Geena

I recently purchased a Nikon D810 and I have been itching to use it. I’m still waiting on my FX wide angle lens to come in but I still have my trusty 50mm f/1.4 and my 85mm f/1.4 so I asked my girlfriend if she would let me take a couple of photos of her. Fortunately she said yes. For the larger portion of the shoot, the photo shown below included, I used my 50mm since I was in a more cramped space. I was amazed at not only how gorgeous Geena looked in every photo I took, but also how well the camera performed. The detail with the high megapixel count that is in each photo is amazing. When it came to editing, I had so much more room to play. I am extremely happy with this new camera. Geena did great as a model. She hadn’t done this too often surprisingly but with the little help I gave as far as posing goes, she picked it right up. I could have taken photos of her all night but I could tell that it was a bit tiring for her and I didn’t want to ruin my chances of another photo shoot with her. We will probably do some outdoor shots next time with natural light. I used my SB900 for these shots, mounted on camera. On camera flash has a lot of capabilities that people underestimate. All I had to do was bounce it off the ceiling and it came off like a big softbox. Hope you like the...

Redwood Forest

The thing I love most about photography is being able to capture an image just as you saw it at that point in time. Often times we take photos and look at them afterward with disappointment over the fact that they look nothing like how we remember the beauty of the places we visited. I always had this problem when I started off. Eventually I ended up picking up different techniques for shooting and for editing that have really helped me along. It’s been several years now that I have been doing this and I feel that all the hard work is paying off and the effort I put into it can really be seen in my photos. I posted one of the original images that was used in making this final image seen below because I wanted everyone to see how big of a change I was able to make after editing. The initial picture is that problem I discussed earlier with the photo not looking like how I saw it while I was there. A camera can only do so much after all. This is where the artistic side of photography comes into play. You can see from the transformation that I was able to put more depth into the photo and really make it come alive. That is what I strive for with photography. I took this shot at the Henry Cowell Redwoods State ParkĀ in Santa Cruz, CA. I shot it with my Nikon D7000 and shot 5 bracketed photos that I later masked in order to get one...