I am pretty excited about this particular image. Not because it is perfect. It is not. But because I now know I can do this, and I have wanted to create this shot for a very long time.
Taken this past weekend at Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado. This is a blend of 10 images to get the rocks lit properly plus the addition of another 96 images to form the star trails. I used the Photoshop action from Star Circle Academy (thank you for automating this!) to layer the stars. Each image is 8 seconds long, at f/3.5 and ISO-800. Overall, I am thrilled how it came out — can’t wait to do some more, with 300 or more images blended! Enjoy!
Been a bit of a crazy week — didn’t have much time for photography, including spending some time here. Friday night, after getting the kids off to bed, and noticing the conditions may be favorable for some night photography, I grabbed my gear and headed off to Garden of the Gods. It is so nice to have such a wonderful place so close. By 9 PM, I had hiked up to the area around the Siamese Twins, and starting setting up for some fun.
This is the first of the images from this little trip. Oddly enough, it was one of the last ones I took that night. Funny how things work out.
This is an 8 second exposure taken at f/3.5 and ISO-800. Once the shutter was opened, I painted the rocks with a pair of Mag Lights. Really happy with the results of this one. Enjoy!
Every now and then, and it seems to come in spurts, you see something and think – “I have GOT to get a picture of that!” Last Thursday evening was one of those moments for me. I was prepping to head out early the next morning – the same morning that resulted in Fog Blanket – and I noticed the passing low clouds obscuring the full moon. The breaks in the clouds made for a very impressive view, that I had to get. Well, this was the result of that…
It really wasn’t very good. In fact, it was disappointing! The passing clouds prevented a nice sharp capture of the moon, and the motion of the passing clouds didn’t translate well. But, that is where the fun started — time to see what sort of creative license I could have with this image. There is something there, I just know it!
I took the image into Photoshop and started to pick it apart. A little luminescence adjustment in Camera Raw to clean up the noise, a little sharpening and off we went. Then I split the moon and the clouds into 2 different layers. Each got separate light adjustments and the clouds got the swirl treatment. In the end, I got something I was actually pretty excited about. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed putting it together.
Went out this morning to watch and capture the full moon setting behind Pike’s Peak. Was also hoping to catch the sunrise, but the fog bank grew to be a perfect match with the mountain. Oh well.
The moon descends behind the mountain, preparing to give way to another beautiful Colorado morning while a thin layer of fog continued to grow ahead of the rising sun. This was a 75 second exposure, which allowed the layer of fog / clouds to move north while being illuminated by the lights of Colorado Springs. Enjoy!
It has been awhile since I just “played around” with taking some photographs. While standing outside watching a rainstorm passing, I realized I was missing a perfect opportunity. So, I quickly ran in the house and grabbed my camera. Glad I did — hope you enjoy these as much as I did enjoyed taking them.
Sometimes fortune smiles on you. This was a perfect balance of light and color, and I had decided to move the sun just off frame. I had taken several immediately preceeding this one with the sun in frame, and got some nice effects, but the color was wrong. As soon as I moved the sun out of the frame, the color came back, and it was the shot I didn’t know that I wanted!
We quite often get great colors with our sunsets, and I knew the conditions this night would not disappoint. After getting multiple shades of gold and orange, the reds finally started to show. The image is slightly off focused, which softens the image.
This lamp post is in my front yard, and after the colors of the sunset faded, I started playing with the low light levels and changing the exposure time with the on-board flash firing. The first one was by far the best of the bunch. Doesn’t it feel like halloween now?
Above taken with Nikon D60 with a Tamron 28-300mm lens, which requires manual focus control.
Went out this past Saturday to get some pictures at twilight. First choice was the AF Academy, but that didn’t work (a subject for a future post, no doubt). So I ended up in Manitou Springs and (gulp!) Garden of the Gods. Okay, I know. But, I promise, these are different, as it was dusk, and I was playing around with some long exposure times. First up, was Fountain Creek in Manitou Springs. What a great little spot by the side of the road. The skies were gloomy which played perfectly into the mood of this photo. Kristin and I think the woods look spooky!
At the Garden, I caught a few cars driving by. You do see the cars, don’t you? It was fun trying to catch them at various points. This one came out the best. The last one is a view of Garden of the Gods with Cheyenne Mountain in the background. This mountain is the home to NORAD. They watch the skies for signs of attack on North America and are trackers of all of the stuff orbiting Earth, and of course, Santa Claus!