Posts tagged “Clouds

Super 7(000)

Ever since seeing the poster for the new movie “Super 8“, I was inspired to try and recreate the same mood. I had no idea if I would find a location suitable or if I’d be able to come close to capturing the poster’s feel. On this day,the sky was right (menacing clouds in layers and completely overcast) and I live in a somewhat rural area in California (Sonoma County) so chances of finding something midwestern were slim, but not impossible. After driving for about a half hour I spotted this water tower out of the corner of my eye. I had to stop on a two lane road to get the bracketed shots I needed for the cloud contrast and it had started to rain. Fortunately I didn’t kill anyone (or myself) and I got my shots and processed them using Photomatix and some heavy-handed photoshop. I took the pictures with my Nikon D7000, thus the name. I enjoy fun diversions like these and encourage all photographers to take a break and have a blast doing something you wouldn’t normally do.

3 exposures EV -2 to +2
Photomatix,
Photoshop CS5
Silver Efex Pro

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Tangerine Fluff

Airports these days are not known for their aesthetically pleasing environs or calming environments. I spent time with my Dad, who is a pilot, at the Charles M. Schulz Airport in Sonoma County which is an exception to the spartan, tile-lined, conveyer systems in most American cities. Whenever I’m there, I get to tour the premises which to me seems like I’m always breaking some vital FAA regulation but in doing so, I got to see some restored World War II aircraft and hang out with some great people who live and breath aeronautics. I would go as far as to say that they really do love the smell of jet fuel in the morning. I made this shot after a bottle of Stella Artois on an empty stomach when I noticed that I had only a few minutes left to shoot. I’m just glad that the composition ended up framed well.