Towards the end of September I traveled to Vermont on a mission to capture some amazing fall foliage pictures. Leading up to this trip, I carefully monitored several websites that provided Fall Foliage reports so I would know what type of color I could expect to see. I was aware that I would be visiting Vermont during what was usually the very early stages of foliage, but I knew I’d be renting a car and was willing to drive as many hours necessary in order to “chase” the foliage.
A couple of weeks prior to my trip, after contemplating the purchase of a new digital camera, I decided to rent one instead, which I rented from BorrowLenses.com. I ended up renting a Nikon D3x, which is the top of the line camera that Nikon carries and has a reputation of being an incredible camera to use for landscape photos. This was actually one of the new digital cameras I had been thinking of purchasing but at a cost of $7999.00, I chose to rent it instead to find out if I’d be happy with it.
As expected, I arrived in Vermont a bit early for the foliage season, but I still managed to get some amazing shots. I was also able to drive to the Northernmost areas of the state, where foliage appeared much further along.
Because I had such a great time during my visit to Vermont, I decided to travel
On Sunday, I traveled to Daisy, Georgia to capture some fast-moving action shots of motorbikes as they raced at the Live Oak Motorpark. Armed with my Canon 7d and my 70-200L lens, this gave me a perfect opportunity to figure out how to properly use the “AI Servo” method of focusing. This is a method of focusing in which you can lock focus on a moving subject and the camera will automatically track the subject and adjust focus as needed. Think of it as being similar to a fighter pilot locking a missile on an enemy plane. If you’re not familiar with what AI Servo is, and are somewhat into photography, I highly recommend you study up on it and begin using it.
When I first began getting shots this day,
In my office I use an iMac when working in Lightroom. But when I’m on the road traveling, I like to work in Lightroom on my MacBook Pro. (Ok, I admit it… I often work on my MacBook Pro while relaxing in my recliner too.) The issue I had been having though was trying to keep my Lightroom Catalog file in sync so that whenever I edited photos while using my laptop, all of my development adjustments, keyword tags, and various other adjustments would be visible the next time I worked in Lightroom on my iMac.
If you visit my blog often, you might think this is the 2nd time you’ve seen this image but it’s actually a brand new image which I finished post processing last evening. It’s very similar to a previous photo I posted, which was a view of the same Glaciers, but from a much closer distance. (See my previous Sawyer Glacier photo.)
I took this photo during a 7-day cruise that my family and I took last May. As we cruised through the Tracy Arm Fjord, in the near distance we began to spot this magnificent glacier glowing a bright blue color. As we got closer and closer, the fjord got narrower and narrower until finally we were within 100 feet.
It was an incredible sight to
The fountain in this photo is named “Friendship Fountain” and is located in Jacksonville, Florida. I was there last week to host my very first PhotoWalk. There were roughly 12-15 people who showed up, which was a perfectly acceptable amount for me. :)
I hadn’t previously mentioned this on my blog, but I was asked by SmugMug to travel around the country and give presentations to the “SMUGs Meetups” that they sponsor. Never heard of one of these? If you’re into photography, it’s worth checking to see if there is one of these groups near your town. To summarize, these are local clubs which usually meet monthly and offer a variety of learning materials and presentations to help you with skills and techniques related to photography. You can find out all about them by searching the Meetup.com website at http://www.meetup.com/find.
Since my presentation to the group was on HDR post-processing