Sunday, October 14, 2012

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls - 5D3, 17 TS-E, f/16, 2.5s, ISO 100
Those that have visited the spectacular Multinomah Falls know that it can be a challenge to capture all of it in a single frame.  I knew I wanted to photograph the water fall in the morning light before the sun got high enough to start making things too bright.  I got there with my family (this was done during a family vacation) at around 8 AM and though much of the waterfall was in shade the sun was starting to illuminate the top a bit more.  Normally this is no problem as it is easily fixed with a graduated neutral density filter.  However, in order to capture everything including the very vibrant ferns in the foreground I needed to use my widest lens the 17 TS-E, which doesn't have filter threads and very large bulbous front element.  This was the perfect time to try out the homebrew LEE filter adaptor for the 17 TS-E.  I stacked a circular polarizer and a 2 stop graduated ND for this image and got no vignetting.  I could even shift a couple of mm without vignetting.  This is not a tool I'll use often but when the need arises, its useful.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Zebra Caravan

Zebra Caravan - 1D4, 70-200 @ 700mm, f/7.1, 1/640s, ISO 200
After being ill for much of the early part of the week and then just busy with work, I finally found the time to post another image here.  I worked on this image initially entirely in Lightroom 3 but wasn't satisfied with the results so it sat untouched for 18 months.  I then went back, started from scratch with an intent of doing the B&W in Silver Efex Pro and was able to quickly get something I was happy with.  I used Lightroom 4 with Photoshop CS6 along with Silver Efex Pro and Color Efex Pro for this image and did all my work non-destructively so that I can go back at any point to tweak any aspect of he post production on this image.  This non-destructive workflow is one of the things I'll be teaching at my workshop tomorrow at the Mistlin gallery.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Ant in Ginger

Ant in Ginger - OM-D EM-5, 60mm, f/2.8, 1/125s, ISO 640
I received the new Olympus 60mm macro lens for m4/3 on Thursday but didn't get a chance to even unpack the box until yesterday.  Fortunately I came home from work just as the sun was about to set so I had enough light to go into the yard for some handheld macro photography.  I spotted an ant crawling inside and around a ginger flower and so spent just the couple of minutes of light I had finding an interesting composition.

Friday, October 05, 2012

New Mexico Sunrise

New Mexico Sunrise - 1Ds3,  70-200 II @ 200mm, f/8, 8s, ISO 100
Some of the most spectacular sunrises and sunsets I have witnessed have been on my past trips to New Mexico, particularly the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.  For photographing the migrating sandhill cranes and snow geese, the ideal time starts late November and goes to early January.  I made this image on my first morning at Bosque in 2010.  Each morning and evening of that trip we were treated to beautiful colors.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Wildebeest Drink

Wildebeest Drink - 1Ds3, 500, f/9, 1/160s, ISO 400
Herds of Wildebeest stop for a drink, but not for too long as they are always on the lookout for predators.