I’m back, after a quiet break from everything. It’s hard to get back into work mode, after a good break, but here we go. I still have a pile of fall photos to go through, a couple secret projects, as well as a surreal portrait that is nearly done.
This is another photo from Lithia Park in Ashland. I’ve shot this tree before, but this might be my new favorite. I used Mextures to change the color, and make it look more like fall. The rest of the Japanese garden was peaking, but this tree needed a little extra help in post.
I still can’t get over how awesome this tree was in person. I was walking through the woods, when it caught my attention. It was so much larger than the other trees, and the branches gave it character. I wish I had stood next to it for scale, because the base was very wide, and the super wide angle lens I used makes the tree seem smaller than it was.
I took photos from another angle, using TrueHDR, ProHDR, and VividHDR, so I could compare my favorite HDR camera apps. It was interesting comparing the results side by side. I’ll do a post with my thoughts within a week. I’m on my way to Oregon today for some time off. I need a break from caregiving, for my own sanity.
Shot with ProHDR using an iPro super wide angle lens.
It’s time to say goodbye to NY. I’m on a train to CT now, taking in a sunrise, feeling like a zombie. NY has to be the most impressive city I’ve been to yet. I’ll miss the jay walking, the stylish women, the accents, and the way they’ve mastered the use of the f word.
This photo, from Prospect Park in Brooklyn, shows the most fall color I found in NY. I changed my focus when I realized I just wasn’t going to find any amazing fall shots. I thought I should try to find a random girl to model for me. As luck would have it, I met a local girl, that was actually born in Japan, who wanted to be my tour guide/model for a day. We had a lot of fun together and I think I have a new friend to hang out with next time I’m in the city. I’ll have to share those portraits later this month after I get home and have time to edit them.
Edited with snapseed. I’m still just shooting with the default camera app on the 5s because I think it’s improved a lot and it’s lightning fast.
Tiny Planets is free today. You can use it to create tiny planets with your photos or you can do abstract stuff like this. If you couldn’t tell, this was the image I posted yesterday.
Tiny planets are usually best with tall buildings or big trees in the image so you end up with more than just a flat planet.
It’s been a very rough few days for me here. Grandma has been extra anxious and forgetful. I hear she has a hard time after visitors leave and my aunt just left after staying for a few days. It’s also been rough because my new Internet got connected on the 1st but its hardly faster than what we had and comes with the added benefit of instability. It constantly drops every few minutes so I can’t get anything done on the computer. In fact, I spent over 20 minutes trying to upload a photo and post this morning before I gave up and decided to use my iPhone. Someone should be here Friday to try and fix the connection. I hope to blog more regularly after that.
Now, about this photo. I went to hakone gardens the day after I shot the wedding. I had all that great gear and wanted to use it somewhere nice. The garden was $8 to enter and they charge extra if you’re taking commercial photos. We showed up with like $7000 in gear and they didn’t think to charge us extra haha.
The pond was nice, full of turtles and koi. There was even a nice waterfall flowing into it. I think it would have been a better experience for us if there weren’t children running around like the trails were for jogging. I might go back sometime, just not soon.
I finally have some time to post again! I’ve been really busy editing photos from the recent engagement shoot. Here are a few good ones that I gave a more artistic edit. There are more on my facebook page too. Also, if you or anyone you know is getting married, I not only do engagement sessions, but weddings too. I’m willing to travel to you, so contact me!
After working on people photos for over a week, I’m dying to work on some landscapes :)
These were all shot with my Nikon D7000.
For day 2 we decided to get up for sunrise because A) we both traveled pretty far to get to Joshua Tree and B) our sunset got snowed out the night before. Yes, we got snowed on in the desert. It was surreal.
We all got up around 4:30am to catch the sunrise at a spot I saw on the map the day before. It said there were views of the Salton Sea and even Mexico on a clear day. It certainly didn’t disappoint. The view was awesome and it was incredibly peaceful even as two photographers ran back and forth, shooting at a furious pace.
For all you travelers out there, I don’t recommend getting up that early when you have a 7 hour drive ahead of you. Having said that, I think I would still do it again haha.
I shot this with TrueHDR, but it looked nasty, so I cropped out the sky. Sometimes HDR just doesn’t work. I edited with Snapseed as I usually do.