Imperial Beach on Superbowl Sunday was fantastic. The sunset wasn’t especially colorful, but the cloud formations were amazing!
I used my Olympus EM-5 with Rokinon 7.5mm fisheye lens mounted on a tripod. In order to make sure there was absolutely no camera shake created by me pressing the shutter, I used the 2 second timer.
In case you’re interested, these are of the settings I used:
- Aperture Priority
- Format – RAW
- ISO – 200
- Aperture – f/11
- Shutter Speed – 1/60th
- Exposure Compensation – +0.3
Here’s what I got:
The out of camera results aren’t bad, but if anything perhaps a little dull. And yes, I do recognize that there is some distortion, but I’m ok with that. This is a fisheye image after all. I’ve mentioned it in some of my other on-line forum posts and I’ll say it here – I like the fisheye effect. I don’t use it all the time, and think that limited use is probably better than too much. But, there are times when a scene seems just perfect for it, and this was one of those times!
I’m not going to go into great detail on the adjustments that I made. There are plenty of excellent tutorials on-line for that. This is more of a high fly-over. In Adobe Photoshop RAW, I bumped up the Clarity setting. To my eye, this has the effect of tweaking the midrange tones. After that I did some work in Photoshop. Not much, but I did adjust the levels a bit. To finish it I bumped up the color saturation, cropped it a little from the bottom, and added a vignette . This is the result:
The changes are subtle and simple, but lately I like that. I used to be much more into HDR images, but I’ve backed that off a lot. As much fun as it was to make a series of images into something really grungy, I think I’ve gotten that out of my system. Just like using the fisheye sparingly, I’m going to keep HDR as a technique, a tool that I can use when the time is right.
That’s it for now. Until next time – Happy Shooting!