Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Correa and Martinez

This is a shot of the Astros new rookie sensation - Carlos Correa - leading off first base with Victor Martinez of the Tigers getting ready for a throw from the pitcher Justin Verlander (not pictured) during the Tigers v Astros game in Houston on August 15th 2015.  The Tigers won 4-2 in 11 innings.

For this shot I developed the raw file using the Fuji Classic Chrome film simulation, opened up the shadows a tad in LR and added a little vignette.  That's it.  No sharpening or noise reduction whatsoever.

Lastly, I also used Fuji's XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS lens which is a very inexpensive telephoto zoom lens.  It's not as well made as say their 55-200 lens as it made of plastic and the glass may not be quite as sharp.  However, with manual focus and the focus peaking of the camera, it can still render pretty good results.  I think I would rather have the 55-200 lens, but I'm OK with this one for now, mainly because it's $150 cheaper than the 55-200.  If the 100-400 lens ever comes out, that's my next pipe dream.  Can't wait for that!!!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifim X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 230
Aperture - f6.7
Exposure - 1/1000
Exposure program - Manual
ISO speed - 1250
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Minute Maid Park Panorama

Whenever we go to games I try to remember to get a nice panorama of the stadium.  Sometimes it works out great as it did in Arlington and sometimes it doesn't.  As a matter of fact, I think I waited a hair too long to take this panorama.  I originally wanted to take it at sunset so the skyline through the windows would look really cool with a nice sunset, but that didn't work out too well.  I should have shot it a little sooner so I could get more of the sun shining on the field. As it worked out, you can see the sun shining on the stands in the upper deck of right field.  It's OK, but next time I'll try a different time. 

Every time I do a pano, I try to remember my own little way of doing it, which is a little different than using the built-in panorama mode of a phone or camera.  Basically, I take a few test shots of just the portion that I plan to have in the center of the pano to find the best aperture, shutter and ISO settings, use those settings in manual mode and then take all of the overlapping shots from left to right in portrait orientation.  Those portrait shots are the ones I use for the pano-merge in LR.

Lastly, I will take a portrait shot of some good action on the field and mask in the players from that one shot so the scene has some interest on the field.  Otherwise, chances are you will get some players just standing there between pitches and that's not as cool in my opinion.

Oh and one other thing about baseball stadium panos for me anyway, I like to take them when the home team is on the field because the home uniforms are usually almost all white and they standout better than the gray visiting team's uniforms.

You can click on the photo itself so you can see a larger version.  I hope you enjoy the shot and as always, thanks for dropping by.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Focal Length - 18mm
Aperture - f3.6
Exposure - 1/180
Exposure program - Manual
ISO speed - 800
Exposure bias - O EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Monday, August 17, 2015

Verlander Pitches

Eileen and I went to the Tigers v Astros game last Saturday night!  Even though we live in Texas, I grew up in Michigan and the Tigers have always been the team I root for.  So when they came to town, we just had to go!  Especially since the Astros play in Minute Maid Park which has a retractable roof.  Makes watching baseball in August much more pleasant!

The game was Awesome with a capital "A"!  Justin Verlander seen here, pitched and had a great game.  He pitched 7 shutout innings with a score of 1-0.  Verlander even picked a guy off at first.  It was funny because the leadoff hitter for the Astros - Jose Altuve - got on with a single, but he just kind of zoned out at first when Verlander picked him off.  As Altuve was leading off, Verlander threw to first, but Altuve didn't even attempt to jump back to the base and the the first baseman, Victor Martinez tagged him easily.  You can see what I mean here.

Later, the relievers came in and the closer gave up a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth.  The Tigers rallied in the 11th by scoring 3 more runs and won the game 4-2.

As far as the picture goes, I had my Fuji set with the classic chrome film simulation which worked great for the game here.  I took the raw photo, used the classic chrome camera calibration in LR, warmed up the white balance a tad, cropped it, sharpened it, dropped the highlights, and added a little noise reduction and vignette.  Not much post-processing at all!  What do you think?

If you would like to purchase a print or digital copy of this image or any other, please contact me or visit my on-line gallery.
 
Exif data:

Camera -Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 230mm
Aperture - f6.7
Exposure - 1/1000
Exposure program - Manual
ISO speed - 2000
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Friday, August 14, 2015

Masking the Denver Broncos Cheerleader

1,000,000 Hits on Flickr!

Wow, I never thought this would happen but I have finally gotten over 1 million hits on Flickr!  Yowzers!  Thanks to everyone who takes a gander at my silly little photos over there!  I really appreciate it!



Masking the Denver Broncos Cheerleader

Here's another shot commemorating the return of NFL football this season.  I took this shot at Sports Authority Field in Denver, CO when the Broncos took on the division rival Oakland Raiders back in Oct of 2012.

This shot was processed using many liberties, specifically masking and cropping.  You see, the original shot had a clear background of more of the football field, people in the stands and on the sideline as well as other cheerleaders performing in a different direction.  All of this was rather distracting.  So what I did was mask out the main cheerleader and cloned out the other cheerleaders, blurred out the background and then copied this cheerleader in overtop of the "new" background and cropped the shot.  I also added in a little tonal contrast for her hair, some dynamic skin softening, darken/lighten center and some sharpening of her uniform, all done with Nik's Color Efex 4. Oh, and I blurred the background with Nik's Analog Efex 2.  Anyway, I need to practice a little more of my masking skills, but I'm rather pleased with how this turned out.  BTW, the masking in Photoshop CC is better than ever and works pretty well!

Now on to football!!!

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Exif data:

Camera - Nikon D300s
Lens - Nikkor 18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Focal Length - 135mm
Aperture - f9
Exposure - 1/320
Exposure program - Program AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

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