I traveled to Maine last week on a mission to capture some Fall foliage pictures, as well as some pictures of the lighthouse seen in this photo. This is known as the Bass Harbor Head Light and after seeing other photos of it online, I made sure it was on my agenda to photograph.
This lighthouse is part of Acadia National Park and access to it was technically closed due to the government shutdown. But that didn't stop about 20-30 other people from walking past the barricades and strolling around the grounds.
I knew ahead of time that the shot I wanted to get was going to be from the shoreline rocks, so I had my knee pads on to make it easier to traverse the rocks. The knee pads also made it much more comfortable for me to kneel down on the rocks whenever I got tired of standing.
I stayed in this one spot for just over 2 hours and took at least 200 pictures of the sun setting. I took the first 100 or shot shots just in case the sky didn't color up just before the sun dipped below the horizon. That way I'd at least have an "ok" shot that I could work with. But fortunately for me, the sky did just what I wanted it to do and I took about 100 more shots over a 5 minute window as the sun went from just above the horizon to just below it.
You might be wondering why there weren't other people there at the time I was taking my shots, yes? Well actually, there were about 5-6 people in front of me who were also taking pictures but I was able to remove them in Photoshop during post. Go ahead and click on the image to view it full screen and see if you can tell where I removed the people from. (I'm hoping you can't tell.)
I traveled down to "The Villages" last week to seek out some awesome new scenes to add to my Landscape Photography Galleries. "The Villages" is a large retirement community in Florida and is more commonly known as "Florida's Friendliest Retirement Hometown". My Dad moved to this area almost 2 years ago and I've visited him on several occasions. Every time I've visited him, the sunrises and sunsets have been astounding.
Today's picture is a view of the [Click here to read more...]
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. [Click here to read more...]
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, [Click here to read more...]
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. [Click here to read more...]