My man Jimmy Nix from NomaicPursuits.com was in town last night, and we were out doing what all good photo buddies do. We photographed the heck out of downtown Denver. Needless to say I didn’t have much time for a post tonight, but there was no way I was going to let you down and not have something pretty waiting for you in the morning. Enjoy the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, and we will see you back here tomorrow for some iPhone Friday.
This is the Maid of the Mist, the ship made famous from Jim and Pam’s Engagement on The Office. If you ever visit Niagara Falls, you can watch this ship make trip after trip taking poncho clad spectators to the base of the falls and back again. It’s fun to watch. The ship will lumber away as it fights against the current to reach the falls. It pauses for a few seconds, then turns its bow downstream and is quickly whisked back to where it started. We never dawned the blue poncho ourselves, but I was curious what it would have felt like to be whipped around like that in the rough waters?
Have any of you ever taken a cruise on the Maid of the Mist?
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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…Salt Lake City sunsets are some of the best in the world! This one was no exception. Speaking of SLC, I will be out there this weekend if any photographers want to share some inside knowledge with me. I’d love to know of a cool secret location. I’ll be there for two days so sunrise or set is fine. Thanks in advance!
Does this picture look crooked to you? I have looked at it for far too long. Lightroom straightening tool says it’s straight, but I think it looks about 1 or 2 degrees off. It’s become a total mind game, so instead of driving myself crazy, I thought I would ask you guys and gals.
As much as I hate to admit it, fall is just around the corner. I’m more of a summer kind of guy. It’s not that I hate fall, it’s that fall signals winter, and winter I could do without. Living here in Colorado we have all sorts of opportunities to photograph the changing of the guard. This image was a quick grab. We were driving down back road in Crested Butte last year and happened upon this beautiful scene. I jumped out and grabbed this one before any cars showed up to ruin it. I made this image with my trusty Nikon 28-300. You can read my full review of it here. I love that lens!
I maintain a map of various photo locations around CO, so I thought I would share it with you in case you are heading out to see the colors. Also, if you are a Kelbytraining.com member, Moose Peterson just released a great video about photographing fall colors. I’m in no way affiliated with Kelby Training, but I highly recommend it. It is an amazing training resource.
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It would be an quite the understatement to say I was fired up to photograph the Vista House from the Women’s Forum overlook in the Columbia River Gorge. Of the images I wanted to shoot on our recent ‘North by Northwest Photo Jamboree’, this was one of the top three. We had a big night of shooting the previous day, and I didn’t get to bed until about 2am. Needless to say, we all missed the sunrise. Actually, by the time we got here it was closing in on noon. Not the ideal time to be making iconic images. It was hazy non-dimensional light…and I didn’t have the luxury of an IR camera like my buddies Dave and Scott did; which left me wanting. Without warning, my muse tapped me on the shoulder. I remembered a photo buddy of ours, Brian Matiash, had posted an awesome image of this place a couple weeks before. It was a unique image that blended fantasy and reality. So, instead of hanging my head and pouting in the haze, I decided to try my hand at it by borrowing something from Brian’s bag of tricks. Brian saved the day! I owe you one next time we hit up ‘Hair Of The Dog‘.
Click Here to see Brian’s image that inspired me to push on.
Photographer’s Note: Because Brian is the Edu Manager at onOneSoftware, I decided to pay tribute to him by using his toolset. After I processed the RAW in Lightroom 4 I applied the Autumn filter from the Perfect Effects suite globally to the image followed by selectively applying the Raw Hide texture filter to the background. After that, it was back in to Photoshop where I selectively applied a 6px Gaussian blur to the background. Yep, you can save yourself some money anytime you buy an onOne product by using the coupon codeLIGHTASMAGIC. It’s good stuff, I use it all the time.