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...

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...

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...

Watkins Glen

I took this photo while hiking the Gorge Trail in Watkins Glen State Park in New York. Other than Ricketts Glen, this was probably the most scenic waterfall trail I have hiked. The Gorge Trail was fairly short considering it was only about 1-2 miles long and it was a really easy hike. This spot is called Rainbow Falls and is located almost dead center on the Gorge Trail. I did this hike on a weekday and lucked out considering there were only a handful of other people. The downside was how sunny it was. I usually like cloudy weather for waterfall shots but I was able to manage by using some new Photoshop techniques I learned off Phlearn. I took this shot with my Nikon D810 mounted on my Manfrotto Befree tripod. Hope you like the results. Please follow and like...

Holy Ghost Church

This is the Holy Ghost Church (otherwise known as Heiliggeistkirche) located in Heidelberg, Germany. I had never visited Germany and the first place I wanted to visit was a castle; Heidelberg just happened to be the closest one. I saw the church when we were walking through the city but didn’t take any pictures initially. We went with the purpose of visiting Heidelberg Castle, but I ended up liking this picture more than any of the ones I took of the castle. It was crazy how different other countries are. I hadn’t visited another country in several years and it was great to experience Germany. The architecture is unlike anything in America, and I loved just walking around and looking at everything. This is a single RAW image with some levels and curves adjustments. I hope you like the results. Please follow and like...

Multnomah Falls

I took this shot at Multnomah Falls while I was on my cross-country trip. I had wanted to visit this spot in Oregon ever since I first found out about it. Out of all the states I visited on the trip, Oregon was my favorite. I could have stopped anywhere in the state and took a gorgeous picture. The coast was especially nice, even though I only stayed for a short while. Multnomah Falls is just East of Portland, Oregon and definitely worth the visit if you get the chance. This is a single shot, that I edited in Photoshop CS6 using Nik Color Efex Pro. Hope you like the results. Please follow and like...

Bowling Ball Beach

I was able to visit Bowling Ball Beach while I was in Northern California. This spot was a bit difficult to find but I managed to find it. It was totally empty which was awesome; I literally had the whole beach to myself. These large rocks were scattered across the shoreline. Taking a good enough photo of this spot was the tricky part. I had to walk into the water until I was knee deep so I could find a good position to include all the rocks. Fortunately the waves were small so my little travel tripod stood a chance. I had my Nikon D810 mounted on my Manfrotto befree tripod. This lightweight travel tripod was definitely one of the best investments I made for this trip. It barely took up any space on my motorcycle. This is a combination of 5 different bracketed photos merged with luminosity masks. 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...

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 results. Please follow and like...