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Colorado Springs Balloon Festival

This weekend, Colorado Springs has a Balloon Festival called the Colorado Balloon Festival going on.  It’s very well attended by both balloon fans and photographers.  It’s held in Memorial Park there.  Here’s a picture from last year:

Colorado Springs Balloon Classic

Colorado Springs Balloon Classic

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HDR in the Stanley Hotel

HDR is a two sided coin. On one side, our eyes handle dynamic range so much better than even modern DSLRs do.  HDR can help us compress the dynamic range in a scene to make it possible to compress it just enough to capture it with our equipment.  On the other side of the coin, some folks use it as a tool to create images that would never be seen in nature.  Myself I tend prefer the first side of the coin.  If you want to learn about making natural looking HDR images, Jason Odell offers some great classes on that.

This weekend when I was at the Stanley Hotel, I was shooting some images of the stairwell from the main floor, and found that even though I was using my D800, I needed just a little bit more dynamic range and turned to HDR Efex Pro 2.

Stanley Hotel Stairwell

Stanley Hotel Stairwell

 

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Adobe Lightroom 5

Adobe has included an “Upright” feature in Lightroom 5 to straighten your images if you’re in a situation where you can’t get the proper perspective.  I was skeptical, but it worked pretty well on this shot of the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park.

 

Stanley Hotel

Stanley Hotel processed with Upright

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RMNP flowing water

Made it to Rocky Mountain National Park today, and spent a little time photographing flowing water.  When the rain wasn’t coming down on me that is:

Stream side in RMNP

Steam side in RMNP

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Flowing Water Photography

I went out with Steve Gandy for his Flowing Water Class .  I’m still working though the pictures that I took, but I came to the conclusion that for this one, I was more interested in the shapes than the color.  I tend to like the water creamy rather than seeing the individual splashes.

 

Water Feature in Broomfield

Water Feature in Broomfield

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The Best Camera is the one you have with you…

While I enjoy taking pictures with my DSLR, there are times that you really don’t want to carry it with you.  Chase Jarvis wrote a book, “The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You.” Which was an entire book of iPhone phone photography. Here’s an example of a picture I took skiing where didn’t want to carry the big camera and I took it with my iPhone.    Extra points to those of you who can tell me where this picture was taken.

Mountain Vista

Mountain Vista

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The 600 rule

When you’re shooting at night and want to get the stars static, you need to use a fast enough shutter speed so that earth’s rotation doesn’t cause streaks.  Gabe Biderman from RMSP and BH PhotoVideo, was talking about the 600 rule, which is divide your focal length into 600 to find out the longest you can have shutter open.  Some people will be conservative and call it the 500 rule.

summitlakestars

Stars over Summit Lake, Mt Evans

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Capturing the decisive moment

I have a friend, Tom Frerichs,  who enjoys rodeo and train photography.  After seeing his  rodeo gallery, I think he’s trying to capture the decisive moment.

Myself I’m taking pictures of slower things…At least the traffic was moving much slower that night, than what Tom photographs.

Traffic on the vegas strip

Traffic on the vegas strip

This was a 30 second exposure, and one  of my friends told me that brake lights looked like neon to her.