I have been trapped in the house since Friday with a record amount of snow outside my window, 32.6 inches in the last 48 hours on top of around 7 or 8 inches already on the ground from our last snow storm. I have been keeping busy and catching up on a ton of office work and processing some images from last fall that I never got around to. This morning I awoke around 3am and just could not get back to sleep. Instead of lying around on the couch and watching infomercials on great products that are sure to make my life that much easier, I decided to get started on the day by answering a ton of emails, walking the dog in the crystalline air and going out for a ride around downtown Annapolis to see the damage done by the storm. I was considering making my out to Great Falls National Park in Virginia, but after hitting a wall of traffic on Rt. 50 from an overturned truck, I headed back to the house. While I was wondering around drinking coffee, I noticed some great crystals that had formed on the back window of the house.
I grabbed my gear and set it up in wait for the sun to come up and give me some light to work with. I was so enchanted with these crystals that spent the better part of two hours shooting a variety of compositions as the light changed. On a technical note, these shots were made with a D300, 105 Macro lens, Singh Ray LB Polarizer and shot in raw at ISO 200. I bracketed focus for each image and shot wide open at F4 to blur the background completely out of focus. I took the bracketed series of focus from each image and used Helicon Focus to blend them together for max. depth-of-field. On average, I bracketed 10 shots for each image. Enjoy!
10 image multiple exposure pan in camera.
I had a great little workshop this weekend at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on St. Micheals, MD this weekend. Here is a shot I made of Hooper Strait Lighthouse reflected in an old fishing shed.
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Our Next event is at Meadowlark, VA:
Mini-Workshop at Meadowlark Nature Center
In this four-hour mini-workshop, we will describe the techniques of abstract photography, of line and shape, as well as multiple exposure, panning, macro techniques, and software manipulation. Two hours will be devoted to outdoor experience. Please dress appropriately.
HDR workshop at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Musuem, Maryland – http://www.eventbrite.com/event/434486561
Sunday, October 25, 2009 — Saint Michaels, MD
Next HDR Workshop is on June 13th in Historic Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. Field instruction, guiding, classroom and lunch are included in the cost of this workshop.
- Sunrise until 10am – Field Session in the Historic District
- 11am until 12:30pm – Lunch (restaurant to be determined)
- 1:15pm until 5pm – Classroom session/ Photomatix Tonemapping and layers adjustments in Photoshop & post processing in Adobe Lightroom
- 6:30pm until sunset – Location shoot in Harper’s Ferry Historic District
Click hereto register and pay for this workshop. Limited to 8 participants. Only 4 spaces left and this workshop will fill up fast!
I took my son Phoenix out today and we met up with Ian Plant at Conowingo Dam to survey the Bald Eagles that hunt along the Susquehanna River below the dam. They were to far off today to get any good images, so we bounced over to Kilgore Falls to hike the trail and make sure we had the accurate info for our upcoming book 50 Amazing Things. I took one and only one images down at the falls and it happened to be ice formations on the bank of the stream. I am always looking out for something different.
Over the past 6 months I have been seeking out abandoned houses, boats, restaurants and just about anything else I can find to shoot HDR images. I have decided to turn this into a small project. I will attempt to photograph at least 2 different locations each moth for the next year. All images will be shot as HDR and processed in Photmatix.
Today I was driving along the banks of the Potapsco River in Baltimore County with my son Phoenix. We were out on our weekly “day of discovery”. It’s amazing how a 2 year old responds to what we consider to be the most mundane things. Children are blessed with the gift of never ending curiosity and I am trying to relearn a thing or two from him.
These shots are of a long abandoned house currently being reclaimed by Mother Nature.
Here are some new images from a recent photo session in Second Chance Warehouse, Baltimore City.