Apr 2010

Steal

Steal

This photo was from my boys last regular season Lacrosse game. During this game the wind was constantly blowing, it was cloudy and cold. I wanted to get this photo crisp so I set the iso to 800.

The specs:
iso 800
120mm
f/4.8
1/1000 sec

I don’t understand this game well enough to know where I should be for a good photo. On this one I was sitting in the stands and using a monopod. In this sequence my boy had just stolen the ball from the offensive player.

To process this photo I ran it through lightroom, then CS4, and finally used the Topaz Adjust filter.

Thank you for visiting today.

~wr~

Spring Bird

Spring Bird

The last few days have been cold, rainy, windy, and snowy. So.... today I wanted to get out and shoot some photos. I had the perfect opportunity to do so. My wife and Mother-in-Law are attending a conference on Womanhood, and I am babysitting the kids. I had about an hour inbetween taking and picking up the kids from afterschool activities. So I took my 70-200mm lens with 1.7 teleconverter and drove along the Airport dike. My hope was to find some of the beautiful spring birds. The problem was it was so windy the birds were all hunkered down. That is until I was about to leave. I found this little yellow breasted beauty. The only problem I had with this photo was while driving along the pot hole filled dike the back and forth rocking of the car with the camera sitting on my lap reset my exposure. I had taken this photo 3 stops underexposed.

Thanks for visiting today.

~wr~

Lacrosse

Last-Game-Last-Game

These photos are the from my son’s last Lacrosse game of the season. This was also the first game they have won. During this game they became a team. They believed in each other and it showed in the final score. I came to the game with my 70-200 lens and teleconverter. It was windy, dusty and cold and warm all in the same game. The clouds, wind and dust made this a darker shot then I planned on. I wanted to capture the happiness on the kids face right after winning the game. If I were taking this photo to sell I would have had a much different set up. In saying that when you arrive at the photoshoot don’t worry about what you don’t have just work with what you do have.

Thank you for visiting.

~wr~

Meetinghouse

Church-1

This is a simple two frame Five exposure pano of a local meeting house. i took this photo right as the sun was setting in the West. The orange glow of the sun gave the building a little more color then it usually has. I have spent the entire afternoon and evening repairing broken sprinkler pipes, fixing our swamp cooler, weeding and fixing our lawn edger. So for tonight this is all I have.

Thanks for visiting today.

~wr~

Holden, Utah

Near Delta, Utah

This photo was taken near Holden, Utah. The clouds on the Eastern side of I-15 looked pretty cool so I pulled off the freeway and headed down a muddy dirt road (in our mini van). I quickly got out of the van to take a five exposure two frame photo. I had to do this one fast before my young child got out of the van to play in the mud. I love how the light from the setting sun highlights the clouds.

Thank you for visiting.

~wr~

Beaver, Utah Sunset

Beaver, Utah Sunset

We were traveling along I-15 in Utah just as a late winter storm was breaking up. I knew there would be possibilities for a nice sunset. I also knew that my young kids would not want to stop for long. As we came up to one of the last turnoffs near Beaver, Utah the clouds had a wild look to them. I also knew that we had to move quickly to our final destination. I grabbed my D300 and 24-70 lens. I set it to iso 200 at 24 mm at f/13. I then set the camera to take five different exposures and fired away. I took four different sections of the valley as the sun was just over the mountains. I jumped back into the car before the baby even noticed I was gone. Although I don’t advise you to shoot this type of photo hand held, I didn’t have the time to set the tripod up. I used Lightroom 3 beta, CS4, and Topaz Adjust to put the final edits on this photo.

Thank you for visiting.

~wr~

Garden Flower

Garden Flower

I love the spring. It is getting so warm and the flowers are starting to come out in droves. I am not sure what this flower is but I liked the contrast it provided between the light and dark. I like how the dark blue is the flower in focus and that the light blue and white flower frame the blue one. I also like how the flower in focus is slightly off center and the background is out of focus.

Thank you for visiting today.

~wr~

Bleeding Heart

Bleeding Heart

I love this time of year. The weather is starting to warm up and all of the spring flowers are starting to bloom. This one is one of my all time favorites. Bleeding Heart flowers have so much delicate details and are striking to look at. This photo was taken with my macro lens. I love the Bokeh on the background. One way to bring the eye to your focal point is to blur everything else. This is easily done using a macro lens due to its narrow depth of field. I love the patterns made by the colors of the background.

The specs for this shot.
iso 400
105 mm
f/13
1/80 sec
hand held

Thank you for visiting today.

~wr~

Plumb Tree

Plumb Tree

The last few days I have spent editing photos for my daughter and her wedding. Today at about 4 we finally finished the last edit for her wedding announcements. For the past two weeks I have also spent countless hours taking photos, editing them, and producing a getting to know you book for our local church leader. Both of these have been a ton of fun. I have learned many new techniques on both photoshop and Indesign. Needless to say I have not had the time to get out and shoot. Today our flowering plumb tree is in full bloom. This is a handheld shot with a slight breeze blowing.

The specs:
Iso 400
105mm
f/25
1/125 sec

To take this type of shot hand held don’t be afraid to crank up the iso. I could have gone higher, but for my needs this was sufficient. On today’s cameras you need to go much higher then iso 400 to run into noise issues. Also don’t be afraid to put the camera on continuos shooting mode and shoot away.

Thank you for visiting, and being patient the last few days.

~wr~

TIme off

In the next few days weeks I will post as often as I can, but my daughter is getting married in about one month and moving away. On the days she is in town I want to spend as much time as I can with her. Today is one of those days. On the days when we can spend time together I won’t post.

Thank you for your understanding.

~wr~

Astragalus Utahensis

Astragalus Utahensis

This little gem of a plant is located all over Utah along the benches. It is one of the first plants to flower in the spring. Its scientific name is Astragalus Utahensis commonly known as Little Lady Finger. This one is located in the xeroscape portion of my yard. I grew this plant from seed. Utah native wildflowers are very difficult to grow and this one is no exception. To grow this plant I took the seed and scratched off a portion of the outer shell. Then I placed the seed in a petri dish, in water, in my fridge for two months (this simulated winter) then I planted the seeds. Of those I planted about one third of them lived.

To take this photo I got down on my stomach and shot about an inch from the ground and about two feet from the flower. I love every year when this plant starts to bloom. I then know for sure that the warm weather is a few short weeks away.

Thank you for visiting my site today.

~wr~

Provo River Falls

Provo River Falls

This is another shot in my recent series of editing using Photoshop Plugins. Again I used Topaz Adjust, Denoise, but this time I added a small amount of Simplify to give the photo a slight painterly look. Today my blog is short because I am the last in my family to catch the stomach flu.

Thank you for visiting.

~wr~

Geyser Basin

Geyser Basin-1

I have had a great time recently looking at past photo shoots. This one is from Geyser Basin in Yellowstone. This area amazes me. Geysers everywhere and the smell of sulfur everywhere you go. This photo is what is so amazing about this basin. With sulfur and hot water everywhere there is life that exists. The thing I re-learned from this photo was to always shoot in Raw and to save your old photos. Every time I tried to process this photo I was always less then pleased by the results.

Keep shooting and have fun looking back at past photos you have taken.

~wr~

Yellowstone DeNoise

Yellowstone Denoise

I had a lot of fun yesterday reprocessing my old photo of Gibbon Falls in Yellowstone. For tonights picture I decided to go through the same process. This is taken from a single Raw image split into five different images. I then did a mild enhancement with Topaz Adjust, but I used Topaz Denoise to make the photo have an almost painterly look. I did overprocess the image on purpose, but I like the end result. When you get a moment take the time to look at your old photos and re-process them, but this time try to push the edges. You may like what you see. If you don’t there is no harm done.

Thank you for visiting today. If you like what you see please refer this site to your friends.

~wr~

Gibbon Falls

Gibbon Falls 2

Today I received an invite to a new group on Flicker about Yellowstone. This small new site perked an interest in some past photos I have taken. I went back and found a Raw image of Gibbon Falls. To process this image I used NX2 and made five different exposures all one stop difference. I made a few changes in NX2 and saved them as jpegs. Next I imported these images into Photomatix Pro and played with it until I found some colors I liked. I then took the image into Lightroom and made a few small adjustments. I imported to CS4 to finish the photo by using Topaz Adjust to make the colors pop and Topaz DeNoise to reduce the noise. In both of these programs I over processed on purpose to bring out the color of the cliff and the blues of the water.

I like this photo because for the rich colors.
I like the silky smooth effect of the photo.
I like the details of the rocks and the silky feel of the water.

Thank you for visiting today.

~wr~

Rocks

Rocks

Recently I was at a friends photo lab taking pictures of items that will be used for decoration at my daughter’s wedding. When we finished with the centerpieces we started to play around with these rocks. For this shoot we had several different light sources, no flashes. I wanted a shallow depth of field for this shot so that the rocks on the top would be the focal point, and the rocks that are hidden would be slightly out of focus. Even though this is listed as macro I used my 24-70mm lens set at 60mm. This photo is the perfect example of taking photos of common objects. I like the different colors, patterns and sizes present in this photo. To me each rock has much interest. The best part is that this type of shoot doesn’t have to cost much. The rocks were a total of $1 at the local dollar store.

Thank you for visiting today.

~wr~

Pine Cone

Pine Cone

Today was the first warm day after several days of cold. I took my boy outside and let him play in the sun. While he was doing this I grabbed a few common objects found in our backyard and began shooting some macro shots. This one of the pine cone was my favorite.

The specs:
iso 200
105mm
f/16
1/100 sec

I did very little post processing on this photo.
I like the patterns found in nature.
I like how each layer is a little less in focus.
I like how the patterns and drop off of focus draw the eye to the focal point of the tip of the pine cone.

With the weather starting to warm up I suggest that you get outside and start taking photos. Start with simple common objects found around your home. You never know what you have or how it will look until you look at it from a different perspective.

Thank you for visiting today.

~wr~

Snowy Sunset

Snowy Sunset

I spent all day yesterday working on a photo project for a friend. When it came time to post my blog my two youngest children started throwing up. This went on every fifteen to thirty minutes from seven p.m. to 10:30 p.m. By this time our toddler was not very happy. He was having a hard time going to sleep with all the commotion going on. So needless to say by the time everything had settled down I was too tired to post anything on my web page. Today was a miserably cold grey day. It started out with an inch of snow and a stiff North wind blowing all day. The clouds were grey and without much shape. Just as the sun was about to set the clouds broke and the sun took a quick peek from behind the mountains. This photo was taken at the end of my street. It was hand held and a five exposure HDR. The wild clouds are actually snow. Five minutes after I took this we had a brief but heavy snow squall.

The specs:
Iso 200
24 mm
f/11
5 exposure
Hand held

I processed the photo using Photomatix Pro. I then exported it to Lightroom for some small enhancements in color. From there I exported to Photoshop and completed some dust fixes and some other minor edits. At this point I slightly enhanced the photo using Topaz Adjust and Topaz Denoise 3. The final product has more color then what the natural eye could see.

Easter

Easter

Today was Easter. This is what we woke up to. There was a pure white blanket of snow. Even though I am ready for winter to be over I have to admit it sure was pretty. There was three inches of snow, and it was attached to everything. The trees looked as pretty as they do in the middle of winter after a cold winter snow storm. I choose this part of the yard because it has lots of color. I like how everything has snow on it, but that the wood provides some color relief from all the white.

Have a great day!

Thanks for visiting today.

~wr~

Broken Down

Broken Down

This was taken a few weeks back. I would have loved to get closer and take this photo from an angle. I also would have loved to spend some time in this junk yard exploring all the gems that were present. I didn’t even try. The yard was guarded by a noisy and mean sounding dog. The owner was yelling at the dog as well. Also just about every house in this area had a sign up that said no trespassing. The entire area had an unfriendly feel to it. Needless to say I shot this HDR hand held with my 70-200mm lens. To get the shot at the distance I was I had to shoot it with my teleconverter making the lens a 250mm lens. The f/stop was 4.8.

I like how old the vehicle looks.
The vehicle is just how the neighborhood was. Broken down.
I would like more depth of field.
I am not sure I like the orange with the rest of the colors.

Thank you for visiting today.

~wr~

April Sunrise

April Sunrise

I was preparing for work this morning and my wife said look outside. This is what I saw. This photo is a handheld 3 stop HDR at iso 200. The small specs at the top are a flock of birds not sensor dust.

Thank you for visiting today.

~wr~

Engagement

Shoes

Today was a day that I could have met my maker. As I was driving in the mountains for a work assignment I suddenly came across a six inch deep three hundred yard long snow drift. I was traveling 70 miles an hour. I don’t know how I kept control of the car as I moved to the dry side of the road. I am just glad I did. When I came home my daughter asked if I could take some more engagement photos. This one was the easiest to show you. I am not sure why, but this is a popular pose for those getting married soon.

~wr~