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Time To Straighten Up…

I had a couple of very nice guys come all the way from North Pole, Alaska to join me for a day of private tutoring on Saturday. We headed to the Columbia Gorge to catch the sunrise and photograph the waterfalls. We couldn’t have asked for better conditions as Friday it poured all day long leaving a freshness to the world. There were still some fairly heavy clouds when we arrived at the Women’s Forum to catch the sunrise giving us a very dramatic start to our day…

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Our next stop was the waterfall area of the Historic Columbia Gorge where we visited Latuorell Falls for a bit before heading on to the grand lady herself, Multnomah Falls. Multnomah Falls is a 611 foot waterfall that is visible from top to bottom and just fits in the frame when using a 24mm lens on a full frame camera. The problem is that when photographing the falls from the base you need to tilt the camera upwards to include the top giving the falls a tilted look…

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Knowing this from previous experience, I had my Nikon 24mm PC-E lens tucked in my bag for just this shot. I simply set up my camera parallel to the falls and, using the shift feature, raised the lens to include the entire falls and viola!, the tilt was gone…

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A trip to Multnomah Falls is not complete unless you take the short hike to the bridge to get a closer look. Having photographed at this location I was looking for a little bit different perspective so, I turned my camera to the horizontal perspective and photographed the base of the upper falls…

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And for my final shot, I took out my handy 16mm Fisheye lens and leaned over the bridge shooting straight down the lower falls…

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I love taking visitors around the area. It helps me to see the beauty I live in through fresh eyes. Thanks to Jason and Dan for a great day in my own backyard.

Images captured with Nikon D3X, AF-S 24-70mm, 24mm PC-E, AF 16mm Fisheye on Lexar Digital Media.

DLWS Great Lakes Day Two

This mornings shoot subjects were a school and a barn. We headed to Solon School first thing to photograph the school at sunrise. We were rewarded with dark, dramatic skies. While Moose was giving a demo on using a PC lens I stood near him and photographed the school using my 24mm PC-E.

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I really like the graphic simplicity of the front of the school so I stood dead center and lined up to shoot it then converted it to B&W infrared using NIK Color Efex Pro 3.0.

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Our next stop of the morning was a great old weathered barn on the side of a country road. Once again, I went with the simple, graphic route moving in tight on details…

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While we were photographing the barn a lovely woman came out of her house to collect the mail. I can imagine her surprise when she saw forty photographers lined up shooting her barn. She told us that the barn was that her father built the barn in 1907. She was also very gracious and posed for a quick portrait.

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Images captured with Nikon D3X, PC-E 24mm, AF-S 70-300mm VR, AF-S 24-70mm, AF-S 200mm 2.0 VR (in order) on Lexar Digital Media

DLWS Great Lakes Day One PM

The afternoon found us back at Hartwick Pines State Park which I had been looking forward to as the first time we found a wonderful little chapel nestled in the woods which I had been unable to make an image of that I was happy with. However, while working the image, I figured out a shot I really wanted to make on our next visit. This afternoon the photo gods were smiling because not only did I make the image I had in mind, I was able to make the image that had not worked out the first time. We are not always so lucky to have a second chance at making the images we see so, this was a real treat to have a second opportunity at a wonderful subject….

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This is the image I tried to make the first time around.

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This second image is the one I saw within the first image and couldn’t wait to get a chance to make.

On the way to the little church there were many photo opportunities to stop and photograph the trees all dressed in their finest colors.

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What a great start! I can hardly wait to see what images are waiting to be made tomorrow.

Images captures with Nikon D3X, AF-S 14-24mm #1, AF-S 24-70mm #2, PC-E 24mm #3 on Lexar Digital Media