Thursday, December 24, 2015

New Website

I haven't posted any new images because I have been working on launching a new website.  It still has my blog of images, but I am adding photography and travel tips and location spotlights.  Check it out.

http://www.photographyandtravel.com/

Monday, November 23, 2015

Boston Skyline

Boston, Massachusetts
May 25, 2014
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 42 mm: ISO 400: f/11: 1/400 sec.
We were walking back to the metro station when we passed this beautiful scene with a big empty green field leading into the Boston skyline.  Unfortunately, the lighting was terrible and I eventually gave up getting a decent image.  As I have been working more in black and white, I decided to give it another try.  I got rid of the big green field of negative space and focused just on the skyline and added a bunch of contrast to make the buildings the focus.  I don't think it is a real special photo, but I am happy to have salvaged something from a scene I really enjoyed in real life.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Red Rock in Black & White

Las Vegas, Nevada
February 27, 2015
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 92 mm: ISO 200: f/16: 1/80 sec.
I have been enjoying black and white a lot more lately and thinking back to some of my old photos, this was the first one I thought of because of the great contrast in the different areas of the photo getting hit with light.

 Links to the gear I used:

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Window to the Peak

Zion National Park, Utah
November 4, 2015
Fuji X-T1: Fujinon 18-135 at 38.9 mm; ISO 400: f/13: 1/30 sec.
This is two exposures blended together to capture the rock and the mountain both in focus.  It's a shot I took soon after getting out to hoodoo city while I was scoping out looking for the best place to shoot the sunset.

 Links to the gear I used:
Fujifilm X-T1 16 MP Mirrorless Digital Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD (Body Only) (Weather Resistant) Fujifilm X-T1 16 MP Mirrorless Digital Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and XF 18-135mm Lens WR Kit (Weather Resistant) Fujifilm XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR Lens Sirui K-10X 33mm Ballhead with Quick Release, 44.1 lbs Load Capacity Induro Alloy 8M Tripod AT-413 (Black)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Hoodoo City

Zion National Park, Utah
November 4, 2011
Fuji X-T1: Fujinon 18-135 at 20.8 mm: ISO 200: f/13: 1/30 sec.
This is a 3-image hdr. It is about 20 minutes before sunset while I was scouting at Hoodoo City.  I loved the foreground and layers leading back to the mountain.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Zion Hoodoo

Zion National Park, Utah
November 4, 2015
Fuji X-T1:Fujinon 18-135 at 21.6 mm: ISO 200: f/16: 1/8 sec.
When we were at Hoodoo City, we got a little color in the sunset.  This was the most prominent hoodoo that was in our area.  I liked the windy trail of water leading into it.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Saguaro Cactus in Black & White

Burro Creek, Arizona
March 29, 2015
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 18 mm: ISO 100: f/16: 1/30 sec.
This is another old image that I could never really get excited about the colors.  I like it much better in black and white.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Narrows at Zion

Zion National Park, Utah
November 5, 2015
Fuji X-T1: Fujinon 18-135 at 18 mm: f/18: 3.0 sec.
This was our favorite spot we found in the Narrows.  The light was hitting the back wall creating a nice light around the entire bend in the river and this little pocket of trees added some good contrasting color.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Row of Trees in the Narrows

Zion National Park, Utah
November 5, 2015
Fuji X-T1, Fujinon 18-135 at 18 mm: ISO 200: f/13: 3.0 sec.
Another shot from inside the Narrows.  There was a lot I liked about this scene.  I liked the row of tress lining the river and the sun catching the orange wall and the moss covered wall on the far right.  I wish the trees were more yellow, but overall I am pleased with the composition.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Kolob Terrace Sunset

Zion National Park, Utah
November 4, 2015
Fuji X-T1; Fujinon 18-135 at 38.9 mm: ISO 200: f/16; 1/8 sec.
My first shot in Zion National Park was up Kolob Terrace at a place unofficially called Hoodoo City.  This shot doesn't include any of the hoodoos, but looks beyond them at the mountain and plains.  Unfortunately, we had terrible luck with sunsets and this was the best I experienced while there.  Luckily I was set up because it lasted about 3 minutes was all.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Narrows at Zion

Zion National Park, Utah
November 5, 2015
Fuji X-T1, Fujinon 18-135 at 18 mm: ISO 200: f/18: 3.0 sec.
Last week I was able to attend a photography workshop with the team from Improve Photography.  My first morning I hiked probably 3 miles into the narrows with a small group of about 8-10 other photographers.  We caught great morning light on a few of the bends.  I liked this composition with the solo tree adding some color while the sun illuminated the back wall.  Look forward to many many more photographs from the Zion area in the coming weeks.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Kingston River Sunset

Kingston, Idaho
July 16, 2013
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 18 mm: ISO 100: f/14: 10 sec.
Back in 2013, we spent a week at a bed and breakfast on the river outside Kingston.  One night I was treated to a magical stormy sunset.  I used long exposure and was able to get good light, great reflections and awesome skies.  I was without new photos to edit so I pulled this one out and re-edited it to bring out the shadows more.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Small Shop in Downtown San Jose del Cabo

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
May 25, 2015
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 25 mm: ISO 200: f/9.0: 1/30 sec.
Another little gem of a store off a side street in downtown San Jose del Cabo.  Once again, my wife was inside shopping!  In the meantime, i played with my daughter in the fountain and took some photos.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Indian Beach Black & White

Ecola State Park, Oregon
July 1, 2015
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 46 mm: ISO 400: f/10: 1/200 sec.
Indian Beach is a great little location in Ecola State Park just south of Seaside on the Oregon Coast.  I was headed to Ecola Point to catch the sunset and had a half hour to kill so I drove down to Indian Beach.  Luckily, the parking lot is right on the beach.  I took this photo on top of a picnic table just off the parking lot.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Stained Glass at the Provo City Temple

Provo, Utah
September 12, 2015
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 42 mm: ISO 100: f/8.0: 1/400 sec.
I loved the old Provo Tabernacle and was sad when it burned down, but the new temple taking its place is pretty awesome.  I love the stained glass against the red bricks.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Mexican Market Shop

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
May 25, 2015
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 65 mm: ISO 200: f/5.0: 1/100 sec.
I found this little gem on a small side street off the downtown square.  I grabbed some photos while my wife was buying things across the street.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

El Arco in Black & White

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
May 24, 2014
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 35 mm: ISO 200: f/13: 1/250 sec.
While there was no way to get good light at the arch because you have to take a boat, the texture just screamed for black and white to me.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Mission of San Jose del Cabo Interior

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
May 25, 2015
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 27 mm: ISO 400: f/5.6: 1/160 sec.
I love the highlight/shadow sliders in lightroom.  I never could have made this image without them unless I went HDR.  Since I was without a tripod and wouldn't have wanted to impose on their mass, HDR wouldn't have been an option anyway.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Cattle Roaming in Mexico

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
May 26, 2015
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 27 mm: ISO 100: f/13: 1/125 sec.
Next to our hotel was an estuary and mixed in with the birds were some roaming cattle.  I think its the first time I have seen cows and palm trees.