Mother Nature is the artist. I just collect the memories…

Techniques

Looking Back…

You know me by now… when I haven’t got the time to get out and shoot, I go back through older photos, looking for new perspectives.  So…here you go!

White Mountain Portrait

Bishop Range Eastern Sierra--3shot Pano

And a little manipulation a a shot I took in 2009…

Alcatraz Guard Tower

Thanks for taking the time to look!

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Landscapes, Lizards, and More Fire

Kevin flies back to Colorado tomorrow.  It’s been an incredible week, but I’ll be sad to see him go.  We’re making plans for him to come visit again in August, and that will be really nice, but…I’m gonna miss him when he leaves…

Yea, it’s really been an incredible week.  I met my son.  Zayne met her brother.  And we really enjoyed each others’ company.  It will definitely be sad to watch him go, but I know he’ll be coming back…

Thanks for looking!


Manipulations and Textures

This is a whole new world to me.  I’ve seen texture overlays on a lot of work.  Some of it is excellent, some of it is…well…less than so.  I finally decided to play around and give textures a day in court for myself…

Brutal World

Old West Sunset

Stone Intensity

It’s kind of fun.  I don’t know how much more I will be playing with texture layers and such, but it’s an interesting way to present a completely different look from what I normally produce, so I’ll play around with it here and there, I’m sure…

Anyone that would like to leave a comment with advice, tips, tricks, etc, please feel free to do so.  Thanks for taking the time to look!

P.S. For anyone wondering, I got the textures from Shadowhouse Creations.  Excellent library of free textures.


“The Golden Spiral”

Well, I was recently asked to explain my use of the Fibonacci Spiral in composing complex scenes for landscape photography.  This is a very difficult concept to put into words.  FAR more difficult to verbalize than utilize, so to save me the words, I will let the Digital Photography School Forums do it for me, with their very clear description of Divine Composition.

Unlike The Rule of Thirds, the Fibonacci Spiral is something that can be a bit more daunting to utilize in the field.  Afterall, it’s fairly easy to visualize your viewfinder cut into equal thirds along both axes.  It does, however, take a bit more forethought and practice to utilize the spiral.  Don’t fret…with practice, it becomes as much a second-nature instinct as the rule of thirds…

Here is a couple of examples of some of my own photographs, and how the Fibonacci Spiral was applied during composition–

As you can see, it really isn’t as complex and daunting as you might think upon first trying to utilize it.  It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with ratio and proportions of the spiral while in the comfort and convenience of your computer chair.  The more the image of that spiral is engrained in your memory, the easier it will be to visualize in the field.  Happy Shooting!!


Silouhettes

Couple of silouhettes from today…

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Do Overs…

Remember when we were kids?  Like most photographers, I always save my original, straight from the camera files, just in case I ever want to re-visit them.  Over the last couple days, I have done just that.  So here are some older shots that I have recently re-worked to what I believe are better results.  I hope you enjoy!

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Up, Up, and Away!!!

Sometimes, you just gotta put the chores aside and get out there to play with the kids.  It’s not about doing anything constructive, or trying to accomplish something.  You let the kids be kids, and somehwere, somehow, deep inside your soul, you feel something of your own kid waking up to laugh with them…

What do you do when you don't have a mulberry bush? You go 'round the fence post

Rosie Posie getting airborne

She always told me she wanted to fly...

I hope you enjoyed them.  I know we did!!

Thanks for taking the time to look.


Playing with Fire…

So…we went camping.  I posted a bunch of photos from our various day hikes along Bishop Creek yesterday when I got home.  As promised…here are a few of my favorite shots of the campfire.  All were shot at ISO 400; f/2.8 and about 1/400.  Handheld, manual focus, manual exposure to get those really deep silhouettes and prevent blown highlights.

These last two are my favorites of the group, as they actually have some abstract form to them…

Dancing at the Gates of Hell

Phoenix Rising

Thanks for taking the time to look!!