Dave Morrow Photography: October 2012

The Great Wheel


Just arrived in Yosemite Valley last night and was able to catch a few hours of sleep before getting up to shoot sunrise. You just can't beat this place, everything is larger than life. Time to grab some coffee and head out to scout some sunset spots... Any suggestions?

The Shot
The Great Wheel in Seattle was just constructed this past summer & adds a great amount of light and color to the city skyline. I have yet to process many pics of this thing, but here is a fun & dynamic view of the wheel at night.

Wheelin' & Dealin'

Color Theory 101: Tips and Tricks


Have you ever wondered why some pictures look appealing while others look like a dull mush of colors? A lot of it has to do with the colors that are saturated & desaturated in your pictures.

Using a color wheel we can match colors that go together and others that clash. Using a Color Scheme Designer  it is easy to see what colors work and those that don't. Recently I have started to use Adobe Kuler for all my color theory and design.

When starting to learn color theory I used these tools all the time for selectively saturating and de-saturating different colors in my pictures. Sometimes it is impossible to de-saturate a color, it just turns brown or looks like crap. In this case try darkening the color using a dodge/burn layer or a curves mask in Photoshop will keep it from standing out.

I use tons of software when I process photos & two of my favorites are Topaz Labs or HDR Soft the Makers of Photomatix. If you would like a discount when purchasing either of these packages just use the coupon code DAVEMORROWPHOTO when checking out to receive 15% off:)

Here are a few more tricks that I use when processing:
For HDR photos I pick my color scheme while the pics are still in Lightroom 4 & RAW format. This is the best time to saturate and desaturate certain colors with optimum picture quality.

Seeing some tones in your pictures that are comply lifeless? Try using the Vibrance setting instead of saturation. In Photoshop I have some actions that allow me to make vibrance layers, that mask out the saturated areas. This allows me to "vibrance paint" the dead/dull colors only without over saturating everything else.

Color can also be used to portray mood & feeling throughout a picture so plan accordingly.

Let your picture pick the first color you are going to use for your scheme. If the picture is mostly blue saturate some yellows or oranges to compliment the over all color.


Closing notes:
Experiment as much as possible with different colors and how they work together, eventually you will no longer need the color wheel or scheme designer, but will find yourself knowing what to saturate and desaturate in your shots. This will increase the speed of your workflow as well as make post processing pictures much more enjoyable. It never hurts to pick complimenting colors when out shooting either, this makes it much easier to edit the picture later on.

Feel like you learned some valuable information? Donations of any size are always awesome!


Here are a few examples of pictures where I selectively applied color theory.

from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.comRead the full blog post -->http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2014/05/painted-in-sky-lost-lake-oregon.htmlI've been wanting to get up to Lost Lake to shoot the Milky Way for a while now. After a few failed attempts in the past with clouds covering the sky I finally got a few shots I liked this past weekend.There were intermittent clouds, so I waited and waited and waited until the Mount Hood ( approx 11,000 feet ) and the Milky Way were visible to click off my shutter.In this photo I really wanted to convey the soft light and color tones that the stars leave on the water and surrounding landscapes when there is not much ambient city light to ruin the scene. After standing there long enough, and letting your eyes adjust, the stars twinkle brightly in the water.Thoughts, critique and comments always welcome!This is a single exposure processed in Lightroom & Photoshop. from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.comRead the full blog post here --> http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/12/naiads-ghost-spirit-falls-washington.html Picture Lake Sunrise
Icelandic Fallsfrom www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com
32 Hours & Countingread more about my adventures in Iceland at www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com
The Wind & The Door
Day Break

Lost in Iceland


Do any of you guys/gals use Reddit? I have been posting my star images on there lately and WOW, what a reaction. Granted most of them are hit and run but it's still nice to see all those views:)

The Shot:
Driving to Vik is terrific and my favorite part of Iceland minus the West Fjords.  The coast was especially awesome in June because the Lupines are blooming and they light up the once green fields with blue. Some of the most amazing landscapes I have ever seen came on this long stretch of road, here is one of the shots I captured just after the sun dipped below the horizon around midnight.

The Final Product
Lost in Iceland


Processing Technique for the Picture Above:

Lightroom 4:
Minor white balance and contrast adjustment.

Photomatix:
Process 7 exposures in -3EV to 3 EV.

Photoshop 6:
-Blend Photomatix layer with 7 exposures -3EV to 3EV to bring out dynamic range.
-Lumonsity Masks on midtones, darks and lights to bring out detail and saturation.
-Saturation masks(to desaturate) & Vibrance masks(to saturate).
-Color Balance for small color adjustments in the sky.
-Nik Color Efex Pro Contrast 
-High Pass Filter on Soft Light blend mode to sharpen entire image.
-Nik Define for local denoise.
-Free transform to straighten the horizon.
-Final saturation painting on the lupines and desaturation on the road.
-Brighten the center line on the road with curves
-Save as Jpeg.


Before the Magic

Late Nights on Second Beach


It took me some time to figure out how to set up for a picture like this, after endless attempts an idea dawned on me, and I was able to come up with this as an end result.

For those of you that would like to take some star shots of your own my Star Photography Tutorial is a great place to start.

Want a full in depth tutorial experience that walks you through my step by step star photography post processing techniques? Check this stuff out, guaranteed to light up your nights!

The Shot:
I snapped this one off at Second Beach on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. There are endless photo opportunities out there from beautiful landscapes to stars.   I would suggest at least 4 or 5 days to get a good feel for the place.
Come Join Us

After Midnight at the Hallgrimskirkja


When exploring the country of Iceland in the summer months it's hard to keep a real sleep schedule. There is so much to see, that at times, you just get lost in it all. I took this one in Reykjavik late one night when wandering the city looking for cool things to shoot.

On a side note Royce Blair just did a really cool article on my star photos, you can find it here:
After Midnight at the Hallgrimskirkja

Speeding Through Shanghai


I snapped this off while walking the streets of Shanghai a few years back & it founds it's way into Travel & Leisure Magazine. Always fun to see your pictures in print. I have been adding a ton of new content to the website including Camera and Lens reviews which can be found below:

If you are interested in Photoshop and editing then my  Post Processing: Before & After page will be right up your alley.

OK, one last fun link, with a bunch of good info in it for you star photography lovers out there .

Speeding Through Shanghai

Post Processing: Before & After


I get a lot of questions on how much post processing I do after getting home from a shoot. The truth is it varies drastically from shot to shot. I have processed some pictures in 5 minutes and others in 5 hours. I'll give a quick run down with each of the next shots on the tools I used to process them.

Each one of the Before Shots is straight out of the camera with zero adjustments at 0EV or normal exposure. It is of course exported to Jpeg from RAW format. If you don't like post processing, escape while you can.

If you would like to learn how to process shots like these, I offer One on One Personal Instruction over Skype & Google+ applications. Check out the One on One Personal Instruction Page for more info.

Want a few more tips on post processing HDR Photography, my HDR Tips & Tricks Page may be just what you're looking for. I also use tons of software when I process photos & two of my favorites are Topaz Labs or HDR Soft the Makers of Photomatix. If you would like a discount when purchasing either of these packages just use the coupon code DAVEMORROWPHOTO when checking out to receive 15% off:)

In the past few months I have learned to use Tony Kuyper' Luminosity Masks & Actions to produce a hand blended HDR Image. This process allows me to fully unleash the all of the data contained in my RAW files.You can head over to his Luminosity Mask Actions Page and select the "Special Offers" Link at the top of the page. Photomatix is still used from time to time depending on the situation, but I would highly recommend adding both to your post processing arsenal.

As always, all my tutorials can be found at www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com/learnphotography


 Before the Magic

The Final Product
Nothing's Shocking - Ruby Beach, WACheck out my FREE Star Photography Tutorial  and  Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorial  Ready to learn star photography? Trust me it's easier than you think. Check out the link below for my summer star photography workshops, where I will teach you everything you need to know.  Under the Stars Night Photography Workshops

Processing Technique for the Picture Above:

Pick up my Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorial to watch me process this exact shot from start to finish.

Lightroom 4:
  • White balance adjustment
  • Export two separate JPEG files, both from the same RAW file.

Photoshop 5:
  • Use secret magic and trademarked secrets to blend two JPEG files into 1 nicely exposed PSD.
  •  Use Tony Kuypers Luminosity Masking Actions & Techniques on midtones, darks and lights to bring out full detail contained in the file.
  • Color Balance for small color adjustments in the sky.
  • High Pass Filter on Soft Light blend mode to sharpen entire image for stars only.
  • Nik Define for local denoise in dark regions only.
  • Final luminosity mask adjustments
  • Add slight Vignette using OnOne Perfect Photo Suite
  • Save as Jpeg.

 Before the Magic

The Final Product 
The Hidden Grotto - Ruckel Creek, ORfrom www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Processing Technique for the Picture Above:

Pick up my Luminosity Masking Video Tutorial to learn the techniques I used to process this shot.

Lightroom 4:
  • White balance adjustment for a single JPEG file.
Photoshop CS6:
Before the Magic
 

The Final Product
Lost in Iceland

Processing Technique for the Picture Above:

Pick up my Luminosity Masking Video Tutorial to learn the techniques I used to process this shot.

Lightroom 4:
  • White balance adjustment for 0EV Jpeg file.
  • Sync -2EV and +2EV with the 0EV Jpeg file in LR4.
Photoshop CS6:
Before the Magic

The Final Product
Day Break

Processing Technique for the Picture Above:

Lightroom 4:
  • Minor white balance and contrast adjustment.

Photomatix:
  • Process 9 exposures in -4EV to 4 EV.

Photoshop 5:
  • Blend Photomatix layer with 9 exposures -4EV to 4EV to bring out dynamic range.
  • Lumonsity Masks on midtones, darks and lights to bring out detail and saturation.
  • Saturation masks(to desaturate) & Vibrance masks(to saturate).
  • Color Balance for small color adjustments in the sky.
  • Nik Color Efex Pro Contrast (I'm in love).
  • High Pass Filter on Soft Light blend mode to sharpen entire image.
  • Slight Motion Blend Filter on clouds to remove minor noise and provide movement.
  • Nik Define for local denoise.
  • Save as Jpeg.


Before the Magic

The Final Product
The Wind & The Door

Processing Technique for the Picture Above:

Lightroom 4:
  • Minor white balance and contrast adjustment.
  • Clarity and Sharpen Sliders.
  • Minor Saturation boost.

Photomatix:
  • Process 7 exposures in -3EV to 3 EV

Photoshop 5:
  • Blend Photomatix layer with 7 exposures -3EV to 3EV to bring out dynamic range.
  • Lumonsity Masks on midtones, darks and lights to bring out detail and saturation.
  • Vibrance masks to saturate green grass and blue clouds.
  • Nik Remask to select light house for local adjustments.
  • Local desaturation and exposure adjustment on lighthouse. 
  • Color balance to bring out the red in the lighthouse door.
  • Nik Color Efex Pro Contrast (What would I do without it).
  • High Pass Filter on Soft Light blend mode to sharpen entire image.
  • Radial Blur Filter on clouds to make the lighthouse pop off the screen.
  • Nik Define for locale denoise.
  • Save as Jpeg.



Before the Magic

The Final Product
A Night at the Fairmont


Processing Technique for the Picture Above:

Lightroom 4:
  • Minor white balance and contrast adjustment.
  • Sharpen Slider.

Photomatix:
  • Process 7 exposures in -3EV to 3 EV.

Photoshop 5:
  • Blend Photomatix layer with 7 exposures -3EV to 3EV to bring out dynamic range.
  • Lumonsity Masks on midtones, darks and lights to bring out detail and saturation.
  • Nik Remask to select multiple different regions of the picture.
  • Color balance and vibrance/saturation adjustment on locally masked areas.
  • Nik Color Efex Pro Contrast (Do you ever not use this?).
  • Global Vibrance boost.
  • High Pass Filter on Soft Light blend mode to sharpen entire image.
  • Nik Define for locale denoise.
  • Save as Jpeg.



Before the Magic

The Final Product
The Hive

Processing Technique for the Picture Above:

Lightroom 4:
  • Minor white balance and contrast adjustment.

Photomatix:
  • Process 7 exposures in -3EV to 3 EV.

Photoshop 6:
  • Blend Photomatix layer with 7 exposures -3EV to 3EV to bring out dynamic range.
  • Duplicate image layer.
  • Apply Nik Silver Efex Pro to one of the layers.
  • Selectively mask in colored and black and white layers. 
  • Color balance and vibrance/saturation adjustment on locally masked areas.
  • Nik Color Efex Pro Contrast.
  • Minor local desaturation and contrast adjustments.
  • High Pass Filter on Soft Light blend mode to sharpen entire image.
  • Nik Define for locale denoise.
  • Save as Jpeg.


Before the Magic

The Final Product
Dear New York

Processing Technique for the Picture Above:

Lightroom 4:
  • Contrast sliders.
  • Highlights, shadows, lights & blacks slider adjustments.
  • Saturation and luminosity BIG-time on yellows & blues.

Photomatix:
  • NONE, I repeat, NONE

Photoshop 6:
  • Lumonsity Masks on midtones, darks and lights to bring out detail and saturation.
  • Color balance and vibrance/saturation adjustment on locally masked areas.
  • Nik Color Efex Pro Contrast.
  • Global Vibrance boost and local saturation"painting".
  • High Pass Filter on Soft Light blend mode to sharpen entire image.
  • Save as Jpeg.

Before the Magic


The Final Product
Old Friend

Processing Technique for the Picture Above:

Lightroom 4:
  • Minor white balance and contrast adjustment.
  • Clarity and Sharpen Sliders.
  • Minor Saturation boost.
  • Export 7 exposures + 1 extra slightly adjusted exposure for the sky only.

Photomatix:
  • Process 7 exposures in -3EV to 3 EV.

Photoshop 6:
  • Blend Photomatix layer with 7 exposures -3EV to 3EV to bring out dynamic range.
  • Mask sky layer into current base layer. 
  • Lumonsity Masks on midtones, darks and lights to bring out detail and saturation.
  • Vibrance masks and saturation "painting" on the clouds and sky.
  • Local desaturation on reds/oranges.
  • Nik Color Efex Pro Contrast.
  • High Pass Filter on Soft Light blend mode to sharpen entire image, minus the water.
  • A secret patented trick on the water to make it move.
  • Nik Define for locale denoise.
  • Save as Jpeg.

Before the Magic

The Final Product
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Processing Technique for the Picture Above:

Pick up my Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorial to watch me process one of my Milky Way pictures from start to finish. I also provide full commentary, tips, tricks and skill sets throughout the tutorial. 

Lightroom 4:
  • White balance adjustment
  • Export two separate TIFF files, both from the same RAW file one adjusting sky and the other for the foreground.

Photoshop 6:
  • Use secret magic and trademarked secrets to blend two TIFF files into 1 nicely exposed PSD.
  •  Use Tony Kuypers Luminosity Masking Actions & Techniques on midtones, darks and lights to bring out full detail contained in the file. Especially the stars
  • Color balance for RED channel and BLUE channels.
  • High Pass Filter on Soft Light blend mode to sharpen entire image for stars only.
  • Nik Define for local denoise in dark regions only.
  • Final luminosity mask adjustments
  • Add slight Vignette using OnOne Perfect Photo Suite
  • Save as Jpeg.

Road Trip to Yosemite


So my picture and the topic of this blog post don't match at all... Oh well. Next week I'll be packing up and taking a 9 day road trip to Yosemite. I figure this should be a perfect time of year to do it. So far the trip includes Crater Lake Oregon, Lake Tahoe and Yosemite. I may hit up some of the Oregon Coast on the way back as well depending on the time spent in CA. Any other suggestions?

The Shot
Back to some real HDR for you guys, if you wana learn more about the subject check out my last post. If not you can just tell me to shove my tips up my ass… This was taken at the Pioneer Square Subway station in downtown Seattle which is a bit sketchy at night. Definitely worth a visit to shoot & pick up a dime bag while your at it.

Seattle Underground

HDR Tips & Tricks 101


There is a lot of crappy over the top HDR out there. One of the biggest mistakes I see is unrealistic lighting. There are a few reality checks I like to do with myself while processing a picture which can be found below. I have also included some other helpful links that you may enjoy.

Interested in seeing some Before and After Post processing results? Check out my post on Before & After: Photoshop Post Processing Technique.

I use tons of software when I process photos & two of my favorites are Topaz Labs or HDR Soft the Makers of Photomatix. If you would like a discount when purchasing either of these packages just use the coupon code DAVEMORROWPHOTO when checking out to receive 15% off:)

Want to learn more? I offer One on One Personal Instruction for all your post processing needs, but all my other learning material can be found at www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com/learnphotography

Ok let's get on with it already, here are the tips...

1) Is the ground darker than the sky? It is hard to think of a situation when it would not be. Even a reflection of the sun, should be dimmer than the sun itself.

2) Is everything exposed? It should not be. There should be dark spots as well as light spots through out the photo. Your eye is not capable of exposing everything, so to make your pics look realistic make sure to do this sanity check while processing.

3) Is everything in focus? It shouldn’t be, at least in landscape photography, as your field of vision travels to more distant places in a picture, they shouldn’t be as sharp. Depending on where you focus your eyes, the fore ground may be blurry as well. 

Next time when your out shooting take a look at the objects around you, near and far. How do the look? Are they dark, light, sharp, soft, how are the shadows reacting to the sun, moon or light? Nailing an HDR image is all about producing something that the eye likes to look at. There is a small space between real and make believe where all of our brains like to hang out from time to time. I try to mimic this place in many of my pictures... Here are a few of my favorite HDR photos.

Take this picture for example, the lighting conditions were pretty dynamic, meaning there was a broad range of light. To capture all of this light I shoot 7 exposures and blended them together. Providing a broad range of darks and lights as well as saturation of mid-tones allows the eye to travel around the picture to different areas it likes. 
*Old Friend*My back log of photos at this point in time is over 8000, which is never a bad thing. With the winter coming there will be plenty of time to process them. Here is one from Palouse Falls that was taken at the beginning of the summer. The light was not quit as epic as I had hoped for, but it still made for a beautiful sunset.For all of you that still want that star photography tutorial, don't worry. It's in the works.....

Here is another fun one shot in San Francisco. To the naked eye this stair case might be boring, but using 9 exposures to catch all of the light and color I was able to make it pop out. Saturating only certain complimentary colors helps everything to stay within the realms of reality and keeps your eyes glued to the screen.
A Night at the FairmontWalking around San Francisco this past weekend I found the Fairmont Hotel. I had been to this location on previous trips before I started really getting into pictures earlier in the year. Anyways, if you are in the area, this place is a must.

Iceland Iceland, what a place. Using 7 shots I was able to capture the color, darks, lights and basic mid-tones in this shot. Using cloud movement to help the picture flow & saturation to draw the viewer in I feel that the actual depth of this landscape pops off the page.
The Wind & The DoorLatrabjarg Iceland is home to thousands of Puffins as well as this awesome light house. Deep in the West Fjords it does taking some driving time off the beaten path, but all the better to stay away from the hordes of tourist that flock to the country in Mid June. We arrived around 5 am, and hung out around the puffins taking pictures for an hour or so, then I wandered off and took this shot of the light house.

Here are a few more for you to study up on. 
The Midnight SunI took this my last night in Iceland. As usual I was driving around the Fjords looking for fun spots to shoot. There are so many waterfalls that they almost become the norm over time, but with the sun dipping below the horizon this one looked amazing.

My Witness is the Empty SkyThis was one of those sunsets in Iceland where everything is coverage in a blanket of yellow and orange. There are beautiful compositions in all directions and you can not fire off shots fast enough...

The Hive

Oh Canada


A few times a year I make the trek across the Canadian border to Vancouver. It is a really cool city with awesome food, great places to explore and some really fun architecture. The prices on the other hand are through the roof high, so prepare for that aspect. If you are ever in the area it is definitely worth the trip.

The Olympic Peninsula & Beyond



Just got back from a really nice weekend in Victoria BC. Lot's of amazing little shops and streets to explore and some amazing food & beer along the way. I spent a few hours tonight setting up some actions in Photoshop 6 for luminosity masking and post processing of star shots. These actions will be provided along with an in depth tutorial in the coming months. Photoshop is amazingly powerful for processing star shots and I can't wait to share the info with everyone. Brain is running low, time for bed....
Skylights

Dear New York


Photomatix was not used to process this shot believe it or not. It was done using my new Cross Process  presets then manually blended together in Photoshop… Gotta try different styles to keep it fresh. Keep an eye out for my new presets scheduled to hit shelves in the next few weeks.

I spent 2 weeks on the East Coast this past month, traveling through Philly, Maryland and then the Big Apple. Along the way I was able to catch 2 electronic music festivals and snap off 3000 or so pictures… Here is the first I have published from the Top of the Rock in NYC. I have also included some of the music I listened to while processing this shot…. Dear New York
Dear New York

Exploring the Night Skies of the Washington Coast


I am so excited that you all are enjoying my Under the Stars Lightroom Presets, thanks so much for the positive feedback. If you have not picked them up yet check out the following link- Dave's Under the Star Lightroom Presets. They are guaranteed to take your night photography to a whole new level.

If you would like to learn how to take these shots, check out my Free Star Photography Tutorial!

You can find all my FREE tutorials at: www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com/learnphotography

So enough with the promotion, I am headed off to Victoria BC tomorrow by way of boat. Hopefully there will be some unique landscapes to shoot up there. Due to all the clouds I see hanging over Seattle right now I really doubt any stars will be hangin' around.

The Shot:
My first time at Ruby Beach on the Olympic Peninsula was amazing. After a decent sunset I went back up to my car and had a few drinks and laid around waiting for the stars. After a while things started to dim down a bit and there it was the Milky Way. This night was like nothing I had ever seen, the stars were basically laying right on top of me. I laid there and stared into the sky forever...

Night Tremors

Dave's Star Photography Lightroom 4 Presets



Ready to take your star photography to the next level, and learn some really cool stuff along the way? With my easy-to-use Under The Stars Lightroom 4 presets package & the click of a button your night skies will be transformed forever.

Check out the following shots, then watch the short introduction video below about the presets. If you have any more questions feel free visit Dave's Under the Stars Lightroom 4 Presets Page.

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Shoot Me to the Stars



When Worlds Collide



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Not yet sure how to take pictures of the night sky? That's OK just follow the link to my Shooting the Night Sky, Star Tutorial and become an expert in no time.

Seattle Super Moon


The Supermoon always seems to be a big event world wide. Photographers line up all over the place to get the best possible shot they can. I was fairly lazy about it this year but managed to stumble up to Kerry Park which overlooks Seattle. The placed was packed, so I got my shots as quickly as possible, which in my case was 2 hours total. I have yet to see many shots from this night surfacing on the web, where are you guys, it's been months now?

Want a full in depth tutorial experience that walks you through my step by step star photography post processing techniques? Check this stuff out, guaranteed to light up your nights!
Seattle Super Moon

Panorific: The Oregon Coast


Sometimes the situation calls for a panoramic shot, in my opinion I though it worked great in this minimal environment. There are so many functions that Photoshop performs, why not try something new each week? It keeps things fresh and interesting.

I will be releasing my Star Photography Lightroom 4 presets in the next few days! If you haven't yet, try shooting some star photography, it's a blast. Everything you need can be found in my Star Photography Tutorial.

We Stand AloneI took this shot at Cannon Beach last night. It is comprised of 5 photos taken with my 50mm and stitched together in photoshop. Has anyone messed around with the Photomerge function? I have been a lot lately, and it does an amazing job. Make sure to zoom in on this one, lots of detail.

I Waited, But You Never Came


I've lived in Seattle for a while now, and know most of the great spots to shoot, this gets boring after a while. Wandering to new places is always much more fun, even if you don't always get a good shot. Once and a while the light will be just right and a great composition will come your way!

I Waited & You Neve CameWalking around Seattle is great, stop at a bar here and there buy a drink and move on…. I really enjoy my nights wandering about the different parts of the city. So many fun people to take pics of, and things to see. Anyone else from this strange place??

Mind Control?


Here is another addition to my Snap Shots in Time Gallery. On a daily basis I try to see things that may not be easily visible to the untrained eye. Even without my camera I constantly work on composition using my eyes in lieu of a camera. I find that this helps me to better understand the world around me, and easily pick up good compositions when my finger is on the shutter button. Give it try in your free time and see what you think:)

Mind Control

When Worlds Collide


I remember processing this picture the morning after going out to shoot the night sky for the first time. Playing around in Lightroom I though, wow, how are there this many colors in the sky that the human eye does not pick up at first glance? Amazing stuff, still boggles my mind a bit.


Want a full in depth tutorial experience that walks you through my step by step star photography post processing techniques? Check this stuff out, guaranteed to light up your nights!

When Worlds Collide

In Search of Composition


Sometimes I see pictures from different cities & think I know what the place is all about or what it might be like when I actually visit. Some pictures portray a place or moment perfectly, others are a bit tricky. I don't think Seattle looks anything like the picture below, but I still find it to be an intriguing shot.

Morning Star

Everything Under the Sun


Sunrises and sunsets have become a different animal to me upon picking up a camera a year or so ago. When the light starts to change I become a blood thirsty beast that will do anything to capture the moment. It seems like a frenzy trying to capture a great shot sometime, but when it's all said and done, everything seems to work out for the best. This shot for example, I never planned on, but at the end of the sunset, there it was.

If you missed it, check out my Star Photography Tutorial I posted last week. Lots of fun stuff in there;)

Everything Under the Sun

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