Thursday, February 26, 2009

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Crepuscular Rays, Point Lobos State Reserve, California 2009

Crepuscular Rays, Point Lobos State Reserve, California 2009

1/10 sec at f/22, focal length: 33mm, ISO 100, Aperture Priority, -1 1/3EV compensation - February 7, 2009, 1:57pm PST
Photographed with Canon EOS 20D, EF 17-40mm f/4L, tripod mounted


Earlier this month, my wife and I were able to get over to the coast for a MUCH needed weekend away (thanks sis!). We had the opportunity to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium for free to have appetizers and wine with Kazu, the aquarium's sushi chef, but opted for a hike around Point Lobos instead. I should also mention that if you like sushi and are in Monterey, go to Kazu's restaurant, Sakura. It's right on Lighthouse Ave before it turns into Central. Good sushi from a good soul. More images from this trip to come!
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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Winter Sunrise, Gates of the Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2006

Winter Sunrise, Gates of the Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2006

1/25, 1/13, 1/6, 0.3, 0.6, & 1.3 sec at f/22, focal length: 18mm, ISO 100 - December 4, 2006 at 9:14am PST
Photographed with Canon EOS 20D, Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II, tripod mounted


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While browsing my files last night, I came across these images that I had made, intending to process into an HDR, 2 years ago. But I didn't have Photomatix and I wasn't pleased with the results of using Photoshop's "Merge to HDR". So I finally processed the image last night using Photomatix's latest sofware and I am very pleased with the results. What do you think? Comments welcome below.

Click thru to see the image as it looks fresh out of Photomatix prior to any processing in Photoshop.

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Sojourn of Light VIII

Sojourn of Light VIII

1/13 sec at f/22, focal length: 38mm, ISO 100 - February 1, 2009, 12:25pm PST
Photographed with Canon EOS 20D, EF 17-40mm f/4L, hand held


These images conclude the series I had intended to post a couple of weeks ago of images photographed close to home in less than ideal lighting conditions.

Internet is still down at home and I'm having to post from work....Thanks Bill!

More to come soon from the coast and Yosemite Valley.
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Rock Detail at Poison Switch, Fresno River, Ahwahnee, California 2009

Rock Detail at Poison Switch, Fresno River, Ahwahnee, California 2009

1/40 sec at f/22, focal length: 40mm, ISO 100 - February 1, 2009, 11:23am PST
Photographed with Canon EOS 20D, EF 17-40mm f/4L, tripod mounted

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Stone Surface at Poison Switch, Fresno River, Ahwahnee, California 2009

Stone Surface at Poison Switch, Fresno River, Ahwahnee, California 2009

1/13 sec at f/32, focal length: 81mm, ISO 100 - February 1, 2009, 10:45am PST
Photographed with Canon EOS 20D, EF 70-200mm f/4L, tripod mounted

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Acorns and Oak Tree, Sierra Nevada Foothills, California 2009

Acorns and Oak Tree, Sierra Nevada Foothills, California 2009

1/125 sec at f/11, focal length: 30mm, ISO 800 - February 1, 2009, 12:42pm PST
Photographed with Canon EOS 20D, EF 17-40mm f/4L, hand held

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Layered Stone at Poison Switch, Fresno River, Ahwahnee, California 2009

Layered Stone at Poison Switch, Fresno River, Ahwahnee, California 2009

1/40 sec at f/22, focal length: 200mm, ISO 100 - February 1, 2009, 10:59am PST
Photographed with Canon EOS 20D, EF 70-200mm f/4L, tripod mounted

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Dragon Fly, Sierra Nevada Foothills, California 2008

Dragon Fly

1/1250 sec at f/4, focal length: 200mm, ISO 400 - June 14, 2008, 7:24pm PDT
Photographed with Canon EOS 20D, EF 70-200mm f/4L, hand held


Ok so this image isn't a part of the series of posts I had intended to make over the next few days, but due to a storm causing a power outage and cutting off my internet access, I'm stuck posting an image that has already been uploaded to the net. I'm posting now from Bill's office on my lunch break. Though this image isn't part of the series mentioned in my last post, it was taken in my back yard so it does fit in that sense.

An upside to this storm, other than the much needed water, is that my kids are loving the snow. Six+ inches on Sunday night and a couple more last night! Bill and I will be delivering some of his prints to the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Valley for an upcoming exhibit of his and we are hoping to time it to photograph Horsetail Fall, so the snow is good for the water run off of the falls too.

In any case, enjoy and as always, comments are welcome.


Two New Blogs added to the Blogroll:

Michael Frye
Art Wolfe

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Waterfall Detail at Poison Switch, Fresno River, Ahwahnee, California 2009

Waterfall Detail at Poison Switch, Fresno River, Ahwahnee, California 2009

1/25 sec at f/32, focal length: 200mm, ISO 100 - February 1, 2009, 11:10am PDT
Photographed with Canon EOS 20D, EF 70-200mm f/4L, tripod mounted


The next few posts will be of images all made within 5 miles from my home in midday light. I hope to show that you don't have to travel to far off destinations and always wait for the "golden hours" to make good images. In fact, photographing close to home should give you an advantage since you are already familiar with the area. As for light, photographs are there to be made in all matters of light at all times of day. Being observant and exercising your creative vision is key. This is what makes photography so exciting to me.
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