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 Park 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 image. Please follow and like...

Grapevine Jul21

Grapevine

This picture is from a few weekends ago on one of my outings through Temecula, California. I had a pretty set picture in mind before I left and this one was it. I took my Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 because I wanted a really shallow depth of field. I was really looking for some purple grapes because I would have loved the color contrast but I think the green grapes still work. It was surprisingly hard to find full size grapes to take pictures of, believe it or not. I don’t know if I went here at the wrong time of year or just after they harvested all the ripe ones; then again they may not even let them grow that large. Either way, they were all so tiny! Fortunately I ended finding some good sized ones and snapped away. I wanted the grapes themselves to be in as much shade as possible that way they could retain their detail and could stay the focus of the picture. I didn’t even bring this photo into Photoshop for the processing because I did practically nothing as far as post-processing goes. This is a single RAW image file that had some curves and levels adjustments done to it. Please follow and like...

Merced Stream

I finally got to visit Yosemite National Park in Northern California. I took this shot from a bridge that crossed over the stream coming from the Merced River that was near the bottom of Nevada Falls. This was the nicest spot I have been at in America thus far. I felt like everywhere I looked there was an opportunity for a picture. The size of the peaks like El Capitan and Half Dome where bigger that any picture I had seen and were harder to hike up than most of the hikes I had been on. There will definitely be more photos to come of this area. Here is just a taste of some of the beauty that you can witness in the park. This whole area was shaded by the surrounding trees which made for great lighting and helped me bring out the rich colors that were all around. The photo picture here is actually comprised of 9 shots. 3 shots were taken for 3 different positions and -2, 0, and +2. I masked through the layers to get the best possible looking shot for each and then stitched them together to make a larger image  considering I don’t have a wide angle lens. This was processed in Photoshop CS6. I also used Nik Color Effex Pro. Please follow and like...