Bowling Ball Beach

I was able to visit Bowling Ball Beach while I was in Northern California. This spot was a bit difficult to find but I managed to find it. It was totally empty which was awesome; I literally had the whole beach to myself. These large rocks were scattered across the shoreline. Taking a good enough photo of this spot was the tricky part. I had to walk into the water until I was knee deep so I could find a good position to include all the rocks. Fortunately the waves were small so my little travel tripod stood a chance. I had my Nikon D810 mounted on my Manfrotto befree tripod. This lightweight travel tripod was definitely one of the best investments I made for this trip. It barely took up any space on my motorcycle. This is a combination of 5 different bracketed photos merged with luminosity masks. Hope you like the...

Scrambling

I took my Triumph Scrambler through the Redwood Forest while going across the country. While I was scrambling through the forest I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for at least one good photo. This spot was beautiful and the trees were too big to fit in one frame. I even got the chance to drive through one of the trees later on in the trip. The luggage on the back of the bike is only half of what I actually had packed on it. My camera was in the other bag, so I had to take it off. People probably thought I was crazy going through these trees since there was a perfectly good road running parallel to it. This photo is a mix of several shots since the light coming through the trees was intense. I used some luminosity masks and layers to merge them together. Hope you like the...

Hobbes

I figured a little photo shoot was in order with our newest addition to the pet family. We rescued this guy from a nearby adoption center. He appropriately came with the name Hobbes, after the Calvin and Hobbes comic. The name suited him and this was my favorite comic as a kid so we kept it. I rarely ever take photos of animals so it is always a learning experience. Cats are definitely my favorite animal to photograph so far for the simple reason that they don’t move much. This is totally different from when I tried to photography my sisters golden retriever because he would not stop moving. I took this with a Rokinon 85mm f/1.4. This is one of the best lenses for portraits, and usually they are really expensive. I found this one for cheap but the only drawback is that it is manual focus. That is a small drawback for saving a lot of money and being able to get this lens. This is a one shot image taken handheld with a on camera flash that I bounced off the wall behind me. Hope you like the...

Seductive

Finally got the time to process another one from this batch. Been so busy with school and the cross-country photos that I haven’t had time┬áto do any of these. I figured today was Olivia’s birthday and she had been asking for me to do another picture so this seductive picture is my happy birthday to her. I still have a few more that I want to get to from the batch so they will come in time. This is a one photo shot, I used an on-camera Nikon D900 flash, my D810 body, and a 50mm F/1.4. I edited this photo in Photoshop Cs6 with Nik Color Efex Pro and some great actions that I used from Phlearn. If you have never visited that website I highly suggest it. I learned a lot of the techniques I use from that site. Particularly, I used the retouching for skin from there for this particular one (frequency separation), along with some color adjust methods. Hope you like the...

Ricketts Glen

I took this shot at Ricketts Glen State Park in Pennsylvania while I was on my cross-country trip. I thought I was going to miss the only opportunity that I had since it was raining but fortunately I didn’t. The rain got a lot lighter and basically stopped when I was hiking this trail. I was glad that it didn’t catch back up since I was on my motorcycle. I had never done this trail, so I didn’t know what to expect. After seeing some pictures I had high hopes. Needless to say, my expectations were more than met. Literally every twenty steps or so were waterfalls. Each one was better than the last. With the clouds overhead, it was a photographers dream come true. This shot was taken with my Nikon D810. I bracketed and merged about 7 photos for this one. Hope you like the...