This is a moment from our second sunrise in Acadia.
None of the words I’ve tried to pair with this image feel right, today.
If you enjoy my photos, you might consider liking my FB photography page. I’m trying to be more active on there again 🙂
I’m also trying to be active on Instagram (@dpasillas). I resisted it for such a long time, but I’m finally on there, and sharing images. You never know who will come across your work on these various social platforms. Might as well be out there on them.
“There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.”
I often think of photography as a spiritual pursuit. After all, we are essentially seeking the light. You may not have been aware of that, but when you find it, you will be.
When I saw the gold light at the end of the tree tunnel, I knew I had to walk into the frame to create this image. Actually, it took more than just walking into the frame to create this image. I’m tempted to show the before photo, just to show you what goes into creating a fine art self portrait.
Shot with my Nikon D7000 and Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 lens.
Stay Golden by David Pasillas
One more Nikon shot and then its back to iPhone pics. If you click on this photo, not only can you see it larger, but you can like and favorite it on 500px.
The other photo from Keyhole Arch was shot with the Tokina 11-16mm lens, this one was taken with a nikkor 50mm 1.8g, for a much tighter shot.
More details for those that want it: 1/10 sec at f/11 ISO 100
One thing to note about this photo and my experience with all the other photographers there. Everyone was shooting the arch almost dead on, or close to it. That simply wouldn’t allow you to capture this golden ray of sunlight like this. I knew I needed an angle where I wouldn’t have much sky or ocean in the arch. I just wanted the rock, so it would be easy to capture the golden ray of light, when it appeared.
This is the photo I created with my Nikon D7000 using a Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 lens. I used a tripod and a timer to bracket photos.
This is a shot that requires multiple exposures to end up looking like this. You could try getting it with one shot, but if you expose for a blue sky, the rocks would all be too dark. Or, if you decided you want the rocks to be properly exposed, you end up with a white sky and you miss out on the sweet sunset colors.
I manually blended 3 exposures in photoshop to create what I saw with my eyes that day. There is software out there that will merge hdr images for you, but doing it yourself allows for total control and cleaner results. I used luminosity masks to help paint in light in the shadows and information back into the highlight areas (the sky.)
If you’re not familiar with luminosity masks, they are one of the best things you can learn in Photoshop. I’ve found that a lot of the best photographers use them. It’s just not normally talked about. Tony Kuyper has a great set of luminosity mask actions with a great action panel (for a bit more.) Sean Bagshaw even made a video tutorial to go along with Tony’s actions. You can get Sean and Tony’s stuff bundled together for a great deal.
Jimmy McIntyre, being the awesome guy he is, gave away his luminosity mask actions for free. I haven’t tried them because I have Tony Kuyper’s, but I’m sure they’re good. He also has HDR tutorials and other videos for free.
My guess is Jimmy gave his actions away for free because you can easily create your own luminosity mask actions if you know what to do. The reason I paid for Tony Kuyper’s set was because the tool panel is really great and there are a few extra cool actions in it, including quickly sizing and sharpening for the web.
Back from the dead again, at least until the pain returns. This will be a short post because being sick has caused my to-do list to turn into a to-do novel.
This was shot, in Connecticut, with my Nikon D7000 with an 11-16mm lens. Shannon was nice enough to share her tripod with me. And by share, I mean she let me use it almost the whole time because I couldn’t lug mine across the country. Since she’s so nice, you should go check out her blog, if you haven’t already.
I randomly met Quana in New York earlier this month. When I left for my east coast trip, I decided to challenge myself to do portraits of a stranger at some point. Quana ended up being the lucky girl. She agreed to be my model/tour guide for a day.
I had no idea what she was going to wear, but she told me people would be staring all day because she was going to stand out. Heads definitely turned everywhere we went. Thats not easy to do in New York haha.
When we first met, she told me if I thought she was too crazy, I could just walk away at any point. I almost bailed on our shoot because I was getting a bit of a crazy person vibe. Luckily, I didn’t. Turns out she’s just a little eccentric and we’ve become good friends that keep in touch daily now :). I’m glad I pushed myself to do something I don’t like to do (approaching strangers for photos.)
Shot with my Nikon D7000 and a 50mm lens. f/4 1/125. Color Efex Pro 4 and PS magic on the edit.