I thank you all for taking time to visit with me. I’m hoping to share with you my amazing journey through the beautiful and awe-inspiring landscapes of the Western United States. Each time I gaze through my viewfinder, I am touched on a deep and personal level by the world I see. I hope you get to experience those very same emotions as you follow along with me. I also hope you find some usefulness in the tips I share with you. They were hard learned, but quite handy as I trudged across the many streams and sand dunes. I also want to introduce you to a few absolutely incredible people who are working hard right here in San Diego County to preserve this remarkable ecosystem. Lastly, as an avid runner, I’d like to share a few of the quirky, but awesome scenes I happen to come across on my early morning runs. I’m truly excited to begin this journey with you, and I’m hoping you begin to view the environment around you with the same loving eyes that I do. MOST IMPORTANTLY, I’d love to hear and see YOUR journeys – so please share!
My first stop during my travels was the "Valley of Fire" in Nevada. The valley received its name from the red sandstone formations, which were created by shifting sand dunes during the dinosaur age about 150 million years ago. There are many beautiful photographs to be found here. My favorite place to photograph was the "Rainbow Vista". After a day of overcast weather, which I used to focus on details and close-ups, the sky finally opened up and the clouds started to move around and create a wonderful all day long light show. Dramatic cloud formations, along with the shadows they cast, can add real depth to your photographs and if the sky happens to be mostly filled with clouds, just about anytime of the day is great for photography. Count your blessings!
Shown below is a moment that resonated strongly with me.
I spent a day exploring the many slot canyons around Page. Another photography dream came true. I was very fortunate to have an incredible guide who provided me with a lot of insight and allowed for a more profound understanding of the place and its people. I'm very grateful for this experience, being in these canyons feels very meditative and somewhat spiritual especially in those less visited canyons, I sensed a very warm and gentle energy. Here is a photograph taken with my E-M1 @ 17mm f/8,1/8s, ISO 800. The one thing I'm looking forward to do when getting home is editing. Stay tuned for more. ONWARD !
The waste places of the earth, the barren desserts, the tracts forsaken of men
and given over to loneliness, have a peculiar attraction of their own.
The weird solitude, the great silence, the grim desolation, are the very things
with which every desert wanderer eventually falls in love.
- John C. Van Dyke, The Desert, 1901.
Friends and family, this Friday, Joanie Connell, will be debuting her newest book, "Flying without a Helicopter: How to Prepare Young People for Work and Life" at 3RDSPACE in University Heights. It's going to be an absolutely amazing event, with live music, food and beverage, and a chance to purchase an autographed copy. I'll be showcasing several of my landscape pieces and raffling off a print!
I'd love to invite everyone to join us; just see the event details on FACEBOOK
I hope to see you all there!
Since today is New Years Eve (Silvester), I thought I would share, once more, the few things I have learned about shooting fireworks!
I wish you a very happy new year!
Einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr!
"Salton Sea" was selected for the Field Work: Nature and Landscape exhibit at Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon.
Juried by Christopher O'Donnell. The opening reception is on January 2, 2015 from 6-8 pm.
Check out my photography which is decorating the walls at 2GOOD2B in Encinitas! Here are some photos from the installations. While you're there, you have to try a few dishes from their delicious gluten, corn and soy free menu!
1. BALANCING TWO TYPES OF AMBIENT LIGHT
When we go out to see holiday lights, it is usually already very dark. This isn't a problem for our eyes but the camera sensor has limitations in these situations. The best time to go out and shoot holiday lights is dusk - that small window of time after the sun has set and before total darkness has set in. The 2 types of ambience that we are trying to balance are the holiday lights and the slowly disappearing evening light. During this time, it is possible to expose for both, and, if you set your camera’s white balance to Tungsten, you will make the already blue sky even bluer. Keeping this in mind, it will take some scouting to find a good composition. Once you have found your place and subject to shoot, you can maximize your time getting the shot right. This could be a fun way to get out of the house and stroll around the neighborhood during the Christmas season. Here is a link to some of San Diego’s hotspots for Christmas lights.
3. LONG EXPOSURE (MOVEMENT, LIGHT TRAILS)
To keep this very basic and simple, follow these steps. Your camera should allow you to control at least the shutter speed. Then find moving lights or an object that is moving while illuminated. Try to visualize how it all plays out in the final image. A street scene with holiday decorations during dusk and some moving lights (like cars) could produce an interesting scene. Think about how the trails will interact with the rest of your composition. I just recently saw a great shot of a spinning Christmas tree. It caught my attention because I really liked the look, and I also knew that it took some effort to spin the tree with all the lights attached to it :-)
To shoot a long exposure set your camera on a tripod or a steady surface, use an aperture of at least f/8 keep the ISO low and then determine the shutter speed the longer the better! Try to have at least 10-20 sec. but keep experimenting with different intervals. Shorter exposures will produce shorter trails. Longer exposures will give you smooth continuous trails. Use your histogram to check that the highlights are not totally blown out. Shoot RAW if you can, this will give you more options in post processing, you can also use your camera’s BULB mode and a remote control to utilize shutter speeds that go past 30sec. but in an urban setting you can get by without that extra exposure time.
4. CLOSE UP OF HOLIDAY DECORATIONS
5. ZOOM, ZOOM, ZOOM YOUR LENS !
This can be really fun and create some interesting and unique photographs! Find lights in an interesting setting - a street scene, a lit up Christmas tree, or any sort of light involving Christmas decoration. Then set your camera on a tripod and use a zoom lens. Now get your exposure figured out and, during the exposure, you will zoom in and out. This will create streaks of light that can be super fun and produce unique photographs. This is very experimental, so keep on trying with different subjects and surroundings!
Standing at the Grand Canyon's South Rim on this cold and cloudy December day was an awe inspiring experience!
With the constantly changing cloud formations, I was treated to a light show extraordinaire.
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