Saturday, April 16, 2011

Prints in the works and An Evening Mist

I received my print orders earlier this week and the verdict is.... not great. The print came back to me a little dark so it seems I need to go back and re-calibrate my screen again. I'm pretty picky about how my prints come out so diligence is going to be the key. I will continue to update on my printing endeavors as more progress is being made.

An Evening Mist

I was just returning from a quick trip from Muskegon to acquire a new phone, seeing is how my battery tried to blow up in my face. Anyway, on the way back up, fog started to roll in and I always get excited when it does. I got less enthused however as I came closer and closer to home, the fog rolled on. I still decided to run by the beach because it was nice out, then I asked myself, "Where's the lighthouse?" The fog was still on the lake! I rush out there, giving a polite nod to the fisherman as I wisked by, repositioned a few times, and I found my spot. This is my first HDR in black and white. I thought it was fitting to this situation since there was a great absence of color. I didn't really want to share two lighthouse photos in a row, but I was excited to share it. Enjoy!!      

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Printing and When the Light Says Goodnight

I've sent away for some print samples and am getting ready to finally order prints. I've done the research looking for a company that offered some sort of calibration from their printers to my computer. One thing that has always urked me is the fact that when I print something I've worked on and liked, it comes out as something completely different.

With my monitor calibrated (I hope) my prints should arrive sometime early this week. I'm really excited to see them and hope they turn out well. Almost as excited as when the new Dream Theater album came out ;)

When the Light Says Goodnight

I hear many people around the country say they are spoiled their with sunsets. I guess then that they have never visited here. We are so spoiled; if we don't see a great sunset then we say we'll see another one tomorrow. The great thing is that they are never the same. Even though I didn't exactly shoot the sunset, it gave some nice colorful light on the lighthouse just after the sun went down. Yes that is moon and no I didn't add it in. That would be cheating and I'm no pumpkin eater. 


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Stuck In Customs and The Snowy Tracks

So this week I wanted to share the story and the photographer that inspired me to start up HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography.

For a while I was feeling like my photography was in a slump. I didn't feel inspired and the fact that I've been shooting the same things in the same town was starting to get a little old. So, I did what anyone one would do in my situation, I bought a new camera...

All these options opened up for me because of the versatility of of the camera. I was excited again. Now all these ideas I had in my head started to become possible because I wasn't being held back by the limitations of my old DSLR. My next step was to discover a new technique.

My girlfriend and I were browsing Barnes and Noble one night and I basically stuck in the two shelf section of digital photography. We were there for for a while and my butt hurt. By pure accident I pick up this book entitled "A World In HDR", by Trey Ratcliff. I was instantly hooked. I had never seen such amazing photographs in my life until I opened that book. Page after page I was mesmerized of the quality, color, composure, and pure awesomeness. That was my inspiration that I needed. I instantly started studying the book, reading Trey's tutorial and headed out shooting more than I normally would have. I'm still learning and making mistakes, but I think I need to. I find it funny when I look back to when I bought the book and I could have just went to Trey's blog to find his free HDR tutorial there. Oh well, I'm happy I got the book. I probably would have went and bought it anyway.

I invite all the readers to go over and check out his number one travel photography blog in the world over at Stuck In Customs. Trey is one of my favorite photographers and I visit his site like I'm being paid to. I'm constantly learning new things from advise he gives and videos he shares. Thanks Trey!!

The Snowy Tracks

I went for a hike at the Ludington State Park which is the usual location for me when I want to shoot. Whats great about it is you never really know what you might see. I like to go out in the winter cause there aren't many people who go out there during the winter. Since I live in a tourist town, during the summer it IS impossible to not run into someone. This day the sun was nice me. It kept me warm on my hike and gave some nice light through the trees while I shot some critter tracks. 


Friday, April 1, 2011

Grand Rapids

So I'm spending the weekend down in Grand Rapids with my good buddy Shawn and he got us access to the Riverhouse building rooftop. It was so cool. Although I'm not really afraid of heights, I got a little vertigo looking down the 30+ floors building. We were up there shooting some time lapse stuff and spent quite some time spying on the unsuspecting city. We talked questioned about the people driving by on 131/I 96 junction like where are they going? What radio station were they listening to? Where are they hauling that boat? After it was all finished, I took an HDR of the river, the J. W. Marriott Hotel, and the Amway building.