La Jolla, San Diego
There is nothing quite like a beautiful sunset. As a photographer you must be prepared, experienced and knowledgeable of the proper techniques of photography. Otherwise, you won’t be able to capture the full impact of the sunset.
This was one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever experienced, and it was also one of the most successful I 've ever shot! I captured at least four “keeper” shots from this one sunset.
Capturing this sunset required multiple shots, each being exposed for the sky, the foreground and the mid ground. By doing so, I was able to keep a full dynamic range between the bright colors in the sky and the darker foreground tones.
Image Code: A041
Crested Butte, Colorado
The title (pronounced: chill-bi-li-tah-ni-zho-nee) of this photo is in Navajo and roughly translates to “Beautiful Flower”.
These delicate flowers along the mountainside in beautiful Crested Butte, Colorado are the perfect foreground for this dramatic sky. The mountain flowers of Colorado come for but a season, but add even more beauty to an already amazing landscape!
To capture this shot, I had to ensure two things:
1. That my shutter speed was fast enough to freeze the flowers flowing in the breeze
2. To make sure that I exposed the image to the highest degree in the foreground without over exposing the sky. The resulting image was then completed in Lightroom by pulling back the highlights and increasing the shadow exposure.
Image Code: A031
Red Rock Crossing
When photographing Red Rock Crossing, it is very helpful to bring a pair of waders… or at least a change of clothes in case you get wet. That’s because there are so many fascinating compositions available, but the best ones can be found by exploring in the river on foot.
In this shot I set my tripod between these two rocks and used a neutral density filter to allow a long shutter speed, blurring the waters motion. By waiting for the perfect moment when the setting sun washed Cathedral Rock in light, I had captured an image that became a real keeper.
Image Code: A021