Dec 2009

Upper Provo Waterfalls Side View

Side view Provo Falls

This is the same waterfall as yesterday. I have actually ran this one three times. The first view was on December 16th. I will have one more view tomorrow. Each view gives the falls a completely different look. This version shows the water digging its path through solid rocks. It also shows the water tumbling off the rocks at different locations.

So next time you photograph a subject remember to walk around. Each angle provides you with a completely different photo.

The Specs.
Iso 100
24mm
f/22
1.6 sec

I like how the water cuts through the picture at an angle.
I like the silky touch of the water.
I like the rocks.
I would like to have more of the trees in the background.

Let me know what you think by clicking on the link to the left.

~wr~

Perspective

Upper Provo River

The weather outside in Utah is terrible right now. I am excited to get out and take a bunch of winter photos in the next couple of days. In the meantime I decided to do a short series on the same photo. For the next couple of days I will look at this waterfall, but each day it will be from a different perspective. Many times the photographer is looking at a great object, but they shoot the photo from the wrong perspective. If you are always looking straight ahead you may not get the best photo. Not looking at our subject from many different angles limits the possibilities.

The specs
iso 100
70mm
f/22
1.6 sec

This photo works for me because the pine trees frame the main subject.
I would like for the pine tree on the left to be a little darker.
I like the waterfalls.
The framing does point the eye towards the water, and the water draws the eye to each waterfall.

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Hinkley Building

Hinkley Building

This is a new building on the campus of Brigham Young University. It is named after the late Gordon B. Hinkley. The building was built before the Prophet died. It is the alumni building at BYU. I have wanted to film this building for a few months now, but never seamed to have the time to drive across town to take a picture of a building. I was driving home one night with my camera and I was near BYU. I decided to stop and take the picture. I didn’t have my tripod, and it was getting to be quite dark. The only place I could get a clear shot of the building that was at eye level was located halfway up the pedestrian overpass. The problem was the only place to rest the camera was on the railing wall which bent downward and pointed away from the building. The solution was to use my hand as a rest for the lens and hope for the best. This is a three shot HDR.

I like the coolness of the clouds.
I like the lighting on the building.
I like the colors of the building.
I would like to not have the business building in the corner, and to have less parking lot.

Let me know what you think. I have added a new link on this page. The contact form located right under the blog button on the left hand side of this page will allow you to directly e-mail me.

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Hoar frost

Hoar Frost

When it gets cold in Utah the fog starts to roll in. When you get frost and super cold weather you get a by product called Hoar Frost on all surfaces. This frost is short lived. As soon as the sun pokes through the clouds the frost falls off the trees. The best way to shoot this frost is to use a tripod and a macro lens.

The specs
iso 200
105 mm
f/7.1
1/500 second shutter speed

I like the delicate formations of the frost.
I Iike how it forms in all directions.
I would like to have a darker background.

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~wr~

Frozen Bridal

Frozen Bridal-3

For today’s photo I got up early and headed up Provo Canyon. I was looking for a small waterfall that I have photographed often. When I arrived at the place of interest the parking lot had been shut down for the winter due to avalanche danger. I then decided head over to Bridal Veil Falls. The last couple of days had been fairly cold and I was hoping the ice had formed some nice formations. The above picture is what I saw. In caves these formations are called flow stone. It was absolutely breathtaking.

This photo is five photos stitched together. Each photo is composed of seven different exposures. For today I thought I would show you several different effects using different plugins.
The first photo is a simple panoramic stitch.

The Specs
iso 400. I had a slightly higher iso due to the cold strong canyon wind. while taking this photo I had to shield the camera from the wind. it was causing it to slightly shake, but standing close to the camera my body kept this from happening.
125mm
f/14
7 exposure
5 frames

My favorite part of this photo is the incredible detail of the individual ice in the main falls.
Frozen Bridal-1
This photo is enhanced using the plugin Topaz Detail. The plugin helped to highlight the small details of the ice and rocks. In this photo the popcorn look on the flow ice is highlighted. The yellow color on the ice is most likely due to erosion. The color is probably the dust particles carried by the water.
Frozen Bridal-2

This look is accomplished by using my favorite plugin Topaz Simplify. The plugin allows the photo to keep the important characteristics, yet at the same time it simplifies the overall effect of a photograph.

Frozen Bridal-4

This look is achieved by using Snap Art 2 and the pointillism effect. Snap Art allows you to get the cleanest look to a painting as possible. I like each and every one of these looks for different reasons.

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Frozen

Frozen
Here is one more view of my photo shoot with my friend Jon from Reflected Pixel.
Located at: http://www.reflectedpixel.com/index.html

Jon recently was invited to participate in HDR Spotting http://www.hdrspotting.com/ This is a new web site sponsored by Stuck in Customs http://www.stuckincustoms.com/hdr-photography/

For this shot I had to move fast. This was a three shot panoramic. To achieve the HDR I shot each section with five different exposures. Much to my horror when I opened the pictures I soon learned that I had changed lenses in a dusty location. I had several dust spots in the sky. To clean this up I used the band aid in photoshop.

Before stitching this particular panoramic together I used NX2 to increase the exposure on my raw photos by one stop. I had read recently that when shooting in the snow it is a good idea to over expose by one stop. Since I read this after this photo was taken I decided to experiment in my digital darkroom. I then exported each set of five exposures into photomatix pro to create the HDR photo. After this was repeated three times I exported the photos to Bridge and photomerged them into a panoramic photo.

The next step was to clean up the dust. (my sensor has since been cleaned). My next step was into Lightroom for some fine tuning of the color and then back to Photoshop. At this point I used Topaz Detail to lightly enhance the ice blocks, and then I used Topaz Denoise 3 to reduce the noise created during the HDR process.

This was quite the process, but the end result was well worth the effort.

The specs.

A tripod
A cable release
Iso 200
24 mm
f/22

To get a crystal clear picture like the one above you need a tripod. It is essential in landscape photography.

I like the curves of the sky and the ice.
I like the rich colors of the sky.
I like how the colors are transmitted into the ice.

Let me know what you think, and thank you for visiting this site.

~wr~

Last Light in Pastel

Last Light Pastel-1

Here is another look at the frozen photoshoot I did with my friend Jon Adams a couple of weeks ago. This is a three frame panoramic stitch. Each frame used five exposures. After I made the HDR in using Photomatix Pro I used my new Christmas Present of Snap art to give the photo a painting type of a look. This photo was processed under the pastel plugin.

I like the look the paintings gives to a photo. I would never be able to produce this look on my own. I just don’t have that type of talent. I don’t pretend to say that this type of photo will replace painting, but it sure gives photographers a new tool to represent our work.

I like the cool feeling of this photo.
I like how the lines in the ice and clouds form a nice curve.
I like the colors of the sky.

Thank you for visiting, and please share this site with your friends.

~wr~

Plugins part 2

Watercolor Sunset

Here is another picture edited using Snap Art 2. This was a sunset that was taken looking towards the southern end of Utah Valley. I edited the photo using the watercolor feature of Snap Art 2. The thing I like about this plugin and the Topaz plugins are they allow you to take a photo and edit it in a creative way to give it a look like a painting.

For those who are wondering what to get with extra Christmas money try the plugins at Topaz and Snap Art. They give you a fully operational trial version. You can try and see if you like and then buy or just discard.

For all of you that have visited my site over the past few months I want to wish you a Merry Christmas.


~wr~

Plugins

Hidden Falls Snap Art

For today’s post I wanted to show you one of the neat plugins that are available to the photographer. These plugins allow the photographer options that were not available just a few short years ago. This is a photo that I took during the summer of a waterfall located in Provo Canyon. I used a 70-200 mm lens with a teleconverter on it. After processing the photo I used the Photoshop plugin Snap Art 2. I used the preset water color and made simple adjustments to some of the sliders. I like this plugin because it gives you so many options, and the end product looks great. This will never replace an original watercolor, but it allows the photographer to branch out and have fun with their photos. If you are interested in this program Alien Skin allows you to have a 30 day free trial that is fully operational.
HIdden Falls 3

This is the original photo before I used the plugin. Both of these renditions have their place.

Let me know what you think by clicking on the link below.

~wr~

Double Falls

Double Falls

This is a waterfall located in Provo Canyon. I took this photo right after a snowstorm had hit. I then processed the photo using Topaz adjust. The plugin brought out the details of the trees.

I like this photo because it reminds me of something you might find in a fantasy land.

I like the clean look of the snow.
I like the snow covered trees.
I like the rugged cliffs.

Let me know what you think.

~wr~

Mystery

Mystery

Last night I took my family to Temple Square in Salt Lake to look at the Christmas lights. The fog was rolling in and it created a surreal feeling. This is a hand held three exposure HDR photo of a building being constructed across the street from Temple Square. The lights and the fog gave an almost Halloween type of feel.

The Specs
iso 1600
62mm
f2.8
Hand held

I like how the building is framed by the trees.
I like the different colors in the photo. These came from the Christmas lights and the colored signs.
I like the skeleton of a building framed by the lights.
I would like to go back to this photo and take it with a tripod, more exposures, a higher f/stop and lower iso.

Let me know what you think, and thank you for visiting

~wr~

Aspen Grove Trail

Aspen Grove Trail

Last year I went to Aspen Grove, Utah to take the family photos for a friend. As we were leaving to go to another area I saw this scene. It was starting to get a little darker so I upped the iso so that I could take a quick photo and not keep the family waiting.

The Specs.
iso 400
26mm
f/13

I like the intense yellow.
I like the black branches.
I like the leaves on the path.

Let me know what you think by clicking on the link below.

~wr~

Fire and Ice II

Fire and Ice II

Here is a second look at last nights sunset. This time I wanted the ice covered rock to be more prominent.

I like the intense colors of the sky.
I like the reflection in the snow covered water.
I would like to have the clouds have more character.

Let me know what you think.

~wr~

Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice III

I had just gotten off of work as the sun was setting. It has been several days since our last storm so the air quality had started to deteriorate. This made for the sun to appear as a large orange blob in the sky. I rushed home and then straight to the Lake. I just missed the sun. That was the best part of this sunset. I did however get to my destination right as this scene unfolded. This is the same place I took the photo of the frozen lake just over a week ago. Today the temperature was balmy. In the low 40’s

The specs
iso 200
f/22
24mm
7 exposures.

I like how the photo is divided in threes. Odd numbers are always good.
I like the cold snow and ice covered rocks.
I like the intens orange reflections.
I would like the clouds to have more depth.

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Bridge

Bridge

This was a fun picture to take. We were traveling on I-70 on our way to Denver. The colors were good in some places. In others they had fallen off the trees due to an extreme cold snap. With my small children in the back seat I was unable to stop the car to set up the camera for a good photo. Instead when I saw a photo I liked I stuck the camera out the window and took the snapshot. This one was taken at 80 miles an hour.

I processed it using my all time favorite plug in called Topaz Simplify.

The Specs.
Iso 400
135 mm
f/14
1/250 second

I like the color of the bridge.
I like the shape of the bridge.
I like the colors of the mountain.
I would like to take the time to photograph this picture using a tripod.

Let me know what you think by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.

~wr~

Upper Provo River Falls

Upper Provo River Falls

This photo is one of my favorite. I awoke early in the morning to go to the Uinta Mountains to the Upper Provo River waterfalls. This is not the actual waterfalls, but it is near them. This photo is a perfect example of being prepared for what is there, but not what you were looking for. I had gone to take photos of the river and the main falls. After taking a few pictures there we started to hike above the falls. The trail was not very well defined, but the walking was easy. After a few hundred yards this was what appeared.

The Specs
A polarizing filter
48mm
f/22
1.3 second exposure

I like how the falls are the center of attention.
I like the color of the rocks.
I like the forest surrounding the river. It gives the river a sense of starting at the edge of the forest.

Let me know what you think.

~wr~

Hidding Timpanogos

Hidden Timpanogos

This is another photo from yesterday’s sunset. This is just as the sun went behind the horizon. The snow covered mountain and clouds came to life with color. I would have added this to last nights pano, but there was an ugly road and other items between this mountain and the rest of the the mountains. This is again a seven exposure HDR shot at iso 200.

I like the intense color of the mountain and clouds.
I like the blues of the ice.
I like the rocks in the bottom of the photo.
I would like to have more of Timpanogos showing.

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~wr~

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland
This Panoramic is 4 photos stitched together. Each photo is a 7 photo HDR. Doing the math this photo took 28 shots to put together. I went down to the same location that I did last week for the ice pictures. Actually I am on the same pier just a few hundred yards away. I took this photo seconds after the sun went behind the West mountains. Since it was a pano I had to move fast. The photo is a little softer then I would like. This is due to taking a business call right as I was setting up the camera. I forgot to set the aperture to maximize the depth of field. The call was the right thing to do as I was able to provide some help. There is always next time to get the perfect shot.

The specs
iso 200
50mm
f/5
Tripod assisted

I like the intense color of the sun reflected off the new snow.
I like the clouds hanging on to the tops of the mountains.
I like the reflections in the lake.
I would like a bit more depth of field.

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Utah lake

Utah Lake

This photo was one of my first HDR attempts. It was also back when I was afraid to shoot anything in Raw. I saw that there was a good potential for a nice sunset, so I headed down to Utah Lake as quick as I could. This is a three exposure HDR. The processing of this photo produced a large amount of noise and a very distinct Halo around the clouds. After processing the photo I copied the correct sky exposure photo into photo shop and put it as a background layer to the HDR photo. I then erased the halo. Once this was done I merged down and ran a noise reduction software.

I like how the trees frame the mountain, grasses and sunset.
I like the action.
I like the color.
I now shoot all of these types of photos in Raw for greater color control.

Let me know what you think, and please share this site with your friends.

~wr~

Ice Cave


Ice Cave-1
This is another photo from Utah Lake. This one was a five exposure HDR. This little cave was on the opposite side of the direction of the waves. The ice formed from the water that spilled over the top. Because of the location of this to the ice below, and the equipment I took I was unable to get a better angle then what I had here.

The Specs
iso 200
70mm
f/7.1

I like the rich colors of the rocks.
I like the reflection of the ice in the corner.
I would like a bit more of the picture to be in focus.

Thanks for visiting. If you like what you see please come back and please share with your friends.


~wr~

Frozen Daylight

Frozen Daylight

This is another photo from yesterday’s photo shoot. It was colder than the photo looks.
For this photo I took two pictures and merged them into one to make the panoramic photo. Each of the photos are a five frame HDR. The sun was setting fast so I had to hurry.

The specs
iso 200
24mm
f/22
Two separate shots photo merged
Each shot is five exposures

I like the ice cold blue color.
I like the orange and yellows mixed in the blues.
I like the sun as it is going behind the mountains.
I would like to have a little more reflection on the ice.

Let me know what you think, and please share this site with your friends.

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Last Light

Last light

I had a few more minutes again today to take a few pictures. I called my friend Jon from feflectedpixel.com and we headed down to the Utah Lake State Park boat Harbor. This was the same place I was last night. The difference as you can see is the lake is now frozen. A few minutes after we left I called time and temperature and found out it was twelve degrees. It was so cold that the snow almost felt warm on the feet. During this shoot I let Jon use my split level neutral density. He was having a blast with it. During this time I decided to only shoot HDR. This photo is a seven exposure HDR. After processing the photo I used a noise reduction program to clean it up just a bit.

The specs.
iso 200
24mm
f.22
7 exposures

I like the rocks covered in ice.
I like the sunset colors reflected in the ice on the rocks.
I like the solid path of gold from the rocks to the sun.


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~wr~

First Snow

First Snow

After two days of storms I was ready to get out and take some winter pictures. The clouds broke just before sunset so I headed down to Utah Lake. This was as colorful as it got. For some reason the reds never developed. This photo is a five exposure HDR. I shot the picture at iso 200 and f/13. The yellow and oranges on the lake are broken into sections. This is due to ice starting to form on the lake. Where there was no ice there is a nice reflection. When I left work to take the picture the air temperature was 16 degrees fahrenheit with a wind chill of 5 degrees. The wind was blowing much harder over the lake.

I like the snow in the fourground.
I like the reflection on the water.
I like the rocks separating the water from the snow.
I would like to have more or less of the tree.

Let me know what you think, and please share this site with your friends.

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Reflections

Reflections

This was a fun day. We decided to drive out to Cedar Fort where the Bald Eagle comes for the winter. I was busy taking photos of the Eagles as they were gliding in for the night. The sun was getting pretty low in the sky. I turned around and this was the photo I saw. I was so focused on the eagles that I forgot to adjust the f/stop. I learned a valuable lesson from this photo. You need to be prepared to make quick changes to your settings, and the best photo is not necessarily the photo you were looking for.

The specs
iso 200
70mm
f 2.8
1/400 second

I like how the stream moves in and out of the picture.
I like the reflection of the tree
I would like to reshoot this using a wide lens, tripod, and lower f/stop.

Let me know what you think, and please share this site with your friends and family.

~wr~

Frozen Stairs

Bridal Viel Falls

Today we received a cold blast directly from the Canada. With this cold air came a quick blast of snow. I thought for todays post I would post a local landmark, Bridal Viel Falls. Back when I was a teenager this was a local hot spot for weekend dances. A tram would take 6 people to the top at a time. In the small building on the top was a small building that on the weekends was used for dances. It was wiped out in a massive avalanche. During the winter months this area is a favorite for local ice climbing location.

I like the sheer cold of this photo.
I like the dark areas near the waterfall.
I would like to take this photo during when the sky is light with a nice sunset to see if some color from the sky might transfer to the ice.

This shot is a five shot HDR.

Let me know what you think, and please tell your friends about my website.

~wr~

Guest Blog

Thank you Jon for a great Blog. Jon from reflectedpixel.com is an extremely talented photographer. I have enjoyed working with Jon and his father for several years now. They do great work.

I’d like to thank Darrin for the opportunity to be a guest blogger here at Wasatch Reflections. This is truly a great place to enjoy beautiful imagery.

I thought I'd give you some quick tips for making better images. So here goes.

1. Get Closer
Get in close and crop in tight. A tight crop will almost always have more impact than an image with a bunch of extra space. So don't be afraid to get in close.

Get Clsoer

2. Rotate
Your camera can take pictures no matter what direction it is pointed or rotated. Give it a try! The best time to take a vertical image is right after you've taken a horizontal one.
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3. You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
Don't let that great shot get away, take your camera with you and have it ready. The best camera in the world is the one you have with you.

Best Camera

4. Hold it still.
The number one killer of otherwise great photos is camera shake. Practice holding still or use something to help such as a tripod or monopod even a nice rock on the side of the trail or a wall to lean on can help.
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5. Eliminate Intruders.
Just before you press the shutter, take a look around the edges of the frame. Are there intruding objects that will detract from your subject? if there are get rid of them by moving or zooming.

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Thanks for visiting Wasatch Reflections. If you'd like to know more about me or see more of my photography, please visit reflectedpixel.com.
Thanks
Jon Adams

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~wr~

Provo Canyon

Provo Canyon

This was a fun image to take. I had just received for my birthday a split level neutral density filter. This photo was my first try at using it. This image is a three image stitch.
After taking the three images I placed them in Bridge and did a photomerge. This was the image I got.

I like the rich intensity of the colors.
I like the reflection.
I like the waves as they show action.

Don’t miss tomorrow. I will have Jon from Reflected Pixel on as a guest blogger.

Let me know what you think, and please share this site with your friends families.

~wr~

Elk

Elk

Last year while in Yellowstone we came across this Elk. He didn’t have a care in the world. Except to keep his eye on his harem. He had at least a dozen cows under his care. I shot this at 340mm. This was still to close for my comfort. The only reason I got this close was that it was Yellowstone, and that meant that there were about 20 people closer to the animal then I was. It was getting dark when I shot this photo, so I used my monopod and a higher iso.

The Specs.
iso 640
340mm
f/5
1/60 second

I like the large rack on this animal.
I like how he is looking at me.
I like how he is isolated from anything.

Thank you for visiting my site. Let me know what you think, and please share this site with your friends.
On Saturday, December 5th I will have a guest blog. Jon from Reflectedpixel will share his talents.

~wr~

Framed Stream

Framed Stream-1

Back in October I decided to go up Santaquin Canyon in Utah County. The weather had been extremely cold as a storm was moving through the area. Also, there had been strong winds in recent days. I was not expecting to find much. As we drove up the canyon the majority of the trees had lost their leaves. Then we found this spot. A lone area with a few trees and leaves. The rocks had that cool moss all over them. I decided to set up the tripod and begin shooting a few photos. I processed this photo using Lightroom and Topaz Simplify. I have grown to love this plugin.

The Specs.
iso 200
70 mm
f/220
0.6 second shutter

I like how the water dances in and around the moss covered rocks.
I like the few leaves scattered on the dirt bank.
I like how the tree seams to frame the stream.
I wish the two long weeds were not part of this photo.

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~wr~

Standing Out

Standing Out

Here is an example of where my love for depth of field got me into trouble. We were on the Nebo Loop early in the fall. After I had taken my panoramic shot I looked down the mountain just as the sun was starting to rise above the horizon. I saw this lone aspen and dead tree amongst the dark pine trees. The sun seemed to only catch these two trees. This scene was several hundred yards away. So I shot this picture at 340mm at f/40. I originally wanted to do a five shot HDR and have everything in crisp detail. At f/40 the shutter sped was anywhere from 1/6 of a second to over 3 seconds. There was a slight breeze blowing and as a result all the leaves were completely blurred.

I like the dead tree. It adds interest for me.
I like the dead tree and aspen against the dark pine trees.
I would like to have shot with the lens opened up for a crisp image.

To salvage a photo that I liked I decided to process it using Topaz adjust. I think this type of photo would look great on a canvas.

Let me know what you think, and please tell your friends.
This Saturday I will have a guest blogger on. My friend Jon has been a professional photographer for year. He has stunning work. I look forward to having him share his talents with you on Saturday.

~wr~