Since I had some time and I wanted to get another plane up in the Gallery, i thought it would be good to bring in the Ford Trimotor. It’s another one of those really cool rare planes that is at Fantasy of Flight in Kermit’s collection. Didn’t have much time to play with the plane this past trip but at Precon in early April there was plenty of time to get a couple clicks.
Yep it’s that time again when i bring up some posts from the past that i didn’t want lost. Now one of these is fairly new but i wanted it saved nevertheless. The other two are also pretty new, both took place within the last year, but still ones i felt should be read again. The most difficult part about blogs is knowing that eventually every post will end up in the dump so why continue. No matter what we try eventually something newer comes along which is a better read. We’ll so how long these ones last.
As some of you might have expected from earlier this week, there are now two new additions to my Aviation Gallery. First obviously is the PBY. It’s just too cool of a plane not to have up there. The next one wasn’t one of my favorites at first. The L39 which is a Vietnam era jet has been at the Reno Air Races for some time and i have photographed it a number of times. Until i got this static shot last year i didn’t think it was that great of a plane. Visually of course. It just seemed to commercial looking, don’t know why just how it seemed. One morning during PRS the skies weren’t great, no clouds, just light and with some help from ACR this was the result. Now i can see the beauty in the plane.
Blog’s are tricky things as it turns out. There are many views on what should and should not be done. How to get more views out of ones site. One of the biggest complaints and reasonable objection is that once a post has been published it will eventually get lost. After a month goes by, or even sooner then that, that post will no longer be in recent posts and it will have been forgotten. Why then go through the work of creating a blog, creating the posts, creating the content if we know that it will eventually be forgotten? I honestly don’t have an answer, but i have an idea. It occurred to me this past weekend that it would be very simple to make a spot on the blog that you could go to find certain posts, ones that either i liked writing or ones that you liked to look at, and that spot would have all the ones that won’t be forgotten. Over time it will eventually grow to house more posts, but for now i started with just three. Three posts that long ago i wrote and have been buried in other posts since. Up at the top is section under tips called The Forgotten, and in that section will be any old posts that i feel deserves a reprieve. Since I’m a nice guy though i thought i would add the three posts i put up into this post as links in the bottom. We shall find out if those posts deserve to stay forgotten or not.
Starting this past January at the Yosemite DLWS i have been practicing with the HDR technique. These past couple of weeks have provided me with some interesting exmaples of when it can be used. The three examples i have up are from Hannalei Bay, Opeaka Falls, and Waimeya Canyon. My apologies if those are not spelled right, Hawaiin names aren’t easy for me to remember. Each of these locations had either a great sky and low light on the foreground or vise versa. With the Bay, image below, the pier had some great character to it which in this case i wanted to preserve, while keeping the clouds. This is a seven bracket image put together with photomerge 4. The one thing that i noticed was that the image itself is sized differently than normal. Not sure why probably something i missed clicked on. The one big problem I have noticed while practicing is noise and bright spots. Both can be fized but are annoying.
The one below is Opeaka Falls and what really interested me on this one was that HDR wasn’t really necessary on this image. It didn’t seem to preserve or bring out any information that wasn’t already present. Now listening to RC and Matt Kozlowski from photoshop world, one of the most important things about any HDR is knowing those elements that are needed to bring together into one image. Seeing what you want is easy, putting it together isn’t.
The last one is Waimeya Canyon and as you can probably tell that it’s been a bit over processed. Why did i put these up there? Well it’s quite simple. One of my professors once told me that the end result doesn’t matter as much as the process in which you arrived there. Once you hand in the final draft, it’s done; but that process in how you got that draft can be used over and over again for other projects. So even though I’m not thrilled with any of these images, the process in how i got there, 7 bracketed images, photomerge 4, ACR, photoshop, is important to remember. Now i did learn tonight that using only a few images out of that bracketed set can lead to better results. Definetely more to play with. Something about this process I’m still not grasping and that’s okay because it means i need to get out more, practice more and best of all learn more.
Images captured with Nikon D3, AF-S 24-70, AF-S 70-200 VRII, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film
For the past couple of weeks i have been working on remodeling and updating my site. Much of this was due to my good friend RC Concepcion who not only helped with the remodeling process but has taught me a number of things about wordpress. Well with Photoshop world done, which was one great event, i went back to tweaky things. Yesterday I put up a number of galleries showing off some more of my work. I ended working on so many that i actually ran out of space on my site in the ftp page and there’s still more to come! Give them a look see they are all up top, well worth your time.
For the last couple days i have been thinking about a nearby ghost town. Why I’m not quite sure, seeing how i went there not long ago. Just one of those things that got stuck in my head and i guess you could say this is how i wanted it unstuck. Thankfully it provided some more time to play with B&W conversion on this church steeple. I can’t ever complain about having time to play with images.
Image captured with D3, AF-S Nikkor 24-70 f2.8, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film
O this is just too much fun. For the first time in the many years that my folks have been trying to get me to go to Photoshop World, I’m finally here. Now they kept telling me it was going to be a different experience but i had no idea until i got here. The first thing big noticeable thing was everyone saying hello. It was easy, Dad had me by one hand introducing to everyone, here’s Jake. It was funny and exciting at the same time. Then there are the Precons, different shooting venues where you spend a day a learning about that particular area of photography. I went to the Real World Concert Photography mostly cuz i had never done it before! O and Scott Diussa is a good friend and was co instructing it with Allan Hess. Knew absolutely nothing about it.
It was completely different then any other subject i have photographed before. Between the settings, the composition and the general atmosphere of the other photographers. I’m used to waiting and watching the subject learning it’s habits over time, that’s just necessary in wildlife. Or even the quickness of aviation knowing the planes are coming around the pylons. But this! O know it’s all about moving around, getting the shot, the unpredictable nature of the players and the every changing light. It was intense, but a lot of fun. Only been here a day and I’m already learning.
Images captured with D3s, AF-S NIKKOR 70-200 VR 2.8, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film
Ah the junkyard, what a magical place filled the past memories of a lost age. It’s just a cove of images waiting to be picked through with a little time and patience. The great thing about junkyards is that every state not only has one, but each one seems to have it’s own unique type or some special variant. We went to Cisco which when we got there and looked around was apparently by the side of a road in the middle of nowhere. It was an appropriate, o let the fun begin!
It was a blue sky day with clouds on the horizon, plenty of time to skitter around. It was a unique town, funny thing was people live there still. There were these two objects that caught my attention more than most. The top is the back of an truck or tanker car i think. Well it had this needle and gauge on it that i found just interesting. The combination of it with the texture was like it was pointing at the years of degrading material as it went by. The bottom was an old soda machine that with a message in the bottom that was pointed out to me later. It showed more character than the Seven up machine, both were intriguing. Never can tell what you’ll find.
Images captured with D3, 24-70 AF-S
It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the storms can change around here. One minute it’s a blizzard roaring down a foot of snow and the next its sunny and warm. Yesterday we had a great big snow storm come through which was great for shooting but wouldn’t you know it the sun came out and most of it’s gone already down in the lower areas. Guess that means i’ll have to climb up into some higher spots this evening. O well the fly fishing is supposedly getting better.
Image captured with D3, 24-70 AF-S, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film