Monday, July 21, 2014

Northern California Dreamin'

Last week I was on vacation in California, taking lots of photos.  I decided to try a new method of taking video this time, which I have seen other videographers successfully implement.  Basically, it's just a rapid mashup of many of my photos.  In some parts, you'll see elements of time lapse.  It's pretty short, but I really like how it came out, so I think I'll try this again on subsequent trips.

Make sure you click on the HD icon to view it at its maximum quality!

Tools I used to create the photos this video:  Canon EOS 6D, Canon EOS 60DCanon EF 17-40mm f/4L USMCanon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM, Zenitar MC 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye , Canon 24-105mm f/4L F/4.0L IS EF USM AF Lens, Manfrotto 190XDB Tripod, Manfrotto 496RC2 Ball Head, B+W 77mm 3.0 ND 110 Filter, B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer Filter, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Adobe Photoshop CS6

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Now & Then: Seeing the Future from the Past

I've always been fascinated by the Then & Now photos you see on the internet, where a person is holding an old photo up to the same scene today. After writing a series of then and now pictorials for the blog, I was thinking about a way to do combine then and now photos that's a little different than what I've already seen.  What resulted was a project where I hold photos of the present against scenes of the past.  It's interesting to look at a scene as if you were seeing the future from that moment.  My hand is meant to be in the scene from the past, therefore I tinted or colored it for each photo to match the scene.  Before creating the scenes, I photographed my hand against a white background (to make it easier to mask), and gathered public domain photos from WikiMedia Commons that were similar to photos I already had. Here are some of the entries I've made so far:

(Artist's Point, Lower Yellowstone Falls)

(Central Park)

(Moulton Barn in Grand Teton National Park)

(Normandy on D-Day 1944)

(Opéra Garnier in Paris)

(Pantages Theater in Hollywood)

(San Francisco)

Vintage Disneyland photo from Tom Simpson

(Snake River Overlook in Grand Teton National Park)

(Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY)

(Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Embracing the World of Mobile Photography

I finally caved and got an iPhone a couple of months ago.  Prior to getting an iPhone, I didn't see what the big deal was about mobile photography.  After using the iPhone for a couple of months, however, I am starting to see its appeal.  It's no replacement for being able to edit your photos in Photoshop on a computer for maximum output quality, but being able to publish images on the go is a boon in this age of fast-paced social media.

I essentially have three camera that I use for photography on the go: my wifi-enabled Canon EOS 6D nbsp;(when I want the best quality), my wifi-enabled Samsung NX1100 which I use almost exclusively with a 30mm f/2 lens (the camera I almost always have in my purse), and of course my iPhone (for when I'm traveling really light).  The 6D and the NX1100 require an extra step of transferring the photos to the iPhone before editing and publishing, but I think it's worth it.

While I really prefer my Samsung for better image quality, the iPhone has some apps that allow you to create cool motion blur effects that aren't possible during the day without a neutral density filter.  Some of my favorite iPhone apps are Snapseed (for basic editing), Pro HDR (for HDR), Slow Shutter Cam (for motion blur effects), and Squaready (for making your photo Instagram-friendly without cropping it).

Below are some mobile photos that I've posted to my Instagram account with each of my three cameras.

Photos taken with the 6D and edited on the iPhone:

Taken with the Samsung NX1100 and edited with the iPhone:

Taken and edited with the iPhone:

Have you embraced mobile photography?  What are your thoughts on using an iPhone to edit your DSLR's photos?  For more of my mobile photography, you can follow me on Instagram.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Photo Shoot with the Hubbs Family

The Hubbs Family

I had a great time photographing the Hubbs family in Congress Park in Saratoga Springs.  Last year I photographed their two adorable children, and this year mom and dad joined in on some of the photo fun.

Curious Kids

Taking a drink from Congress Spring:

Taking a Drink at Congress Spring

A Hop, Skip, and a Jump in the Park

The kids have grown so much since last year! Here's a photo I took of them in July of 2013:

Siblings - II

Tools I used to create the photos this post:  Canon EOS 6DCanon EF 50mm f/1.4 USMCanon EF 135mm f/2L USM LensAdobe Photoshop CS6

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Trinkets & Treasures: A Fun Twist on Digital Scrapbooking

I've started a new project called "Trinkets & Treasures."  Inspired by the gorgeous of overhead shots I've seen on Instagram  of food and accessories, I decided to make vignettes of various areas of my life using the same type of overhead composition.  It's a take on digital scrapbooking that allows you to document and preserve items that won't fit in an album or can't be scanned by a scanner.  While these vignettes are personal to me, my intent was to make them generic enough that anyone could potentially relate to them.

Read on for a look at the ones I've made so far, and how you can easily go about making your own:

Trinkets & Treasures from Photography

The 90s

Southern California

Walt Disney World



High School

Teaching French

How to make your own:

Making your own trinkets and treasures collage doesn't require a lot of work.  First you need a white surface (I used a sheet of foam board).  As far as the camera goes, any camera will do, but a zoom lens is best as it allows you to more easily compose your shot.  I used a tripod, although it's not necessary.  The tripod allows you to compose the photo more thoughtfully and you can ensure a sharp image in any light.  A mix of 2D and 3D items makes the picture more dynamic, and other than that, it's up to you!

Tools I used to create the photos this post:  Canon EOS 60D, Canon EOS 6D, Manfrotto 190XDB Tripod, Manfrotto 496RC2 Ball HeadCanon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM, Adobe Photoshop CS6