The Coast

This is an old shot from the California coast in Corona Del Mar that I dug up while I was looking through old photos. This was my favorite beach to take photos at while I was living out there. The beach is super rocky and there are a lot of awesome photo spots. These were some random rocks that caught my eye while I was looking for new spots on the beach.  This was shot with my Nikon d810 mounted on a Manfrotto Befree tripod. Surprisingly, this is only one RAW image with minimal editing. When I first started photography I overly edited photos, but I have learned to scale it back a bit. I found that the less I edited photos, the better they often looked. All this photo needed were some curves and color balancing adjustments. The...

Morning Coffee

I got this idea off pinterest and decided to give it a go. It was pretty simple to do and all I really needed were some Christmas lights and coffee. The hardest thing was trying to simulate the lighting I wanted. It took at least a half hour of trying to cover my umbrella lamp with white and black sheets to get this. Several of the photos I took had good foreground bokeh, but this wasn’t one. For this one, I had to edit in some bokeh from other pictures. I also ended up adding the steam in the coffee because it got cold near the beginning of the shoot. People portraits are fun to do every so often because there is a lot of preparation you can do for them, as opposed to landscapes. You can see one of my other favorite portraits of Kristin here. I hope you like the...

Point Judith Lighthouse...

Although I live nearby, this was my first time visiting Point Judith Lighthouse in Narragansett, Rhode Island. Turns out there is military installation guarding off the lighthouse. Fortunately, you can access the area if you walk along the beach, which I did. I recently started using SunsetWx, which tells you how good the sunset will be. While I am still trying it out, it seems to work pretty well. Turns out there is also a way to gauge the sunset on your own using the cloud height. You basically find the difference between the ground temperature and dew point. Then you divide that number by 4.4 and multiply it by 1000. Lastly, you subtract the sea level you are at. It sounds complicated but its fairly easy and accurate. Anyway, hope you like the...

Flow

This is another one of the several waterfalls located at Ricketts Glen State Park in Pennsylvania. Fortunately it rained before I got here and there was a heavy flow of water coming in. Although I took this on the same day as my last Ricketts Glen post, I used different editing techniques. For this shot, I increased the warmth a bit and used luminosity masks to adjust the highlights. Also, I used curves layers to dodge and burn the photo and put a slight vignette around the whole picture. By using the vignette as an overlay, the focus turned to the waterfall and away from the edges, which I wanted. Hope you like the...

Neon Lights

I took this picture the other night in Providence, Rhode Island. I had a vision in mind of shooting next to neon lights but they are hard to find without looking awkward in front of a bar. We ended up finding this light in front of a closed down tattoo shop. Kristin was super patient with me throughout the shoot, despite the fact that I wanted to stay forever. This ended up working out perfectly to look like a good and evil or heaven and hell imagery. What I mean is that the top right corner has a cool blue and the bottom left corner has a darker feel. My camera for the night was a Nikon D810 with a 50mm f/1.4. I hope you like the...