Looking at life through the lens

Tell Me Tuesday – Photo 3

Tell Me Tuesday features one or more of my photos with information on how it came to be. How and where it was taken, technical information, and if any post-processing was done will all be shared. Sometimes before and after shots will be shown.

Then it becomes your turn to critique the photo (don’t worry, I have a thick skin) which can be anything from “I like/don’t like it” to a discussion of how you might have handled the same shot and/or done something differently. Since this is art, anything you like or don’t like is valid. And while I enjoy your praise, it is only your constructive criticism which can help me continue to grow as a photographer.

And finally, you will be given the opportunity to join in with your own Tell Me Tuesday post. It can be any type or topic you like. You don’t need to be an advanced photographer, just someone who takes photos. You don’t need a fancy camera. You don’t need to share the technical data if you don’t want … just how and/or why the photo was taken. We would all love to hear your story. Simply add your link below (and feel free to grab the logo to use in your post).


The New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden‘s design is based on the Suzhou Couple’s Retreat Garden built in the 18th century during the Qing Dynasty. It was designed by Zu Gwongwu and is the only authentic scholar’s garden in the United States. One day this past summer, I discovered it and went with my camera. One of the things I wanted to try was a long exposure of moving water, however I did not have the proper gear with me to do it properly. Since I did not know that we would be finding this Scholar’s Garden and the opportunities within, all I had with me was my camera and the one attached lens.

When I came upon the waterfalls, I knew what I wanted to be able to do, but would be restricted to attempting it without a tripod or the necessary neutral density filter(s) required to slow the exposure down significantly. Over the years, I have become adept at long(ish) exposures being taken handheld, so I would bring all of what I learned into play. I set the ISO at 200 and the aperture at f/25 and while bracing the camera with my arms against my body and slowly exhaling, took this photo …

Aperture: f/25
Shutter speed: 1/4 sec
ISO: 200
Lens: Nikkor 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR
Focal length: 55 mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Preferred
Nikon D3100
© Mark L. Fendrick

When I got back home, I opened the RAW file in Adobe Photoshop and made a few adjustments. I started with the normal initial settings – Chose “Vivid” for the Camera Setting and then selected the proper lens profile. I reduced some of the highlights and increased exposure a bit in the shadow areas. Finally I boosted the “Clarity” and the “Vibrance” settings a bit. The final step was to decide how to crop the image, and I tried a number of different crops until I was satisfied. Here is the final result …

While it is not as dramatic as it would have been if I had used a neutral density filter to slow the shutter speed quite a bit more, and I didn’t have a tripod with me to have steadied the camera, I am actually quite pleased with the result.


So now it’s your turn to critique these photos. 

Also, add your Tell Me Tuesday post to the links below. I look forward to seeing your photos and reading the stories behind them.


Comments on: "Tell Me Tuesday – Photo 3" (1)

  1. I love what you’ve done with this photo! Great editing.


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