March blue moon

Did you seen the blue moon in January? Did you know there will also be one March 31st?

Although this is not the blue moon nor during the ‘blue hour‘, the very blue scene is the moon rising over an island just off the shore of Lake Superior a little north of Grand Marais, MN. I was fortunate to attend an Outdoor Photography class with Bryan Hansel in early February. Bryan kindly shared some of his incredible knowledge of photography and some of his favourite locations along the north shore. We were thrilled to have a clear night sky for this outing.

I still have much to learn and know better for future shots to lower my ISO in order to have a less grainy image.

I could also upgrade the quality of my equipment…

Advertisements

Sunset Country

Spring brings a spectrum of colour as flowers burst with life.

The skies around here display a spectrum as well. If you didn’t see my video on Ignace Outposts’ YouTube channel, FaceBook or on The Weather Network (they insert a commercial, sorry)…

just soak in the snapshot below (straight out of the camera).

shades of (not so) grey

Here’s a screen shot in Lightroom, before and after view, of my not so black and white misty morning image.

The saturation slider (last slider in the adjustment panel on right hand side) was moved all the way to the left removing all colour.

In Photoshop, we can look at the pixels up close. Using the colour picker tool, we can select an area of the image to see what the colour is. I hovered the eyedropper over a grey part of the image just above and to the right of the dialogue box and clicked. I tried this in a number of areas of the image with consistent results. (When I attempted a screen shot capture to share my findings, the eyedropper vanished from the screen! The image below was shot with my iPhone!)

Did you guess the hint of colour is orange? Darker shades of orange become brown and when added to an image create a sepia or aged look.

So my original image had a natural infusion of sepia!

mist at dawn

Straight out of the camera, this scene appears to be shades of black and white.

When I reduce the saturation to zero in Lightroom, any hint of colour is removed and the image looks like this:

So what is the colour that tints the original image? I took the image into PhotoShop to take a closer look. With the colour selector dialogue box open, I can use the eyedropper tool to click on an area of the image to see what colour that pixel or pixels hold. To which colour do you think the grey shades are related?