Lotuses

Lotus

Japanese Garden, Van Nuys, California. I’m back in Los Angeles and back at the Japanese Garden shooting “lori” (lotuses) again. Thank god it was breezy as it was hot (hotter tomorrow) but not so great for shooting spindly flowers.

The above image is a RAW file processed high contrast in Lightroom. The Ricoh GR’s high contrast JPEG blew out the faces of the petals so I went to the RAW file to get more detail there. Nice to have both files.

Lotus

This lotus “face” is the high contrast JPEG processed in the Ricoh GR. The RAW file showed more detail but less contrast and was less interesting visually. Nice to have both files to mess with.

Waterfall in Sage’s Ravine

Waterfall in Sage's Ravine

Appalachian Trail, Sage’s Ravine, Massachusetts. Gary and I hiked from Undermountain Trail in Connecticut to the Race Brook Falls Trail in Massachusetts along the Appalachian Trail a few weeks ago (I’m behind in my photo editing).

I took a number of shots along this very photogenic ravine but this is the only one I liked. Over the years I think I’ve shot this place to death so it’s tough to find scenes that are novel (for me). Shot with Ricoh GR and I used the RAW file which I processed in Lightroom.

Mountain Laurel on Paradise Lane

Mountain laurel on Paradise Lane

Paradise Lane Trail, Bear Mountain, Connecticut. Gary and I hiked from Undermountain Trail in Connecticut to the Race Brook Falls Trail in Massachusetts along the Appalachian Trail a few weeks ago (I’m behind in my photo editing).

This was not a good year for mountain laurel and these blooms along Paradise Lane were the best ones we saw on this hike. I liked the way the Ricoh GR made them look in high contrast but these are the GR’s RAWs processed in Lightroom. I liked the extra detail the RAW files gave me.

The color images are done with the Sony RX100 III and show the wonderful colors of this state plant of Connecticut.

Mountain laurel on Paradise Lane

Mountain laurel on Paradise Lane

Mountain laurel on Paradise Lane