Blue Truck Seagull

Blue Truck Seagull – HDR single image, ISO 250, 21mm (equivalent), f/9.0 1/500th Second, Sony A7rii, Handheld

Blue Truck Seagull

I could not think of a better name than Blue Truck Seagull so that’s what I used. Pretty descriptive. This was taken on one of the walks I did with Roland down at Cattle Point in Victoria, BC last month. It was a rare clear day that was squished between weeks of rain that fell all through the end of summer and into autumn.

This was the first day I was able to play with the 10-18mm Sony lens that I bought along with the A7rii. Shot in Victoria, BC during the fall of 2015.

Processing this image was a bit complicated. I first used the Aurora Intensify CK plugin to stretch out the dynamic range and increase the clarity of the image. I then cropped the image in Lightroom, also adjusted the midtones to get a bit more shadow detail. Then I exported the image to Aurora HDR Pro and continued to stretch the dynamic range and add some pop to the colours.

Doing all the above processing really increased the noise that was visible in the sky. So I shot the image over to Noiseless CK to minimize it. Noiseless worked ok, but it left some strange artifacts in the blue sky that I didn’t like. I solved those by opening the image in Photoshop, duplicating the image and applying a strong gaussian blur to the lower image. I then added a layer mask to the top image and painted the blurred sky through and eliminated the artifacts.

For a simple image it sure did have a lot of steps to get to the final version.

Travel News

Tonight is my last night in Baltimore. I have had a great time meeting with old friends, and meeting some new totally awesome friends. I am so glad I gave myself time, limited as it is, to be here.

Tomorrow I fly to Chattanooga with enough time to get to the airport that I will be able to sleep in if I desire. Life is good.

Growing up one of my biggest dreams was to explore the world. Honestly I never thought this would become reality. But at the end of 2014 I quit my job as a project manager to do just that. I sold most everything I own, packed up the remaining boxes in storage, and set out to see the world. My goals while traveling are to meet people everywhere I go, work on becoming a better photographer, and attempt to stay where the weather is not freezing. Along the way I am posting photos at and writing about my experiences at