Down By The Sea

Days like this are why I moved to Oregon some twenty years ago. A mere five steps from our (rental) beach house in Yachats is a million dollar view. With heavy surf and gorgeous light I had to head out on the rocks to make some images. This image is a five exposure hdr handheld…


Image created with Nikon D3S, AF-S 70-200mm 2.8 VR II with TC-17E II

I then processed the image using Photomatix Pro an finished with NIK Tonal Contrast, a bit of Glamour Glow with the blur dialed way down and a touch of Brilliance and Warmth (just the Brilliance)…oh, yeah, and a little bit of content aware fill to remove the house on the far shore…


Image created with Nikon D3S, AF-S 70-200mm 2.8 VR II with TC-17E II

Starry, Starry Night

Hoping against all hope, I came to the beach prepared to make some night images. The photo gods smiled upon me with one clear night. So, I set my D3S up to make some time exposures of the stars. For the first image, I set the camera up before dark and clicked off a few frames in aperture priority while there was still a bit of light. I planned on adding a frame or two to the star trail stacking to brighten up the foreground. I then set my camera to manual exposure>BULB, aperture of f5.6 and ISO at 200. I also set my focus to manual and focused to infinity then waited until dark and set my MC-36 to interval mode and left it shooting. The resulting image includes some foreground rocks and water as well as a star trail…


Image created with Nikon D3S and AF-S 14-24mm 2.8

When I went out to check on my camera I saw the Milky Way and wanted to make an image of it so, I increased my ISO to 1600, set my aperture to f4 and with my camera still in manual exposure>BULB mode and manual focus>infinity, I clicked the MC-36 and held the shutter open for 20-30 seconds to get the resulting image…


Image created with Nikon D3S and AF-S 14-24mm 2.8

Around midnight, I attached my fisheye lens to capture a sweeping sky of star trails. I set the camera the same as in the first star trail of the night and then went to bed for a couple of hours. The finished image includes 65 images, a boat passing in the distant horizon added an additional point of interest…


Image created with Nikon D3S and AF 16 Fisheye

A Day At The Beach

Wow, July has been crazy and not with great photo shoots! I promised my husband that I would help hi with a remodel job which turned into a two week project. I’ll share the finished product once we have the last addition. Luckily some friends came to town and in the process of showing them around I was able to bring out my preferred tool and make a few images…


Image created with Nikon D300s and AF-S 28-300mm VR

Reminder For Friday’s Webinar With NIK

Before NIK Software…

After unleashing my creative juices using NIK software…

The folks over at NIK Software are busy taking signups for Friday’s Webinar! They tell me there is still room for more so, if you haven’t already signed up to join me Friday at 10:00am Pacific for an hour of photo finishing fun do so now before it’s full! See you there!