BACK TO THE WORLD OF PORTRAITS

•June 2, 2017 • 1 Comment

Yes!  I still do portrait photography.  I actually love the world of portrait photography. Having said that, I thought I would share a few images from my photo shoot last weekend.

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MORE LONG EXPOSURE PHOTOGRAPHY

•May 15, 2017 • 2 Comments

Now that you’ve mastered fireworks photography, it’s time to once again step out of your comfort zone and experience a broader spectrum of night photography. Capturing any night scene is very similar to shooting fireworks, but there are a few nuances that you may want to note in the following instructions. I am posting 3 images, all with differing settings to help you gain a perspective of adjusting for each different environment you may face. First, the “Lights of the City” shot. There may be a more famous city for night photography, but there isn’t one that is more immediately recognizable than the city of Seattle. This image was captured at ISO 100, 60mm, f/5, at 8 seconds. It really is not that difficult because you can simply make an adjustment after your first attempt to either lengthen or shorten your shutter speed to create the desired result. The second image is of a tiny tea cafe in the city of Orange, CA. ISO 1600, 33mm, f/3.5, at 1/10 second. Did you notice the camera changes? I used a higher ISO, a larger lens opening, and a much quicker shutter speed. Because I had to stand in the middle of the street to capture this shot, it became necessary to increase my shutter speed for my personal safety. In order to do that, every other setting had to be adjusted to compensate for the faster shutter speed. If your camera is good enough, a high ISO is not problematic. And frankly, that will make the greatest difference in your shutter speed setting. Finally, my third image is from my living room. Since it was a low light shot, I think it compares to what we are talking about with our night photography, even though it is indoors. This image was ISO 100, 35mm, f/8, 5 seconds.

Don’t be afraid to give low light/night photography a try. Remember as with fireworks photography, you must use a camera that allows for manual control; and you must use a tripod. Although, for the tea cafe shot, I was able to hand-hold. But again, I was dodging traffic and it was necessary.

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ORANGE TEA CAFE

CHRISTMAS - NOT A CREATURE WAS STIRRING

IT WILL SOON BE THAT TIME OF YEAR

•May 8, 2017 • 4 Comments

With fireworks season rapidly approaching, I thought I would share some of my ideas for capturing an impressive fireworks burst. Contrary to what may you be thinking, you will need a long exposure rather than a short exposure to best capture the explosion and it’s trails.  Let’s review some basics: First, your camera must have a manual setting. In most photography situations, you want to be in control of your camera. That means you must move away from the “point and shoot” mentality. Second, night photography requires the shutter to be open longer. And that will require you to manually control the duration of the exposure. My shutter speed for these fireworks images was 4 seconds. Of course if you are going to have an extended shutter speed (4 seconds) your camera must be mounted onto a well stabilized tripod. This will eliminate any possibility of camera shake. If you do not have a remote shutter release, just set your timer to engage the shutter at 2 seconds. This will also eliminate any camera shake from manually activating the shutter. Next we’ll talk about focusing on the burst. You will soon realize that your camera will not automatically focus on a dark sky. This is an easy fix. If you have an auto focus lens, you will need to disengage that feature. Simply turn it off. Then manually set your lens focus to infinity. Since the fireworks are so far away, this will place everything in perfect focus. Finally, shoot at a low ISO setting to reduce noise. I have used ISO 100 on all of these images. If you’re lucky and live close to Disneyland, you can practice your fireworks photography almost any night. I just grab my gear, head over to the free parking lot at Downtown Disney, and set up. Within a few minutes, I am shooting away. Night photography is always rewarding. So, go out there and give it a try. These steps also work well with city lights at night. Look for a future post with some help in that area.

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Some of my Disneyland images:

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EVERYONE HAS A “GO TO” PLACE

•April 25, 2017 • Leave a Comment

If I had to choose a local favorite, my “Go To” place for landscape photography would be Huntington Beach – and more specially, the pier at sunset.

This particular image was captured about 7-8 minutes after the sun had already set.  I have come to realize some of the best sunsets do not require the sun to be in the picture.  Sure I love to capture that golden ball of fire in my images, but oftentimes there will be more vibrant color a few minutes after the sun sets.  Many times I have been one of several people taking pictures of the sunset, only to see the majority of them leave immediately after the sun disappears beneath the horizon.  If you want to capture the full spectrum of the sunset, stick around.  You will not be disappointed.

This particular shoot, I was waiting for the pier street lamps to come on.  I thought it would add interest to the image.  I’m pretty satisfied that I waited.

HUNTINGTON BEACH CORAL SUNSET

ANOTHER STEP FORWARD

•April 20, 2017 • Leave a Comment

My latest image to be professionally requisitioned from my portfolio. This is Point Vicente Lighthouse located on the California Coast in Palos Verdes.

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THEN CAME THE MORNING

•April 3, 2017 • 2 Comments

Even though I have posted this image before, at this particular time of the year, it bears repeating.

“He is not here, for He is risen as He said.  Come, see the place where He lay”             Matthew 28:6.

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MORE SPRING HAS SPRUNG

•March 31, 2017 • 2 Comments

I thought I would continue with the spring theme.  Here is a nice image that has an artistic black highlight added in post processing.  I think it presents in a more contemporary setting with this processing.  In this particular shot, I used a black drop cloth to create the background.  I think doing that really sets the flower apart from any background that may be distracting.

HAPPY SPRING!

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