Apparently, this is a famous building that everyone shoots, or paints, out in Rockport, MA. I shot this a couple of years ago, and never quite knew what to do with the edit. I’m not a huge fan of photos taken during the middle of the day, but this one worked for me because of the clouds.
It is a replica of a former fishing shack well known to students of art and art history as “the most often-painted building in America.”The original structure was built in 1840 and destroyed in the Blizzard of 1978, but an exact replica was constructed that same year.
I’d never sen it before, which is a good thing, because I wouldn’t want to be influenced by anything I might have seen. Honestly, there weren’t too many unique compositions for this scene, so I tried a long exposure with my 10 stop ND and then went with a painterly edit in the end.
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 email@example.com if you’re interested or have questions.
The other night, the conditions were looking good for sunset, so I went for a drive with my camera. I ended up out by Jacksonville, OR, which is wine country. I really had no idea where I was going to stop, or what I was going to shoot. I was just looking for something to compliment the good sky.
I finally stopped at some small turnout and saw this view of the valley. I decided it was good enough, so I started shooting with my iPhone and my Nikon. A few minutes later, some guy drives up and says I’m in his spot. I was confused at first, but it turned out he wasn’t being serious. He stopped at the next pullout and came out to shoot this scene too.
He was a local photographer that says he never runs into any other photographers. We hung out and chatted well past sunset. We showed each other our work and exchanged contact info. I was really impressed with his photos. He was an older gentleman, and when I went to look him up online, there was nothing to be found. Thats a shame too because his work is very much worth sharing.
Oh well. Maybe when we go out shooting again, I can talk him into posting some stuff.
This was shot with my iPhone 5s and edited in Photoshop on my iMac.
These are the iPhone shots I got of the storm that passed through on Tuesday evening.
The one above was a pano that I created with the default camera. I didn’t edit anything, other than add a reflection. I have an app that I need to review, called Reflect Mirror Camera, that I used for the reflection. It’s really good, as you can see above.
This almost looked like the eye of a storm. The way that it spun in circles made me feel like the storm was alive.
I shot this one through the windshield, after I had been blown back to the car by the wind. Imagine this coming towards you quickly.
This is some of the insane color that showed up at sunset. I knew the iPhone wouldn’t be able to do it justice, but it did a decent job of showing how much color was in the sky and on the ground. As cool as this was, the end of the sunset was a deep blood red that was really something to see as well. I didn’t bother trying to capture those colors, though.
The bottom 3 images were edited wtih Snapseed. The last one was very minimal because the color already looked accurate.
Things got intense last night as a supercell rolled through southern Oregon. I almost didn’t go out with my camera last night, but I decided I needed to get out, or I’d have zero chance of getting a shot, if a storm materialized.
While I was driving aimlessly, I noticed one side of the sky had gone incredibly dark. And it was absolutely dumping tons of rain on Ashland as the sky sparkled from all the lightning. I’ve never seen such an ominous storm in person before. I decided to drive towards it a little bit and park on the side of the road for some photos. (I’ll have to post those iPhone shots tomorrow.)
In my iPhone shots, you can actually see the storm building before me. After about 15-20 minutes of shooting from the middle of a road, the storm got on top of me and the wind gusts nearly blew my hat off. The wind pushed me back towards my car, and I didn’t fight it. I knew this wasn’t like any storm I’ve been in before. Thats when the sky opened up and massive raindrops began pelting my car. I took a few shots through the windshield, but I also tried to roll down a window and shoot. A fat raindrop made a loud smack on my arm as it hit my shirt. A smack through a shirt???
Seeing as I was in shorts and a t-shirt, I decided to run home to grab a jacket, and my rain cover for my Nikon. I also decided to be a good boyfriend and pick up my girlfriend and her son to join me on the adventure. The three of us drove around town a little bit, searching for a good view of the sky. The colors were unlike any sunset I’ve seen before. They kept changing, and covered pretty much every sunrise/sunset I’ve ever shot. At one point, everything turned gold. Not a normal gold, but the most intense gold I’ve seen. My vision felt off because the color was totally new to me.
I decided the best spot for photos was going to be up on a mountain, so thats where I headed. It felt safer too, since power was out in part of the city, and tree branches littered the roads. We spent about 30 minutes watching the sunset on one side of the valley, and the storm on the other. It was pretty amazing.
Yesterday, I was having trouble coming up with a title for this one, but today, it came much easier. That’s because my recent astro photos have several people around here wanting to take an astro workshop with me soon.
At some point, we all need a little help to get wherever it is we’re trying to go. I’ll let you in on a little secret. All of the talented photographers that I know have sought help at one time or another. That can be in the form of workshops, video tutorials, books, or good old fashioned discussion with their peers.
I often seek the opinion of my peers, and I’m always on the lookout for tutorials that I think I could benefit from. Knowing what you don’t know is an important thing in photography, and its equally important to know how to fill the gaps in your knowledge.
We shot sunrise at the same spot that we took in the sunset the previous evening, since it was a bit lackluster. This is an iPhone shot that doesn’t do the scene justice. I can’t wait to edit the wider Nikon version. It was very pretty, but not amazing…at least to us.
Over the past week, while we were doing a lot of grueling hikes to some hard to find places, I had a lot of time to think. One thing that weighed heavy on my mind was how we weren’t able to appreciate the beauty of some locations, presumably because we altered our perception of beauty too much too soon.
We started the trip off at Oneonta Gorge, Trillium Lake, and Spirit Falls. These were absolutely stunning locations. Our perception of beauty had been changed by them, and it was mostly downhill after that.
We found ourselves disappointed by a few spots, and it even got to the point that we would rather just relax at the hotel. To be fair, the hotel was comfy, and we had done some difficult hikes after messing up our feet on the rocks at Oneonta. But still, there was so much to see, and we wanted to lay around, playing with our phones.
Next time, I think I’ll try to save the best for last. And, next time might not be that far off, since one of my travel buddies wants to go back to the gorge in a few weeks. I’ll have to introduce you to her and some of her work soon because she has some good stuff to share.
(Shot with ProHDRX and edited with Snapseed)