Who doesn’t love some clouds to add interest to a photo? I’m still getting use to the weather and the way the clouds behave here. For some reason, the clouds these past few days have been hanging out above the town or to the north. They certainly look cool, but it means I have to drive to the other side of the valley to shoot them…not that a 10 minute drive is a big deal.
Shot with ProHDR, edited with Snapseed.
Another shot from the fields the other evening. This is whats left after the harvest. If any of you buy those fresh express bagged salads, this is where some of the lettuce comes from. They have a factory about a mile from this spot.
Shot with ProHDR and edited with Snapseed.
I went on a little adventure yesterday down to Santa Barbara county to check out a waterfall and go wherever else the road took me. The waterfall was pretty disappointing after visiting the Columbia River Gorge in October. I doubt much can compare to the gorge though.
I drove between all the vineyards and somehow didn’t stop to do any tasting. I should have because the light sucked for a few hours. I shot a variety of things with my phone and Nikon. Besides the waterfall, I shot an old mission, a Danish town, some curious cows, and this awesome lupine field I stumbled upon while taking the back roads home.
This is the road leading to Emigrant Lake by Ashland, Oregon. Its been sitting on my phone for a while because I felt like there was some way that I could edit it to make it more interesting, but I couldn’t figure out how. Then I kept taking better pictures that deserved to be worked on first. I finally got around to working on it yesterday and I think it came out better than I expected. I think the tilt shift saved this one because the scene was lacking focus before the effect was applied.
I recommend clicking to see it larger.
Created with ProHDr, edited with SimplyHDR and Snapseed.
As the sun was getting lower and lower, the light rays started to paint these beautiful rolling green hills. Without thinking, I pulled off the 5 at the exit for Dunnigan, CA. I had never heard of this place before and I’m sure you haven’t either.
The road was windy and filled with potholes. It took me through the green hills that I wanted to shoot, but there wasn’t really anywhere to pull over. Finally I came up to a small area where I could get off the road, but it wasn’t a good spot to showcase the hills. There was a field with an opening in the fence and a sign that said a permit for the pheasant hunting club was required to access the area. I hadn’t seen anyone for miles, so I decided to go get a few shots before the sun went down. I’m sure the worst thing that could happen is a redneck farmer would come chase me off the land and I’d play stupid saying I missed the sign.
This spot was only about a mile or two from the freeway, but it was so incredibly peaceful. The birds were making calls that I hadn’t heard before and the light was caressing the tall grasses in a special way that you don’t get to see for more than a few minutes each day. You might want to click on these to see them larger.
Both of these were shot with ProHDR and edited with Snapseed, Filterstorm, and TouchRetouch. In the second photo I used Filterstorm to add saturation and more red to the sky. The more I use Filterstorm, the more comfortable I get with it. I hope to get a review up sometime this week.
The light was to die for during the golden hour last night. There was almost no need for a diffuser in most of the shots.
Bear with me for a sec while I praise a photographer who helped jump start my career, taught me so much, and gave me some incredible opportunities. I was happy to be his pack mule yesterday for his photography workshop and again in the evening for a photoshoot. I snuck a few shots with my iphone while he was doing his thing. I really wanna show you the original image, but its a big no no to poach another man’s shot. So what I’ll do is use TouchRetouch to remove the family from the scene. You’ll just have to trust me it was super cute the way they were holding hands and holding their two little ones off in the distance. It was perfectly composed with them near the horizon where the rule of thirds grid would intersect.
Go have a look at the work of Kenneth Morgan, the man who’s really helped me become a professional.