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on Jan 30, 2014 in Landscape Photography

What’s a “Forced” Photo?

I was talking with some photogs about an image when I said, “It just seems forced.” I got back a wall of contorted faces basically saying, Huh? I thought I would explain to you what I mean in the hopes it might help you with your photography. I’m using for an example one of my own photos, a prime example of what I call a “forced” image. This photo was taken in Alabama Hills on an afternoon when I was finding ~nothing~ to shoot. That’s when I should have stopped. I simply wasn’t feeling the love, light was flat, shapes not popping out. So then I came to the small window and even though there is no photo here, I went ahead and made the shot. But the shot was a pain between getting myself, tripod and camera in place and then making the 9 frame HDR to hold in all the exposure in the “cave” and through the window. Then after this, came back to the digital darkroom...

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on Jan 29, 2014 in Landscape Photography

Red on Snow

If there is one color I prefer with snow over any other, it has to be RED! Red is also one of the more difficult colors to find, you gotta go looking for it. And find it where it snows! Now I was tempted to post a photo of a fire hydrant in the snow but figured that would be to obvious. When it comes to landscapes, as you can see in my images, I actually prefer a dominance of red over the white, but you can go either way. This top photo is one of the main amphitheaters at Bryce that we xcross skied into way back in the day. I really wanted the photo! Here, the white is about the same amount of the frame as the red. While at the same location, Bryce, this photo was taken on a different trip when there was less snow. Now a side benefit of red on snow is what the white does for the red. Our mind’s eye says...

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on Jan 29, 2014 in WRP Ed Zone

Click 2 Click

Announcing our new Weekend Course Click 2 Click is a shooting & finishing class for YOUR photography! Listening to all the feedback from the last couple of years of weekend courses and requests we’ve received, we’ve come up with a whole new course. Our weekend classes held in Mammoth Lakes, CA are evolving to help you evolve your photography in 2014. Hosted at the four star Westin in Mammoth, our first one is 19-20 April, 9-5 and we’re looking forward to your joining us! Simply put, Saturday is all about the camera click and Sunday is all about the computer click. We will be shooting on Saturday with your widest lens to your longest, with ambient light and flash. The techniques can be applied from critters to rocks and everything in between. Sunday we’ll take the images we shot on Saturday and finish them in the computer (we’re at the Westin the entire time). Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, there is information here to help your photography...

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on Jan 28, 2014 in Landscape Photography

The Plot Thickens …

So I did my morning cruise of the property to find any evidence of the night time parties I might have missed. As I mentioned previously, we numbered our trees on our property so when we see something, we can say “Tree 3” rather than, “In the tree.” Well, under Tree 1 I found this. You might not recognize it, but it’s the tail of a Flying Squirrel. Now, they don’t tend to just “drop” part of their tail on the ground. And this is just the 2nd time I’ve found a tail on our property. I don’t have “smokin gun” proof, but I think a kitty cat ate well last night! On a side note, this is another reason why I have always had “pocket cameras” even thought I own all the big stuff. This quick snap was taken with the Coolpix P7800 using the SB-300 flash. I simply put it on A, set the focus to Macro and went click. You see the results right out of...

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on Jan 29, 2014 in Gear Head Wed

GearHead Wednesday 14-05

Got a gear question you want answered? Send your gear questions to me at Gear Questions and I’ll do my best every Wednesday to answer as many questions as I can. Keep in mind the answers are just my $.02 worth and you have to take what works for you and embrace it and ignore the rest. So here’s this weeks questions …. I have a Nikon D700 and 14-24, 24-70, 70-200, 200-400 zooms and a 200 macro. I’ve not always been happy with the critical focus on my photographs. Do you run the ‘AF fine tune’ option in the camera menu when pairing a camera with each lens? How do you go about the testing procedure? Thanks, Rob Rob, it would seem GearHead Wednesday opened up this debate even greater because as like you, many others emailed after the its posting. Other than the resolution chart, for the untrained eye to determine if an image is blazing sharp or just sharp is near impossible! And training the eye...

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