Nature has shown such amazing color in the last day. A big spring storm was projected for the day, and indeed the prediction was right.
Bands of heavy rains interchanged with sunny skies and finally finished late in the afternoon. While watching Esperanza on her nest preening after the rain, I watched the moon rise in the light clouds painting in sky blue.
The saying usually goes “Red sky in the morning, sailor take warning” but last night, for a few brief minutes the light turned into a rosy pink. A color that I rarely see.
Luckily my habit of keeping a charged camera on the table ready to grab helped and I rushed out to try to capture the incredible light. Thinking as quickly as I could, I used some trees to create an attractive composition.
I have recently acquired an Olympus OMD-EM1 Mark II to use for an upcoming international trip. My decision to get this micro-four-thirds mirrorless camera was for the incredible image stabilization it offers. With their new Olympus 24-100mm f4.0 pro lens with it’s own image stabilization, I can go up to 6-stops of image stabilization which is absolutely amazing.
I’m testing the kit and my own ability to create sharp images hand holding at super low shutter speeds. Alas, I was a little overly ambitious and at 1/10 of a second with a light breeze I’d be out of my mind thinking I’d get a sharp image. And indeed it was so as the dogwood flowers were just slightly off focus.
But I loved the light and I wasn’t ready to just toss the image away. After some vibrance and saturation adjustments in Lightroom, I brought the image below into Topaz Impressions and added a painterly filter and reduced opacity. I think I salvaged the out of focus image rather nicely. What do you think?