Digital Photography Sunday School Ep 11

//Digital Photography Sunday School Ep 11
Digital Photography Sunday School Ep 11
Final Processed Image
Straight out of camera

Camera Gear and Settings:

  • Camera: DJI Phantom 3 Pro
  • Lens: DJI Phantom 3 Pro f/2.8
  • Focal Length: 3.61mm
  • Shutter Speed: 1/25 Seconds
  • Aperture: F/2.8
  • ISO: 113

Processing Software Used:

photo by: Jack Thatcher

Lift Off!

2016 Quicksilver Park, San Jose, CA

I’ve often said that photography has made me look at the world differently. Once you dive into photography you just start to notice things more. How the light touches objects throughout the day, when and how the clouds light up as the sun rises and sets, all of the different colors of the seasons…..these all became more apparent to me once I picked up a camera. Photography literally changed the way that I see the world.

Well, I’m so excited to say that it’s happened again!!! I’ve taken to the skies and I am now able to see the world completely differently all over again. It’s exhilarating. You never quite know what you are going to see when you get up there. You have an idea but it’s impossible to know for sure. It’s awesome to look for compositions and framing while navigating into the perfect place to capture an image. I’m still learning to find what I am looking for but I’m loving the process.

This image was captured from about 250 feet above Guadalupe Reservoir high in the hills of Quicksilver Park. I loved how the trail and the ridge of the hill ran in the same line. Plus an amazing sunset was taking place and the sky was really lit up. I lowered the cameras angle just a bit so I could put the horizon on the top third and I liked how the road entered from the bottom and lead you through the frame. I knew when I took the image I would probably flip it around so it lead from left to right.

Editing Process

I must say that I am pretty surprised by the quality of image that comes out of this little camera. It gives me a RAW file so I have access to all of the information that I can bend to my will. I will also say that the files always look better once on the computer vs what I see on my iPad at the time I shoot the image. This will take a little imagination and time to get used to.

There was nothing too special about this edit. I did most everything in Lightroom CC in the “basic” block. I simply brought out the shadows and gave a vibrance boost to the sky to match what my eyes saw when capturing the image. I then brought it over to Photoshop CC to make the horizontal flip so the road went the way I wanted it to. That was really it. More aerial images to come in the near future.

Thanks for reading and let us know what you think. We would be happy to answer any questions about the processing or anything for that matter.

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