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The Seagulls

seagulls on lake pleasant

It’s unusual for most of year to have nothing more than clear blue sunny skies here in Phoenix. It’s been cloudy lately so I took the opportunity to drive out to lake pleasant and capture some landscapes containing some texture in the skies. I personally love the look of the lake when the water is calm and looks smooth as glass. Unfortunately the lake was not calm. There were speed boats and other watercraft causing ripples and waves. Even though there were clouds, I didn’t notice any wind.

In photography, to achieve the look of glass in a lake during daylight hours, you use an extremely slow shutter speed.  There is a few of different ways to lower the shutter speed.  One way is to stop down, or make your f-stop a higher number.  Another way is too lower the ISO setting on the camera and the last way is to use a neutral density filter. To get smooth water, you need a shutter speed of at least 2 seconds.  The only way to get the shutter speed to be that slow, without over exposing the scene, was to use two of my 6 stop ND or neutral density filters.  Those filters cut the light so that less light enters my lens.  The lens I was using was a 77mm so that was the size of my filters.  *These are the exact filters I have but yours may be a different size.

I wanted the texture in the sky, so I had to make an extra exposure to capture the clouds because otherwise they blurred because of their natural movement. I made several exposures once I noticed the sea gull landing on the buoy and another one flying around. I thought the final image may benefit from these additional elements. The resulting image is a result of these four different exposures.

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Landscape Visions

This image is actually two images combined.  I used a process of purposely moving the camera horizontally using a slow shutter speed while exposing the image.  I’m looking for a good blur with some shape.  After combining the images, I bumped up the saturation and vibrance and further enhanced it digitally.

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Signs of Fall

 

How it was created

This image was captured using a 70-200mm telephoto lens with a 2x extender making it a 140-400mm lens. I wanted to mostly enhance the background so I cut out the leaf and then brought the background into Painter and repainted the background adding more color to make it a bit more interesting.  After I finished with adding more color in Painter I brought it back into photoshop and combined it with the leaf.

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Visions of a Doe

How it was created

This is a combination of two photographs.  The first is a panned image of the North Georgia woods in the evening light.  I held a telephoto lens and carefully panned up while using a slow shutter speed.  I had the thought of adding a lone deer when I photographed the scene.  Next I took a photograph of a deer  I photographed at about the same time of day and painted her in using photoshop brushes.

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Desert Pathways

How it was created

I wanted to show what I was feeling, if that’s even possible, when I was hiking on this trail.  The flowers were all blooming at the time but not on this path.  So I took some of the images I captured elsewhere and simply added them to this trail.