Antelope Canyon

I took this shot while on a tour of Upper-Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona. I traveled over here just after visiting Havasu Falls and Horseshoe Bend. The place itself was gorgeous and  exactly what I had expected from other photographs that I had seen of the area. The only difference was how packed it was. There are basically two different tours. The regular tour and the photographic tour. Here I thought I would be able to just wander around it myself but unfortunately you need to go on a tour in order to get into the canyon. I wanted to go on the photographic tour because they will block the traffic of people for you and let you use a tripod but it filled up fast and it was also ridiculously expensive. Fortunately, I was still able to grab a few good shots with no one in it on the regular tour. I had to set my ISO fairly high because it was cloudy and dark in the canyon and I didn’t have a tripod. Because of the short notice, I wasn’t able to book a tour during the peak hours when the sun shines in but I was still able to get some good shots. This is actually just one image, no combined exposures or anything. I did some curves and levels adjustments and basic editing. Hope you like the results. Please follow and like...

Cabin in the Woods

The trip through the woods to the Redwood Forest was quite the adventure. When we arrived at the front gate we had a little over a quarter of a tank of gas and figured we would be fine. How far could it be, right? Wrong! We wanted to see General Sherman, the largest tree in the United States and this tree just so happened to be about sixty miles down the road, or I should say up the mountain. It was literally all uphill. It was also extremely close to sunset so we were rushing. We had hit up so many places already that this was one of the last ones to go to and we didn’t want to miss it. By the time we had finally reached the top where the parking lot was the gas light had already been on for about ten minutes. We ended up being able to see the tree with just enough sunlight to spare. We thought it was a different one at first but after going a little further down the trail you find that it is clearly labeled. It really was quite the sight. By the time we were done it began getting pretty dark. On our way out was when I saw this shot. Surprisingly I actually like this shot better than I like the ones of General Sherman. It was a little tricky when it came to the post-processing part but I was able to pull off the look and feel that I was going for. I wanted it to show how serene it was in that instant and how quiet it felt. Hope you like the results! Please follow and like...

Driver

I liked this photo a lot after I saw it on my camera when I shot it. I was working on getting the right amount of glare in the picture when I was taking it which was a little tricky and I couldn’t have known that it would have worked out this good when I was looking through the viewfinder since light can be tricky like that. This was one of my first few shots that I had taken with my Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 lens. This is a less expensive version of it’s Nikon counterpart and in my opinion works just as well. Although, it would be nice to have the auto-focus feature. The tricky thing is that when you look through the viewfinder with a wide open aperture like I was using, you don’t actually get an accurate representation of what it will look like in the actual photo. I didn’t know you could press the depth of field preview button at the time to do this so I was going off experience with different apertures and hoping for the best on this one. The sun couldn’t have been in a better position when I took this. It produced an awesome glare that gave the image a movie poster feel and really worked out. This is my buddy Steven Feusi who happened to be the driver of a sweet old Chevy Nova that ended up being extremely photogenic. Hope you guys like the results! Please follow and like...

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Light Show

This shot was taken at the Marine Bay Sands Resort and Casino in Singapore. This is a 5-star rated hotel that claims to be the most spectacular hotel in Singpore. After wandering around the hotel grounds and visiting the top of the hotel, I definitely believe it. This was take on our last night that we had liberty from the Navy ship that we were on while deployed. We wanted to see everything we could since we wouldn’t get another chance and it proved to be an awesome experience. We had found out earlier that day that every night, this resort puts on a light show that is said to be quiet the sight to see. Once we found out that we could go to the top of this building we were even more excited. It was a small fee to get to the top but well worth it. You can see the whole city from up here and it was a paradise for me with my camera. Once we got up here we started looking at the time and realized that we were going to be cutting it close in order to see the light show. I was waiting for sunset with my camera all set up because I wanted all the lights to come on in the city. I planned on waiting until it was pitch black out but once the sun went down far enough I shot away and got the shot that I had wanted without having to wait for total darkness. Once I took the shot I quickly packed up my gear and we grabbed a taxi at the base of the building to the viewpoint where this shot was taken. This vantage point was right in front of...

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Lighthouse Reflection...

I took this at Palmer Island Lighthouse in New Bedford, Massachusetts. I had this image saved and hadn’t planned on working on it because I didn’t see too much potential in the original and it was hard for me to envision it otherwise. It wasn’t until I had to go on ship for about a month with the military that I decided to try processing it. This image forced me to use new techniques that I was still unsure about and really helped me learn new ways to match colors in the rest of the image in order to better fit in composite images. Sometimes when it comes to Photoshop, I have found that just messing around for a while and having fun with it will teach you a lot, especially by doing it on your own which help you retain the information a bit better. This is a RAW image file that was processed in Photoshop CS6. I used the Nik Color Effex Pro plugin as well as basic levels and curves adjustments. I masked out the background for a better suited one considering the day that I had actually taken this image was cloudy and boring. I hope you like the results and let me know what you think. Please follow and like...

Portrait of Greg

About a year ago I went to a photography meet up where they had a studio set up to shoot some amateur models. It was helpful to both the photographers and the models. The models got some good pictures and modeling experience out of it all and the photographers got to practice with new lighting techniques and get some good model pictures to add to their portfolio. I found this meet up at Meetup.com which is an awesome site to socialize and meet people with the same interests as you. You can learn a lot from many of the people here because a lot of them have way more experience than you might and also may have helpful connections as well. This photo was my first actual shoot that I had gone to with this group and it was a hit. The people were super friendly and everyone was willing to throw in a helping hand. They let me experiment with the lighting so I could get a feel for a few things and even let me use some of their flash triggers since I didn’t have my own at the time. I unfortunately never got this models’ last name but I do know that his first name is Greg. He was great because I was new with working with models and I barely had to tell him what to do because he already had posed to a position I wanted to shoot with. For this shot we had one large softbox to camera right and a smaller fill light to the left. The background was a white wall which worked out perfectly to create a non distracting texture so the focus was Greg’s portrait. I had him focus his attention away from the camera and shot away. In Adobe Camera RAW I cross-processed...

Train Tracks

A popular spot that I always visit while going to Los Angeles is the Union Station located in the heart of downtown. This is one of the main areas of public transportation in the city and I used it quiet frequently up until I had my motorcycle shipped out to me. That is how I cam to know of this place. There is another picture of the interior of the station in my store that you can check out here, which is equally if not more interesting in terms of old architecture and style. I had the idea for this picture in mind before I had visited this spot and thought it would be difficult to do considering I would have to run out in the middle of train tracks and 1. not get arrested 2. not get run over 3. find enough time to get the shot, with the latter being of higher importance. I had come up the walkway onto the platform in order to scout things out and see if there were a lot of people around or security guards but to my surprise there were none of either. This place was, I kid you not, completely empty. Now it was of course about 3:30am so that could have something to do with it, but either way it was a dream come true for what I had wanted. Also, because it was so dark and quiet out, I could hear and see a train coming from a good ways away so the possibility of getting run over became less likely. Fearing that this awesome moment may not last too long, I quickly ran out to the middle of the tracks and set up my tripod. I snapped away as many shots as I...