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 to 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...

New York

It’s surprising that I have generally lived very close to New York and still hadn’t visited the city. That’s why I made a conscious effort to take some time out of my trip to afford myself the opportunity. I knew that it was going to be rough to drive around the city, especially since I had to go to the direct city center. I had always figured that it would be challenging but when I actually arrived there, I found that the roads were not in the best shape. The streets were all kinds of torn apart and in definite need of construction. I had to go across the Brooklyn Bridge in order to get to the city center and it was a little crazy. I’m sure that if I were to have been inside a car rather than a motorcycle it wouldn’t have been as bad, but the roads were so torn up that it was messing with my tires. Fortunately I came out okay, but needless to say, I would be doing that again anytime soon. This is a 5 exposure shot that I put together in Photoshop CS6. I had seen this area in various publication and didn’t have too much trouble finding it. It was off one of the piers. My D810 was great to have in this instance because it kept the detail and handled the noise very well. That is always an issue for night shots, and my camera was fortunately a beast. Hope you like the...

Grand Teton

I was traveling on my motorcycle to a campground that was located right off Jenny lake near the Grand Teton mountains when these clouds started appearing. I didn’t want to stop since I was so close to the campground and I knew that I needed to set up my tent once I got there. But I just couldn’t pass up this shot though, so I ended up pulling off to the side of the road to snap this one off. This route through Wyoming is hands down, one of the most beautiful drives that I have done. I went through the middle of Yellowstone to get here and this was my next stop. These mountains are one of those places is hard to believe how amazing it is until you actually see it. The clouds just added to the drama of the scene. I took this with my Nikon D810 mounted on a tripod. There are 5 bracketed photos for this shot and used luminosity masks in Photoshop CS6 in order to get the lighting I was looking...