week 22

Sometimes my iPhone amazes me with the pictures I capture with it. I shot this leaf without any close up lenses, in color, and then converted it to black & white in Lightroom. It almost makes me want to sell all my other camera equipment. But I’m not. There are still plenty of things I can’t achieve with my iPhone that I can with my other cameras.

morning dew on leaf
iPhone 5

morning dew on leaf
morning dew on leaf

week 21

Shooting photos in the middle of the day in bright sunshine is very challenging because of the wide dynamic range of light. It is difficult to capture a pleasing photo because of the bright highlights and dark shadows.  The camera sensor cannot capture the range of light in one exposure, so you usually have to decide if you want to capture detail in the highlights or in the shadows. One solution to solve this issue is to shoot HRD (high dynamic range), where you shoot multiple exposures to capture the total dynamic range and then compose the multiple images digitally. An easier solution is to just look for a different subject to shoot in one shot, like this shadow on these concrete steps.

zigzag
canon 5d mkIII • sigma 12-24mm

zigzag
zigzag

week 20

This is another image from my trip to Yosemite. It was shot at Olmsted Point, traveling on Tioga Road, which is out on the North East side of the park. Usually Tioga Road does not open until maybe the end of May because of the snow still on the road. Due to the lack of snow the year, the road opened very early. Then it was closed for a day because it snowed, but to our luck, opened a day later. It was still stormy along the way (rain instead if snow at times), but it sure helped make this photo.

Olmstead Point is an area in Yosemite of shear granite that has trees growing out of it. This tree is very popular for people to take pictures in front of and is very hard to get a shot of without people around it. I just got lucky that there was a lull for a minute and got a shot.

clouds, rock and tree
canon 5d mkIII • sigma 12-24mm

clouds, rock and tree
clouds, rock and tree

week 18

Late again with my weekly post. I’m at Yosemite Lodge and the wifi here is terrible plus I just haven’t had the time to post anything until now. I was out at 6:00 am waiting to catch the sunrise over half dome on Monday morning. According to the data on the web, the sunrise was at 6:30-ish. I wanted to catch the sun just as it came over the top of the rocks. What I didn’t know was that would happen almost 45 minutes after the actual sunrise. So I stood and waited, listening and watching the red-winged blackbirds and watching some deer strolling by. Finally the sun came over the top and I was able to catch the light rays.

sunrise in yosemite valley
canon 5d mkIII • sigma 12-25mm

sunrise in yosemite valley
sunrise in yosemite valley

week 17

Sorry that I’m a day late posting my “my weekly view”. I’ve been lazy and haven’t taken a picture this week so I dug in to my archives and found this picture I took while driving down the California coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles. I am leaving Thursday for my workshop in Yosemite so I better have something good to post for the next few weeks.

cypress trees along california coast
olympus e-m5 • lumix 7-14mm

cypress trees along california coast
cypress trees along california coast

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