Thursday, April 17, 2014

Blue Bells

Yesterday we held a Meetup at Riverbend Park in Great Falls to photograph Virginia Blue Bells.   As usual we had a nice group of photographers and I think a fun time was had by all!  

Thursday, April 3, 2014


Just a quick post from my last trip to Longwood Gardens.  While the Blue Poppies are the main attraction, It's also fun to shoot the other poppies on display.  

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Introducing Sarah Wasinger

Last fall I had the opportunity to teach Sarah Wasinger a little bit of light painting while we were at the Lonaconing Silk Mill. At the time I commented on my blog that she had done the arrangement of oil cans and how I had enjoyed watching her work and really sensed that there was some serious creative talent within her. Skip forward a couple months and she recently emailed me to show me some of the work she had done with light painting in the months since the Silk Mill. To say I was blown away by the quality and creativity of her work is putting it mildly. Sarah not only has a very strong eye for image design, but she has also mastered the technical concept of light painting. I can hardly wait to see what she creates next.

Here is a link to more of Sarah's images.

Saturday, March 15, 2014


I look forward to spring each year because I really do not like winter.  Here at home I’m only seeing the slightest promise of spring, so each March I head to Longwood Gardens to kick off the spring photo season.   The star attraction at Longwood is the Himalayan Blue Poppies.  This year we were a little early, or perhaps the poppies were a little late, and the display area was fairly small and quite crowded.  

This year we had a group of 20 or so photographers from Road Runner Photography Tours Meetup join us so I found other flowers to shoot, like the one pictured above.  

I used the Lensbaby Composer Pro with the Double Glass Optic to get the shot.  

Monday, February 3, 2014

The Passenger Window

Last year at Nature Visions we featured Adobe Evangelist Julieanne Kost.   During one of her presentations she featured work from her “moments taken” portfolio.  To say I was blown away is a huge understatement.   I could not wait to get out and try this technique for myself, but of  course some things need to fall into place.  You need a driver and ideally you need an overcast day.  I would venture to say that if you try to do this while driving you are almost guaranteed to have a very bad and perhaps a deadly day for you or someone else. 

The technique is quite simple.  While moving forward find an object you are approaching and lock on it while panning as the vehicle moves forward.   You should expect a high failure rate but the few keepers you get can really be something special.  

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Great Falls

This past Saturday myself and about 30 other people from Road Runner PhotographyMeetup Group braved the cold weather for an early morning shoot at Great Falls.   The sunrise was not exactly epic but we made the best of it.  I got to visit with some old friends and meet some new ones and that part is always great!  When I finally got my camera out of the bag I saw this shot in my mind  and made it happen.   Because the clouds were less than ideal I thought it best to use long exposure.  In this case I exposed for 3 minutes.   The RAW file was triple processed using the smart object technique in Camera Raw.  This allowed me to process the RAW file for the rocks, the water, and the sky, blending them together in Photoshop.  

Friday, January 10, 2014

A Photographers Playground

Yesterday I was driving during the day and noticed a storm drain area on the side of the road with these incredible sheets of ice.   I was busy with my day job so I could not stop, but there was no question that I would be visiting this great spot right after work.  The time between arrival and sunset was about 30 minutes, but what a great period of time!   It looks like this area was flooded prior to the recent freezing temperatures, the flood waters receded, and the big sheet of ice cracked when there was no water underneath to support the ice. 

The trees in the background are a bit cluttered and not quite what I envision as a perfect landscape, but this was a lot of fun none the less.