DLWS New Hampshire Day 3 AM

The photography began before we even left the parking lot this morning. The rain has stopped and as the sun rose the fog began to burn off revealing the beauty of a New Hampshire fall…

It’s great to photograph a lifting fog as it dances amongst the trees play a game of hide and seek with the scene beyond. As the sun rose higher, the fog was backlit creating an aerial perspective look. I liked the graphics of the scene and with the backlighting it was already a monochromatic image so, I took it the rest of the way in the digital darkroom using NIK Silver Efex Pro to make a B&W image…

The colors are spectacular and due to lack of parking we had to pass by many a great location. It finally got the better of me and I decided to make some fall color abstracts from the moving vehicle. (I was not behind the wheel!)…

Playing with different apertures gave me different effects to the point that a very slow shutter speed rendered only streaks of color…

It’s fun to play, you never know what you may get.

Images created with Nikon D3X, AF-S 28-300mm VR on Lexar Digital Media

DLWS New Hampshire Day 2 AM

I awoke this morning to the sound of rain steadily pounding on the roof outside my window. I groaned a bit as I thought of the challenge of shooting in the pouring rain. At DLWS we never call a shoot because of rain and I have to say that we have been amazingly blessed when we leave the hotel in a downpour only to arrive at our location, have the clouds part and end up with a great shoot. This morning was no different as we arrived at our location the rain let up to a gentle mist leaving the world freshly washed with super saturated colors. We grabbed our cameras and set out to capture the beauty on our CF cards…

With classroom time in full swing, I’ll leave you with just this one image. Stay tuned for more images from DLSW New Hampshire

Image created with Nikon D3X, AF-S 28-300mm VR on Lexar Digital Media

Tech Tuesday From DLWS New Hampshire

The weather and fall color here in New Hampshire is cooperating very nicely, giving us many great photo opportunities. Over the last day and a half I have been asked several times what white balance I was using and why I was using a polarizer so, I thought I’d share my thought process with you…

As usual, I begin each shoot with my white balance on Auto…

With the overcast skies, Auto recognized the cool cast and the image is very blue. So, I changed my white balance to Cloudy…

Changing the white balance definitely made a big difference but, the image still did not have the pop I knew was possible so, I pulled out my polarizer, threaded it to the front of my lens and rotated it until the glare from the wet rocks disappeared…

Now, that’s more like it. By taking the time to get it right in the camera I saved myself time in the digital darkroom. Moral of the story…take a little time to get the image right in the camera and save yourself hours of extra work in Photoshop so you can get back out and make more beautiful images.

Images created with Nikon D3X, AF-S 28-300mm VR on Lexar Digital Media

DLWS New Hqampshire Day 1 AM

This morning’s shoot was a mere five minutes away from the hotel and did it ever rock! The location suited my love of water and color all in one with beautiful streams and falls and pockets of fall color.

The overcast was perfect for bringing out the detail and color. I simply changed my white balance to cloudy to warm things up and used a polarizer to remove the reflection. I can hardly wait to see our other locations. New Hampshire is gorgeous!

Image created with Nikon D3X, AF-S 28-300mm VR on Lexar Digital Media.