Seeking Shade


One aspect about the Delaware Valley which I do not care for is the humidity. Once it settles in for Summer, it’s just here. We’ll have a break here and there, but mostly it just gets hot and humid and stays that way. I grew up with this, so I’m used to it, but it still isn’t fun.

To beat the heat a bit I decided to get out of the house early and take Bump for a walk. We stopped a Jeny’s Java joint for my morning coffee 1. We then headed down to the river to see what we could see.

The temperature was still in the seventies, but the humidity was already out of control. A strong sun and no wind meant it was growing more unpleasant the longer we were out. The haze over the river also made photography a bit difficult, but it afforded me an opportunity to play with On1 Photo Raw’s excellent masking features.

The photo below, which highlights how even the geese were seeking shade at 9 AM, had a washed out sky right from the camera because I was trying to expose to bring out detail in the birds. I was able to paint in a local adjustment which reduced haze, lowered the exposure, increased contrast, and played with the highlights. I really brought out the clouds and bridge nicely, and also accentuated the reflections on the water 2. I then added a color adjustment effect and painted in a mask on the foreground. This brought out the color and detail in the grass. Finally, I used the retouch brush to remove a shadow cast by a nearby street sign. I’m very pleased with the results.

Geese seeking shade on a hazy day
Panasonic G7 with 14-42 mm lens • 28 mm • 400 ISO • ƒ/7.1 • 1/800 sec (unedited)
Geese seeking shade by the Delaware
Panasonic G7 with 14-42 mm lens • 28 mm • 400 ISO • ƒ/7.1 • 1/800 sec (edited in On1 Photo Raw)

  1. We’ll hold Bump off for a bit on coffee. Maybe when he’s two. Yes, I’m kidding. 
  2. Which was one of the nice things the still air provided. Silver linings.