Archives for October 2010

Tech Tuesday…Missed Opportunities

Early one morning on an Alaskan Adventure this fall as we were heading to the boats the morning sun burned through the fog revealing a fresh new world bathed in the soft glow of morning light, the fireweed living up to it’s name as it turned bright red signaling the approaching fall and a path inviting the viewer into the scene. I put my camera to my eye and zoomed my 28-300mm back to 28mm and evaluated the composition. It was a little tight with the fogbow reaching beyond both edges creating a feeling of tension. Feeling the pull of grizzly bears I fired off a couple of frames and continued on to the waiting boats. Upon further review of the image, I see a lovely, ethereal moment squandered. I should have taken the time to change lenses to my 14-24mm, move in closer to the fireweed and dialed in an additional – .5 EV to further saturate the colors. I would have gone from a record shot to one that invites the viewer to take a stroll with me down the path, filled with anticipation at what’s beyond the next bend.

When presented with a photographic gift make the most of it by taking the time to do it right.

Image created with Nikon D3S, AF-S 28-300mm VR on Lexar Digital Media

Special Offer…

If you follow my blog regularly, you have heard me talk about Red River Paper’s new Polar Metallic Pearl paper. It’s a glossy paper with a metallic finish that is quite simply amazing. I thought it would be good for hdr images with bright colors, and it is! Next I tried a B&W image on it, and loved the result. I printed a portrait I took of mops and printed it on Polar Pearl Metallic and it is gorgeous! So far, I have not found a subject that doesn’t look great on this paper.

My friends at Red River Paper are offering a very nice discount on Polar Pearl Metallic select sizes through the end of the month…

The Sun Sets On DLWS Freeport Maine

Our final shoot for DLWS Maine found us at Portland Head Light with special permission to stay beyond closing which enabled us to work with the last light of the day. This image was made after the sun had set and was throwing a soft afterglow upon the landscape. I set my camera to a low ISO, closed my aperture down to f22 in order to shoot at a slow shutter speed and, set the camera to bracket five frames. The combination of the relatively slow shutter speed and the combined images created a very cool effect on the water…

It certainly was a fitting end to a great week.

Image created with Nikon D3S, AF-S 28-300mm VR on Lexar Digital Media

DLWS Freeport Maine Day 3 AM

There are more than 60 lighthouses along the coast of Maine. It would be great to visit each and every one of them but, that will have to wait for another time. We did visit Pemaquid this morning. The rock formations made great leading lines up to the lighthouse and with the tides out, there were several tidepools to reflect the lighthouse…

Image created with Nikon D3S, AF-S 28-300mm VR on Lexar Digital Media