I’m always looking for shots whenever I travel. Just before the light faded away for the day, I ran out to my vacation condo’s balcony to capture the pool and the resort. This is a panorama merge of four images from my Nikon D700 and 14-24mm f2.8 wide angle lens.
After the merge, the image was wildly distorted, so I used the Transform tool in Photoshop CS5 to straighten out the corners and fix perspective.
Just wrote a review for a great new product called Capture Pilot from the good people at Phase One. The product allows anyone with an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch to view photos from a tethered photo shoot in real time. The product is truly awesome. Check out the article and see how I used it to photograph a bunch of young kids in an impromptu hotel studio.
Here’s the link to the review: http://www.nikonians.org/resources/reviews/capture-pilot
Click on the section “Pro Reviews” to read the article. If you only want to see the fun pictures, then click on the fourth page titled “Real World Testing.”
I think all photographers should keep current on software and post-processing methods. In the “old days” of digital photography we had to create everything in Photoshop. We learned all kids of tricks and methods to produce frames, grunge looks, cross processing, etc. Now, all we need to do is spend a few bucks on a software plug-in and viola! New photo!
My favorite plug-ins by far are Nik Software’s suite of products. One of the products that I deem indespensible is Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0. I could write an entire novel of tutorials on how to use all the different settings, but in the interest of time (and my sanity), I’ll just show the results from a simple setting called Bleach Bypass.
The photo directly above shows what the image looked like directly out of my Nikon D7000 camera. I opened it in ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) and brought it into Photoshop CS5. The photo is “ok” but really needs some additional punch. So, I activated Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 from the Filter menu in CS5 (shown below).
The next step (below) is to choose Bleach Bypass from the left hand column of choices. Then, play with the sliders until you are happy with the result. In this case, the metal background was blowing out a bit, so I moved the highlight protection slider up to bring back some detail.
After you are finished modifying the image, click the OK button to return to Photoshop. At that point, you can save the photo as a new image and prepare it for output.
Since I was already having fun with Bleach Bypass, I decided to try it on another photo of a bike rack (below). This time a bit more intense with the contrast and overall effect.
Took a trip down to Bend Oregon a few days ago for a family wedding. While there, our extended family went out to dinner at an Italian restaurant in the Old Mill District. The Old Mill District is a great place to take photographs and I enjoyed capturing the buildings during the evening/dusk hours. All these images were taken with the Nikon D7000 and 18-105mm kit lens – a great little setup for travel. I’m loving the image quality from the 16.2 MP D7000.
After a quick two day break, I’m down in the Portland, Oregon area to run more workshops for the Nikonians Academy. This week we’ll be holding workshops with the Nikon D300, the Nikon wireless flash system and Nikon Capture NX 2.
Should be great fun and I’m really looking forward to meeting a bunch of new photographers.
Here are a bunch of photographs from this weekend’s workshop participants. Having fun taking photos of flowers, sunrise, everything!
I just returned from a great Art of Travel Photography workshop in Hood River, Oregon. We had lots of happy people and everyone came away with some truly amazing photographs.
We spent four days exploring the Columbia River Gorge and photographed locations from Vista House to the Tom McCall Nature Reserve to Mt. Hood. Folks came in from Chicago, Seattle, British Columbia and Oregon. We thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company and tired ourselves out with more photography than you can shake a stick at! It was truly a great trip and I can’t wait to do it all over again next year.
The wildflower bloom was a little bit behind this year, but we still found amazing fields full of balsam root flowers. Lupine was just starting to bloom, but Indian paintbrush was out in full force. The secret fields of Camas lilies needed just about one more week before they were in full bloom.
Because of the high snow pack in the Cascade Mountains this year, all the Gorge waterfalls were flowing at full capacity. Each of us were constantly wiping off our lenses from all the waterfall spray!
Here are some shots I took during the workshop.
We’re out in Hood River Oregon photographing the beautiful fields of flowers and amazing waterfalls. Our four-day Art of Travel Photography workshop is aimed at helping folks how to take amazing travel photographs that they can be proud of.
I took this photograph today on the drive out to Hood River. It is located at the Tom McCall Nature Reserve and is an incredible nature photography site. The wildflowers are just going crazy out here. Everything is flowering and it looks like we hit the spring bloom at exactly the right time! All the cherry trees in the Hood River Valley are also in bloom. Very exciting. I’m anticipating incredible photographs from everyone.