I’m finally home, after 10 days in CA. Yesterday, about an hour before sunset, I kept finding myself staring at the sky more than the road. I was keeping an eye on the height of the clouds, and the position of the sun, so I could best predict what kind of sunset it would be. The way things were set up, I knew it was either going to be a killer sunset, or a dud. All I needed was an opening on the horizon, which was behind the mountain.
I eventually trusted my gut and pulled off the 5 to find something like a beat up farmhouse to use in my foreground. I was pretty much in the middle of nowhere and a foreground of empty farmland would have wasted the sunset that was about to unfold. As I got off the freeway, I liked the way the mountains looked int he distance. I thought I might be able to drive for 20-30 minutes to get close enough for them to have an impact in the image.
Lucky for me, on my way toward the mountains, some water along a crossroad caught my eye. I immediately stopped in the middle of the road and turned around. The water turned out to be a rice paddy, which was perfect for reflections.
About 10 minutes after I set up my camera, I started to see some color show up. Thats when I knew I had the conditions I needed. As time went on, the color stretched across the whole valley. It was great because I could easily see what colors were going to end up over the rice paddy, which is the direction I was shooting with my Nikon. The deep pinks in the east slowly inched over the rice paddy and I got exactly what I expected. I wish all sunsets could be this predictable.
The photo above is an unedited iPhone shot. The pano at the top of the post has been edited in Snapseed and then touched up slightly in photoshop to brighten it a bit more and add a little contrast. It really looks great large, though I don’t know if you can view it larger on my blog anymore.
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.
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I think I’m still getting used to this whole being able to get up near cloud level thing. I’ve spent so many years shooting at sea level. This is a fun, new perspective.
Speaking of fun, there’s a lot of photography fun on the horizon for me. This weekend I’m going out to shoot the milky way because the conditions look perfect. I’m also going to be giving private lessons to a client, during the day. She doesn’t know anything about photography, but thats no problem. The last person I worked with, that had zero experience, was making money with her photography and shooting events within months.
And theres even more fun coming next week. A fellow photographer that I met in Maine is flying out here from Texas, and we’re going to be shooting the Columbia River Gorge, Portland, and the coast for nearly a week. He said he was getting depressed having nothing to shoot but freeways and power lines haha. So, if I’m missing from the blog for a while, its because I’m out playing 🙂
You might need to click this one to view it larger, so you can appreciate the edit. I used tangledFX, but didn’t like the effect on the whole image, so I used imageblender to mask the effect only on the yellow flower. Before I did all that, I used snapseed for minor edits and a little tilt shift, to keep the focus on the foreground.
Don’t forget, the deadline to enter the Selfy giveaway is tomorrow. If you already entered, and you want an extra entry, you still have time to make a multiple exposure self portrait, and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or share the link in the comments. I’ll share the submissions when I announce the winners, on Tuesday.
Enjoy the rest of your Memorial Day weekend!
I came across this app today and I’m glad I did. I love how easy it is to use. Normally, its $1.99, but it’s free right now.
The one thing you NEED to know is you have to hold your finger on the camera or photo buttons to work on hi resolution images. If you only tap on them, your image is no larger than 1024×1024, like these 2. I did notice the brush strokes were slower, while working on hi res images with the iPhone 5s, but hi res is better than 1024×1024.
If you tap on more, there are 9 brushes to choose from, as well as an opacity slider. This is a good amount of customization, while keeping things very simple.
Go grab it here and have fun.
I finally dragged myself out of bed and decided to put some eye candy up. Better late than never. I swore I was going to take today off since I was forced to work yesterday when my mom made me do portraits of 3 babies and a family….all for free :(.
Here’s my little PSA: If you know a professional photographer, don’t ask them to shoot stuff for free, especially when they’re family and supposed to be relaxing. Also, if they’re nice enough to post the images on fb and tag you, don’t download the image, crop it, and upload it on your page with much lower image quality and a ruined composition haha.
Anyways, please enjoy this tulip. It was the first one to open up last week.
Shot with the default camera app. Edited with SimplyHDR.