Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Turtle Bay Oahu

Turtle Bay is located on the North Shore of Oahu. Green Sea Turtles are seen year round basking in the sun. Also in the waves, when the waves break you can see many turtles in the waves almost as if they are surfing on the underside of the waves. The last three images are an attempt to capture that unsuccessfully. I guess I will have to go back and spend more time there.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Carlsbad Flower Feilds

This is Carlsbad Flower Feild's in Carlsbad, Ca. the American flag is 300 by 170-foot and made out of red, white, and blue petunias.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Sweet C and H Drone

For years I have felt limited by the physical location (if only I could be 100 yards over there and or 50 feet in the air). The answer to that is a drone. This was the first real flight I was all alone for quite a while then all hell broke loose. A train blowing its horn came then cars came with some pretty rough looking guys and then the wind. I had the drone set up to take a series of 5 bracketed images, but with all the chaos (the drone drifting, getting used to the controls, getting attention...etc.) I was rapid fire and I think I cut off the sequence and only got a couple of images. Luckily it was 5:00pm or so and the lighting was OK and I was able to use a single exposure. I have yet to attempt an HDR with the drone. I shot down and had to correct for vertical distortion a problem I have had when shooting up at a building this is a first (shooting down). I shot down to emphasize the sign on top of the building. I have shot this building in the past in the post Crockett HDR in those images the puddles and the train cars are emphasized.

This second image was shot midway up the building and required no correction for distortion was required.

This is my first video best viewed in 1080HD and Full Screen.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Multnomah Falls

This is Multnomah Falls in Oregon just south of the Historic Columbia River Highway in the northern part of Oregon. Even though it was in a drought year the run off is still quite good but, I still want to catch it in a good year. Also this was shot in August. 

I had to process this quite different than I normally process my images due to the high contrast in the shadow and sun. I did not plan the timing I was just on a trip with my family. The best time of the day would be in the morning or evening when the contrast is low. Normally I would crank the contrast up but on this image it was already too high. I was not happy with the detail in the highlights. Luckily I shot in RAW and was able to save a copy of the shortest exposure at a -1 setting and process it plus my normal bracketed series in my HDR software and even then I still lowered the exposure in the HDR software. There are many advantages to shooting in RAW. Like correction for lens distortion and chromatic aberration and many more. I had to break out a few new tricks to save an image that was not shot at the "perfect time". It's nice to find new challenges and not settle for the normal process. When you are not happy with the results process the image again and try something new not every image is the same. The more I shoot the more I find that you can break the rules and shoot any time of day and break other rules as long as you are creative. Enjoy your photography and never stop trying new things.

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