29 January 2017

Maroon Bells Sunrise

I composed several scenes during my morning at Maroon Bells.  This picture captures the sun as it rises above the mountains behind me and illuminates the peaks.  Due to the extreme contrast of the scene, I used exposure bracketing to capture the full dynamic range.  I combined three of my five exposures in Photoshop, a process which took approximately two hours.

Maroon Bells is definitely worth waking early for, if you are near Aspen.  The best spots on the lake are taken early, when it is still pitch-black.  You can see several late-comers in the far-right of this picture gathered at the far extreme of the lake.

Captured on September 26, 2016 using a Canon EOS 5DS and Canon EF 16-35mm F/4L IS.

24 January 2017

Indiana Dunes

The dunes along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan were one of my favorite places to visit while growing up in northern Indiana.  I returned several times while attending Purdue University as a relaxing day away from books.  A short but steep hike away from the beach provides a tranquil view of the lake.  On clear days, the tallest buildings in Chicago are visible across the water.

Shot with a Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi and Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS on October 7, 2011.

23 January 2017

Mannheim Watertower

I bought my first DSLR while working in Mannheim, Germany in 2010.  The "Mannheimer Wasserturm" was just down the street from my apartment, and it's where I taught myself the basics of photography.  I have hundreds of images from this location taken over many weeks.  I can see myself experimenting with different shutter speeds and apertures.  This was before I had a tripod, so I relied on image stabilization and multiple shots of the same scene in order to achieve sharp photos in low light.  This image caught my eye in 2010 and I still consider it to be the first "good" picture I ever took.  It has since been re-processed using my much-improved editing skills and the power of Lightroom.

This was taken on April 5, 2010 with a Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi and Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS.  It is processed with Adobe Lightroom.

Portfolio Image - Maroon Bells

I planned my second trip to Colorado in 2016 to coincide with the aspen trees turning bright yellow.  I arrived in Aspen, Colorado on September 25th but was coming down with a nasty cold.  Despite feeling miserable, I dragged myself out of bed at 4 AM to make the 45 min drive from Aspen to Maroon Lake, where I joined dozens of other enthusiastic landscape photographers setting up for sunrise at one of the most-photographed locations in the US: Maroon Bells. After waiting for over an hour in complete darkness and sub-zero temperatures, the sky began to brighten, revealing the snow-dusted mountain and it’s reflection in the perfectly still water of Maroon Lake. By the time the top of the mountain was illuminated by the rising sun, every spot on the shore of the lake was filled with a tripod. The pictures will endure far longer than my memories of runny nose, sore throat, and numb fingers and toes.

Captured on September 26, 2016 using a Canon EOS 5DS and Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II.  Multiple exposures manually blended in Photoshop.

22 January 2017

Hello World

It's been a year since I first set up my new photography site, terrestrialphotography.com.  That site is built using SmugMug, a web service designed to host photo galleries (which it does very well).  For a long time I included a link to a blog at the top of that site.  Unfortunately I haven'e found a good way to make sequential "posts" like you would do in a blog.  I eventually gave up and removed the blog portion of the site.

I didn't abandon plans for a photography blog, though. And now that I have time, I am revamping the idea of posting semi-frequently.  My idea is to post photos during trips, before I spend the time to build an entire gallery.  I would also like to post photos from short trips where I might only get one or two images, which isn't enough to justify crating a new gallery or adding the images to my portfolio.  My blog will be a place to share images hot off the press, or images that don't make the cut to be included in my portfolio.

Anyway, I hope Blogger will serve my blogging needs.  This site will be hosted at www.blog.terrestrial.photography, for now at least.