Today we honor the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Fuel oil still slowly leaks from the sunken hulk of the USS Arizona (BB-39), destroyed on that date. I captured this image while on a vacation in 2006 with a Nikon Coolpix. I added some Flypaper Textures to add a more painterly look.
I captured this image a few weeks ago on a visit to Ireland. Because I brought a small tripod (in this case, a Gitzo 1-series), I was able to set up for long exposure shots at twilight. The so-called “blue hour” lasts only a few minutes and peaks about 20-30 minutes after sunset.
Discover the art of the long exposure with my illustrated tutorial, Stretching Time.
The Giant’s Causeway is a unique coastal formation of basalt columns that jut out into the ocean on Ireland’s northern coast. I made sure to visit there at sunset, and I was rewarded with some really nice clouds. I used HDR from two exposures (Lightroom HDR tutorial) to capture the full range of tones in the scene.
Nikon D750 with 16-35mm f/4 AFS G VR Nikkor lens
f/13, ISO 100 (2-exposures).
Every year, massive fields of sunflowers bloom near Denver International Airport. These flowers don’t last long, so you have to make do with whatever conditions you get. I was hoping to photograph the sunflowers at sunset, but instead we got gloomy, overcast skies. Fortunately, I had my Nikon SB-900 speedlight, which allowed me to add a little pop to the flowers while preserving the moody look in the sky. I used a fisheye lens to create the interesting curvature in the horizon.
I’m back from a brief weekend workshop photographing landscapes in Joshua Tree National Park. We explored creative compositions and spent some time working through image processing, including the use of Luminosity Masks and Color Efex Pro. In all, everyone came away with some nice images and ideas for improving their photography going forward. I really enjoyed working with the group!