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...

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 results. Please follow and like...

Abiqua Falls

Abiqua Falls was, by far, one of the nicest waterfalls that I had visited while I was on my cross-country trip. I ran into this waterfall while I was traveling through Oregon, although running into wouldn’t be the correct term since I admittedly had some trouble finding it. It was off this path that was called Crooked Finger, which I had no idea existed until I asked some locals about the waterfalls whereabouts. The hike was short and the later half of it was gorgeous. It followed along a stream that led right into the area where the waterfall pooled. There was barely anyone here too. Needless to say, I took a bunch of shots here and this is just one of many others. I couldn’t get enough of how cool the rocks were that were along the walls of where the waterfall came down. I had never seen anything like it except in pictures. Oregon was one of my favorite places on this trip because of how beautiful it was and how much natural things there were to see. This is a bracketed shot, made with 5 exposures. I used Photoshop CS6 for some post processing and Nik Color Efex Pro for some enhancements. Please follow and like...

Horseshoe Bend

While visiting Page, Arizona to check out Antelope Canyon, I also ended up stopping at Horseshoe Bend. This was right off one of the main roads going into Page and it was a really short hike, probably about a mile and a half or so. This is an pretty iconic spot for photographers because of the way the Colorado River loops around the canyon. I lucked out on the day I went because it had been cloudy every other day that week and I thought for sure I wouldn’t be able to catch a glimpse of the sunset, but fortunately the clouds broke at the right time. It was fairly packed for a weekday night and there were photographers lined up throughout this spot. I was able to squeeze between a couple that were right where I wanted to be without obstructing there view. I took about 7 different exposures for this shot because of the difference in lighting between the sky and the ground. I wanted to get as much detail as possible in this case. You can actually see a group of rafters at the bottom of the canyon if you look closely. I edited this photo in CS6 and used Nik Color Efex Pro which is now free since Google bought them out. Hope you like the results. Please follow and like...

Zion National Park

Over July 4th weekend my friend Chris and myself visited Zion National Park in Utah. It was about a seven hour drive from where we were so it was a little bit of a road trip. We ended up getting a campground at this South Campground¬†in the park itself which worked out really well because it was near the tram pick up which took you all over the park for free. The park itself was amazing! There were red rocks like the one seen in this picture everywhere, and plenty of hikes to keep anyone busy. The first day there we did a hike called Angels landing which was about a 5000 ft elevation climb over the span of a few miles. It was an awesome start to the trip. The best part of the trip was the following day on July 4th when we hiked the Narrows and got stuck in a flash flood! The photo below was taken right near the tram stop at a place called the Grotto. There are areas to swim in the water around here since it is deep enough in some places. This was taken a little way up though right around sunset. If you can’t tell, I was standing in the middle of the stream in order to take this shot. During the day there was a lot of harsh light and it was tough to take shots that I was happy with so that is why I waited until the end of the day for this one. This is a bracketed shot, and even though it may seem it, it is not a full HDR. This is mostly processed off of two RAW images with the finishing touches applied in Photoshop. I don’t know if...

Campbell Falls

I just recently got home on post-deployment leave and I have been trying to visit some cool places to take pictures at. I found this amazing site called New England Waterfalls that lists all the waterfalls in the New England area and even gives each one its out rating for how good it is. The rating seems really accurate too considering I just recently visited two of the five star ones that are on the list and they were beautiful. The waterfall pictured below is Campbell Falls which is located at Campbell Falls State Park in Connecticut. It was a little bit of a drive from where I live (three hours to be exact), but it was well worth it. There was even another waterfall nearby that we were able to hit up while we were that far out. It was a short hike to this waterfall and it was a perfect day because it was an overcast sky which provided some great soft light. This is a RAW image file that I combined with the HDR I created through bracketed shots in Photomatix. Very little editing was done in all honesty in order to keep this one as natural looking as possible. Hope you like the results! Please follow and like...

Redhawk Waterfall

All of you Temecula locals should know where this spot is. It is the well known waterfall that is off Redhawk Road. This was my first time visiting this spot and I was not let down. I was in Temecula for the day just traveling around wine country on my motorcycle and I found out about this place before I had left. I had never actually been through Temecula before unfortunately because this place was beautiful. Just traveling straight down Rancho California was quiet the sight. There were just fields of grape vines and orange groves. I will definitely be putting up other pictures of this visit soon enough. I just wanted to put this one up because it was my favorite from that trip. I came to this spot a little before sunset and had waited just until the time was right. Fortunately there wasn’t anyone there because I have heard that this is a popular spot. Sure enough, right when I was done shooting a group of me people showed up to take what looked like senior portraits at this spot. Looks like I made it just at the right time. I have been trying some different techniques on my landscape shots and decided to see how they would work out on this one. I dodged and burned some areas of the picture in order to keep some of the focus in the right spots. This is a RAW photo that I masked with a bracketed HDR that was taken at of course -2, 0, +2. I processed the RAW in Lightroom and finished the whole image in Photoshop CS6. Let me know what you think! Please follow and like...