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 Coast Please follow and like...

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 results! Please follow and like...

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 results! Please follow and like...

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 results. Please follow and like...

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 results. Please follow and like...

Wonder

If you have ever seen Brandon Wolfel’s photography, then you know where I got this idea from. When I had the idea of shooting photos with fairy lights I started looking up photos and that’s where I stumbled upon one of Brandon’s. I loved the fairy tale feel and look of wonder that many of his photos had and I already pictured the idea in my head already for what I wanted. For this, I just used fairy tale lights in a mason jar and found some cheap clear tortoise shell glasses on amazon. I just put my nightstand light behind her head for a hair light and the fairy lights were the only lights from the front. I used my Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 for this shot. Hope you like the results. Please follow and like...

Merry Christmas

Since it is the Christmas season, I figured a holiday picture was appropriate. I took this several weeks ago when I visited the Newport Mansions in Newport, Rhode Island. They go all out with the decorations and it is great for photos. This was the first time I tried taking handheld pictures in a low-light environment and I used some new techniques. By creating a smart object and using the median of several images, it greatly reduced the noise. Additionally, I have been using less destructive editing techniques and spending more time in Lightroom. For this photo, I adjusted the colors, faded out the black, added a curves layer, and put a vignette around it. I hope you like the results. Please follow and like...

Wayside Inn Mill

This was my first time visiting Wayside Inn Mill and it definitely won’t be my last. This spot is near Boston in Sudbury, Massachusetts. Unfortunately, I haven’t had much time to take photos because I have been so busy with school. I realized I needed a break and took the excursion out to this mill. This spot was only about an hour away and the beautiful fall weather made for a great motorcycle ride. Fortunately, I got here in time to catch some autumn colors. Soon I will be posting another picture of a church that was about a five minute walk from here. I didn’t even know about the church until I got to this spot but it made for awesome pictures. For this shot, I stitched 3 pictures together because a wedding party was taking photos and I had to crop them out. I shot this with my Nikon D810. I hope you like the results. Please follow and like...

Castle Hill

This spot is a hidden gem. I was born in New England and wish I knew about this location sooner. Castle Hill lighthouse, located in Newport, Rhode Island, is just a short walk from nearby parking through a wooded path to the shoreline. It was overcast all day and started drizzling once we got here but the cloudy sky made for better photos. I never like takings sunset pictures of a cloudless sky. I find it make the pictures boring and uninteresting. Once I got here I had to hop out to the farthest rock I could find to grab this shot where I mounted the camera on my tripod and snapped away. Hope you like the results. Please follow and like...

Kristin

Took this shot of Kristin on one of the first nice days leading to summer. It has been a while since I photographed someone so I jumped on the opportunity. She was a little less than willing but still a good sport about it. I got her laughing and loosening up after a few minutes of shooting. It has been a little over two months now since we have started dating but I already feel like I have known her forever. Since I met her I told her I wanted to take her picture because I find her beautiful. I took this shot with my Nikon D810 and a Rokinon 85mm f/1.4. Hope you like the results. Please follow and like...