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Rare Occasion…

OK, so every once in a while, I get bit by the HDR bug, and decide to play around a little bit. The other night, while out shooting B&W storm clouds, I also shot through some brackets for an HDR merge.  This is what I got…

Northern Inyo COunty--HDR

Not too bad.  I don’t like super-saturated, over-cooked HDR images.  I like them when they are subtle…you wouldn’t really know it’s an HDR unless someone told you.  I think this one satisfies that description, but still puts together a nice, wide dynamic range.  What do you think?

Thanks for looking!

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Spring…In Places…

So, I dropped the girls off for school this morning, and brought my camera bag with me…just in case.  On the way back, I couldn’t help but catch the storm over the Sierras, moving in from the west…

Bishop Range--3-shot Panoramic

I decided to try a pano shot this morning.  Most of my landscapes are shot at 14-20mm(28-40mm equivalent).  This one was taken with 3 shots in portrait orientation, at 42mm(84mmequiv.), stitched in CS4.  Below is a single exposure at 21mm…

Bishop Range

Just when it’s starting to look like winter isn’t done with us, yet, I pull in the driveway and find tiny, purple Storksbill flowers blooming everywhere!  So here are the first wildflower macros of the season!!

Portrait, in full sunlight

Pretty Pair

It is starting to warm up around here.  I imagine it won’t be but a couple of weeks before smaller wildflowers start springing up everywhere.  Seems a trip to the Alabama Hills again may be in order…

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Storms From All Around

Took a quick trip out to a spot along the Owens River to take some photos of the gathering clouds to the north…

Northern Whites

Storm Over the Owens River

Just a quick afternoon trip for some cool B&W shots…

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Quick Trip to the Pond

Took my girlfriend and the kids to Farmer’s Pond this evening for a couple of quick shots.  Zayne left her camera on and killed the battery, Rose and Annette were cold.  But Zayne was a good little assistant, and toughed it out by the water’s edge with me for a couple of shots..

Like I said, just a real quick trip.  I got the opportunity to explain split neutral density filters and how they work to my daughter, though, so that was great.  Not sure she will remember much of the lesson but…she’s 6.  I can’t really expect too much…can I?

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First Sunset of 2011

Thick, heavy storm clouds rolling in from the west pretty much blocked any hope of color for the first sunset of the year, but it sure did make for some excellently dramatic B&W opportunities.  So I called my buddy James, told him to grab all his gear, and I picked him up for a quick trip to Farmer’s Pond, just outside of Bishop…

Farmer’s Pond–1/1/11

 

Driftwood and Ice

It was cold and it was dreary…but it was worth every second!

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One of My First Shots

A long time ago, or so it seems, I took the plunge and invested in a mid-range DSLR camera.  My best friend John was thrilled.  Within 2-3 days of getting my box in the mail, John took me to one of his favorite locations in The Alabama Hills to try it out.   Those first few images were rightly crap.  Poor composition, no subjective connection, and only moderately acceptable exposures.  But on that first day, I learned and re-learned some fascinating aspects of photography that were forgotten in the maze of years.

I went back through the files from that first day, and actually found one that was fairly reasonable.  So I took it into Photoshop CS4, and reprocessed the original file…

Southern Inyo Mountains

I was feeling a little nostalgic, and missing my recently deceased best friend, John.  I’m always gonna miss him, but he will always guide my feet and my exposures in this gorgeous little valley that we both loved so much.  Thinking back on that first day shooting, I couldn’t help but process this one with a little sense of nostalgia, and an antique flare of it’s own.  It was only a few years ago, but it really does seem like a lifetime…

Thanks so much for taking the time to look!


Silouhettes and Clouds

I’m sick. I hate being sick.  I hate being stuffed up, nose running, fever, aches, and chills.  I hate not being able to go outside and walk around, work a full day, or even enjoy my daughter’s company.

But I love cloud formations, and I love the fact that where I live, I can see some pretty awesome clouds from my front porch…

I guess the clouds today WERE the silver lining.  I still hope to feel better and go to work tomorrow…


‘Tis the Season…

…to focus on black and white photography.  Viscious storm fronts, heavy snows, and dramatic clouds coupled with high-contrast lighting and deeply saturated colors means it’s time to break out the polarizer, and shoot some B&W’s…

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This was the first big storm of the winter to come through.  It dumped several feet on the mountains, and even left an inch or so in my front yard.  Can’t wait for more winter storms to come through…

Thanks for taking the time to look!