Water

kauai Sunrise


This photo was taken at the end of the runway of Lihue airport on Kauai. Ten minutes before the photo was taken it was a complete downpour. I almost left, but am glad I stayed.Kauai Sunrise

Mushroom

I went up one of our local canyons to take photos of the spring run off.  I found this log in the middle of the stream surrounded by rushing water.  It took about ten shots to finally get everything lined up on this one.  Including not having water droplets all over the lens.

Mushroom-copy

Feeder falls

Provo River Feeder Falls

This summer I went to the High Uinta Mountain range in Utah. After a great day in the sun we were about to leave when we came to the Upper Provo River waterfalls. This is a region in the High Uinta’s that has beautiful pine trees with large rock formations. You could spend an entire summer taking pictures and not even touch this region.
This small waterfall was an overflow area of one of the main Provo River Waterfalls. It was hard to get the right exposure on this photo because the sun was at its full glory.

I like the photo because of the textures on the rocks.
I like the moss under the water.
I like the plant life .
I like the rocks and the steps they take.
I would like to have this picture without the sun.

Thank you for visiting today.

~wr~

Circles


Circles on the Provo River
Last fall I took my daughter to the High Uinta mountains in Utah. As we were about to leave the Provo river and come home I saw a few bubbles on the far side of the river that were moving in a circular motion. I set the camera up with a neutral density filter, a low iso and the f/stop of f/22. These all allowed the shutter to be open for a long time. This was a six second exposure. Having this long exposure gave the appearance of the bubbles forming a circle.

To process this photo I ran through the normal steps, but the photo still looked a bit dull. I then used the pluging Topaz adjust this brought out the details on the trees and in the river bed. I didn’t like what it did to the rocks. It made them look a bit to over processed. They all had a strong blue color to them. I decided to bring both of them into Photoshop. The Topaz photo was the top layer. At this point I erased the rocks on the Topaz layer thus allowing the more natural processed rocks to shine through.

I like the colors of the water.
I like how the rocks center the circle.

Let me know what you think.

~wr~

Upper Provo waterfall Perspective

Provo waterfalls Perspective

Here is the last image from the Upper Provo Water fall series. This side view shows more of the waterfall and less of the rock than yesterday’s version. These photos were shot late in the morning the sun was high in the sky. There was a slight cloud cover which is why there are not many shadows. Even though there was cloud cover to achieve this look you must keep the shutter open for a short amount of time. To achieve this in mid day you will need a solid tripod, a cable release is also good, and a polarizing or neutral Density filter or both. There is no way to hold your camera steady by hand for several seconds and get the photo absolutely crystal clear.

Just remember the next time you are out taking photos look around there is always more then one way to photograph a subject.

The Specs.
Iso 250
32 mm
f/22
1/3 of a second exposure

I like how the water drops off the rocks and immediately heads towards me and then turns away.
I like the light framing of the water by the rocks on each corner.
I like the misty water.
I would like the center water to have a little less blow out area. I may fix this in photoshop.

Thank you for visiting my site. Let me know what you think.

On a side note I went to the studios of http://www.reflectedpixel.com today and did a props photo shoot of the table arrangements of my daughters wedding. In the next few weeks I will share those with you.

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.

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~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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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~

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~

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.

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

~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~

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~

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.

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~wr~