When trying to get the perfect group shot that also includes pets, it's not always easy to get everyone to look at the camera lens at the same time. Sometimes the solution is to take multiple pictures, and use Photoship to blend 2 or more images together to create a more desirable end result.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
One of the biggest problems I face when traveling is trying to decide what gear to bring. I've gone on trips where I take way too much gear, but then, you never want to be without something you need. On me most recent trip to Las Vegas, I decided to try and pack light. For me, this mean one dSLR camera and my Sony NEX-5. The only tripod I brought was the Joby Focus GorrillaPod, which is small and portable. Although it would have been very nice to have a full sized tripod to use for HDR or Panoramic shots, I was able to get by with the flexible Joby.
I drive by the Lehmann Mansion everyday on my way to work, and have noticed the past few years advertisements for the Civil War days around the September time frame. This year, I finally had the day off and time to go attend the event. It was overcast and rainy, so I decided to try some aerial shots from my new Pole Aerial Photography rig. I had to wait it out under some trees during the heaviest rain, but otherwise the drizzle wasn't enough to keep me from capturing the fun.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Sometimes when I get the Photoshop itch, I like to try out new actions or plug-ins. One that caught my eye was a set from AKVIS, specifically the Sketch plug-in. I've used other sketch plug-ins in the past, and they all have their merits. I was really surprised at how much I liked the output of the AKVIS software. Here are a few examples from my post-processing session tonight.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Experienced a fantastic sunset on the western shore of a peninsula in Michigan's Upper Peninsula overlooking Big Bay De Noc on Lake Michigan. Each of these images is a collection of 6 different pictures merged together using Photomatrix Pro.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
On a breezy and cloudy day, we ventured over to the eastern shores of Door County for a visit to Cana Island near Bailey's Harbor, and the Cana Island Lighthouse. After climbing the stairs to the top, I knew that I needed to get my KAP gear out and capture the Lighthouse from my kite. The wind was steady enough to use the Flowform 16 and attach 2 cameras. The GoPro rig was stationary, while the Sony NEX-5 used my AutoKAP rig. Unfortunately, it was a cloudy and dreary day, but was till able to capture some great aerial shots of the lighthouse and Cana Island.
During our trip to Door County, we stayed at the Homestead Suites in Fish Creek. Directly outside of the main entrance was a beautiful flower bed that I knew I would have to capture before I left. There were butterflies and bumblebees hovering around the blooms. Using my 50mm prime lens give me the ability to use a low f stop and create a nice blurred background and focus in on specific flowers or insects. The 50mm Prime is my favorite lens.
After seeing the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse when riding bikes through the Peninsula State Park in Door County, I knew that I needed to go back and take some low level aerial images with my carp pole. When I walked up to the rear of the facility, there was a group of people enjoying the view and the sunset, and taking images with an x-Shot extendable pole made for point and shoot cameras. I think they were impressed with the 30 foot carp pole, and I even let them put their camera on the top of my pole rig. The Eagle Bluff Light was a spot that I visited 3 times during my visit to Door County, as it's a very picturesque spot.