This weekend, I got alerted to a potentially amazing sunset in southern Oregon. I’ve been wanting to go shoot at this location for months now, but I’ve been putting it off until the conditions were favorable. It’s a little over an hour away, so I’d hate to drive out there and not come back with the shot I had in mind.
Well, I still didn’t leave with the shot that I had envisioned, but thats ok. This outing provided me with more material for an article I’m writing. I want to explore the idea of how our expectations limit creativity. Stay tuned for that!
I’ll share more about this outing in the article, and in another post here, if I share my Nikon versions.
About the shot
This was taken with my iPhone 5s using the default camera app. I didn’t edit the image at all.
I feel like I have a ton of new waterfall shots in my portfolio, since moving to Oregon. I’m definitely not complaining. It’s always awesome standing in front of large falls like Burney.
This is a 3 shot pano that I took with my Nikon. I merged the images in Lightroom 6, which I feel did a far superior job than Photoshop at merging the images. For some reason, photoshop wanted to slightly rotate and distort one of the images. Next, I made a few adjustments in photoshop to brighten the scene and bring back some color. The finishing touches were made by using Topaz impressions (van gogh preset) and reducing the opacity to somewhere around 40% to give the scene a subtle painterly feel.
Don’t forget, if you live in the Pacific Northwest, or northern California, I’m available for private workshops, where we can hunt waterfalls together, and I’ll teach you how to improve your photography.
Also, it’s not too late to join Shannon and I for our latest challenge, painting with your camera. Click here for details! We’ve already received some awesome submissions and can’t wait to see more.
My most recent article is up on iphonephotographyschool.com. You can go learn how to create double exposure portraits on your iphone here.
Double exposure photography allows you to combine photos to create truly unique images. Using apps on your iPhone allows you to create amazing double exposure portraits that will surely have your friends and family asking “How did you do that?!” In this tutorial you’ll learn how to unleash your creative side and produce these incredible double exposure portrait photos on your iPhone.
Continue reading at iphonephotographyschool.com/double-exposure-portraits/
Last night, I sat out by my friend’s pool and watched the clouds as the sun went down. There were moments when it looked like the sky was painted. I find clouds to be a great source of creative inspiration. You can see just about anything in them. Sometimes, I’ll write down ideas that the shapes of the clouds give me. Somehow, I never I hardly ever remember to make time to create these things in photoshop, but I think even just writing them down helps with your creativity. When else would I come up with an idea to mashup a unicorn and a sphinx?
Don’t forget to look up and find some creative inspiration the next time there are clouds in the sky.
Shot with camera+. No edit because I liked the softness of the original.
I went out on an adventure to the eastern part of the county a couple of days ago. I’ve never been out that way before, so I didn’t know what to expect. First, we drove to a wildflower hotspot in Santa Margarita where there was no trace of any wildflowers being there this year. I know the peak was a month or two ago, but I thought there might at least be a few flowers and some grass. Not this time. It was all brown. All I found was a couple of tiny flowers in a dry creek bed.
After that disappointing find, we headed to Soda Lake. Before we left, I googled the lake and saw some cool pictures. When we pulled up, we were greeted by a massive salt crust in the shape of a lake. It was cool, but not what I had envisioned. The white lake bed was so bright that the camera’s sensor couldn’t handle the dynamic range of the scene. The sky ended up being very dark.
We walked out on the dried up lake because we drove all that way. Some of it was powdery and some was crunchy. I felt like I was walking on the moon. If you stood still, you sank into the ground another inch or two. It was a funny feeling.
I got some cool shots with my Nikon too. Hopefully, I’ll find some time to share those soon. I was able to capture one of the white dust devils (twisters) out on the lake.
This image was shot with camera+ and edited with Snapseed. I included the before image below so you can see what I started with. I had to brighten it up and straighten the horizon. I chose to use the tilt shift filter on this one to bring the focus more to the dead bush in the foreground.
I went to on of the more hidden beaches around here recently. I’ve been here a few times before, but never remember seeing this stop sign in the surf. There’s a whole section of beach closed for some dang birds, the snowy plover. There were ropes and other trespassing signs, but this stop sign seemed out of place.
Shot with camera+. Edited with XnSketch.
After an awful hotel experience the night before in Redlands, complete with screaming children bouncing around the room next door beyond 1am, we splurged on a boutique hotel, called Tuscan Springs, that we randomly drove up to in Desert Hot Springs.
I quickly took this photo while we toured the place. We originally were just looking to pay for day use of the hot mineral water spa’s and pool, but it was so relaxing and inviting that we had to stay. Everything about this place said vacation. Each courtyard had chairs, big comfy couches, and even beds. But, I think, when we were told it was adults only (not clothing optional,) we were already sold.
This particular spa was the size of a small pool.
Shot with camera+ and edited with Snapseed