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Sea Lion Caves.  26 November 2013.  20/2.8  28-200  Vancouver Isl 
Nov 26, 2013
  28-200, 20/2.8, Vancouver Isl  
How to: photograph interiors.  22 April 2018.  20/2.8  Checklist  HDR  Photography  Real estate 
Apr 22, 2018
  Checklist, 20/2.8, Photography, HDR, Real estate  
Residence for sale.  24 April 2018.  20/2.8  HDR  Real estate 
Apr 24, 2018
  HDR, Real estate, 20/2.8  
Stitching a panorama with ICE.  8 May 2018.  20/2.8  Panorama 
May 8, 2018
  Panorama, 20/2.8  
 
 
 
Sea Lion Caves
Tue 26 Nov 2013      20/2.8  28-200 - Vancouver Isl
Sea Lion Caves
     Tue 26 Nov 2013      20/2.8  28-200 - Vancouver Isl
 
 
 

Yesterday I hiked the sea lion caves trail, which leads to a community of large, fleshy, and boisterous beasts on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island.

The hike takes about two hours each way and briefly shares space with the Juan de Fuca Trail. The sea lions trail head is south of Port Renfrew, near the bridge over Jack Elliot creek. The first third of the hike is an easy walk on a fire road but the rest is a challenging scramble over and around and under a gnarly and slippery mass of roots and limbs. Following a narrow spine that falls away sharply on both sides, the path is not for the faint of heart. But as one approaches the coast, the call of the sea lions beckon. While listening to this odd soundtrack, the barely-a-path becomes a slip and slide down a long slope to the rock shore, assisted only by a worn rope with an occasional knot. Gloves are recommended for the belay down, and then the back up on return. 

I traveled light, taking only a 20/2.8d and the almost-as-small 28-200g for the D800E. The 28-200 hasn't been out since being on a Nikon D70 in Peru in 2005. I've kept the 28-200 as a candidate travel lens, though its quality and ergonomics - the plastic mount and the short-throw between extreme focal lengths - pale in comparison to my other lenses. The 70-300, with its longer reach and VR, would have served better for capturing the sunning sea lions and the swimming silver-backed seals, but the 28-200 served me well. 

 
 
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How to: photograph interiors
Sun 22 Apr 2018      20/2.8  Checklist - HDR - Photography - Real estate
How to: photograph interiors
     Sun 22 Apr 2018      20/2.8  Checklist - HDR - Photography - Real estate
 
 
 
I returned to my office recently with a set of real-estate photos (a condo we were selling) and found I'd overlooked something, a camera setting. Damn. I had to go back and re-shoot. But before I did that I developed this checklist for photographing interiors.

The challenge with interiors is small spaces, uneven lighting, and windows. Since these scenes are static the answer, of course, is to use HDR. You can do hand held HDR but a tripod allows the slow shutter speeds necessary for poorly-illuminated spaces.

Take:

  • Dark clothing to minimize reflections
  • Wide-angle lens, the wider the better. Ex: D800e 20mm; Fuji 12mm (=18mm FF) or 16mm (=24mm FF)
  • Remote control, the camera's timer will work in a pinch
  • Tripod + L-bracket
  • Circular polarizers: 20mm Nikon is 62, 12mm and 16mm for Fuji are 67.
  • White balance card

Set up the camera:

  • Aperture priority
  • AE bracketing on, typically 5-shot brackets in intervals of 1
  • AF-S, focus priority.
  • Auto ISO off. A still subject plus tripod means you don't need auto iso. (In all other situations I depend on auto-iso.)
  • Set white balance.
    • Fuji press the WB button (front) choose Custom then take white reference shot.
    • Nikon set WB to PRE 1-4. Press WB, release WB, press WB again but hold. Now dial in the slot (1-4) and frame and shoot to take the white reference shot. The word Good should appear after a moment.
  • Attach polarizer
  • Aperture set for maximum depth of focus and sharpness, f/8 is good
  • File type depends on processor. Photomatix can process Nikon raw.

Check the rooms:

  • Turn on all the lights
  • Look for reflections in mirrors, windows, cabinets
  • Look for anything out of place such as:
    • Clothes
    • Towels
    • Papers
    • Pillows
    • Wires, dishes, etc.

Back at the computer:

  1. Copy images to file-type-specific folder.
  2. Batch process with Photomatix after setting bracket number and output folder
  3. Bring results into Lightroom then develop as follows:
    • Fix verticals and horizontals
    • Sharpen
    • Adjust contrast, clarity, shadows, etc.
    • Crop

Photomatix processing speed depends on the computer, the files, and output type chosen. I've tended to generate several outputs but time and space can be saved by fine-tuning this.

2018-04-10: shot 34 scenes, each with a 5-shot bracket, so 170 files. Photomatix took 3 1/2 hours to process the 34 sets.

2019-12-06: 48 scenes. Photomatix processed 240 Nikon nef's, saved 5-versions per, and did it in 95min.

The last step for each HDR photo is a trip through Lightroom for sharpening, color adjustment, and to fix the verticals and horizontals. While you don't always have horizontal lines to fix vertical lines are really common, fixing them makes a big visual impact, and ot's ridiculously easy with a tool such as Lightroom.

This is also when I process the exterior shots, like stitching together several shots to create a panorama. Lightroom does well with panoramas.

2020-06-05: LR's real estate photos are at: "I:\real estate photos" and the LR catalog (updated to the new LR) is at "I:\real estate photos\lightroom\harbourside\harbourside-2.lrcat".

 
 
 
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I'm only partially happy with this picture. Even with a polarizer it has reflections in the window and the glass shelves. But it's good enough for my needs which is to show the interior with a view out the window to the Sooke basin and the Strait of Juan De Fuca in the distance.

 
 
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I'm only partially happy with this picture. Even with a polarizer it has reflections in the window and the glass shelves. But it's good enough for my needs which is to show the interior with a view out the window to the Sooke basin and the Strait of Juan De Fuca in the distance.

 
 
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I'm only partially happy with this picture. Even with a polarizer it has reflections in the window and the glass shelves. But it's good enough for my needs which is to show the interior with a view out the window to the Sooke basin and the Strait of Juan De Fuca in the distance.

 
 
Residence for sale
Tue 24 Apr 2018      20/2.8  HDR - Real estate
Residence for sale
     Tue 24 Apr 2018      20/2.8  HDR - Real estate
 
 
 

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Stitching a panorama with ICE
Tue 8 May 2018      20/2.8  Panorama
Stitching a panorama with ICE
     Tue 8 May 2018      20/2.8  Panorama
 
 
 

I recently had five photos I needed to stitch, something I've done countless times, but Lightroom for some reason wouldn't stitch 'em. It'll do the right-most two, but no more. That's annoying.

But just in time I ran into Microsoft's free Image Composite Editor which effortlessly stitched all five. Plus, it offers additional stitching options and a more flexible workflow. I like this product.

 
 
 
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