I recently returned from a family vacation. Although I mostly took snapshots, I did bring my Gitzo 1-series tripod for the occasional sunrise photo. Here’s the eastern shore of Kauai at sunrise, captured with my Fujifilm X-T1 and 10-24mm f/4 OIS Fujinon lens. The combination of the 18-135mm and 10-24mm lenses made for a great travel kit. Most of the time I shot with the 18-135mm, but in this instance I used the wider zoom to get the great perspective of the sky and ocean. Because I had my tripod, I was able to stop down to f/11 and get a 1/30s exposure, causing the motion blur in the waves. I really like the way the water blurs just enough to give this image a dynamic feeling.
While scouting Chicago for next year’s Digital Underground photo tour, we stopped at Millennium Park to visit the ever-popular Cloud Gate sculpture (a.k.a., The Bean). Talk about a place for selfies! Everyone was doing them, so I decided to join in the fun.
I set my Nikon D810 on my Gitzo tripod near the ground, and used my Nikon 16-35mm f/4 AFS G VR lens. I used the self-timer feature to capture this shot. It took a few tries to get a good one.
Have fun out there! I’m heading off to fabulous Las Vegas for a Digital Underground tour this week.
I just finished up teaching a four-day photography workshop in Williamsburg, Virginia with Deborah Sandidge. We got lucky and had amazing light on each of our photo shoots. On our last day, we returned to Colonial Williamsburg in the morning and we found this lovely house that looks like it came from a fairy tale.
One of the main themes of our workshop was encouraging participants to combine multiple filter/plug-in effects. Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that we have many tools available to us in our digital darkrooms that span multiple plug-ins. For example, while you can create a black and white image in HDR Efex Pro 2 or Color Efex Pro 4, why limit yourself to those tools if you can use the unique controls in Silver Efex Pro 2? Continue reading A Storybook Ending→