The is my man Bob Lussier. He recently sent me a cool photo for my ‘about me’ page, so I thought I would share a photo that I shot of him while we were at #nXnw 2013. Bob has many claims to fame, but the fact he can run a sub three hour marathon, pretty much makes his a super hero in my book. Make sure to check out his work here.
When your ideal composition is behind a high security fence, step back, try your best, and experiment a bit with some processing techniques. After a long day of mountain biking in Grand Junction I had big plans to scout out some interesting compositions at the nearby airport. I was sure the Book Cliffs were going to make the perfect backdrop for a couple small single engine airplanes. Obviously I didn’t consider the fact that regional airports have higher security protocols. I wasn’t getting anywhere near the aircraft, let alone getting on the runway. I switched to plan B….slap on a zoom, set up on a pile of rocks, and test out CS4s HDR capabilities. I don’t have any conclusive insights about CS4 other than what you see here. I still feel more comfortable driving the sliders in Photomatix.
Nikkor 70-300 VR II
Pile of Rocks
Capture (7 Images @ 1 ev)
NX2 – Raw conversion
Photoshop – HDR (tonemppaing?? Not sure what Adobe calls it)
Adobe Camera Raw – Contrast, Saturation, Clarity adjustments
Photoshop – Cloned out a couple orange cones
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The Book Cliffs are located just on the outskirts of Grand Junction CO. They face the Colorado National Monument. That puts the town of Grand Junction smack-dab in the middle of both, making it a landscape photographers dream destination.
I would like to get back there soon to spend an entire weekend working with these incredible mountains. This image was from a photo-walk sandwiched between a 5 hour mountain bike ride in the desert and some margaritas with the A-team.
Nikkor 70-300 AFS VR II
Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/1000)
Focal Length: 165 mm
Capture (1 Image)
Nik Define 2.0 (Noise Reduction)
Nik Silver Efex Pro (B+W Conversion)
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