Spring 2010


Posted April 21, 2010

Where The River Goes
"and everything shall live wherever the river goes". Ezekiel 47:9

The above featured photograph for this spring is a scene that I captured a while back in May of 06. The grass had just exploded with new growth, lush and green. The sparkling waters on, "falling branch", were running clear and colorful after the preceding April showers. Several exposures were made at various shutter speeds and under diverse conditions of changing light. Many photographers prefer early morning and late afternoon light for it's subtle qualities. This picture was taken around noon under strong sunlight and partly cloudy conditions. There are many opportunities that come and go throughout the mid-day hours. Don't be afraid of shooting in strong light. There are many ways to make it work to your advantage. Some of the best pictures are often made at the least ideal times.


Tips and Techniques

Nikon D200 18-70mm lens @ 18mm. RAW exposure - shutter priority mode - 1/8 sec f - 22 - ISO 100. Extensive "printing" techniques in Photoshop CS2. At this distance from the water a 1/8 shutter speed yielded the desired degree of water "texture" and "movement"- a key element that really makes this picture work. A carefully timed exposure was made under hot noon sun, partially veiled by passing clouds. This rendered the scene with dynamic highlights, yet preserved foreground shadow detail and the subtle colors of the moving water, in the lower right. A good example of successfully tripping the shutter, at the right moment, in rapidly changing light. This is why I prefer shooting with a cable release when possible.









Posted Wednesday June 9, 2010


This morning I finished writing the latest "Word Pictures" article posted below.


Word Pictures Devotional

A World In Motion









Posted Sunday June 6, 2010




Sunday Sunrise

We arose early this morning to go to 8:30 Service. When I came down stairs I saw this sunrise. I grabbed my D60 and made this shot to share with you. I'm running late, got to go. Enjoy.









Posted May 22, 2010



Spring Photographs



Here are a few more recent photographs for my "Kilgore Falls" collection; plus a few others along the way.
All images were captured with a Nikon D200 with the exception of the last one which was captured with my Nikon D60. All images were made in the Digital Darkroom using Photoshop CS2.





Spring Falls

This first image, "Spring Falls", is a good example of HDR ( high dynamic range ) photography. Because the light ratio was too high within this scene, two exposures were captured. The first exposure was made of the overall scene and a second exposure, 2 1/2 stops under exposed, was made to capture the highlight detail in the background over the falls. The two were combined in CS2 and carefully blended on a layer using the eraser tool. Much HDR photography today is over done. The result is flat, greyed out, or surreal looking photographs. When properly done it will be very difficult for anyone to notice. The goal in HDR photography is to only slightly EXTEND the dynamic range to avoid clipping both the shadows and especially the high values. Photographs, in most cases, need strong high and low values to look real. Maybe we should call it "Extended Dynamic Range photography."








Path To Falls








Cascading Water








River Scene








Beside Deer Creek








Day's End, Loch Raven Reservoir









Posted April 21, 2010



Spring Has Sprung!



Spring has sprung early this year. A welcome change after a very hard and snowy winter. Spring is my favorite time of the year to photograph landscapes. The newly emerging grasses and leaves are lush and pristine. Every year I try to begin shooting around the first week of May. Spring is a time of vivid colors, so much of my work, as in the fall, is in digital color. This year, however, I do plan to get out with my large format gear and make some exposures on b&w film.




Large Format



Large format negatives are rich in detail and acutance due to their larger size. I like working with sheet film as it allows for specialized individual development of each negative. Though most of the time negs can receive normal development with darkroom "controls" applied during printing, there are still times when N+ or N- development is necessary. When two sheets of film are exposed for one particular scene they can be processed separately. If the first sheet reveals a less than ideal exposure, then development can be modified to produce a better 2nd negative. This is why I always develop identically exposed negs separately. Remember, in landscape photography a scene usually doesn't present it self in the exact same way twice. A second negative is good insurance in case of exposure error, not to mention scratches. If the subject or scene is of great importance I'll even make 4 exposures (bracketing 1 stop), especially in challenging light. I've got nothing to prove. Bringing home a good negative of what could potentially be one of my best photographs is the greatest priority. Film is still one of our cheapest commodities. Bad negative - weak print; good negative - great print.


Trip that shutter! Expose some film! You can't print a negative that you don't have. Besides, it keeps our film companies in business in these "everything digital" days.








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The Featured Photograph








Devotional Snapshot

The Message Of Spring








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