I was a little confused when I woke up this morning because a couple of people had messaged me to congratulate me on my photo being on the front of Bing today. I had no idea they featured photos, or why mine might be on there. Then I remembered someone licensed this photo from me recently.
Since there might be some more eyes on my work today, I’m going to plug some stuff.
Right now you can learn photography from myself and Shannon Kalahan through Light and Landscape Magazines new paid members area. We are available to answer all your questions, we have lesson plans, and we critique photos with advice on how to improve them. At $21 a month, its a hell of a limited time deal. Just follow this link if you’re interested in signing up – http://www.lightandlandscape.co/learn-with-shannon-and-david?cd=2
Shannon and I also have a funny and educational ebook available through Light & Landscape Magazine on iOS devices (as a special issue), or you can buy it directly from us here.
Finally, if you might be interested in critiques of your iPhone photography, I may be starting up a small group for a reasonable price. Let me know if you might be interested. I’d be available to guide you in your editing process by telling you what apps you might want to use, how to use them, what composition would be strongest, and also available to answer any questions you have related to iPhone photography and editing. You can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested or have questions.
This was from a couple of months ago, on the best night of astrophotography of my life. I had good company, and great conditions. We were able to hit a handful of amazing spots on the Oregon coast.
This particular photo was taken from the Arch Rock parking lot in Boardman state park. It wasn’t really on the shot list, but I had planned to meet back up with Michael Shainblum there after Mark Metternich showed me his free stealth campsite. I decided to quickly take a few shots before we moved up the coast near the Pistol river.
Well, it has been a fun week of shooting the milky way around southern Oregon. The best part is probably getting to shoot with other talented photographers like Michael Shainblum, Mark Metternich, Jasman Lion Mander, Matt Newman, and Earshel Hogan. I feel like just being around them pushed me to try different things, which led to this photo.
This was taken around 3 am and is a single exposure. No fancy photoshop manipulation here. Michael and I were treated to great conditions, which included waves that were glowing blue from bioluminscence. I’d never seen the waves glow before. It was pretty awesome. You’ll have to stay tuned for those pics.
I was pretty much exhausted when I shot this one (we’d been shooting for 7 hours,) so I decided to call it a night shortly after. I didn’t have the energy to drive back to a stealth campsite that Mark was going to share with me, so I ended up sleeping in my car by this beach. It wasn’t comfortable, but it was memorable.
You can learn techniques like the one used to create this image, and more, if you join Shannon Kalahan and I on one of our photography workshops this fall. Go here for more info.
The northern lights were visible last night, so I made my way up to Mt Ashland with another photographer. They were pretty awesome when we first arrived, then they faded a bit about an hour later. No problem! The milky way put on a show too.
I knew Oregon was a great spot for landscapes and waterfalls, but I had no idea the astrophotography could be so awesome too. I have quite a few interesting shots from the mountain, so I hope you’re ready to see some astro shots this week.
This is a 9 shot vertical pano taken with my Nikon D7000
I grew up in a city where we were denied the opportunity to see just how vast the universe is. I’ll never forget the first time I saw the Milky Way in Big Sur. My perspective shifted immediately.
As I stood up on top of the mountain at Crater Lake on Tuesday night, I found myself not just staring in the direction of the aurora borealis, but up…in all directions. The amount of visible stars up there is amazing. Even more amazing is sharing the moment with photographers that are passionate about astrophotography. I’m very inexperienced, when it comes to astrophotography, but I know how to use my camera, and how to experiment.
I’m not the most excitable person, but I was excited the other night, as I watched the clouds clear, and move like waves on the horizon. I can’t wait to see the timelapses that a few of the guys were shooting.
Now, I feel like I should go play beneath the stars more often. Especially, since I met a couple of locals that are passionate about it, and good at what they do. You should go check out their work on instagram @steezyphotos and @matthewnewmanphotography. They both got killer shots at Crater Lake too, including a 14 image pano by Matt.