SOMETIMES…

•December 13, 2014 • 3 Comments

It’s interesting and often difficult to explain – the images that capture the attention of a photographer.  Sometimes, it’s as simple as a colorful window.

GREEN WINDOW

THE ART OF THE SILHOUETTE – Photography Tip #44

•December 9, 2014 • Leave a Comment

A good silhouette will provide more than just a shadow that carries no possible recognition of the subject other than facial features.  A good silhouette will cast ever so little light on the face to achieve just enough detail to recognize the subject of the portrait.  In the case below, I have placed the model in a way that allows me to adjust my settings for the light in the frame, but not the model.  Then, I make an ever so slight adjustment to allow a hint of light to splash onto the subject’s face.  This creates the perfect setting to achieve the silhouette, and at the same time recognize the subject.

EMMA 8-13-13 A SIG

CHRISTMAS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

•December 7, 2014 • 2 Comments

Yes, Christmas here is a bit different.  Coming from Iowa, it did take a few years to get used to seeing Christmas trees on the beach.  But now, it seems perfectly normal!

I captured this image one Christmas at Crystal Cove in Laguna Beach, California.  This is why we love riding our bikes on the beach.  One can see so many things they would otherwise miss…like a Christmas tree.

CHRISTMAS CRYSTAL COVE_edited-2

Only 17 more shopping days till Christmas.

IT’S DECEMBER…

•December 1, 2014 • 4 Comments

It’s very difficult to dismiss all the reminders that the Christmas season is quickly approaching.  To those who may be holding out until the last moment to admit that, just let it go.  It truly can be the most wonderful time of the year.

So maybe I will be the first to say, “From our house to yours, a very Merry Christmas season is upon up.”

Christmas 14

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.

 
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