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on Dec 13, 2017 in WRP Ed Zone

Long or Short?

You wanna show in your photograph “mass” but don’t know which lens to use. This is a very common dilemma that perhaps I can make a suggestion. My example here is from Bosque del Apache where the mass is the flock of birds as they take to the skies. There might be thousands upon thousands in your viewfinder at a time! Now how do you bring that site (cause we can’t bring the sound with a still) to life? It comes down to how much of your frame is filled with birds. The easiest is with a long lens. The hardest is the wide lens as you need more acreage with more coverage. Before the event happens, no way of knowing which will be the best lens choice. What I recommend if you have to pick, go long first as you’re basically guaranteed the shot. In the perfect world, you have two bodies with two lenses so if you have the acreage filled with the mass, you can make...

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on Nov 29, 2017 in WRP Ed Zone

Breakthrough ND Filters are the Cleanest!

Long exposure is a very special way of bringing motion to our still image. Digital photography through open the doors to using this technique easier and more productively as we can see our results instantaneously. In the beginning, we’d lower our ISO to the lowest possible setting and close our lens down as far as it would go. That wouldn’t really get us down into a shutter speed of seconds let alone minutes. There is a really cool and simple Multiple Exposure method to blur water. These all work but to get to the really long exposure time of minutes, we need a filter. Up until recently the filters available left their own residue in our photos, a color cast. Neutral density material is tricky to make and finally, a company has made a breakthrough producing a super clean ND material and filter! The “new” Breakthrough filters are really, truly, fantastic! Both of these photos they were in use and you can see for yourself how clean those grays...

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on Nov 9, 2017 in WRP Ed Zone

Let There Be Light

We’re taking a play right out of Hollywood playbook to bring the night to day, romance to dull. Lighthouses are a very romantic symbol, guarding our coastline and welcoming home our seafarers. Their light reaches out to sea to guide lost souls back to safety. Their very name contains the essence of their being, light …. house. So in our photographs, that light that emanates from the house is very much part of their story. There are times when we can capture that magical beam, there are times we cannot. It’s those times we cannot that now we can! What you see below is the before and the top, the possibility. Getting to the possibility was real simple. First. The Coquille River Light hasn’t operated since 1932 so the only way to bring its light back to life is in post. It started by shooting with the D850 / 70-200f4 AFS leaving room for a beam to be included in post. Shooting while the sun was still up yet...

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on Oct 24, 2017 in WRP Ed Zone

Grand Teton Adventure 2018!

The Grand Tetons … oh my what a gorgeous part of our wild heritage! I’ve truly not spent enough time in this gorgeous locale so Sharon & I are heading back in 2018 and want to take eight of our best friends along. While it might be a “landscape” workshop don’t think for a moment we won’t stop for critters like … MOOSE (go figure)! We’re targeting fall color to put up against those majestic granite spires and throw in some moody clouds for some amazing photo opps. We will of course head to some of the iconic Grand Teton locales and some you’ve perhaps never heard of. And simply can’t forget the amazing breakfast awaiting us to warm up after that glorious sunrise. We simply can’t wait! The dates are 8-13 Oct, 2018 and the price is $1895. That price includes transportation from the Jackson Hole airport and back again at the end of the week. It also includes entrance into the park, instruction in the field and...

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on Oct 23, 2017 in WRP Ed Zone

Moose’s Photomechanic Preferences

The emails have been flooding in asking me about my workflow since last weeks LR update. My workflow hasn’t changed much since 2015 when I wrote this post I linked on my workflow. I still use Photomechanic. Some have asked for my settings/preferences in Photomechanic which you’ll find all in the video. Just pause the video when the various settings/preferences boxes appear and copy the setting if desired. Hope this...

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on Oct 17, 2017 in WRP Ed Zone

Fog is … ?

Fog is what … besides being “a thick cloud of tiny water droplets suspended in the atmosphere at or near the earth’s surface that obscures or restricts visibility” or “something that obscures and confuses a situation or someone’s thought processes,” a great landscape asset! Fog adds mystery and suspense to our photographs that taps the imagination. Whenever your photograph taps the viewer’s imagination, you win! Fog can also bring a feeling of disaster or death, a cold emotion hard to shake. One thing about fog you can’t escape is that everyone has experienced it so they have a relationship to it. So in our photographs can we use those emotions and experiences with fog to intensify the power of fog when there really isn’t that much fog? Many turn to something in the digital darkroom like the Fog filter in Luminar to bring “fog” to their photograph. I’ve done that and it works really, really well. But as you know I like to do things in camera whenever I...

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