out" in Photoshop, and of course would be better NOT there, but they do show up with interchangeable lens systems.

Seraffyn said...

Ahhhh... I see. Thank you for clarifying that some more for me. I was afraid I wouldn't remember exactly what you said to me about it on the phone, and now I can refer back to it.

NWWanderer said...

Just had a thought (and condolences in advance)... given the diameter of your lens, if you want to experiment with IR, you're in for a pretty significant bill. Probably time to think out the rectangular filter option.