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on Apr 28, 2011 in Landscape Photography

Laws Always Rocks!

Laws Railroad Museum is just this ever growing playground for the camera! We’ve been going there for at least twenty years and the contents and light are never the same making it just a trick or treat adventure every time you visit. This time I was so pleased with myself because I not only remembered to pack the 105micro, I remembered that I packed it just to shoot at Laws. You have to understand, I’ve forgotten every time up till now and I am so glad I remembered! I treasure the smallest of mental victories. The whole trick to Laws, or any location for that matter, is to go slow and have your eyes wide open. I walked into the second building and noticed that both large barn doors were open. This threw in big, soft light so all I had to do was find a subject for that gorgeous light. A couple of steps in on the right was this saddle. Its age and colors along with the...

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on Apr 27, 2011 in Landscape Photography

Alabama Hills and the Fish

One of the great fun things I like to do at the Alabama Hills is looking for shots for the 16Fish. This will sound really bad, but I look for balls most of the time. Here’s a new one I found this morning (I usually find only 1 new 1 per trip). To make it work, you of course first need a fisheye lens. Then you need to find a rock that is partially lit. If fully lit then you have a flat wall, not a round ball. You must have some shading on the side to give the illusion of roundness. Lastly you have to have a great background. To make this shot, I had my butt in the air as I kissed the dirt to get the angle to make the shot. I tilted the lens back to capture the white wisps of clouds you see in the top, right corner which to me, make the whole shot. And this is the “ball” rock from the side....

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on Apr 27, 2011 in B&W Photography

Alabama Hills is B&W Gold!

I am asked ALL the time about B&W. I think Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2 has a whole lot more digital shooters thinking B&W and that’s great! But just because we have an amazing finishing tool to go to B&W does every photo become a great B&W image. It all starts with the click. As you saw, I shot a lot of color images. As you’re seeing, I also shot a lot of B&W images. Yes, when I pushed the button I was seeing B&W and that’s what a lot of photographers ask help with. The clouds in these photos come to life using the Structure sliders in Silver Efex Pro 2. It’s that knowledge that I use in part when arranging the elements in the viewfinder. I then look at the whites and the blacks, where they are in the frame, where they pull the eye and the story that is tolled during that travel. That’s where experience starts to come into play. After thinking through that aspect...

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on Apr 26, 2011 in Field Reports

Hard Light Thought

“Just how do you make these images?” “Tell us how to find images when the light is hard.” “How do you shoot at highnoon?” These are some requests for help I received recently. So I thought I would create this little video providing just one possible solution to the problem. Now sound recording with the S9100 is a learning experience so while better then the last one, it’s not perfect so bare with me. Hopefully how I made the above images in bad light makes up for the sound quality. Pages are in the process of being updated. In the meantime you can watch our videos on our YouTube Channel as well as all Videos are available on iTunes as...

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