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...

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...

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...

Havasu Falls

This was the first place I visited on my cross country trip. I have wanted to go to Havasu Falls for a long time because of how beautiful it is with the blue water. Getting there was the hard part. To get to the trailhead you have to drive 60 miles down this road on an Indian reservation and then hike about 8 miles to a little Indian village that is buried in the middle of nowhere in this valley. Not to mention you need to get reservations a few months out which I didn’t realize until I got there. Fortunately I was able to get a day pass and still visit. There are actually several waterfalls at this location but Havasu Falls was definitely my favorite. This shot is composed of 5 exposures that I blended using luminosity masks. I had to make up for the difference in lighting since it was still light out. Hope you like the results. Please follow and like...

McWay Falls

If you have ever been to California and for some reason haven’t visited the Big Sur Coastline then another trip is in order. This is one of the most beautiful drives that I have ever taken and I highly suggest. This was another one, of many spots, that my sister and I visited. If you travel up Highway 1, you are bound to run into this beautiful spot. This is McWay Falls. I had visited this spot the first time I traveled the coast but it was in the middle of the day when I got here and the harsh light didn’t do this spot justice, so I never ended up posting a picture. Fortunately, this time I had arrived at exactly the right time. It was literally less than 1 minute after sunset that we arrived here. I was booking it in our little rental SUV in order to get here with enough light. I was so relieved when I found that we had just made it. Upon arriving, I quickly setup my tripod and started snapping away. Turns out that I even had some time to spare because it wasn’t until a few minutes after I had started shooting that some of the best light came out. The sky started turning that warm orange glow, and all that harsh light that was splayed on the rocks had disappeared. I bracketed 3 photos as usual and applied luminosity masks to them in Photoshop. If you have any questions or comments about my technique or my work then feel free to ask! Please follow and like...

Bash Bish Falls

This is a shot I took at Bash Bish Falls located in Southwestern Massachusetts. This is said to be the highest single drop waterfall in the state.  I visited this spot with my sister while I was back home on post-deployment leave. It was about a three hour drive but we had never been and decided to venture out for the day. It ended up being an overcast day which was a good thing since there wouldn’t be any harsh light. The hike to the waterfall was short too, I don’t remember it taking any longer than an hour and once we got there, there was barely anyone else at the falls. To get this angle I had to end up jumping across the stream on a few rocks to get to the other side. I usually try to look at a lot of different angles and spots for locations that I shoot at just to find the one that I really love the most. Even though I only end up posting one picture of most of the spots that I should, you would be surprised at how many different pictures and angles I end up having at the end of the day. I’ll use different shutter speed settings for water, 10 stop filters, and bring my tripod real low to the ground sometimes. It all depends what I like the most at the end of the day that makes me choose it for my website. This shot was a regular RAW image taken on a tripod. I had a ND filter on the front of the lens to slow the water a bit and processed this photo in Lightroom for minor adjustments and then Photoshop CS6 for the rest. 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...

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...

Vernal Falls

Vernal Falls was by far the nicest waterfall in Yosemite National Park in my opinion. It is a short hike off the main road that runs through the park and is pretty straight forward. It gets a little slippery as you get closer to the falls because of all the mist that covers the surrounding area which made me have to watch my footing more than once but it was a beautiful area and me and my buddy made several tripps to this spot while in Yosemite. Once you start getting close to the falls you have to climb a set of stairs and this is when you start getting sprikled with all the mist. You can walk all the way to the top where there is a large pool of water that’s awesome for swimming in, especially after hiking around all day. I wanted to get the image to correctly portray the beauty of this spot and I wasn’t able to do that with the zoom lense, which was the only lens I owned at the time so I stitched two images together. The rest of the image is pretty minimally processed in order to preserve the natural beauty of the area. If you ever get the chance to visit this awesome spot I would not pass it up. I processed the photo in Photoshop CS6 with Nik Color Effex Pro. 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...