Balloon Glowing Jun06

Balloon Glowing

A little over a week ago a friend had told me about the Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival. Unbeknownst to me, I decided to check it out. Turns out it is this really cool event that is held in Temecula yearly. It took place over at Lake Skinner, just through Wine Country. The General Admission tickets get you into the event and even let you attend the concert at night (which I didn’t even realize prior to it starting). Once you are in you get to look around and go to shops or do what my friend and I did and just go straight to buying tickets for alcohol. The price isn’t terrible and you get to try all different kinds which is really cool. After being at the festival for a few hours, the Balloon Glowing started. I brought my camera specifically for this opportunity. I had never been to one so I literally Googled how to shoot a balloon glowing prior to coming. I didn’t find much advice unfortunately. So what method did I use? Shoot a crap load of pictures of course. Well…with at least some intention. I wanted minimal people in the picture and I wanted every balloon lit up from the flames as well. Now getting the balloons all lit up wasn’t too hard since all I had to do was wait for each one and snap a few pictures each, the people were a different story. It was pretty crowded around here and I still don’t have a wide angle lens so I couldn’t really get in front of everyone and get all the balloons in at the same time. So instead I literally took close to 100 images and masked the people out one by one. Quite...

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...