This is an abstract of the rusty, old train I shot on the day after Sacramento’s recent rains. Actually, it started to sprinkle on me soon after taking this shot and I fought the urge to seal up the Nikon D90 for about 2 minutes. I had an untested rain sleeve available as well. Then the tiny shower shopped and a marvelously ominous but picturesque sky lasted hours. I stayed in the area until after sunset. Those shots are… Well, you’ll see soon! :-)
Image stood still while I edit the poop out of it in PhotoShop Lightroom, CS4 and Elements 7. I guess it was happy with me playing with it unmercifully.
I did all sorts of different things with this shoot: I used Shutter and Aperture priority settings for the first time. 50% of the entire 8 GB was NEF files (Nikon’s RAW). I switched lens a few times a few times, really played with ISO, and took the opposite of this shot in the Anything For The Shot gonzo mode (still coming up to Red Bubble).
Here are some of the details because RAW editing can be the longest process know to man. (Women know ‘giving birth’…)
Camera was the Nikon D90 because no Canon could capture this one. No way. ;-)
Lens: the kit 18-105 Nikkor for this shot
colour: uncalibrated (I knew I was gonna play with it later)
aperture: f/20, or more than 10 stops higher than I’ve used before
ISO: a flat 200
focal length: 18 mm
metering mode: spot (aiming at a particular cloud, not the train)
exposure compensation: -5.7 steps
date & time: 1/23/2010 @ 4:21 pm
monstrous editing mistake: I didn’t take the time to run the mouse over the entire negative space and only just noticed that it’s painfully visible on a good monitor at the right angle.
But see all those bridge supports, light poles, and the fencing above them? They and every branch of the very distant trees as well as the water treatment building’s overhead pipes has the true sky (as edited) showing around and thru them. Again, pixel by pixel and sometimes recreating objects only partial visible like the light pole on the extreme left. There were simply no pixels the camera caught so you’re seeing results better than the naked human eye can see, and likely only a SLR camera in the hands of a pro could capture. A NIKON SLR, of course. Hehehe!