Photo Trip: An HDR Sunset

March 13, 2009

Click this link to check out my short (but windy) HDR Sunset video, below are my images that I created into HDR’s from the short photography trip.

Sunset HDR

Sunset HDR

The image above is 4 separate images put into one, or formally known as a High Dynamic Range image. However, it  turned out a little darker than I originally expected.

HDR from road

HDR from road

After I was finished recording video and walked back to the road, I looked back and saw this beautiful sight. I could not help myself, so I captured the moment so I could share it.

I hope you enjoyed the video, although it was windy, it was still fun. I plan to return very soon to do more HDR sunset’s

Best regards,

Travis.

Top 10 reasons for photographers to get Twitter

March 10, 2009

I think Twitter is great for photographers and here are 10 reasons why:

1. Twitter is a great way to exchange tips and tricks about anything related to photography.

2. Photographers can post their own images on their blog, online gallery, or TwitPic. Then hyperlink it in a “tweet”, and get instant results from other fellow photographers.

3. You never know who you might meet, I found a few local nature photographers in my area that I had no idea even existed. I live in a very rural area and it’s nice to know there are other people that enjoy the same hobby as I do that live near me.

4. I follow many photographers and every day I read very helpful and interesting articles about photography that one of my Twitter friends’ have posted. Most of which I usually re-tweet (or RT).

5. Twitter is a instant connection to other photographers, which allows you share ideas very quickly with your followers.

6. Let’s be honest, Twitter is a prime marketing tool right now. If you have a gallery and are looking to sell your images, you could market some of your images from your gallery on Twitter. If you do this too much, you will most likely see your followers dwindle.

7. It’s a great way to quick take a poll. Let’s say I was wondering what other photographers thought about a new camera body, you could ask the question on Twitter and watch the replies flow in.

8. You can discuss a new piece of photography equipment you recently purchased and get instant feedback from a photographer who also owns it.

9. If you recently created a new blog post and want it to be seen, you can put the hyperlink in a “tweet” and get a lot more traffic to your blog post.

10. When out “shooting” photos, it’s fun to update your Twitter page with “play-by-play” messages so your followers know what and where your photographing and how it’s going.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post and thanks for reading!

-Travis.

Late Winter Photography

March 7, 2009

With spring right around the corner, I thought this weekend I would go for a ride on the snowmobile and see if I could capture some good winter landscapes. Today was fairly warm, about 40 degrees with occasional rain and a gust of wind. I managed to get a few good shots before the weather really went downhill.
Gear taken on this trip

  • Canon 40D
  • Canon 24-105mm L glass lens
  • Canon G10 (to record video)
  • Gitzo 1325 tripod w/ Gitzo 1277m ball head (for the G10)
  • Polaris Indy Lite 440 GT long track snowmobile🙂
The G10 and snowmobile in action

The G10 and snowmobile in action

My first objective was to get down the large hill on the snowmobile with out dropping any of the camera gear. After a few minutes of wrestling with my camera gear, I managed to get down the hill with my gear securely attached to me. As I reached the bottom of the hill, I cautiously drove up to a known area where deer usually are digging around for food. Sure enough, there were 6 deer. After recording a 45 second video clip of them staring at me, I slowly got off the snowmobile and walked towards the creek. For how warm it has been for the past few days, I was surprised at how much snow was still on the ground. At one point I took a step in the wrong direction and had snow past my knee! I almost dropped the G10 as I was walking due to that incident. My first stop was about 40 yards upstream from the snowmobile. For some reason, I was intrigued by a dead log laying over the creek. So what did I do? I walked right into the stream of course! However, the water was barley over my feet. I maneuvered around in about a 4 square foot area for a good bit of 10 minutes trying to find that perfect spot to get the shot. Once I found the spot that I thought would be perfect, I took about 12 shots. Every 2nd shot had a different exposure and zoom range so I could get a variety of images to pick from. Here is one of my favorite images from that set of images.

My favorite image from the creek

My favorite image from the creek

After a few minutes of trying to climb out of the creek, I made my way back to the snowmobile. By this time the weather was starting to deteriorate. More clouds were rolling in and it was starting to sprinkle outside. So I drove around a little bit more on the local trails to find an interesting subject to capture. *The method I usually use to capture images in an area I frequently visit, is to imagine that it is the first time I had ever been there. Most people know this feeling when they go on a trip and nearly everything seems interesting and photographable.* After 20 minutes of casually driving around, I decided to head back up the hill and drive into the hardwoods to capture an image of a dead standing tree. I had pre-visualized the image that I wanted to capture, but just had to find the right tree and had to be there at the right time. So I drove up the hill again, making sure my gear was securely fastened to my body. As I reached the top of the hill I saw darkness towards the west. I knew within a half an hour it would no longer be good conditions for photography.

I quickly drove across the road and into a snow slush covered field. As I came upon the end of the field (which was also the beginning the hardwoods) I noticed a dead tree. This tree was not like the usual dead hardwood I saw, this one had a unique quality. It had absolutely no branches left on it and all the bark fell off from the harsh winds and weather. Then I parked the snowmobile near a small pine tree and walked into the hardwoods to reach the tree that had caught my eye. At this time the wind was really picking up and was almost to the point where recording video was not possible (the wind overrode my voice so you couldn’t hear anything). But still I set up the G10 on the tripod and gave it a shot. The first time I tried recording my session of photographing the tree, I slipped on the wet snow. Quickly Immediately I jumped up and went to the G10 to hastily delete that embarrassing clip. Then round 2. I did the same thing, this time I made it to the bottom of the tree without slipping on the dreaded slush-snow. I laid down in the mud at the bottom of the tree and pointed my lens up the trunk of the dead hardwood. I took a few shots at F8, but I wanted less depth of field. So I took it down to F4. I had realized that this could very well be the image that I had pre-visualized before. After about 10 more shots (at this point the wind was nearly blowing me away), I finally had that shot.

The pre-visualized image

The pre-visualized image

Even though the weather was not very cooperative, I still managed to have some fun and get some pretty good images. Although as I was editing my video journal that I made today as I was shooting, the program crashed. This time a permanent corruption message appeared. I was pretty upset, but in a few days I hope to buy a new video authoring program. The happiness I received from knowing that I had finally captured my pre-visualized dead hardwood image completely over-rode the sadness of the program crashing. All in all it was a good day. I hope you enjoyed this blog post! I look forward to posting more soon.

-Travis.

Music while “shooting”?

March 2, 2009

Do you listen to music while you are “shooting” images? I occasionally do.

To me, listening to specific types of music causes me to create different “moods” in my images. If I listen to rock music, my images could turn out more aggressive and dramatic. However, if  I listen to Jazz or Classical music, my images usually turn out calm and mellow.

I usually only listen to music when I’m doing landscapes, because if I were “shooting” wildlife, I would need to be able to listen for my subject approaching and/or other noises.

If you haven’t experimented with this, give it a try. Its pretty interesting🙂

How to: G10 “B&W” Profile

February 27, 2009
A quick test image of my b&w G10 profile

A quick test image of my b&w G10 profile

Above is a quick impromptu image I took last night to show the “b&w” profile on my little G10.  This allows people to take b&w images on the go (because the G10 does not actually have a default b&w profile). A few people have asked me about it, and I said I would post images of it. But recently a family emergency occurred, so I haven’t been able to take the pictures I wanted to. On Sunday I plan on adding more pictures to this post, this time actual winter landscape  shots using my G10.

Anyone with a G10 can do this, it’s no secret. Technically it’s not a b&w image at all. It’s really just a color accent image🙂

Test it out for yourself by going to your color accent profile on your G10 (I’m not sure if it will work on the G9) then press the DISP. or display button. A little bar menu will show up near the bottom of the LCD screen. Then scroll the number back to -5. As you do this the camera LCD will blink black & white and color until you press the FUNC. SET button. Then you can try out the “b&w” profile.

I know people have figured this out before, but I thought I would share it again with my blog viewers.

More will be added by the end of this weekend🙂

*Sorry about any grammar errors, typing this on the fly!

Hello world!

February 24, 2009

-Hello Everybody!

Welcome to my new photography blog! A few days ago after reading through many awesome blogs that my fellow twitters created, I thought it would be fun to create my own. So here it is! I hope to post updates as much as I can, probably 3-5 times per week. If you would like to know a little bit more about me, check out my About Me page.


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