I’ve put together a small gallery over at my Google+ page with some of my favorite images from the past year. 2012 was a great year for getting out and taking photos! Not only was there new gear to try out (Nikon D4, D800e), but I also got to go to some really fun locations to lead photo tours, like Texas, Florida, and the South Dakota Badlands.
These shots were all captured with Nikon cameras and lenses, and I processed them using the techniques I teach and write about, including Capture NX2, Photoshop, Color Efex Pro 4, Silver Efex Pro 2, HDR Efex Pro 2, and texture blending.
Looking back on the year, the main thing I learned was to keep exploring new techniques and not be afraid to screw up. Not every image works out the way your mind’s eye sees it. That’s ok; it’s part of photography. Not every image needs wild processing, but sometimes it’s fun to explore artistic treatments.
It’s getting to be warm enough here in Colorado for the flowers to bloom and the bumblebees to return. I captured this image last year on a casual hike up in the high country, near Divide. I processed this image in three steps:
I had some time yesterday to go on a brief hike in Garden of the Gods park before a spring storm rolled in. Here’s a three-shot hand-held HDR bracket with the Nikon D4 (±2EV) that I tone-mapped in HDR Efex Pro and finished off with Color Efex Pro 4.0 in Photoshop.
During my photo safari last year to Rocky Mountain National Park, we had one of those scenes where you just aren’t sure what to do. The clouds were rolling in, and the light turned flat and gloomy. Yet we could see the light hitting Long’s Peak in the distance, and it looked really neat. I shot a bunch of images but none of them looked very inspiring. In fact, they were flat and boring, just like the light. Continue reading Photo of the Day: Rocky Mountain Sunset→