Las Vegas at Night
As I walked around Las Vegas last December, a large number of Las Vegas tourists stopped beside me and wondered about my night photography technique. It is quite simple.
1. Use a tripod.
2. Trip shutter with a remote trigger.
3. Use the manual exposure mo…de. Set the aperture to f22, for an image like this, to get extensive depth of field.
4. Attempt various shutter speeds to explore effects.
5. Make several frames, so that you capture a variety of traffic patterns.
6. Stack the captures in photoshop.
I go through all this in great detail and walk my students through it step-by-step in the Advanced DSLR Seminar coming up in March. Also, I will take a handful of registered students with me and walk around San Francisco doing night shots in my San Francisco Night Workshop, also coming up in March.
Colorado River, Marble Canyon, Arizona, USA
A view of the Colorado River that created the Grand Canyon as seen from Marble Canyon in Arizona. This small image that fits the blog format does not do justice to the image. Click on it to see it in larger size. This image is a stitch of 3 separate shots. I teach this stitching technique in the Advanced DSLR class that I just announced.
Water drops inside plastic bottle
It is liberating to see great images everywhere. Just observe the insides of your water bottle when it is partially filled with water. If this bottle is lying in your car for a while, you might see this. I saw it one day and decided to park the car on the side of the road for about 15 minutes and captured this image. Just before writing this post, I saw similar bubbles on the surface of the coffee I am drinking. Watch for a similar image brown in color (the coffee surface) soon … Hope you like this one …
I will be conducting an advanced seminar on DSLR covering wildlife, macro and night photography along with HDR techniques, Composites and Panoramic imaging on Saturday, March 2, 2013. You can register for it if you like. This seminar will be in San Jose, CA.
Light is key.
I was photographing around Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon National Recreational area in December 2012. This image was made one evening. The light was not spectacular.
Glen Canyon National Recreational Area, Arizona, USA
I came back the next morning and this is what I was able to make.
Silhouetted rock and warm morning sky, Glen Canyon National Recreational Area, Arizona, USA
After photographing the hills at Lake Havasu in Arizona, at sunrise, I turned around to return. I was struck by these palm trees, freshly lit by the morning sun. I instantly made this composition with three of them forming a triangle. Bracketed several exposures and combined them using HDR Efex Pro 2 to give it this tone-mapped look. This is one of my favorites from my December shoot – an unplanned image … Hope you like it.
Palm Trees, Lake Havasu, Arizona, USA