“Sunflower Frenzy”

Well, it’s that time of year when almost all the local photographer I know are chasing sunflowers, and why not, they are a beautiful flower and always look happy. It’s funny because we all search high and low for that perfect field and whether we find it or not the search is all part of the magic and fun.

My all-time favorite was a 10 acre field on the Eastern shore we found several years ago. Last year a field in Jarrettsville, Maryland was high on my list of favorites. So far this year has provided other opportunities at different locations and maybe not quite as stellar as years past but still just as fun and beautiful.

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Singh-Ray 150mm x 150mm LB Warming Polarizer

(Top image – No filter  –  Bottom image  – LB Warming Polarizer)

Greetings,

Last week I was asked by Singh Ray to do some testing on a prototype filter. The filter was a 150 x 150mm LB Warming Polarizer.

As a disclaimer, all of my testing was done using my Nikkor 14-24mm wide angle lens attached to my Nikon D810. The lens is very bulbous and requires an extremely large filter system to avoid any sort of vignetting. I used a NISI filter holder specifically designed for the Nikkor 14–24mm lens and  holds the 150mm square filter perfectly.

During my testing, I shot a series of images. The first one with no polarization and the second with full polarization. The polarization was perfect and the warming feature made a nice addition to the filter.

Looks like I have a new “go-to” polarizer for my wide angle lens 😊

If you are interested in the filter, pre-orders can be made with a one – two month time frame, by calling Singh-Ray directly. (800-486-5501 or 863-993-4100  – 9am-5pm EST, M-F)

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– Nikon D810
– Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8
– Exposure 8 sec
– Aperture f/16
– ISO 64
– Gitzo GT3542XLS SYSTEMATIC Series 3 carbon tripod
– Singh-Ray Filters LB Warming Polarizer (150mm x150mm) – Prototype
– OP/TECH USA Custom Classic Strap
– Lexar 1066x Professional 128gb
– HoodmanUSA
– Asolo
– Manfrotto

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Making Impact

Good morning,

I wanted to talk about making impact with your images. As photographers, we’ve all been taught the rules and suggestions on how to make a better image. I’m not going to get into all of them but I do want to touch on how I approach shooting streams. First and foremost, I strongly believe that you need to have a connection with your subject and for me when shooting water that comes easily. The next thing I do, is look for a swift area with a few protruding rocks which will help to provide depth in my image and this is also a determining factor of where I need to stand. The majority of the time the answer is going to be in the middle of the creek closest to the action. Once I’ve determined where I need to stand, I think about how I need to compose my image by arranging the elements with a balance. Creating a strong balance helps to create a nice flow and continuity in my image. I also prefer a low perspective with my camera pointing downward which helps to emphasize the movement and to create a stronger impact.

Now that I’ve got a composition that I’m happy with, I start thinking about the technical aspects of the shot. I need to, at least be at, a one second exposure. There are several ways to get here and the first being shooting with a tight aperture, say f/16 or f/22. Also, make sure your ISO is low (I use 64 most of the time). I also make sure that I use a polarizer which help to remove glare and slow my exposure time allowing me to get that nice cotton candy look. I should also mention, that my preferred shooting times are early mornings and late evenings or during a soft and overcast day.

These suggestions will certainly get you in the ball park so go out and give it a try!

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– Nikon D810
– Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8
– Exposure 1 sec
– Aperture f/22
– ISO 64
– Gitzo GT3542XLS SYSTEMATIC Series 3 carbon tripod
– Singh-Ray Filters LB Color Combo Polarizer
– OP/TECH USA Custom Classic Strap
– Lexar 1066x Professional 128gb
– HoodmanUSA
– Columbia Sportswear
– NEOS River Trekker Hipper Overshoe
– Manfrotto Imagine More
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The Importance and Effect of Negative Space

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Negative space is the area which surrounds the main subject in your image (the main subject is known as the “positive space”). For example; the house and tree in this image form the positive space while the sky is the negative space.

Negative space can drastically change the mood and story of your image. Much of the time, negative space is the mood and emotion. It can create a sense of bleakness, desolation, spaciousness and it can strengthen the positive atmosphere in your image. In summary, depending on what story you want to tell, the use of negative space affects it all. It can either emphasize all of these aspects or take away from your main subject if used incorrectly!

Metadata:

  • Nikon D810
  • Nikkor Lens – 70-200mm f/2.8 @70mm
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Hoodman USA
  • OP/TECH USA Classic Strap
  • Nik Software
  • Exposure – 1/20 seconds
  • Aperture – f/122
  • ISO – 64
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

Welcome Back Ed

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Good Morning,

“Forgive me for I have sinned” just a figure of speech…  But it has been quite some time since my last blog post and to be honest there’s no sense in me being that unenergetic!  Life seems to have a way of changing your plans or preoccupying your main focus. Not to be making excuses, but we had a busy season last year and at the end of that season it was nice to take a break and focus on family. However, now that the new year has kicked off and our workshop season has already started I wanted to keep current with my ramblings and thoughts on my blog.

With one wildly successful winter workshop down, (Blackwater Falls) and our second winter workshop (Letchworth) kicking off next weekend I’m really excited about working and sharing information again.  There is no better feeling than working with people and watching for that “aha” moment when they actually understand and can relate to what you’re teaching.

Metadata:

  • Nikon D810
  • Nikkor Lens – 14-24mm f/2.8 @14mm
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • FotoDiox 145mm Polarizer
  • Lexar 1066x Professional 128gb CF Card
  • Hoodman USA
  • OP/TECH USA Classic Strap
  • Nik Software
  • Exposure – 1.3 seconds
  • Aperture – f/16
  • ISO – 64
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

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THE AUTUMNAL EQUINOX

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Happy First Day of Autumn,

As summer is quickly ushered out I see the ever present signs of autumn everywhere. Daylight hours shrink and temperatures drop, the trees are starting to exhibit their colorful coat of painted glory. The farmers work feverishly to gather the crops as they have done as their fathers before them. The birds and squirrels seem to be working overtime in preparation for the winter months. The sounds and smells of autumn are unmistakably crisp and welcoming. Like an old friend your well-worn sweater accompanies you on those early mornings as you start your daily rituals. Starting a new season is always bittersweet but time stops for no one and life marches on.

Metadata:

  • Nikon D810
  • Tamron Lens –SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC @70mm
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Hoodman USA
  • OP/TECH USA Classic Strap
  • Nik Software
  • Exposure – one seconds
  • Aperture – f/16
  • ISO – 64
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

 

Sunset at Lake Jean

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Greetings,

Here’s an image that almost slipped through the cracks. It’s one that I made the day before Zach’s workshop at Ricketts Glen this past May. During the day we had great clouds so we had hoped that they would hang around for sunset and as luck would have it they did. Standing along the banks of Lake Jean it was an exceptionally buggy evening and impossible to capture an image without bugs throughout the image.

This is a single image and I am truly impressed with the dynamic range of the Nikon D810.

Metadata:

  • Nikon D810
  • Tamron Lens –24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC @30mm
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Topaz Labs
  • Exposure – 1/10 seconds
  • Aperture – f/16
  • ISO – 64
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed