Patterns in the Sand

Posted: May 2, 2016 in Uncategorized
If you live near a beach, go check it out for some cool abstract patterns. I shoot these with my largest f-stop, f/32, to get all the sand and pattern in focus.. Don’t go the day after it rains, the rain washes away the patterns, so wait a few days after a rain for the patterns to rebuild.
Use the “Structure” slider in Viveza 2 to help pull out the texture in the sand.


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Mossy Stumps

Posted: April 29, 2016 in Uncategorized
I always like to create some nice abstracts with these tiny stems that grow out of green moss on old decayed stumps in the woods. I used the Bi-Color Userdefined filter in Nik Software’s, Color Efex Pro 4. Shot with a wide open f/3.5 aperture for the shallow depth of field. Use the 180mm macro on this one.
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Before and After

Posted: April 27, 2016 in Uncategorized
Here is the Before right out of the camera.

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And here is the After with Nik Software’s Detail Extractor applied.

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They did t again! Canon continued their rebate program. Now through May 29, 2016 or until supplies run out we are offering the Canon Pixma PRO 10 printer at $379.99 before rebate (Canon sells it on their website for $699.99). If you purchase the printer plus a package of 13x19x50 sheets of Canon Semi-Gloss or Luster paper, $50, Canon will send you a $250 mail in rebate! This is a pigment based printer and is always reviewed very well. Your final cost is $129.99 plus the paper! You can’t buy a decent document printer for this price, let alone an exhibition quality photo printer! If you purchase a qualifying Canon camera at the same time, Canon will increase the rebate to $350, your final cost $29.99 plus the paper! Call me for details.
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Bike in to Shoot

Posted: April 26, 2016 in Uncategorized
I shoot in three different parks near my home and one park is very large and there are areas that I have never explored because of the distance it would take to walk there and back. With limited time in the field I can’t waste the time it would take to venture into these area on foot, as I would spend more time walking there and back then I would shooting. So it hit me one day, why not bike to these areas as there are trails that will get be into these back country areas, and my bike would get me there in no time.
I don’t carry much in the way of camera equipment when I go out to shoot, so I don’t use a photo backpack,  so I went to the local bike shop to see if they could set up a carrying bag and rack system that would attach over the back wheel. If you use a photo backpack you could always just strap it on your back and ride and not purchase the bag and rack.  They had a nice size bag that would hold my camera, extra lens and a few accessories, and had a shoulder strap so I could carry the bag off into the woods to explore. The bag has a track on the under side that allows the bag to slide onto the rack and lock in place.
To carry the tripod I attached it to the top post on the bike with a strap and a bungee cord.
I will also carry a locking cable in case I want to leave the bike and head off into the woods. I can lock the bike to a tree off the trail.
Here is a picture that shows the bike with the bag and the tripod attached.

Here is a shot of the bag and you can see plenty of room for the camera, and room in the front area for a extra lens and things.

Here is the tripod strapped and bungee on the top post, or you can buy a tripod strap and sling it over your back
This new set up will get me to new areas in a fraction of the time it would take me to walk, giving me more time to shoot.
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Character

Posted: April 25, 2016 in Uncategorized
Finding Character In Nature
The word character is often used to describe a person who is a little different from the general population. People who dress in a flamboyant manner, act different, have a unique style; they stand out in a crowd and are noticed by others. Photographic portraits often reveal a person’s individual character in the irregular features of their face and body. In the same way, photographic images can also highlight the distinctive qualities of subjects in nature. Finding the features that reveal the unique character of a flower, leaf, rock, or pattern in the earth will cause your images to stand out as distinctive artistic expressions of the natural world.
Here is a great example of a Purple Coneflower that has character. The way the petals artistically flow and the big hug it’s giving this seed head makes this flower very unique to all the other Coneflowers in the field. This is the character that I am searching for when I go out to shoot.

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