WHY A POLARIZING FILTER – PHOTOGRAPHY TIP 43

•November 24, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The circular polarizing filter that I use on my wide-angle lens cost over $200.00.  Is it really worth the expense?  Can’t I just saturate the image in the processing stage?  These are good questions.  And here is my answer: Yes and No!  Yes, it is worth the expense.  And no you cannot just saturate the image in the processing stage.

For the absolute serious photographer who wants an image that is pure from overdone post processing, invest the money.

Look at this image from Yosemite National Park.  This image has absolutely no post processing saturation.  The sky color is created by the appropriate positioning of the photographer and the sun, and the use of a high-quality circular polarizing filter.

First make sure you are perpendicular to the position of the sun.  You may need to move around to find this perspective.  Believe me, it’s worth it.

Then, adjust the circular polarizing filter to achieve the desired color.

Finally, adjust your aperture setting as the polarizing lens will filter some of the light.

When you do that, you will capture an image with all the natural beauty that God intended.

EL CAPITAIN

GETTING UP CLOSE WITH HALF DOME

•November 23, 2014 • 4 Comments

If you take the time, you can drive and hike your way to a whole new perspective of Half Dome.  These images are from about 6ooo feet elevation.

First, from the floor of the Yosemite Valley.

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - HALF DOME WEB

Then from 6000 feet.

HALF DOME HIGH 1

HALF DOME HIGH 2

HALF DOME HIGH 3

MORE YOSEMITE COLOR

•November 19, 2014 • 2 Comments

I know everyone is feeling the severe effects of winter this week, but it is still fall according to the calendar.  From my recent trip to Yosemite National Park, let me share some fall color to help you through the cold.

YOSEMITE COLOR 1

YOSEMITE COLOR 2

Two shots from inside the park.  Different trees…different colors.

WHEN IT ALL COMES TOGETHER

•November 9, 2014 • 2 Comments

There is that rare occasion when all of the photography elements seem to converge to really assist in the making of a very good image.  I have to say, this is a perfect example of what I’m talking about.  The late afternoon lighting was perfect.  There were just enough high clouds to provide creative interest for the sky.  The river was calm creating a reflection in the foreground that was free from any distracting rippling.  The subject…well, it’s Yosemite.

Looking at this image makes all the work it took to capture it fade away.

It is Half Dome in all of its beauty!

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - HALF DOME WEB

THE SIGHTS ALONG THE WAY

•November 6, 2014 • 2 Comments

On the shores of Bass Lake sits this quaint wedding garden.  I was intrigued by the sky on this particular afternoon.

THE WEDDING GARDEN - YOSEMITE

Driving into Yosemite National Park provides a plethora of images that compel you to stop.  A wedding garden. A 120 year old church, a grove of trees and brush, and lots of fall color!

 

 

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - FIELD OF COLOR

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INTO THE HEART OF YOSEMITE

•November 3, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Sometimes, even the obvious shots are worth capturing – and even necessary.

Such is the case with this image of Yosemite National Park.  This is likely the most famous perspective of the park.  Does that mean I should ignore it.  No!  Not at all.  What is a visit to Yosemite without the most famous “Tunnel View?”

Approximately 16 miles into the park from highway 41, you will come to the famous tunnel.  Upon exiting that tunnel, you will witness quite possibly one of the most magnificent views of any National park in America.

I give you, The Tunnel View.

YPSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - THE TUNNEL VIEW

PHOTOGRAPHY TIP – BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS

•October 30, 2014 • 5 Comments

If I have learned one thing in photography, it’s this: Even though I may know what I’m planning to shoot, if I’m aware of my surroundings I may discover something equally as interesting.  That was exactly the case with this image.  Did I know there was a church along highway 41 about 10 miles from the Yosemite entrance?  No.  I just happened to notice it as I was driving by.  I quickly turned around, and this is one of the images I captured.  This little country church was built in 1894 and is a beautiful example of the simplicity of the churches of this era.

Almost as a bonus, the sunset hour creates the vivid colors of this hewn rock wall.

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - COUNTRY CHURCH WEB

Don’t go too far.  I’ll be posting more Yosemite images soon.

 
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