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Everyone’s Waiting – Seaside

Last weekend I displayed my work in Gulf Breeze, Florida and have time to take a few sunset images on the beaches in the Florida Panhandle. It is a great location to capture a few images the sands are sugar white and the waters are beautiful. This Florida beaches have less traffic than the southern Florida beaches and I find them more relaxing. While walking the beaches looking for that perfect shot I found this Pavilion with its wonderful Adirondack chairs that was deserted at Sunset and it was so inviting that I spent some time photographing this location as the light changes. This is a location I will return too and spend time photographing under different lighting conditions.

Everyone's waiting

Everyone’s waiting

I captured this image on my Canon 5d mark 2 my Tokina 12-24 wide-angle lens was set at 21mm which gave me the coverage of the area that I wanted and also gave me the infinite depth of field allowing for both the foreground and the background to remain in focus. The shutter speed was set for 1/25th of a second and the ISO was set for 200.

EEveryones Waiting raw CR2 file

Everyones Waiting raw CR2 file

The Exposure was perfect and the only post processing I did on this image was to run it through Nik software’s Film Effects in Color Efex Pro.

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Sunset – Grayton Beach State Park, Florida

Sunset at Grayton Beach State-Park, unprocessed

Sunset at Grayton Beach State-Park, unprocessed

Last night I stopped by Grayton State park one of my favorite parks in the Panhandle of Florida to capture a sunset image and enjoy the park for a day before setting up for a small show in Gulf Breeze for the weekend.

The unprocessed image looked nice but I decided to enhance the images using the Film Effects and Pro Contrast filters in Nik software’s Color Effects Pro

Sunset at Grayton Beach State Park, processed

Sunset at Grayton Beach State Park, processed

I set my f stop for F 22 with the lens set at 24mm which is a wide angle setting. By focusing 1/3 into the image I am capturing I will have everything in the image in perfect focus. The term for this is “Hyper Focal”. My ISO was set at 100 which gave me the longest shutter speed of 1.3seconds that available light would allow without using a neutral density filter. I wanted to have a little motion in the water without smoothing out the water with a longer exposure.

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Southwest Slot Canyon Workshop Nov. 8-14 2013

The southwest’s slot canyons with their sculptured sandstone walls shaped by water and wind over thousands of years provide photographers with the southwest’s most sought after photographic images. In the fall when the sun is lower in the sky the muted red and purple tones are breathtaking. We will start this workshop in the Valley of Fire just an hour from Las Vegas which has wonderful slot canyons, one of which has wonderful pink walls and another canyon has some of the best examples of native American petroglyphs in the southwest. We will be staying in Overton for the first two nights before heading to Utah for an overnight stay at ZionNational Park before heading to Page Arizona for two days of shooting in wonderful sandstone canyons that feel as spiritual as any of Europe’s wonderful old cathedrals and they will take your breath away.

Into the Light – Antelope Canyon, Southwest Photo Workshop

Into the Light – Antelope Canyon, Southwest Photo Workshop

In the Fall slender shafts of light penetrate the narrow canyons and bounce soft light off the rock walls casting wonderful muted colors against the  sandstone walls. In this workshop you will learn how to capture these images and improve your compositional and technical skills.

My friend and fellow photographer Craig Osterloh will be working with me on this a photographic adventure.

What’s included in my tuition:

Tuition includes fieldwork, guiding, software training and critiques of your digital files during our classroom sessions, transportation during the workshop, Navajo guides  and entrance fees onto the Navajo reservation and park entrance fees.

What’s not included in my tuition:

Airfare, lodging and meals are not included.

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Angels Wings – Snow Canyon, Utah

When I am out capturing images I am always looking for textures and patterns in nature and in the structures man has built into the natural world. In January I was out photographing some of the National parks and canyons Nevada Utah and Arizona with my friend Craig Osterloh. While we were in route back to Valley of Fire in Nevada Craig wanted to show me Snow Canyon near his home in Lake George, Utah. I wasn’t sure what I would find but this wonderful canyon was full flowing textures in the sandstone. While we were photographing the last rays of the day Craig and I were both fascinated by the textured lines in the sandstone which we thought looked like Angels Wings flowing through the Sandstone. Using a just a little imagination I see the outline of the two wings in the center bordered  by many wings flying together.

Angle Wings in flight

This Sandstone formation looks like a group of Angels in flight

I used Photoshop CS6 and the in Color Efex Pro I used Film Effects and Darken Lighten Center to process this image.

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Exposure Adjustments in Camera Raw using the Exposure slider

If your exposure is over or under exposed you can make adjustments with the exposure slider in Camera Raw. I had already worked with this image and saved it as a tif. In Photoshop if you go to FileOpen As  the image can be opened in Camera Raw like the original raw image.

File-Open As

File-Open As

To select a tif or jpg file by left clicking on it.

Select the tif or jpg file to open in Camera Raw

Select the tif or jpg file to open in Camera Raw

In the Open As dialog box to the right of Open As at the bottom of the dialog box click on the arrow and select Camera Raw for the file to open in Camera Raw.

Select-Open As-Camera Raw

Select-Open As-Camera Raw

I had already processed this image. In order to demonstrate how to make an exposure composition I have moved the exposure slider the left to -0.50 which  under exposes the image and makes the image darker. If I had moved the exposure slider to the right to +0.50 it would make the image lighter and over exposed the image.  

-0.50 exposure Slider

-0.50 exposure Slider

I moved the exposure to the left +0.50 stop to 0 to lighten the image to the exposure I liked best. This is also the exposure that I captured in the Camera. I try to expose and crop the image in the Camera to create the best possible file. My goal as a photographer is to use Photoshop to make a good image better not make a poor image usable. In Photoshop Elements 11 and CS6 you can make adjustments up to 5 stops  plus or minus but I find that if you have over of under exposed the image by more than 2 stops your recovery efforts will brings poor results.  

xposure slider adjustment to 0.00

xposure slider adjustment to 0.00


Award Winning Nighttime images of Rome and Pisa without Post Processing

Congratulations to Robert Perry from Cleveland who captured these two night images during the October 2012 Italian Photo workshop. The Lakewood Photographic Society competition was for nighttime photography. Robert had a busy work schedule after returning and entered thes two images as they came out of the camera without any post processing and won a first and third place in his local Camera Clubs competition.

1st place image in nighttime photography.

Roman Forum

Roman Forum

In the digital age where everyone uses software to process images there are a lot of people who think that software can fix any image and make it an award winner, this is seldom the case. Why not capture each image using good composition and proper exposure that can win awards without processing and then if there is time use the software in Photoshop and Nik Software to make them into even better images.

3rd place image in nighttime photography

Leaning Tower – Pisa, Italy

Leaning Tower – Pisa, Italy


Venice Photographic Workshop – Burano Lights – Venetian Lagoon

Burano Lights – Venetian Lagoon

Night Image of Burano Island Italy

Night Image of Burano Island Italy

During the workshops I give in Venice, I usually visit Burano one of the islands in the Northern Venetian Lagoon. Burano is 45 minute Vaporetto Ride from Venice. the Vaporetto Ride itself is an experience, it’s great to see Venice from the sea.

Burano is known for its lace and its gorgeous colored buildings and home. Around 3000 residents live on the island, in houses that are painted in all the colors of a rainbow. I would highly recommend visiting Burano, you can wander the streets and take photos of this beautifully colorful fishing town, where women stayed home making lace, while the fishermen went out to the sea to fish. Each fisherman was able to recognize their house from afar Because every house was painted in a different color of the rainbow.

1-I opened several raw images and after checking for motion blur and I selected Raw image 4032 CR2 to work with.

CR2 Raw image

CR2 Raw image

 2-In the basic pallet I made adjustments with the exposure +0.60 Highlights -28 and Shadows +27 and set Daylight on the White Balance drop down menu.

Adj made in Basic Pallet

Adj made in Basic Pallet

3-Using the Clone and Healing tools I removed a few people, antennas and other distracting

Distractions cleaned with the Cloning and Healing brushes

Distractions cleaned with the Cloning and Healing brushes

4-With Nik software Color Efex Pro I used Tonal Contrast to bring down the highlights and pull out the shadows.

Nik software Color Efex Pro I used Tonal Contrast

Nik software Color Efex Pro I used Tonal Contrast

 5-Next in Color Efex Pro 3.0 I used the Film Effects. In the film drop down menu I selected Kodak Portra 160NC

Color Efex Pro 3.0 - Film Effects - Kodak Portra 160NC

Color Efex Pro 3.0 – Film Effects – Kodak Portra 160NC

 6- In the Film Effects pallet I selected the Film Details dropdown menu which shows the presets for Sensitivity and Saturation.

Film Effects pallet - Film Details dropdown menu

Film Effects pallet – Film Details dropdown menu

7-Using the adjustment sliders I tweaked the Color Sensitivity and Saturation.

Adjustment sliders tweaked in Color Sensitivity and Saturation

Adjustment sliders tweaked in Color Sensitivity and Saturation

 8- In the Film Effects pallet I selected the Film Details dropdown menu which shows the presets for Grain.

Film Effects pallet - Film Details dropdown menu Grain presets

Film Effects pallet – Film Details dropdown menu Grain presets

9-I set the sliders to 0 on all grain setting to removed the grain preset for the film type      selected. I  usually do not want grain effects on my images.

Film Effects pallet - Film Details dropdown menu Grain set sliders to 0

Film Effects pallet – Film Details dropdown menu Grain set sliders to 0

      


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