My 3rd favorite from 2015 is a shot from a trip we took to Maui in February. And it showcases one of my favorite photographic techniques. I am drawn towards capturing images in a way that adds a surreal, almost painterly, effect. To that end I often use long exposure to enhance the motion, the saturation and to add contrast between the sharp portions of the image and the blurred motion.
This shot caught my eye because of the way the swirling water seemed to balance the clouds. All I had to do was set up my composition and find the shutter speed that worked well with the speed of the receding waves to get the motion was after. In this instance it was 4s. And as usual, I took many shots as the sun set so I could pick the one with the "best" wave personality.
You also might notice if you have been following along with this series how often I use Canon tilt shift lenses (TS-E) on my Sony cameras. I have 3 or the 4 that Canon makes including the 24mm, 45mm and 90mm. And these are staples of my landscape and commercial kit. I won't go into all the benefits they offer but here are my big 3.
- The 1st, and simplest, is that they allow you to easily move your horizon up or down to extenuate either the foreground or the sky, whichever is most interesting. And many shots can be much more interesting if the horizon isn't smack dab in the middle of the frame.
- These lenses also allow for an easy 2.5:1 panorama simply by taking three shots. One shift left, one center and one right and then stitching them together in post processing. And many other combinations of shift and stitch are possible as well. This lets me have a lens that does double duty. A great landscape lens and a panorama lens that keeps me from having to carry around a separate pano head for my tripod.
- The 3rd great feature of these lenses isn't so simple, they allow you to tilt the front of the lens. In layman's terms this allows unique control of the focus of the scene. In the image above I tilted the lens down which had the effect of bringing more of the image into focus without using a larger aperture, like say f/22.
It's been a crazy busy spring and my commercial work has had me heads down so I've been a bit absent from social media and blog posting. But here's a quick update and a coupon for 25% off on notecards to thank y'all for your patience and great support. Just type in ...
If you're trying to figure out what kind of camera you're wanting or needing to buy, I'd wager that you're beginning your journey into photography or are rekindling an old love. If that's indeed the case ...
I thoroughly enjoy posting my personal list of favorite images that I do each year on my blog and my Facebook page. But It's also pretty interesting to see how my supporter "vote with their feet" at my online store. Here's a quick summary of my most popular notecards by number purchased.
I've updated the recent landscape images section of my website to include my fall shoots. Images on my website are of much higher quality with less compression than I can show on social media.
I'm also giving away 3 copies of my 2017 Calendar to my email list members
Sometimes it seems that I plan and go out shooting time and time again only to return home empty. So it can be a bit invigorating to go through my years worth of publish images to choose by favorites. And this year is turning out to be the hardest I've yet had. I'll start off with numbers 13, 14 & 15 and the runner ups. Then I'll update this post every day till ...
I've update the notecard section of my estore to add some new Facebook favorites. And since once a baker, always a baker, I've included a "Bakers Half Dozen" holiday coupon. So if you buy 6 notecards, the 7th one is free.
I'm pretty excited to announce that a selection of my notecards and my 2017 calendar are available on Lopez Island at Paper Scissors on the Rock. I've been trying to sort this idea out for way to long and I love having a presence in our local iconic...
Earlier this year I had the delightful opportunity to give a private photography lesson on Lopez Island. The lesson was primary tailored towards long exposure techniques but also include some general discussions on exposure and post processing techniques as well as some advice on gear. I thought I'd summarize the course...
Having just wrapped up my year long Morning Light Project, I was projectless, for about a day. I like having a project based theme to help add a bit of discipline to my photography and push me in a direction that I might not otherwise be going. So my next photography based project will be intimate landscapes.
It hardly seems possible that I started this project a year ago. But as "they" say, time does fly by. It's been a pretty wonderful year filled with, mostly, beautiful mornings and great light. So I'll end this project with this month's shot from Kauai as well as my favorite images from my year long Morning Light Project.