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Ash I really like all of them. I have been to the Keys many times. Love it there. Usually fly into Lauderdale and drive down to Key West. Usually stay on one night on Key Largo or Isle of Mirada on the way down.
I have never been to Ft Jefferson but have it on the to d olist next time we go down.
Great shots and looks like a great vacation. Thanks for posting them.
The Dry Tortugas excursion was completely last minute, we finalised it while driving down to Key West and just made the last flight on time in the last two seats! It was a great experience. The flight gave us 2.5 hours of island time which was barely enough if you like both lounging/snorkeling and checking out the Fort, so consider the full day trip option (although this is more expensive) and take a packed lunch. You can camp overnight if you bring your own supplies and come via the ferry - now that would be incredible, being there for sunset and sunrise
My ideal trip would be to hire a yacht and spend a week inside the park as the other island offer a lot of options for diving and exploring.
Leonas, very nice set with lively colors but the 1st shot is really outstanding.
Ash, fantastic set, beautiful colors, and the PP is spot on.
Thanks Edward - I'm still getting used to the M240. I love how it is even more functional and usable but I'm still on the fence in terms of what it produces at base ISO. The LCD framelines are just brilliant, and having 1600-3200 ISO there when you need it really extends the usefulness of the camera (having come from an M8), but I can't help but wonder about how these shots would look if taken on an M9...
Ash, excellent set...must have been a great trip! Looking at the other pictures, the water in the foreground from the first picture, might need a bit more contrast. In The last picture, did you lift the shadow in the building (right in the middle of the picture)? How much sharpening did you apply? To me it is almost to much, but this might be just my personal taste. The pictures have a pretty impressive 3D pop, what lens did you use?
The first shots are through the plastic windows of the Cessna, so they are definitely lacking contrast and sharpness, not too much I can do about that.
The last picture - I think you are right, the shadows are lifted too much.
Sharpening - from memory (I forgot to check last night) about 30 on LR5, so not excessive. However, looking at the pictures again I feel I could back off a touch from whatever I used - so I agree with you there.
Most of the photos are with the 28mm Summicron ASPH at f/8. I'm not really seeing the pop - interesting that you do...
Thanks for the feedback - you really nailed it.
AshNZ - terrific series, love the colors you captured in the blue waters and also the greens of the grass contrasting with the brown-red bricks of the fort.
That location makes it easy, my wife's iPhone pictures are terrific! The azure waters are incredible - who needs fly international when you have that right here in the US
Ash, amazing series!! I love the higher key effect, and great PP'ing
Thanks Charles - you've made me go and look up 'color key' just it make sure it was what I thought it was