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Too Much Time On My Hands?

Every once in a while I will look at a picture and think “What if?”  Yesterday I was looking at the pictures of the horses and riders on the beach and I remembered a series of rodeo pictures I took a few years ago where I applied a filter and did some layer blending to make a grittier more illustrative look and I thought “What if I applied that look to some of these images”

Here are the before and after images that I have done so far.  Please let me know what you think before I spend too much time working on more.

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"Do or do not, there is no try" Yoda

Most of the times I have photographed the horses on the beach have been sunrise sessions, but this year they hosted a couple of sunset sessions as well. It had been fairly overcast and a bit rainy this day and I was debating not going to the session, but about 20 minutes before I had to leave, the sky started to clear a bit.  I wasn’t sure if it was really going to clear up or not and it takes a half an hour from my hotel to get to this beach, and I decided I might as well try...then the sun broke through and made the most beautiful light we could have hoped for. This lasted for about 45 minutes before the sun disappeared behind the clouds and the light got flat. I am so glad I made the decision to go, it just proves, that sometimes you have to listen to Yoda, “Do or do not, there is no try.”

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Hawaii Volcano

In August 2008, I was sent to Hawaii by Canon to lead tours at a dealer conference and to shoot some images for an upcoming product catalog with a prototype Canon 50D and 18-200mm lens...The three of us went to east side of the island to photograph the volcano. We spent 3 days and nights making images.

With the volcano being in the news now, I thought I would share some of the images.

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Saturday's Sunrise

As much as I love the long days of summer, I hate the fact that I have to get up so early to photograph sunrise…. Fortunately my launch spot is the narrow portion of a peninsula on the north bank of the river, so I have good views in both directions… The start of the sunrise, facing east, was rather nice so I took several images… I turned my attention to the west and saw this really nice cloud formation, and a pink glow in the sky… the cloud formation got more intense.  I turned the camera vertical and took a series of HDR images, bracketing 2 stops apart for three images, and photographed a 5-frame panorama.

Read the whole story and see all the images below.

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