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This month’s article is about our photo-walk in Acadia National Park last month with some of the students over at the Light & Landscape Members Area. If you are looking for that perfect gift for your favorite photography enthusiast, consider a private lesson through the instructors (David and I) or a monthly education subscription through the Member’s Area!
Want to know more about the basics of a landscape photography workflow?? Yeah, so did our students! So we put together a little (almost 90 page, comprehensive, step-by-step) write up.
You can grab your e-copy over at our online store or, in a few days, through the Light & Landscape Magazine for just $5.99. If you become a student in our growing Member’s Area through the magazine, all of this information is available as part of your monthly tuition in our resources section. 🙂
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Sometimes I think that one of the hardest parts of releasing a photo is thinking of a name. Anyone have any good suggestions? I’m all ears! (I mean, not literally. I couldn’t type with just ears.)
Oh…and yes, this is a photo.
This image was a long exposure, of a stand of trees bathed in some tasty golden light, while moving the camera vertically. As you can tell by the silly-string looking wisps, I do not have the steadiest hand for slow-panning. In this case, it turned out alright though. haha
Interested in learning a bit more about the various techniques I use in the field and while editing? I teach! Email me for information. 🙂 seespotsphoto at yahoo dot com
The settings, for those who like that technical stuff: f/11, sec, 135mm, iso 100
Subtle :: OR
Did you know there is a massive sea of sand dunes in Oregon? Yeah, me neither. But they’re there, and they’re awesome! (I put that adventure up on The Outbound, for those of you who want to learn more.)
Now, the nerdy stuff…this is a simple focus stack, of two layered images. The first focused on the foreground, the second focused on the ridge line in back…I merged the two in PhotoShop using masks. Interested in learning more about things like focus stacking? I offer private lessons and structured online lessons through Light & Landscape. You can contact Matt over at L&L for more information about the program.
Rush Hour :: ME
This month, our students over at L&L wanted to learn about HDR. Now, while some HDR created using algorithms is very good….well….some is not. It’s very easy to go too far, to create halos, unnatural colors, unnatural light, etc. Blending by hand tends to give you more control while still extending your dynamic range.
Similar to the last photo (Insomnia), this is a mash up of three different exposures – two for the sky, and one for the long exposure water/foreground rocks/lighthouse. To create the base composite, I used layers and masked what I wanted from each shot into one final image. That created a base on which to build, with the standard curves, levels, etc.
The final image is similar to the treat Mother Nature gave me the morning I took this. This is sunrise at Nubble Light in York, ME from early June. It was one of four light houses David and I stopped to see on the Great Lighthouse Tour of 2016. This one, by far, had the best light of the day.
Interested in more in depth help with your own images? For more information about our teaching program over at L&L, go here. 🙂
The Guardians :: OR
“We men and women are all in the same boat, upon a stormy sea. We owe to each other a terrible and tragic loyalty.” – G. K. Chesterton
These sea stacks were found along the Oregon coast on an overcast, not so sunset-y sunset. But then, I’m a landscape photographer, and I enjoy the weather that no one else likes because it’s so darn photogenic! lol
I’m working on a new tutorial project to help supplement my teaching materials for the Members Area over at Light & Landscape. You know….a few free videos to help you learn, my gift to you! Can’t beat the price, right? 😉
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Salt and Light :: CA
Not snow. Salt! (But honestly, our New England brains had a hard time with the concept. We kept expecting to fall through a frozen lake the whole time….except it wasn’t water beneath our feet.)
This image was taken at Badwater Basin in Death Valley last December. There had been some flooding in October, which affected the traditional salt patterns. We did end up finding some famous hexagons, but not in time to catch this awesome sunset. (booooo!) Guess it’s a reason to go back someday. 🙂
For those of you who like the camera settings: f/9 0.8 sec, 10 mm, ISO 100
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