To those that served, are serving and will serve. Thank you for giving me the freedom to be able to write this. Thank you for the sacrifices that you made and will make. Thank you for putting your life on the line for mine. A debt to which payment can never be repaid.
I won’t make this a long one – I love to shoot fireworks, here are some that I have shot in the past – look forward to shooting a few more this year maybe.
Photo Tip – How to get that silky waterfall…
Chris – how do you get those silky waterfalls in harsh light like you did???
So I get asked this a lot because you have to have a slow shutter to achieve the silky smooth waterfalls. Now you can get fancy with filters and such that make the camera view things a few stops below that allows for slower shutters speeds even in daylight as this was shot but I don’t even own a filter. Not that there is anything wrong with that and they absolutely have their place and time to be used…however I have never shot with one and don’t own one.
So how did I get this?? Well basic knowledge here will help out as I am not going to go through the entire exposure routine on this one…however if your camera is able to shoot at ISO 50 remember that moving from ISO 50 to 100 doubles your setting. The secret for this type of thing is to shoot at your highest FStop in this case F/22 and the LOWEST ISO in this case ISO 50.
So for the below shot I shot this with the following settings:
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Focal Length: 17mm
Exposure Time: 0.25s (1/4)
Date Taken: 2014-03-24 13:54:28
Exposure Program: aperture priority
Today’s Photo: Powerful Waterfall
So there is actually a story to this image. This photo was shot on what we thought was going to be a trip to the top of the mountain where the Chimney Tops reside. It was chilly, we were headed up to the top – got out the car, put on some warm clothes, grabbed the camera pack and tripod and off we went. Crossed over a bridge and there was this totally awesome set of rocks everywhere with water streaming awesomeness each way we looked. I of course said – hey I am going to take some shots here before start up the mountain – you guys hang out and I will be done shortly. OK great! We are going to explore. So I take some shots here and there, climb around up and down these rocks. Take a few photos of people with their cameras and such. I get finished and I go find everyone and to my surprise there is a soaking wet 11 year old explorer with a huge smile…me….ummmmm…nice job slick….are you cold? Yeah kind of – just then jumps again to another rock and *SPLASH* there he goes again…dip number two in the water. By the time we made it back to the car (which I had the best parking spot we could get and this place was CROWDED!!!) he fell in 3-4 times. Now normally this would not be an issue as I am ALWAYS prepared and carry an extra closet in my truck…however that is for me and my truck was a few states over…so yeah we did not make it past go….we did not collect any money (poor Monopoly humor here…) and headed right back to the hotel to get the poor little guy warmed up and a change of clothes. On the way up it was gorgeous, no traffic, perfect conditions. The way back to the hotel for operation “warm change” everyone must have told everyone else that conditions were perfect and that there was no traffic – because on the way down the road in WAS PACKED. so instead of planning to come back up we stayed around the hotel for another hike that was within a rock throw of the hotel. This was also nice – however there is a story for that one as well…but I will bore you with it later…as the camera did not make it out of the bag…
This is not far from my house – within a quick walk from me yet I don’t get there as often as I could or should…
On this day a storm just got finished coming through and the skies were still reflective of that. Yet the glowing of the light spoke volumes to the mood and overall feel as I gazed into the mystery of the history I was creating in my head. The magical feel became more apparent as I stared at the cabin and the times of yesteryear danced around my head…it was a great creative scene that I hope you have fun with also.
About this cabin – below is the snippet taken from the official site found here Wartinger Historic Park <--- Click me :)
George Jarusiewic Cabin, Replica (circa 1805)
The Jarusiewic Cabin was discovered in April 1972 on North Fairfield Road. In 1972, Beavercreek resident George Jarusiewic owned the property, and his restaurant was named Scotties. George Jarusiewic wanted to preserve the old house for Beavercreek. The house was dismantled, meticulously, and rebuilt at Wartinger Park by George Jarusiewic. In the spring of 1997, the 16 by 24-foot structure was removed from the park because of insect infestation by the Beavercreek Parks, Rec. and Culture Dept. Only the fireplace was salvaged. Brady Kress, Executive Director of Dayton History made the replica, authentic to the period. Ten tons of stone made the stone fireplace from a cabin located on Sperling Lane in Beavercreek.
The Darks Within The Lights
I took this today amidst a crazy cavern that you are not allowed to use a tripod. This was a 3 shot HDR handheld at high ISO. I am trying to gain permission to get a private setting and permission to use a tripod. Getting this was quite a challenge, but I am happy with the way it turned out.
Snowy Winter Morning
I often hear from others – I need a better camera…
I often also hear – Wow, you must have a really good camera…
Devil is in the details…
Today’s Photo – Snowy Stream
Well…normally in the spring time you find all kinds of gorgeous frames to shoot – budding trees, budding flowers, early blooms, critters of all kinds, spectacular sunrises (not that I actually get up and shoot those…I value my bed early in the morning…), sunsets (one of my favorite things in the world to shoot) and many many other things.
This is of course unless you are in the great state of Tennessee – because everyone says this – you like the weather today?? Stick around because it will be different tomorrow. I have experienced this first hand and this trip was no different – the day before it was sunny and chilly – next day – the below happened 🙂
Am I the only photographer that does not stay on the path to get the shot? I hiked way way down this steep rocky waterfall cliff – yes I did fall, banged up all my gear, but here is the resulting shot.
Fall is in the air
I took this just a few weeks back and it is really only 10 minutes from my house – not bad for an Ohio scene 🙂
I love fall – the crisp air, the leaves beautiful color, the sounds of leaves being walked through and blowing in the wind. Hope you enjoy this one as much as I do.
So I passed this place probably 19 times before I decided to shoot it – why you ask? I don’t really know…but I almost did not shoot it. It just did not call out to me and though I found it interesting and cool…I just did not feel like shooting it. Usually when I feel like that, I don’t shoot. I went through a few phases – first I shot EVERYTHING from every different angle that I possibly could…then I started shooting from just one angle and then just not shooting anything at all now I go between all of these. The first analogy is commonly called pray and spray in which you shoot many different angles of the same subject in hopes that something comes out of it. I now try to move around first looking at different angles but most of the time I have gotten to the point where I know what it will look like from a different angle…sorry for the tangent – here is today’s photo 🙂
The scene is one of my favorites. I love the ocean and I LOVE the South. I hope that you enjoy this one and it hits you the same way it hits me. This not an HDR photo – it was taken hand held – single shot.