“Oxbow Bend Glory”

2015-7436

Good morning,

The majority of the time, planning and preparation will overcome blind luck. In this image of Oxbow Bend, the forecast was for partly cloudy skies in the morning so I decided taking our group up for a sunrise would be a good idea. As you can see we certainly weren’t disappointed!

Metadata:

  • Nikon D800
  • Tamron lens –24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC @62mm
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Singh Ray Filters
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Topaz Labs
  • Exposure – 1/4 seconds
  • Aperture – f/11
  • ISO – 100
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

“Maidenhair Fern”

2015-6867

Good morning,
“Maidenhair Fern” – During our workshop in the Smokies I had the chance to work on some close-up images of this cool fern. The goal was to find one that was far enough away from the background allowing me to blur or mute any distraction. It was challenging to say the least.

Metadata:
• Nikon D800
• Tamron lens –70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC @ 155mm
• Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
• Singh Ray Filters
• Lexar CF Card
• Topaz Labs
• Exposure – 1/180 seconds
• Aperture – f/2.8
• ISO – 100
• Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

Capturing the Mood

2015-6757

Good evening,

Creating a successful image is when you can capture mood and atmosphere of a scene and convey to the viewer what you are seeing and feeling at the moment you create the image. So communicating your feelings and mood requires you, the photographer, to answer a few questions. Do I want the scene a little darker creating a mystical mood or do I want to shoot the image as the meter indicates crafting a more neutral image? Then there’s how much depth of field do I want? There are many variables that go into creating a solid and successful image and those are just a couple. When we arrived on the scene (Tremont in the Great Smoky Mountains) the first thing that caught my attention was the fog and how it was drifting along the river, so naturally I opted to shoot this image slightly on the darker or underexposed side hoping to illustrate the ambiance.

Metadata:

  • Nikon D800
  • Tamron lens –24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC @ 24mm
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Singh Ray LB Color  Combo Polarizer
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Topaz Labs
  • Exposure – 10 seconds
  • Aperture – f/16
  • ISO – 100
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

Springtime in the Smokies 2015

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Good morning,

We just finished an amazing workshop in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. We had an awesome group and a magnificent time. The weather was very unpredictable which helped create a great working environment for photography. If you don’t like the spring weather in the Smokies wait 10 minutes and it’ll change.

I also wanted to send out a big thanks to my good friend Kevin Reaves and two of his daughters for coming up early to shoot and hang out with us! I also had the pleasure of shooting with a few buddies, Cecil Holmes, fellow Tamron Image Master David Akoubian and Facebook friend David Carrigan!

Looking forward to an Autumn visit this year 🙂

Metadata:

  • Nikon D800
  • Tamron lens –24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC @60mm
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Singh Ray Filters
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Topaz Labs
  • Nik Collection by Google
  • Exposure – 1/3 second
  • Aperture – f/16
  • ISO – 100
  • Manual Mode
  • Vertical format
  • 3 image Panoramic stitched with Autopano Giga

Best of Light,

Ed

Twilight Photography

2015-6472

Good morning,

For most photographers including myself, the best time to shoot is during the golden hours. You know, right around sunrise or sunset when the sky is full of magic.

However, twilight is another favorite time of mine. During this time the sky still has plenty of rich colors but there is no longer any direct light. You’ll be surprised how much color there really is in the sky during twilight since a camera’s sensor can pick up more light than we are able to see with our eyes (long exposures).

Here’s a good example of a twilight image of the Organic Mill here in Atglen. The trick to shooting good twilight images is being able to balance the ambient light (natural light) and artificial light coming from the buildings.

Metadata:

  • Nikon D800
  • Tamron lens –24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Singh Ray Filters
  • Lexar CF Card
  • DXO Viewpoint
  • Topaz Labs
  • Exposure – 30 seconds
  • Aperture – f/6.7
  • ISO – 100
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

Horse & Buggy

2015-6403

Good morning,

I seem to be running a little behind in my image processing and sharing. I’ve been pretty busy which I hear is a good thing (lol).

I just got back from a wildly successful workshop/lecture sponsored by Tamron at Precision Camera near Austin Texas. I love the people there and they are exactly what a teacher dreams about. They were very eager to learn, very appreciative with the information shared and all around great people.

As I mentioned I’m behind on my image sharing and this one is from a few weeks ago while Zach and I were out shooting barns at sunrise.
Metadata:
• Nikon D800
• Tamron lens –24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
• Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
• Singh Ray Filters
• Lexar CF Card
• Topaz Labs
• Exposure – 1/60
• Aperture – f/8
• ISO – 800 (to freeze the horse in low light)
• Manual Mode

Best of Light,
Ed

Fog is your Friend

Foggy Downtown Atglen

Good morning,

When people talk about atmospheric conditions, it provides photographers with an opportunity to capture everyday subjects in dramatic light and moody conditions.

Saturday night we noticed that it was really foggy outside, so we thought to ourselves, why not get out and make good use of that fog. So we scurried downtown with hopes of capturing the fog along with lit streetlamps and a twilight sky.

Needless to say I was extremely happy with the results 🙂

Metadata:

  • Exposure – 10 seconds
  • Aperture – f/22
  • ISO – 100
  • Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 @56mm
  • Nikon D800
  • Gitzo gt3542xls Tripod
  • Cable Release
  • Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ballhead

Best of light,

Ed