Picture of the Week: Alaskan Driftwood

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Do you ever have one of those weeks where you feel like you’re never caught up? Welcome to my week! It took me a while to get back to Texas from Alaska and when I got back I was absolutely exhausted. On Monday I was photographying a golf tournament for BvB Dallas (who I told you about last summer, I’m helping them out again this summer!) and then the rest of the week just felt like it went by too fast.  Not just that but I’m battling some emotional stuff at the moment (and it’s winning but I will prevail), so I didn’t go out and shoot a picture of the week this week.

I’m looking forward to writing about Alaska and showing you more pictures (you can get the sneak peek by watching the video), but for now this picture of the week will have to do.  I went down a random road, hopped some train tracks, and had an entire rock beach next to a frozen lake to myself.  It was one of the most serene moments of my life.  In the video (around the 15:00 mark) I tell you about this picture and how I was going to take it, then moved to the side, changing my composition, and got the shot I really wanted.  Enjoy this week’s picture, Alaskan Driftwood!

For the photographers: I shot this with my Sony a7rIII and a 16-35mm f2.8 G Master lens which I rented in Anchorage.  I absolutely loved the 16-35GM, the crispness of the images from it were wonderful, even closer to 35mm (which was my critique of the older 16-35mm f4 lens, which I used to own, it wasn’t very sharp closer to 35mm).  Image was taken as follows:

  • Aperture: f2.8
  • Shutter speed: 1/1600s
  • ISO: 100
  • Focal point: the driftwood

Obviously I could’ve stopped down to f8 really easily since there was so much ambient light but I really wanted to test out the sharpness at f2.8 on this lens and, like I said above, I was super impressed!  I handheld this one but probably should’ve brought my tripod (which was sitting happily in my car) and ND filter for a super long exposure shot to streak the clouds a little bit, but oh well.  Post on this one was pretty easy, my typical Lightroom flow and then a very light application of Pro Contrast from Nik Color Efex Pro 4, I didn’t really need to add any sharpness because everything was so crisp coming out of the camera.  Super happy with the image and with the lens!

As always, please let me know if you have any questions!

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