Nov 2009

Reach

Reach

This was a fun photo to take. I had some time to kill one day in the spring. So I took a 30 gallon garbage can (dark blue) and filled it with water. I then hung the hose above the water and turned the faucet on every so slightly. This photo was taken in the full sun. with a high iso for a fast shutter speed. I also used my battery grip to increase the frames per second. I used a tripod and a shutter release. These were for stability.

The specs.
iso 2000
66 mm
f/13
1/640 second

I like the turbulence of the water.
I like the deep color it gives a sense of being in deep water.
I like how the water is frozen in time.
I would like to have this taken just as the water drop hits the water.

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~wr~

Rock Wall Back Drop

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This is another photo from my hike up Rock Canyon. This photo was taken the day after I took the others. The main difference was I took my tripod. I decided for todays blog to post two different versions of the same photo. The top photo is processed to bring out the colors and decrease any noise. The second had the Photoshop plug in Topaz simplify. I have grown to love this plugin as it allows me to give the photo an almost oil painting quality. Photos using this plugin would look great if printed on canvas.

The specs
iso 200
52mm
f/22
2 second exposure

I like the orange color of the maple tree.
I like the black branches.
I like the rugged cliff as the back drop.
I like how the tree is the only one of its color.
I wonder if the dead tree should be more prominent or less.

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Rock Canyon Yellow

Rock Canyon Yellow

Here is another example of the color in Utah this fall. I would be in an area where all the trees were yellow. Then turn the corner and they were red. Then a mixture of yellows, reds, and oranges. This photo was taken at the end of my walk and it was starting to get dark. Since I didn’t have a tripod I needed to boost the shutter speed. I wanted the iso to be as low as possible so I dropped the f/stop.

The Specs.
iso 200
38 mm
f/6.3
1/30 shutter speed

I like the yellow against the black tree trunks.
I like how the path wanders throughout the photo.
I like the cliff in the background.
I wish I would have had my tripod.

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~wr~

Rock Canyon Trail

Rock Canyon Trail

This fall I had a blast taking photos of Utah’s fantastic colors. The color this fall was as spectacular as I have ever seen it. For this shoot I laid my camera on top of a rock in the middle of the path and took the photo. I processed the picture using Topaz Simplify.

The Specs
iso 200
29mm
f/22
1/4 second

I like the leaves on the path.
I like the color of the trees.
I like the texture of the light and dark tree trunks.
I like how the path disappears.

I like using Topaz plug ins on some of my photos because it gives them an oil painting type of look.

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American Coot

American Coot

I decided to go out and take a few photos of some wildlife before the turkey dinner. Everywhere I went the animals would quiet down and hunker down in their hiding places. After quite some time I spotted this American Coot feeding amongst the reeds. Just watching the scene in the cold water made me more thankful for everything I have.

The Specs.
iso 200
340mm
f/4.8
1/800s

I like the yellow color of the dead reeds against the blue water.
I like the ripples around the bird. They guide the eye toward the bird.
I like the shallow focus. This also guides the eye toward the bird.
I like the reflection in the water of the bird.
I would like to have a tighter crop on the bird.

I have added this photo to a new section called wildlife. I plan on taking many more photos of wildlife in the coming weeks.

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~wr~

Rocky Mountains

Rocky Mountains

This is another photo from our recent trip to the Rocky Mountain National Park. Shortly after we had arrived at Estes Park I snuck out of the condo to take a few photos. I wanted to take some water pictures with the fall colors, but the cold snap had effectively killed all color. The trees had no leaves on them. Instead I took a side road and came to a location where you could see into Rocky Mountain National Park. After a short hike I found a high vantage point just as the sun was setting.

The specs.
iso 200
40mm
f/22
5 exposure HDR

I like how the clouds and the forest frame the Colorado Rockies.
I like the color of the clouds.
I like the snow on the Rockies.
I wish I would have remembered to shoot this in camera raw.

For this type of photo it is necessary to use a tripod and cable release. This is a five exposure HDR picture. A very simple explanation is that you set your camera to take five different pictures each at a different exposure. Two are overexposed, two are underexposed, one is exposed exactly the way you set it in the camera. You then load all five exposures into a program that blends the correct exposure of each photo into one picture. The program I use is Photomatix Pro.

For this picture I used five exposures, but you can do 3, 5, 7, 9. Photomatix Pro is an easy to use program that produces great results.

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South Utah Lake

South Utah Lake

This is the last image from my recent photo shoot. This one is looking South on Utah Lake toward West Mountain and Maple Mountain.
I was originally going to use this in a panoramic shot of the sunset, but several birds flew overhead and in trying to get them in the photo I forgot to go back and finish the panoramic. Again this was shot with two split neutral density filters. This a a must if you want detail in the dark and light areas. In a sense these filters fool the camera into thinking the entire area is equally bright.

The Specs
iso 200
24mm
f/22
0/6 second exposure

I like how the clouds direct the eye to the bright portion of the photo.
I like the wide variety of colors throughout the photo.
I wish I could have more reflection in the water and not have it so dirty looking.

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~wr~

Utah Lake Reeds

Utah Lake Reeds

Here is another shot from my trip to Utah Lake. The key to this type of photo is a tripod with a cable release. This keeps the camera steady during the entire shot. Also to be able to get detail in the entire photo you need a split neutral density filter. In this case I used two and effectively changed the exposure by 6 stops on the top.

The Specs
iso 100
29mm
f/22
.5 second exposure

I like the reeds. They calmed down the waves, and allowed the water to reflect more of the sunset.
I like how the horizon is a beautiful yellow and orange.
I like the rocks in the foreground. The help direct the eye to the reeds.
I wish I could tone down the bright yellow on the bottom of the clouds.

Let me know what you think.

~wr~

Utah Lake Sunset

Winter Sunset
Today was a cold windy day. We had a storm that had moved in. Al it brought was a few clouds and lots of cold North wind.
I decided to head down to Utah Lake as the sun was setting. I arrived a few minutes before it set and got my gear set up. I only had a few minutes for this shot.

The specs
iso 100
24mm
f/22
.8 second exposure

I like the varied color of the sky.
I like the blurred water.
I like the reflection.
I would like to have more color in the clouds.

For this shot to work I used two split neutral density filters. For the top half of the photo the filters stopped the exposure down to the equivalent 6 stops. The bottom half was exposed properly. In using this technique you don’t have half of the picture blown out or completely black. The low iso and high f/stop allowed for a longer exposure. I didn’t want the exposure to be too long because I wanted the clouds to be in focus. I did want it to be a little slower so that the water was slightly blurred.

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~wr~

Uinta Stream

Unita Stream
I woke early on a Sunday morning and took my daughter to the Uinta Mountains. The goal was to photograph the Upper Provo River. We were the first to arrive. It was chilly, but a beautiful morning. Each time I found a place I liked my daughter would curl up on the rocks on top of my camera bag and take a short catnap. After an hour of peaceful photo taking other people arrived to take pictures. They had missed the best light. This picture would not have been possible without the assistance of a tripod.

The Specs
Iso 200
24mm
f/22
2 second exposure

I like how the river is cutting through solid rock.
I like how the stream weaves its way through the landscape.
I like the deep colors of the water.
I would like to not have the log in the middle of the river.

Let me know what you think.

~wr~

Old Faithful

Old faithful

When we took our daughter to BYU Idaho to take a tour of the college we decided to take a detour to Yellowstone. We went to all the regular places. I had the perfect location scouted out when all of a sudden we were evacuated. The rangers didn't think we should be near a large herd of buffalos. So they moved the entire crowd to the other side. This was the shot.

The Specs
iso 200
34mm
f/18
1/250s

I like the solid blue sky against the water spout.
I like the contrast between the forest and the grass.
I like having Old Faithful centered.
I would like to take this photo at sunset.

For this photo I used a tripod for the steady shot. I had a polarizing filter for a nice blue sky. When I processed the photo I took it into CS3 and ran Topaz Clean and Topaz Simplify to give the photo the look of a painting.

Let me know what you think.

~wr~

Holding On

Holding on

We had just had a storm move through and the temperature was cold. The wind had blown off most of the leaves. There was a light rain sprinkled with snow, but I had to try to get one last trip in to capture the fall color. This was taken a few miles up Santaquin canyon. For this type of photo you must have a tripod or a place where the camera will not move.

The Specs
iso 200
38mm
f/22
3 second exposure

I like how the leaves are hanging on to the rock and fighting being washed away by the stream.
I like the mix of moss and colorful leaves.
I like how the water is moving in and out of all the rocks.
I like the large rock covered in leaves.
I would like to get rid of the two strands of grass.

Let me know what you think.

~wr~

On the Road

On the Road-1

We were traveling through Colorado recently. With the kids in the car and a long day behind and in front of us we didn't want to stop the car. Getting home was more important then stopping to take a photo. This mountain has alwas facinated me. There is practically no vegitation on the mountain, yet it has an increadible amount of detail and character. This photo is the perfecte example of adapting to whatever conditions present themselves to you. I rolled down the window set the iso higher with a shallower f stop which created a high shutter speed. I needed this in order to have a fairly sharp photo. After all we were traveling at 80 miles an hour.

The specs
f/9
shutter 1/1250s
iso 400
+0.3ev

I like the contrast of the blue sky and the earth tone mountain top.
I like teh black and greys.
I like the patterns the water has cut into the mountain.
I wish I could have stopped the car and properly taken the photo, but we can't always have what we want

Let me know what you think.

~wr~

Standing Guard

Standing Guard

This is the second installment of the spiders I found south of Saratoga Springs on the Western side of Utah Lake. This spider was standing guard next to it recent kill.

The Specs
f/13
1/160s
Exposure +.7

I overexposed this photo in hopes of getting a faster shutterspeed. My depth of field was shallow. In order to increase this I cranked the f stop up to f/13. I had to have a faster shutterspeed because the wind was constantly blowing and the spiders were moving. These spiders can move fast.

I like the symmetry of the legs.
I like the dark spider it has a mysterious look like it is ready to pounce.
I like the detail on the legs.
I would like to have a darker background may I will photoshop that in.
Next time I would shoot this one horizontal not vertical.

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~wr~

Rexburg Temple

Rexburg Temple

We were in Idaho looking at BYU Idaho as a possible choice for our daughter. The sun was starting to set, so I grabbed the camera and decided to try my hand a HDR photography. This was the result.

I like the dark storm clouds.
I like the bright color of the temple.
I like how the colors of the temple and the clouds interact.
I would like to take this photo again with the help of a tripod.

f/2.8
iso 400
standard exposure 1/10s
Hand held
Five exposures to get this look.

I had to shoot this at f7.1 because the light was low and I didn't have my tripod with me. I would like to do this one over at a lower iso, higher aperture and with a tripod and cable release.

Let me know what you think.

~wr~

Cleared for Takeoff

Cleared for takeoff

In the summer at Utah Lake these dragonflys are everywhere. This is not a bug that you can take the photos using a tripod. For this type of photo a macro lens and fast shutter speed is necessary to get a good shot. I put the camera on rapid fire and continually shoot. I start far away from the insect and slowly move forward while continually shooting the photos. This makes it so that the dragonfly does not get spooked and fly away.

The Specs
f/14
iso 320
shutter speed 1/125s

I like the diagonal twig. It gives the dragonfly a nice perch.
I like the detail of the eyes.
I like how the dragonfly looks like it is laughing at me.

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~wr~

Yellow Leaf Road

Yellow Leaf Road
Here is another view of yesterday's picture. This bike path is located near Utah Lake State Park.

I like the sense of being in the middle of all the color.
The trees open up on each side giving a feeling you are in a secluded location.
The path seams to go on forever.
I would like the trunks to be a little darker

The Specs
24mm
f/8
1/50s
hand held
iso 200

I would like to have this photo over and have a tripod with me. I had to have the f/stop at f8 so that I could get a faster shutter speed. I processed this photo a little different then yesterdays. I ran it through Lightroom until I had the look I wanted. I only had to do a few minor adjustments. Then I exported it into Photoshop and ran Topaz Clean plugin. This toned down the sharpness and gives the picture the appearance of being a painting.

Let me know what you think.

~wr~

Carpet

Carpet-1

On this day we decided as a family to go for a drive to look at the colors. On our way home we decided to stop by the nearby bike trail. this was the scene we came across.

I like the bright vibrant colors.
I like how the path curves and goes behind the trees. This offers a sense of mystery
I like how the path is covered in leaves.
next time I would use a tripod for this photo.

The Specs
f/9
1/50s
exposure -1.7
iso 200

Let me know what you think. I like getting your comments.

~wr~

Timpanogos Stream

Timpanogos Stream 2
I have had a few people ask how to get the blurred or foggy look in water. So I decided to return to a recent blog I made on my good friends web site http://reflectedpixel.com/wpblog/rpblog.php/
Early in the fall I awoke before dawn and went up near Sundance to shoot the beautiful fall colors. My objective was to find as much orange and red as I could find. I knew that the aspens had not yet started to change so yellows were not part of the mix. My objective for this day was mainly to shoot the backside of Timpanogos Mountain. Earlier in the year I had spotted a small waterfall and thought that if I brought my 70-200 lens with 1.7 teleconverter I may be able to get a semi close photo with the fall colors in it, but by this time of year the water had dried up, So I moved to my secondary plan of shooting the reds and oranges with Timpanogos as the backdrop. After a morning of shooting I was due home and only had a few moments left. I turned down a secondary road and came across this scene. This was the only part of the mountain that had yet to have widespread color change. I was again reminded of a valuable lesson. Always be prepared for what is in front of you. Like so many photo shoots that I have gone on in the past my favorite image was not the primary image I was after.

I like how the stream snakes its way through the scene
I like the deep earth tone colors you see under the water
I like how the water is blurred in steps, but not everywhere
I wish I could have found some reds in the leaves

I shot this photo using my Nikon D300 and 24-70mm lens. I used both a neutral density filter and a polarizing filter. The aperture was set to f22 while the iso was at 200. This was a 13 second exposure.
Let me know what you think.
~wr~

Fallen Color

Fallen Color-1

I decided to travel up the local canyon with my daughter the other day. I knew that most of the color on the trees had fallen off. I wasn't expecting much, but it was good to be outside for a few minutes. I came across these few leaves that had fallen in the river. To take this picture I set the camera on a tripod and changed the exposure several times.

The Specs
f2/8
Shutter speed was 1/20s
iso 100

I set the aperture to 2.8 for a shallow depth of field because I wanted the leaves to be in sharp focus. I wasn't worried about the water or any thing in the water.

I like the many variations of color in the leaves
I like the texture of the water and the moss
I like the randomness of the leaves
I would like to take the photo again at a higher f/stop

I would love to hear what you think. Respond via the contact me link.

~wr~

Waiting

Waiting-1

A coworker had told me about a place just South of Saratoga Springs, Utah that was full of spiders. On this Sunday afternoon I decided to take a drive around Utah Lake to see what he was talking about. He said every fall the sage brush is full of these spiders. He under exagerated. There were literally thousands of them. It was the creepiest thing I had ever seen.

The Specs
f/13
1/160s
Exposure +.7

I overexposed this photo in hopes of getting a faster shutterspeed. My depth of field was shallow. In order to increase this I cranked the f stop up to f/13. I had to have a faster shutterspeed because the wind was constantly blowing and the spiders were moving. These spiders can move fast.

I like the symmetry of the legs.
I like the dark spider it has a mysterious look like it is ready to pounce.
I like the detail on the legs.
I would like to have a darker background may I will photoshop that in.

Let me know what you think by clicking on the contact me form.

~wr~

Thirsty

Thirsty-1

This summer I went on several short hikes with my daughter. On this particular hike up Slate Canyon there was no water, except for a small trickle that had formed a little pool. The hike was hot and dry, but in this one section there was plenty of shade and tons of insects.

The specs
f6.3
1/640s
exposure -1.7

For macro photography it is important to keep the lens stable. The best way to do this is with a tripod. I have found that the tripod becomes very cumbersome when the subject is constantly on the move. In this instance the key is to have the camera on rapid fire mode and hold as steady as you can. Usually you will get at least one good photo per set.

I like the symmetry of the insect.
I like how the wasp is facing me.
I would like to shoot the picture with more depth of field.

Let me know what you think.

~wr~

Broken Tackle

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I had spent the entire season photographing my son's football team. This was one of my favorite pictures of the entire season. On this play all three football players hit the running back at the same time. They bounced off and the running back ran on for a 60 yard touchdown.

The specs
f4.8
1/350s
+.7 exposure
focal length 340mm

When shooting sports you need a long lens and fast shutter speed. A monopod adds more stability and thus a clearer photo. I used Topaz Adjust to add a little pop to the photo.

I like the action.
I like how all the players are pointing to the player in the middle.
I would like to not have the cars in the background, but that is the reality of shooting high school sports.

I would love to hear from you. Let me know what you think.

~wr~

Focus


Focus
A couple of years back I was the official photographer for my daughters swim team. This was baptism by fire. I had just recently purchased my Nikon D200. I quickly learned that I needed a faster lens. All of her meets were indoors and in poor lighting. The key to taking making this type of picture work is a high iso and fast lens.

The specs
iso 1000
f/2.8
1/80s

I like the intensity of the eyes.
I like the subject being in the center of the photo.
I like the blur of the hands. They show motion
I would like the subject to be larger.

Let me know what you think.

~wr~

Lonely Bridge


Lonely Bridge
I had wanted to go to this location all summer. This is Cascade Springs in Utah. It was hard convincing my wife to go with me. The year before this photo was taken was a bad memory for her. She was two weeks away from giving birth and we decided to go to the mountains for the cooler weather. Just as we arrived at Cascade Springs I ran over a small metal rod sticking out of the dirt road. It sliced a large hole in the car. If she had gone into labor on this day I would have been history.

The Specs
f22
1/2 second exposure
overexposed by .7
iso 200

We were here on this day at high noon with no clouds in the sky. If you want to blur the water with full sun you need to set the iso low, use one or more neutral density filters, low iso, and low f stop. To process this photo I used Lightroom 2 and several Topaz plugins.

I like how the bridge is not centered.
I like how the bridge leads the eye from left to right.
I like how the path on the left is only partial. This gives a sense of mystery.
I would like to shot this picture during the morning or evening.

Let me know what you think.

~wr~

Hidden Sunset

Hidden sunset

The Background
This picture reminds me of a peacefull setting. The stream is slow moving the trees form a nice archway over the water and there is a small beaver dam moving across the photo at a slight angle. This photo is a perfect example of what happens so often in photography. This was not the photo I was originally trying to get. I wanted to go to the other side of the stream and take a picture of some dead trees as the sun was setting. All of a sudden we came across this scene. I quickly took the photo and didn't think another thing of it. This was my favorite photo from the shoot.

The specs
1/30s
iso1600
stopped down 1/3
f5.6

This photo taught me many things. First check your camera settings before shooting. The day before I was shooting a swim meet indoors and had the iso set higher then I would like. Second when ever you want high quality prints make sure you are shooting in RAW.

I like the reflection on the water
I like the gold and deep greens of the water
I like the canopy
I wish I would have shot this using a tripod, in RAW, and at a lower iso

Let me know what you think

~wr~

Saying Goodbye


Maple Seeds
This picture is the perfect example of a quote from a good friend. He says the best camera is the one you have with you. Normally for this type of picture I would use a tripod and my macro lens. I had neither with me. I had my nikon 18-135 lens. In order to get close to the photo I set the lens to 90mm. The aperture was at 5.6 with the shutter speed being 1/320s. I underexposed by -.7 and I shot multiple frames in rapid succession. This helped to ensure that I would have at least one in focus. My iso was set to 200.

I like the red of the seeds with the yellow outline
I like how the seed has changed color, but the leaves are still green
I wish I had my macro lens and could have set it to 2.8 for more blur on the outside seeds

Click the link below and let me know what you think.

~wr~

Paint by color

Paint by color-1

On this page I will add photos often. I will share how I took the photo, and what works for me or what I would like to change. I welcome your feedback and hope that through this page your photography and mine will continually improve.

This was a fun picture to take. The weather was perfect. Not a cloud in the sky. There was no wind, and the temperature was crisp. The company was good. To get this type of picture you need a cable release, a tripod and a good subject. After the shot I used photoshop and topaz plugins.

I like the colors in the photo.
I like how the bridge appears out of the colors and disapears into the colors.
I like the reflection of the bridge.
I would like the color of the tree in the left corner to be toned down.

Let me know what you think. You can contact me on the link on this page. I will be updating this page often and will add a comment section soon. If you like what you see please share the site with your friends.

~wr~

Rocky Mountain Stream

Rocky Mountain Stream

Recently we decided to go to Colorado for our kids fall break. I was looking forward to this opportunity to spend some time in the Colorado Rockies and take some beautiful fall photos. The aspens there are incredible. One week before we were to leave an early winter storm came in. This was not a regular storm. This one brought with it bitter cold air. The cold temperatures completely killed all remaining leaves. Those that had just started to change turned brown, while the rest just fell off the trees. I was a little disappointed, but I hoped to still find some fun places to shoot. We went on this short hike in the Rocky Mountain National park and came to this waterfall. There was snow at the base. I thought the large rocks would make for a fun shot.

The Specs.
iso 100
28mm
f/22
2 second exposure
2 neutral density filters

I like the large boulders.
I like how the water dances in and out and around the boulders.
I would like to go to this place when the sun is lower in the sky.

Let your friends know about this site. I want to share it with as many as possible.
Let me know what you think.

~wr~