Chincoteague: Land of Incredible Skies

Chincoteague: Land of Incredible Skies

This weekend I had my workshop in Chincoteague, Virginia at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. The first two days presented us with incredible displays of clouds. The third day was frigid, windy and greeted us with blowing sand. More on that another time. Back to the clouds - expansive formations, beautiful textures and ones so blue they looked like they'd been over saturated. Since the clouds were on a grand scale I often ended up composing in the style you see here: a thin section of land with a large helping of sky.

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Creating the Corner Tower at Night - Forbidden City, Beijing

Creating the Corner Tower at Night - Forbidden City, Beijing

Night photography frequently means working with high contrast lighting conditions. I shot a bracketed five exposure sequence in order to capture the brightly illuminated corner tower as well detail in the shadowy trees. I combined these exposures using HDR Efex Pro. Creating the initial blend is the starting point, as it gives me the entire tonal range of the scene in a single image.

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Evaluating How to Fine-Tune a Composition

Evaluating How to Fine-Tune a Composition

When leading workshops I take snapshots as part of the teaching process. I may grab a shot to give a rough idea of something I see as a potential composition. Generally not a lot of care is given to these shots in terms of critical sharpness and precise composition. When I'm editing the photos later I might come across one that's actually sharp and the composition isn't too bad.

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The Streetlamp and the Bounce Light

The Streetlamp and the Bounce Light

A steep set of stairs was sandwiched between two tall walls. Along one wall were a couple photogenic streetlamps, the style of which are found throughout Prague. Which means you haven't seen the last of my lamp photos - daytime, nighttime, the lamps were always looking good. For this scene the shot that first came to mind was a wide view that emphasized the strong lines of the steps and the buildings. 

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Strahov Monastery - Prague

Strahov Monastery - Prague

A steep set of stairs was sandwiched between two tall walls. Along one wall were a couple photogenic streetlamps, the style of which are found throughout Prague. Which means you haven't seen the last of my lamp photos - daytime, nighttime, the lamps were always looking good. For this scene the shot that first came to mind was a wide view that emphasized the strong lines of the steps and the buildings. 

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Architecture of Prague

Architecture of Prague

In June I took a trip to the Czech Republic to do some personal shooting and scout for a future photo tour. During the two weeks of my trip I visited three cities in the Czech Republic: Prague, Kutna Hora and Cesky Krumlov. I also spent a couple of days in Dresden, Germany. Each of these cities have incredible architectural photo opportunities, from scenes of tightly packed buildings with red tile roofs, to the details of individual doors and windows.

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