Archive for the ‘California’ Category
I’ve just been catching up after being away from home for so long. There were lots of Justin Boots waiting to be photographed when I got back.
When I was in California, I stayed with this cool cat named Sly Vegas and his lady +Charli Blake. I had met him in Death Valley and we hit it off bigtime. He’s a killer new photographer that I know will go far. Anyway, he took me around San Francisco to take photos and we came across this scene. It was the perfect situation to try out my new 16mm fisheye lens.
I shot this while on Trey Ratcliff’s (www.stuckincustoms.com) photowalk in Monterey, California. I buddied up with Karen Hutton during the walk and had a great time getting to know her. The walk ended at the Monterey Conference Center where Trey was speaking in a couple of days at the EG Conference. He got Karen and I passes which would normally cost $4000. Wow! I was supposed to head out right away to San Francisco to meet up with Sly Vegas, but had to put it off for another day to enjoy the conference more.
This is another one from beautiful Yosemite in California. I took this on the way up to a scenic overlook. Originally I had meant to just pass through Yosemite, but with all the perfect landscapes laid out before me, I couldn’t help but stop at several locations like this one.
I parked the car and got out my tripod and Nikon D700. I also use an external shutter release that I use to help eliminate any camera shake. I squished through the tundra and got right next to this fallen tree. I kept the tripod nice and low and arranged the composition. I then fired off 5 bracketed shots at 1 Exposure Value increments, so I wound up with the base shot, 2 shots over exposed and 2 shots under exposed at different levels. This way I’m guaranteed to capture the full range of light that was there on the scene.
When I got home and ready to process this one. I opened up Bridge and dragged them straight onto the Photomatix icon in my toolbar. I played with the sliders in Photomatix until I achieved the desired result and hit process. Then the image opens up in Photoshop. I adjusted the contrast and colors a little, then decided on a square crop since the left side was kind of boring. After a little dodging and burning, I thought the image could use a some texture since it was still lacking in interest in my opinion. I pulled up a texture from the ones I’ve been collecting and set it to “overlay” with some transparency.
Here’s the texture if you want to try it on your photos!
This photo is a single exposure HDR. I took it during a painting workshop in San Luis Obispo. The market in which we were painting not only had all these beautiful fruits and vegetables, but also around the perimeter of the property were all these unique animals for the kids to enjoy.