Another evening spent on the water and I’m the better for it. Aside from coming home refreshed, with a good workout and clear mind, I came home with some great photos as well, including some nice plover action that I’ll share soon. The second half of my paddle was just a paddle, no wildlife, but I stopped a few times for some sunset photos along the way.
The trouble with shooting on the water is always trying to find a decent foreground subject to anchor the shots. The kayak’s bow served in the top photo, although at f/2.8 the background falls OOF really fast, and at the wide end of the 35-100mm it barely fit. In the photo below, the best I’ve got is the reflection in the water and, hopefully, a sense of the right-side shoreline approaching the camera.
I processed both of these with the VSCO Velvia 50 emulation, then adjusted some of the settings to taste. Yes, it’s a rich, saturated photo. Maybe the colors are a little unrealistic, maybe there’s too much vignette in the corners. But right now, I’m a little tired of shooting everything “as is.” When it comes to portraits or wildlife, there’s more need for this kind of accuracy; but with my landscapes, I don’t see any reason not to punch them up a little if that’s what pleases me, and stray farther down the artistic path.