RJI Photography: Blog http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog en-us (C) RJI Photography rjiphotography@gmail.com (RJI Photography) Sun, 17 Apr 2016 13:41:00 GMT Sun, 17 Apr 2016 13:41:00 GMT http://www.rjiphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u150807730-o61185087-50.jpg RJI Photography: Blog http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog 80 120 Sony Reflection App http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2016/4/sony-reflection-app Sony mirrorless cameras have the ability to load apps for use in the camera to create a number of interesting effects (https://www.playmemoriescameraapps.com/portal).  While many dismiss these as 'toys' I'm finding that some can be quite useful.  One of these apps is called the Smooth Reflection app.  This app lets you easily take magical long-exposure photos that normally require an ND filter. For example, you can make lakes covered with ripples look as smooth as glass. The Smooth Reflection app creates fantastical long-exposure effects without an attached ND filter by combining a sequence of continuous shots into one photo.

While there are number of presets, I prefer to use the custom mode where I can set the number of exposures for the app to combine.  In the examples below, each is a composite of 128 images.  Exposure length for each image was generally under 1 sec or whatever the scene called for.  The results is an image that emulates the use of an ND filter.  This becomes quite valuable for certain lenses with fixed hoods or if I simply left my ND filters at home!


rjiphotography@gmail.com (RJI Photography) 2016 A7r2 April Density Lake Memories Minnesota Minnetonka Mound Neutral Play Reflection Smooth Sony exposure lake landscape long http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2016/4/sony-reflection-app Sun, 17 Apr 2016 13:31:42 GMT
Whispering Winds http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2016/2/whispering-winds Pelican Point 022016-22-PanoPelican Point 022016-22-Pano

rjiphotography@gmail.com (RJI Photography) February Lake Minnetonka Movement Pelican Point Sunny Winter clouds exposure frozen ice long sky http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2016/2/whispering-winds Sun, 21 Feb 2016 13:14:46 GMT
Streaking to Dawn http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2016/2/streaking-to-dawn It took a four minute exposure to capture these clouds.

Lake Minnetonka 021816-4-EditLake Minnetonka 021816-4-Edit

rjiphotography@gmail.com (RJI Photography) clouds daily dock exposure frozen lake landscape long minnetonka snow streaking wanderings winter http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2016/2/streaking-to-dawn Thu, 18 Feb 2016 22:55:51 GMT
Light From Above http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2016/2/light-from-above Minnetonka 021716-3-EditLight From Above

rjiphotography@gmail.com (RJI Photography) Lake Minnetonka clouds dog february ice landscape minnesota nora snow sunset http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2016/2/light-from-above Thu, 18 Feb 2016 16:03:07 GMT
The Sun http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2016/2/the-sun The sun finally came out late this afternoon filling the sky with a golden light.  I found this area on my way home and had to stop! Minnetonka 021616-4Minnetonka 021616-4 Minnetonka 021616-18Minnetonka 021616-18 Minnetonka 021616-16Minnetonka 021616-16 Minnetonka 021616-12Minnetonka 021616-12 Minnetonka 021616-13Minnetonka 021616-13


rjiphotography@gmail.com (RJI Photography) Lake Minnetonka cat docks february golden landscape snow sun sunset tails winter http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2016/2/the-sun Wed, 17 Feb 2016 02:12:16 GMT
Lake Life http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2016/2/lake-life Lake Minnetonka 013016-4-EditLake Minnetonka 013016-4-Edit Lake Minnetonka,MN - 2016

rjiphotography@gmail.com (RJI Photography) Frozen January Lake Minnetonka clouds evening night winter http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2016/2/lake-life Tue, 16 Feb 2016 12:23:41 GMT
Chasing Loons http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2015/9/chasing-loons Out on the water, there were a couple of loons just floating on the water.  I slowly maneuvered as close as I could to capture them.  They were cautious but let me get closer than I thought I could.


Pelican Point 092615-134Pelican Point 092615-134 Pelican Point 092615-163Pelican Point 092615-163 Pelican Point 092615-192Pelican Point 092615-192

Pelican Point 092615-157Pelican Point 092615-157

rjiphotography@gmail.com (RJI Photography) Autumn Lake Loons Minnetonka September birds wildlife http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2015/9/chasing-loons Sat, 26 Sep 2015 23:50:46 GMT
Willow Falls, WI http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2015/9/willow-falls-wi It was a beautiful fall day at these falls.  The water seemed abnormally high for this time of year but made for some fun photography.

WillowFalls 092015-61WillowFalls 092015-61 WillowFalls 092015-41-HDRWillowFalls 092015-41-HDR WillowFalls 092015-21-HDRWillowFalls 092015-21-HDR

rjiphotography@gmail.com (RJI Photography) Falls Willow Wisconsin autumn fall river waterfall http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2015/9/willow-falls-wi Tue, 22 Sep 2015 01:05:44 GMT
September Morning http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2015/9/september-morning Pelican Point 092015-7Pelican Point 092015-7

Morning Sunrise on Lake Minnetonka - Sony A7rII + Zeiss Batis 25/2

rjiphotography@gmail.com (RJI Photography) 25/2 A7rII Batis Lake Minnetonka Sony Sunrise Zeiss http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2015/9/september-morning Sun, 20 Sep 2015 21:33:06 GMT
Summer's End http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2015/9/summers-end Lake Minnetonka 091215-8Lake Minnetonka 091215-8


The days are quickly getting shorter, the air more crisp.  And while the lake has fewer boats, the weather is just spectacular making for a wonderful day on the water.


rjiphotography@gmail.com (RJI Photography) http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2015/9/summers-end Sun, 13 Sep 2015 14:30:03 GMT
Let's Try This Again http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2015/9/lets-try-this-again  

It's been a while since my last post.  I seem to post images everywhere (Facebook, Flickr, Fred Miranda) but on my own blog.  Well, it's time to change.  My focus will be on my Daily Wanderings.  Sometimes it may just be images and other times I might discuss my gear . . . or both!


The images below are explorations on the capabilities of a favorite camera lens combination, The 42MP Sony A7rII paired with the Sony/Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/1.4.  The images below were taken pre-dawn and are all handheld and range from an ISO 2000 - 12800.  The images are also taken at F/1.4-2.0.  The high ISO capabilities of this camera is simply amazing.

Daily Wanderings 091115-6Daily Wanderings 091115-6 Daily Wanderings 091115-7Daily Wanderings 091115-7 Daily Wanderings 091115-5Daily Wanderings 091115-5

rjiphotography@gmail.com (RJI Photography) 35mm A7rII Distagon FE ISO Landscape Sony f/1.4 high http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2015/9/lets-try-this-again Fri, 11 Sep 2015 19:27:57 GMT
Scenes in the Neighborhood http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2015/1/scenes-in-the-neighborhood I friend contacted me yesterday early morning saying he was in the neighborhood looking to find some grunge.  I'm not sure we found the grunge he was looking for but we had a great time finding scenes in the neighborhood.


rjiphotography@gmail.com (RJI Photography) http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2015/1/scenes-in-the-neighborhood Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:40:11 GMT
Voigtlander 50mm f/1.5 http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2015/1/voigtlander-50mm-f/1-5

rjiphotography@gmail.com (RJI Photography) http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2015/1/voigtlander-50mm-f/1-5 Sun, 18 Jan 2015 13:07:03 GMT
Chilly November Day http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2014/11/chilly-november-day  

Minneapolis 111314-46-459Minneapolis 111314-46-459 Minneapolis 111314-20Minneapolis 111314-20 Minneapolis 111314-17-448-456Minneapolis 111314-17-448-456 Minneapolis 111314-6-455Minneapolis 111314-6-455 Minneapolis 111314-42-464Minneapolis 111314-42-464 Minneapolis 111314-12-468Minneapolis 111314-12-468

rjiphotography@gmail.com (RJI Photography) Avenue Boom Evening Island Lighthouse Lowry Mississippi Night November River skyline snow water http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2014/11/chilly-november-day Sat, 15 Nov 2014 13:57:46 GMT
Autumn Sunrise in the City http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2014/11/autumn-sunrise-in-the-city Daily Wanderings 110114-31Daily Wanderings 110114-31 Daily Wanderings 110114-12Daily Wanderings 110114-12

rjiphotography@gmail.com (RJI Photography) Bridge Dawn Hennepin Minneapolis Mississippi River Sunrise http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2014/11/autumn-sunrise-in-the-city Fri, 07 Nov 2014 12:00:59 GMT
Lakewood Memorial Chapel http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2013/11/lakewood-memorial-chapel I've been wanting to visit the Lakewood Memorial Chapel for some time now, having heard about the mosaic tile work being among the best in North America.  I was not disappointed.  This image was created by stitching 5, 5-bracketed HDR images (for a total of 25 images) to create this panorama.  For more about the chapel, here's an excerpt from the website: 

The Memorial Chapel at Lakewood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as the architectural focal point of the cemetery.  The building was designed by prominent Minneapolis architect Harry Wild Jones and was modeled after the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey.

The chapel interior was created by New York designer Charles Lamb and many consider it the most perfect example of Byzantine mosaic art in the United States.  In 1909, Lamb traveled to Rome to enlist the services of six highly accomplished mosaic artists who had just recently completed a project in the Vatican.  The artists created more than 10 million mosaic pieces, called tessellae, from marble, colored stone, and glass fused with gold and silver.  The artists then traveled to Minneapolis to assemble the work inside the chapel.  Upon its completion in 1910, the Lakewood Memorial chapel was the only building in the country with an authentic mosaic interior.

Lakeville Cemetary Chapel 112713-63Lakeville Cemetary Chapel 112713-63 Canon 5D Mark III with Zeiss Distagon 15mm f/2.8 @ f/8 (5 sets of 5 HDR bracketed images, 25 images in total)

rjiphotography@gmail.com (RJI Photography) Lakewood chapel church hdr memorial mosaic panorama tile http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2013/11/lakewood-memorial-chapel Thu, 28 Nov 2013 13:03:53 GMT
More on Bridges - Big Blue http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2013/11/more-on-bridges---big-blue Images of the I-35W bridge at night.  While the first is a more common composition, I tried to get something different with the others.  All were shot with a Canon 5D Mark III with Zeiss Distagon 15mm f/2.8

Daily Wanderings 112713-25Daily Wanderings 112713-25 Daily Wanderings 112713-27-EditDaily Wanderings 112713-27-Edit Daily Wanderings 112713-29-EditDaily Wanderings 112713-29-Edit

rjiphotography@gmail.com (RJI Photography) Blue Bridge Evening I-35W Minneapolis Night landscape http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2013/11/more-on-bridges---big-blue Thu, 28 Nov 2013 11:19:45 GMT
Bridge Symmetry http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2013/11/bridge-symmetry A friend of mine invited me to go out and photography the Lowry Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis.  It's really close to where I live but I've never photographed it.  We arrived a little later than either of us wanted (just past blue hour) but we were determined to keep shooting. This bridge, completed about a year ago at a cost of over $100 million, has a totally modern design and looks like something you might typically see in Europe or Asia.

Lowry 111313-35Lowry 111313-35

Lowry 111313-42Lowry 111313-42

Lowry 111313-52Lowry 111313-52

rjiphotography@gmail.com (RJI Photography) Lowry architecture avenue bridge city minneapolis http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2013/11/bridge-symmetry Thu, 14 Nov 2013 03:40:45 GMT
Maple on Ginko http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2013/11/maple-on-ginko During a walk this morning, I came up to this pile of ginko leaves which had one violet colored maple leaf sitting on the pile.  It was early morning so some of the reflections are from the street lights nearby.

Daily Wanderings 110913-11Daily Wanderings 110913-11 Sony NEX-5N w/ Minolta 40mm f/2 @ f/2.8, ISO 800

rjiphotography@gmail.com (RJI Photography) Leaf Maple Morning November autumn fall ginko purple violet http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2013/11/maple-on-ginko Sat, 09 Nov 2013 13:57:17 GMT
Morning Autumn Light http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2013/11/morning-autumn-light I was on a morning walk with the dog when this scene stuck me.  It was all about the light and the deep color and contrasts of the side lighting.

110313-40110313-40 Canon 5D Mark III w/ Minolta Rokkor 58mm f/1.2 @ f/5.6

rjiphotography@gmail.com (RJI Photography) November autumn building city light morning trees urban yellow http://www.rjiphotography.com/blog/2013/11/morning-autumn-light Mon, 04 Nov 2013 10:55:50 GMT