stylo's Journal

Norvell Covered Bridge in green Uploaded: 09/23/17 8:38 PM GMT

Image: Norvell Covered Bridge in green

Totally different shot and time of the season on this one, same bridge as posted yesterday, yet the clarity isnt there! but as you can see...same reflection! not sure what it is about this place. suppose i could go shoot again since i got permission from the owner the first time.

Theres only one i got that has super clarity for the distance you have to shoot. i thought it was posted. its alot like yesterdays painting look one(fall shot) but the sky is white and reflects that down on the water. never was really happy with it. suppose i could replace the clarity one with swapping out just the bridge...then again, just not that important when i can just go shoot it again, just around the corner from where i live. interesting subject nonetheless. cool thing to have in your yard.


Norvell Covered Bridge Uploaded: 09/22/17 11:29 PM GMT

Image: Norvell Covered Bridge

Thought i might revisit this one, yes its the same one i used in Pitched Window so it does look familiar. never was much clarity to make it a good picture, great for a joke in PS and maybe now a painting.

Nope! no HDR software was used for this one, this one was all done by hand. those that have been editing awhile will know exactly what i mean. not to meantion a daunting task it can be! lot and lots of hours with different brushes...over and over! the way it use to be done.

Lowell Mi Train Trestle Bridge Uploaded: 09/21/17 11:55 PM GMT

Image: Lowell Mi Train Trestle Bridge

just something i stumbled upon while out shooting something else. tucked away hidden in the woods...Enjoy!

Light trails on M66 Uploaded: 09/15/17 10:52 PM GMT

Image: Light trails on M66

while on my way to another bridge i crossed under this one. had to do it! lots of traffic speeding by and Semi's as well. just as i was putting the cap on the lenes and calling in quiets, a squad car was behind me with flashing lights. seems they frawn down upon people standing in the middle of the road at 5am in Ionia the officer was nice about it, she could have given me a ticket just as well. Enjoy!

Sailboat in the Sunset Uploaded: 09/01/17 10:18 AM GMT

Image: Sailboat in the Sunset

This is breaking rules i know people that wont dare point their camera into the when you're warned it means: done leave it pointed there dummy! warnings are for complete idiots in most cases.


1/2500 sec

ISO 800

120mm (with a 300mm)

heres the trick to a shot like this...

meter "spot"

As you can see from the values i reduce the light coming into the camera as least as and out fast! Spot meter off the sun telling the camera that the bright light was the average over all light.(darkens the rest) you can see from the postion of the sun that there was plenty of light outside still so for it to look dark out? was just explained. this is a great option to get silhouette shots. think of it in terms of the opposite with lighting conditions? poor lighting. will become very useful. people under estimate the metering selections, pass them up altogether. its the first thing i evaluate before i take a shot...whats the lighting conditions out, or inside to the effect i want? or you can bury yourself in software for hours to make the shot...not into it! let the camera do the most for you. thats why they give you that flexibility in a DSLR, use it! for 4 yrs i been pointing that canon body into the sun and it works just but do whats right for you. your missing out on a lot of great shots, in Raw metering is not an option to change

Software: a layer of blur and a little vignette to draw your attention to the sun and the boat...and if you look close enough? thats not one boat! theres two there, the sail boat is in its all about illusions :)

Homer Covered Bridge Uploaded: 08/31/17 9:39 AM GMT

Image: Homer Covered Bridge

odd one to say the least, only winter makes it look worth anything interestng at the time to shoot. yes, i do love my bridges.

Storms a Brewing Uploaded: 08/30/17 9:32 AM GMT

Image: Storms a Brewing

wicked day while out shooting, trying to stay ahead of the storm on my way to a location called "The Ledges". was a sight to see! pictures dont do it justice.

Sunset over Jackson Mi Uploaded: 08/29/17 1:23 PM GMT

Image: Sunset over Jackson Mi

sunset straight from the card, i get tired of all that editing for nothing. its beauty like it is. just a matter of playing around with your picture styles and the color to get the hue you want and proper metering adjustment before you hit that shutter button...done.

Reflection at Sharon Mills Uploaded: 08/28/17 6:38 AM GMT

Image: Reflection at Sharon Mills

very little was done to this one, usualy level, contast and color corrections I do at the start of just about ever picture before i get started. I could have taken it a lot further. fine just as it is! its just amazing the water was that still not to share it. that morning was no wind or disturbances. this is the actual reflection. captured...remember this one Tigs?

Starry Night lake Uploaded: 08/26/17 3:11 AM GMT

Image: Starry Night lake

Just another starry night out late at the lake


Star Bound Uploaded: 08/24/17 12:55 AM GMT

Image: Star Bound

Something a little different. I'll have to perfect this a little better. takes all night just to get 4 or 5 pics with the long exposure times. I'ts rather fun to experiment with and not too difficult. just locate that north star and find a rather dark place to work in. Enjoy!

Milham Cobble Stone Bridge Uploaded: 08/22/17 7:02 PM GMT

Image: Milham Cobble Stone Bridge

Easier just to place the link here if you care to read up on it. this site is where i get all my infor for chasing bridges.

Very few of this type left. im almost certain i read somewhere these two in this park were the only ones left..which is the reason i stopped there...idk, maybe not. Yes! i do love bridges.

Autumn Foot Bridge Uploaded: 08/21/17 10:44 PM GMT

Image: Autumn Foot Bridge

Just a stroll in the morning as the sun burns off the fog. Enjoy!

Masonic Temple Building Uploaded: 08/21/17 12:15 AM GMT

Image: Masonic Temple Building

We get to playing around with these things they can get out of control very quickly, software, filters

Yet Clarity is the one thing most just spend more money to achieve a higher level, most cases that's exactly what you have to do..its all about that glass! now if your using PS? most will sharpen with a unsharpen mask and think its great! and really? its not bad. there's also one technique thats list in the discussion boards about high pass layers. it was used here (in overlay mode) compared to unsharpen mask. the high pass was much more effective with less noise. its not to say i dont have a little too much here on this file already... that came from the HDR process to give it a 3D painterly look, which i love my stuff more surreal then real...we all have our preference and i like them "all" personally!

however, in any case, or style you choose? provided your using PS dont just try one and then stick to just that very one technique of sharpening. ive made this mistake! of course LR has a nice choice as well, and many other programs! these are just my findings and result to share. just some thoughts with Sharpening, is all.

Now if you comment below with your skills and equipment dont need to be sharpen? your just lying to me and your self :) same as if you dont shoot in raw because you always get it right the first time in jpeg.

Happy Shooting to all of you! no matter what you use to shoot with or the software use to edit. its been my pleasure learning so much from all of you just by viewing :)

Sunrise over Tamarack lake Uploaded: 08/19/17 11:26 PM GMT

Image: Sunrise over Tamarack lake

Just one of those mornings out early on a hot humid summer day...those are the best! makes me wish i brought the fishing pole.

Flaming Sun Set Uploaded: 08/19/17 12:08 AM GMT

Image: Flaming Sun Set

Things arent always what they appear to be.

Racing Reds Uploaded: 08/18/17 1:56 AM GMT

Image: Racing Reds

Out Popp'in Pic's with Tigs on lake Hudson. hell of a day we had Partner! really Enjoyed the company.

Enchanted tree Uploaded: 08/15/17 7:49 PM GMT

Image: Enchanted tree

forget the name of the park, slips my mind now, somewhere out in Kalamazoo Mi.

Oh yeah, sorry ol'mate changed my mind...Im here to stay! anything you think have on me...blast away! :) carefull now!! :)

Bleeding Hearts Uploaded: 05/20/17 3:06 AM GMT

Image: Bleeding Hearts

cool little flower.

Spring Swallowtail Uploaded: 05/04/17 5:52 AM GMT

Image: Spring Swallowtail

Bit odd for this to appear in the parts i live this soon. was a warm welcome day with some morels found as well. nonetheless surely spring has sprung now.

to all my friends at Ceades:

Im still around and shooting, editing and hopefully improving. had to take a break and under go eye surgery on both my eyes and things seem to need an adjustment period. I'm very uncertain when i do shoot and editing that has left me at some what a disadvantage in confidence for now. yet at the same time? maybe this whole new world to look forward to...seen again in a different light. as was the same when i picked up the camera and photography. im not sure if posting style will change or stay the same. for now i just need to keep it simple. its not easy getting to know a sense you once had is now altered.

however, as with everything else in life...i will adapt! just a standard procedure im sure many of you have gone through. yet at the same time...what god gives you isn't the same as now man-made to work the same. both lenses in my eyes are now new ones. rest assure the twisted brain is still the same. :)