Walking up to shoot I thought about what stood out about photographing the windmills last night. I usually just get excited and start clicking away. I did that last night too. Then I walked on down the road and started to think about what perspective might render a different interesting look. Get closer to the fence. Look through your lens Linda. What about the fence shot do you like. After many attempts I decided I liked focusing on the barbed wire loop. Then I thought….try putting the setting sun (in star burst mode, of course….because I can) and see how that looks. Well here you have it. Slowing down and looking. Asking myself questions about what caught my eye and why. I just need to do this more and more.
Since Jen and I shoot the sunset at the windmills off the I-10 Freeway often finding new ways to shoot here is always on our minds.
Jen walking back to the dirt road off the I-10 Freeway windmills to shoot a different shot.
Invariably my shots of Jen are always my favorite when I’m out shooting landscapes.
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Red Tailed Hawk I got lucky and was patient enough to capture while up in Idyllwild today shooting in many scenic locals.
MHCC, Palmer Golf Course, 17th-3par weeds.
Canon 5d Mark III
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +2X
Focal length: 260mm
Exposure: 1/500 sec at f/5.6
Manual exposure and Spot metering.
http://www.monarch-butterfly.com/ Interesting read.
Butterflies are difficult to shoot unless they are positioned exactly (head to rear) laterally, equally distant to the camera plane. Even then the depth of field is so minimal I either get the legs in focus, the head in focus, the large eye in focus, or body in focus.
But when I go out to shoot, something always shows up…..if I’m present.
So lucky….My Home Offers Views Like A Room At The Top!
Item #9 on my to do list today was to go outside around 5pm with my camera and scout out close-by shooting backgrounds for my neighbor’s family group photos I’ll be shooting in a week. I was not seeing backgrounds I liked. The light at 5pm was still too high. It was flat and lifeless. But I kept looking. Until……….., I got distracted by this Snowy Egret. I followed him. He pulled me right away from being serious about scouting for backgrounds. The light was still not great but I decided to underexpose these shots and then put Lightroom presets on them.
Snowy Egret got my attention and began the process of shooting birds tonight.
Got too close to these coots on the shoreline.
I had spot focus set on my camera and was happy so many of the birds in flight were in sharp focus.
Ray likes this shot the best.
I did eventually get back to looking for backgrounds for the 18 people family group shots. I need to find more locations and a variety of ideas on the groupings. I’ve included shots where I might have the family members group around trees and the tree limbs. Your thoughts???? I’m not very creative when it comes to posing ideas so if you have any ideas I’d sure welcome them!
And, yes Jen, we did have a nice sunset tonight.
Off in a while to Tejon Pass for a one day photography workshop with Jen and JJ to a workshop lead by Keith Skelton.
He’d been hoping for snow on the pass but we’re probably not going to have any snow even though there has been rain in the LA area. But this workshop is about making something out of nothing. Keith is good at that so I’m hoping I’ll learn some knew ways of seeing creatively.
Thanks to Ray coming in and telling me I might want to get up as the color is exceptional this morning, I got to see some brief, intense color on Mount San Jacinto.
Shot on the way back from 4 holes of golf. West view over the San Jacinto range. Hoping for some snow or rain. We’ve had so little. The PCT hikers will probably have to avoid many a fire this hiking season.
Silhouette preset in Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2. Even though the original photo had pretty sunrise color in the sky, I think the color detracted rather than added to the photo.
Nearing the top of the first part of our hike, San Jacinto had some fierce cloud forms.
Some 30 seconds of intense color while at the low angle just above the horizon.
This is called trail graffiti. The theme in this one location changes according to the whim of the artist who changes things up quite often. Jen says this is a Snowman.
Jen and I love our sunrises and sunset landscape photos but need a new subject to shoot. Hence we picked “motion” to do on the downhill portion of the hike. Like the other black and white, the overhead light now higher in the sky left the dull colored background undesirable. I like how Jen pops out more in the black and white version of this photo.
This color rendition is per LR’s request.
Just when I thought we had a fizzle of a sunrise on the Bump & Grind hike a couple of days ago, Jen and I were given 60 seconds where we experienced the payoff of a special light show.
Don’t blink or the light changes.
One minute light show.
Just before the light left the mountain beyond the golf course. Love the heart!!!