Lone Pine Peak.
I ran up to the Alabama Hills this morning with Steve and Roger.
Cold morning. Ground was frozen. Temperature was 25F or so... with the wind chill it was more like 15F.
This was shot with Steve's 18-200mm VR. He insisted that I give it a whirl. One more thing to add to the "want" list. Great lens.
Steve and I ran up through Indian Wells Canyon today. Not much to shoot, but we got some ideas for later trips.
This image was shot with a Tokina 12-24mm f/4. Typical levels/curves adjustments and then desaturated.
My mother doesn't like this image, but I liked it the moment I saw it on the LCD. She doesn't consider it flattering, but I think it's beautiful.
I just got a SB-600 Speedlight the day before I shot this. This flash rocks.
While waiting for the sun to set, it ducked beneath the clouds and I got some direct sunlight. Not much to look at for silhouettes or cloud color, but the side lighting was almost magical. I tweaked it a little bit using the tonemapping tool on PhotoMatix and then finished it with the typical PhotoShop levels/curves adjustments.
Just a collection of images that have worked well with the OptikVerve copper filter. It's one of my favorite palettes, but most images simply don't work with it. From the look of these four, it would seem that the light of sunset or sunrise works best.
Steve asked me to join him Saturday morning for a sunrise shoot at Red Rock Canyon.
I spent the thirty minutes prior to sunrise maneuvering around the desert looking for "the shot" and I finally settled on this spot. Its not exactly what I had hoped for, but it turned out okay, I think.
I got a new lens today, a 50mm f/1.8. I wanted to take a step back and approach photography the way I used to when I was a teenager. A zoom lens is nice, but a prime lens forces you to get up and move around. I am hoping the prime will improve my creative vision. (My gawd, I can't believe I just typed this.)
Anyway... fairly low light, so the DoF is shallower than I'd like. At the time, it didn't occur to me to increase the ISO.
This is an old bench I found at Mike's "5 Fingers Ranch." My D50 doesn't have a depth of field preview and it was my intention to keep the DoF pretty shallow. The change from focus to blurred seems rather abrupt. It seems fake, but I can assure you that I didn't blur this with Photoshop.
Okay... here's the story... my wife decided to have a party last night. As it was dying down, my next-door neighbor and I we're just kicking back and talking about photography. He knows very little about cameras, so all too often, he'll point out a picture to me and ask me how it was accomplished. While looking at the fountain in the middle of our pool, he wanted to know if I could stop the water in a picture. I said, "It's easy. Just use a flash." He found that hard to believe, so I had to trot out the camera and prove it.
I got a couple of images up high with the drops suspended in air, but they weren't as interesting as the riot down at the surface.
Rather than use the online tool, picnik, I think I've figured out how to make Lomo-type images using PhotoShop. Here's my first attempt.
Fairly simple really... create a vignette... jack around with the contrast of the red and green channels, and then push the saturation a bit.
So... I'm driving along the Garlock road. I see a train in the distance as I pass Goler Road. Do a quick u-turn and get to the crossing. Grab the camera. Aarrrgh... it's set for bracketing. Into the menu, turn off the bracketing and rush towards the tracks. I get one picture with the white balance set to clouds and program is in P-mode. P-mode? I NEVER shoot P-mode. Crap!
Given a bit more time, I think I would have went for a shallower DoF.
Decided to blog this because it made it to "explore" today.
"Paid in Full" played Friday night at Nickoletti's. Mike, Roger, Steve, and I we're all there playing photography dorks to the best of our ability.
I shot this with another of Steve's lenses, not the big 70-200, but something else. IIRC it was a zoom and had VR (I think).
A fair amount of post-processing on a sub-standard capture.
I discovered picnik today. It's an online photo editor.
Even has some filters that are available for free as long as the web app is in beta.
This is an older image taken last February while we we're in Cozumel, Mexico. This is right outside the Token for Ixchel geocache.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
Nerd reference.. I know. But look at it. Doesn't it make you think of Mordor?
All along the watchtower, princes kept the view
While all the women came and went, barefoot servants, too.
Outside in the distance a wildcat did growl,
Two riders were approaching, the wind began to howl.
- Bob Dylan