Saturday, February 26, 2011

Under the Moonlight - Deer Valley, UT

While in Utah we were blessed with some beautiful clear days and nights. This is perfect if you want to capture the full moon rising over the mountains as I did in this photograph below. We were all tucked away and cozy after a long day of skiing so I did not venture far to capture this photo but when we saw the moon coming up over the mountains outside our window I knew I had to tray and find a good close by place to photograph it. I was not about to go tromping a long way away in frigid temperatures. I found this location atop the crest of the road that ran in front of where we were staying and there was a perfect row of houses with just enough lights on to make for a nice winter scene. This photograph was made by shooting multiple exposures including one just for the moon and then blending them all together to make the final image. The lighting and exposure on this image was a real challenge with trying to balance moonlight, city lights, and the light coming off the snow. It took about 20 or so shots before I felt like I had the right 3 exposure sequence (F11, with an 8 sec, 2sec, 30 sec exposures shot at 70mm ) and then the 4th nailed down for the moon (f13 1/30 sec). I hope you all like the final result.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Aspens in the Snow - Deer Valley, UT

I spent a recent day skiing some slopes in Deer Valley with my camera and tripod in tow. I know I looked ridiculous with all my gear but I was able to find some good spots to stop and photograph. Loaded up with my gear and my wife with me on the chair lift up she states "I'll meet you at lunch because I not going to wait around for you and your photography nonsense" Ahh my biggest fan. Ohh well, I find it easier to shoot without other people distracting me anyways. I can shoot at my own pace and shoot whatever I want whenever I want and take as long as I want. This shot was captured off a main run. The hardest thing about photographing with skis is that when you take your skis off inside some nice trees like this you quickly sink sometimes up to your waist which was the case shooting through these Aspen trees. It makes for an easy low angel however! I know winter has been miserable throughout the united states so maybe this picture can bring back some happier thoughts about winter.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Central Texas Snow - Georgetown, TX

We had a rare winter weather event last night so today at lunch I loaded up my gear and headed out to Lake Georgetown to make some photographs. This snow storm was not a big as last years but it still produced a nice dusting of snow across the area. So while this may not be my most exquisite photograph it is a rare capture so special in its own little way. So while everyone else digs out of feet of snow we will enjoy our little dusting. Stay warm everyone.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Snow on the Prairie Sunset - Burton, TX

Ohh man is the chill in the air throughout the country right now. Only in Texas can it be 80 degrees one day and 10 degrees the next. With the frigid temperatures I thought I would post a little snow picture. OK so not actual snow but a photograph from this fall that captures a late blooming wild flower that the folsk around here call Snow on the Prairie. Here is the amazing thing about this photo. It was shot with my Iphone. I took two photos one of the sunset and one of the foreground and stitched the two photos together. Other then the stitching and some contrast and burning on the foreground, no other effects were applied. This was one of the most amazing sunsets I have seen. I was out dove hunting so the only camera I had with me was my phone so I made do with what I had. Underneath the final image I posted the two originals.