Bond Falls


I ended up having some time away from work and decided to make a trip to a set of falls I’ve been wanting to visit for awhile. Now that I live an hour closer to them it makes the trip a little easier and I’m hoping to make another trip to them sometime during the summer. For all of these photos I had on my gear to go walking into the water to get different perspectives. For the colored photo with the reflection I ended up waist deep in the water. I was trying to get closer but it got too deep but I’m glad I was forced to get the photo I did as it allowed to capture the reflection in the foreground.

 

2015 in review


Although I wasn’t able to keep up like I would have liked, it was still a great year. Some of the great things that happened this year was getting a flash, finally taking some professional looking photos of one of my babies (only took 3 tries, lol), and learning how to take much better photos of flowers by using the flash. I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things once things start to slow down.

For now we’ve just got our first big snow fall for the year and I’ve started a new project of building an ice rink at the new house. I’m hoping it turns out but if doesn’t turn out so great then I’ve learned one way not to do it next year. I hope you all have a great New Year’s and may the next year be even better for you!

Happy shooting!

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Happy Holidays


I hope everyone is having a good end of the year. I know it’s been awhile since my last post. I don’t have any landscape photos ready to post yet and I’m not sure when I will have any. I’ve been busy with moving and still getting things situated. I do have photos to process and I’m hoping to get out this winter to get more. My plan is to be back on here hopefully this winter or in the spring at the latest but we’ll see if that happens.

This photo wasn’t taken with my DSLR but with my phone. Homemade pumpkin pie with graham cracker crust in 1 cup ramekins.

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The Eye


You must be thinking since there are 3 posts this week that I’m back to my normal schedule. I wish! Actually, I was able to schedule the 3 posts with photos I have taken a couple weeks ago. Unfortunately I still don’t have time to keep up with my blog yet, but I’m hoping in a month or two that I will.

For this post I’ll keep with the theme I have going for the week. Sunflowers!

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This one was taken with my macro lens. I wasn’t really quite sure what I was going for but I knew I wanted something that would show quite a bit of detail for parts of the flower but have a shallower depth of field. After taking a few different angles this one stood out the most to me. It’s almost like the sunflower has an eye and it’s looking out.

I’m happy that my wife and kids decided to plant some sunflowers this summer as it gave me new subjects to shoot. I’m hoping at our new house that we’ll be planting some next year to do more experimenting. We’ll also be planting a garden and hopefully my wife will plan more flowers. I’ve found that I enjoy photographing these things and experimenting with my flash when possible. I’m looking forward to shooting more sunflower plants while experimenting with water and light.

A Hint of Green


When thinking of a sunflower you usually think yellow leaves with a darker, brown or black, center. But that’s because most sunflower photos look like that. There are a few that show the sunflower in the state before it starts to get ready and grow its seeds. During this stage of its life there’s a green center which can be very appealing.

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Now to throw another photo into the mix for a little quiz.

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Both of these photos look very similar and that’s because they are of the same sunflower. Now for a question. One of these were taken with the Nikon 20mm f/1.8 lens and the other with the Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Macro lens. Can you tell which is which? It’s very difficult to tell just by looking at them. But if you look close enough you can see the little differences that just might tell you the answer. And for those who are wondering, yes I did crop the photo taken with the 20mm lens. But not by much and to give it the same frame as the macro shot. I also did this just to show how such a big difference in focal length doesn’t always mean a big difference in the final outcome.

Looking Up


It seems like it’s been forever since my last post. Somehow I was able to squeeze in a few minutes to take a few photos and then edit them a couple weeks later. When I went outside to do something I noticed the sky was perfect for a photo I wanted to get so instead of letting the opportunity pass by I went and grabbed my camera to take a few photos. And here is one of them.

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Although it almost seems like this photo was taken as a long exposure but it wasn’t. The clouds were the wispy type so that worked out really well for the look I was going for. The sun was right behind the flower to help with back lighting and it was still bright enough out that I was able to pull the details out of the shadows for the flower itself without needing to use a flash. This photo was taken with the Nikon 20mm f/1.8 lens. I still like how close I’m able to get to the subject and am still really happy with the sharpness with this lens.

I am also happy to announce that we have our house sold now and just got an accepted offer on a new house. It will be exciting to get this process moving forward and done so I can get back to what I love to do in my free time. The new house has high speed internet access so I will be able to keep up with my blog. I’m also looking forward to the additional free time once things start to settle down a bit.

Update


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It’s been awhile since I’ve made a post. I’ve been rather busy trying to keep afloat so decided to take a break from photography for a bit. I was still getting the camera out from time to time but as you can see from the photo above it is now cracked. It happened a few hours before my brother’s wedding. Funny how these things happen just before it would be nice to have them.

Anyways, thank god I wasn’t shooting the wedding. I’m also lucky enough to have insurance so the damages will be covered. For those wondering, I had my camera on the tripod and was doing some macro shots. I moved a chair and next thing I heard was my camera hitting the patio floor. It hit on the screen side. I’m thinking due to the weight of the lens it helped smash in the front and cracked the body. The auto focus doesn’t work and the grid lines don’t show up anymore.

Currently my camera body is being shipped to a Nikon repair center to get an estimate for the insurance company. Who knows how long I’ll be without it. My camera has had bumps here and there so I thought it would be fine after this fall, but now I know to be a bit extra careful when moving around.

I’ve still got photos to post but not the time. I’m hoping to be posting again within another month or so. Thought I’d drop in to say hi and let you know that I’m still here. Until next time!

Photos for Inspiration


I don’t really have any time to put together a post like I would want so thought I’d just put a gallery together of some photos I took last summer while camping. The gallery contains photos of different  mushrooms and a variety of other things I thought were interesting.

I would also like to note that I know it’s time for the next chapter to be posted for my book but I haven’t had the time to go through it to do any updates so it’s not ready yet. So for now that project has been put on hold. I’m not sure when I’ll get back to it but I’m hoping to within the next month or so. Sorry for those who are patiently waiting.

One Four Challenge – April Review


It’s been 5 months since Robyn started up the One Four Challenge and I’ve participated in 4 of those months. It has been great so far and I’ve learned how to use different tools within LR that I never knew about before. Trying to come up with a different look for a photo that you’ve already achieved a good look for is quite challenging, especially once you get down to the last week. I look forward to continuing this challenge in the months ahead as I learn how to edit photos in more ways. I don’t know if I’ll ever settle on one specific style as I like to evolve with my photography.

Until next month, here’s a gallery of the photos of the months I have participated in.

Sitting on the Edge


Sitting on the Edge

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Focal Length: 20mm
Aperture: f/13
Shutter Speed: 1/25
ISO: 100

The sun looks like a small ball of fire sitting on the tip of the ice. When I got this shot there was another photographer to my left about 100 feet away but was getting a more traditional sunrise shot. He had his camera on his tripod standing up while I had my camera on my tripod upside down and laying on the ground. I’m sure he got a nice shot but I know he didn’t get anything that looked like this. I don’t really have many of the normal looking sunrise shots but I can’t let myself let photos like this get away when I have the chance either.

Sitting on Ice


Sitting on Ice

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Focal Length: 105mm
Aperture: f/16
Shutter Speed: 1/200
ISO: 100

While out trying to get some winter shots as winter was pretty much gone, I came across a piece of ice that worked perfectly for an idea that I had. I decided to get out my flash and experiment with some acorns on the ice. My initial shots I took I didn’t have the acorns wet but I accidentally dropped one in the water and decided that look was better as the wet acorns worked better with the ice. Hope you all have a great weekend!

Monochrome Madness – Beads of Light


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Focal Length: 105mm
Aperture: f/18
Shutter Speed: 1/200
ISO: 100

For this weeks Monochrome Madness I decided to get a different angle of the rose after I had photographed laying down. I decided to process this in B&W to focus more on the details and lines that the rose provides us. To see more great monochrome photos visit Leanne Cole’s blog every Wednesday!

ONE FOUR CHALLENGE – March WEEK 4


DSC_4336 - Copy It is now time for the final post for March’s One Four Challenge. We are also on break next month which is somewhat of a relief because I have no idea what photo I would use. That will give me a month to prepare for May when it returns which is nice because I’ll be away for the first week. Having some extra time to prepare is always nice. Some have responded that they like the look of the original photo so I decided for my final edit to work on that look a little. I decided to only crop a little from the bottom then worked next on bringing out the details and colors of the remaining elements. I think I liked the red look more than the original so I made the rose more red. I also wanted to bring the green out a bit more in the leaves in the background that complimented the red color of the roses instead of the more flat green look of the original. To me this version gives a bit more of a natural look and feel to it vs. more of a photographic art look like the other ones. For reference I have also included the original RAW and previous weeks photos below.

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Reflections - B&W

Week 1

Reflections

Week 2

Red Droplets

Week 3

Overlapping


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Focal Length: 105mm
Aperture: f/18
Shutter Speed: 1/6
ISO: 100

I know I missed last Thursday’s post but it was a busy week so was unable to prepare one. But this week I have another low key photo for you. Hope you enjoy and have a great weekend!

I would also like to say that winter has ended in my area which to me is a disappointment because it is my favorite season to photograph. There were some nice ice formations I wish I could have made it to but could not find the time. Now I just hope that next year will bring more and hopefully I’ll have some time. But in the mean time I’ll be working on my low key photography with more plants and flowers.