With a favorite for the near the start morning light, artist David Orias enjoy capture soaked hues and movement that our eyes might not or else see in these beautiful ocean scene. His sequence, entitled Waves, skin tone golden hues and dramatic painterly stroke that blend jointly into these lively and mobile images. But, don’t be fool; what you observe previous to your eyes isn’t painting, they are in fact photographs! The California-based artist use long contact and a telephoto lens to capture a wide range of motion that fuse together nicely in these peaceful scenes. Thanks to the dawn sunlight as well as the California atmosphere, he captures an impressive palette of color combinations. He explains, “Southern California has its fire season and every now and then this generate conditions of eerie orange light in the morning as the sunlight is filtered and scattered by smoke particle. This creates unusual and to some viewers impractical colors. I take the baseline colors and work with them to make a fine art plea.” Check out these beautiful images.
A celebrity is a being who has a famous profile and instructions a great quantity of community charm and influence in day-to-day media. The word is identical with riches indirect with huge popular appeal, prominence in an exacting field, and is with no trouble recognized by the universal public. Martin Schoeller is a very well-liked 42 years-old German photographer based in New York. He by now shots dozens of celebrities: musicians, actors, politicians. He is particularly known for a huge series of close-up portraits which all contain the same action. But today we center on an over series by means of a more complex performance and a great intelligence of comedy. Check out these funny portraits and tell me which one is your favorite.
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The Tarragona Human Tower Competition is an yearly sporting occasion approved out by the best team in the country and it is detained every two years in Tarragona, a city in Spain’s Catalonia region about 50 miles southwest of Barcelona. Nearly 6000 audience gather at an old bull ring in Tarragona on the primary weekend of October in excess of the weekend intended for its annual cast ells opposition, where teams complete of up to hundreds of populace work together to build human tower. Most important teams compete next to each other for the first put in different category where towers are score on complexity. The event is well-liked with both locals and tourist and has been affirmed part of the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Check out these interesting festival images.
Happy Saturday Morning Folks!
I trust everyone is enjoying the start of the weekend and looking forward to getting out and taking some great shots. I know I am, and this weekend I’ll be trying out one of Canon’s newest L Series lenses, the TS-E 24mm f/3.5 II.
I’ve been waiting several weeks to get my hands on this little beauty and I’ve got a perfect location picked out to run this baby through it’s paces. I’ll be heading back to Goliad, Texas the birth place of the republic to shoot some 18th century architecture.
Having never used a tilt & shift lens before I’m looking forward to seeing how well this technology works in correcting perspective distortion in architectural photography. I’m sure I’ll have lots to report on in next week’s posts.
Have a great weekend!
Posted in Photography Tagged: Canon, Canon 5D Mark II, Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 II
In a post last week I discussed using Tom Neimann’s PTLens program to correct for barrel, pincushion and perspective distortions in your architectural images. Tom’s program and Photoshop plug-in filter are nothing lens than amazing at correcting distortions that are easy to overlook with the naked eye. For most of us, using PTLens is definitely the way to go.
There is another way to correct for perspective distortions however, using a “Tilt & Shift” lens such as Canon’s brand new TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II. Since I’m a newbie at using a Tilt & Shift lens I’ll leave the complete explanation and demonstration of this unique lens’ features to Bryan Carnathan at The-Digital-Picture.com. Bryan does a much better job of explaining the technical aspects of this unique lens than I ever could.
I was fortunate enough to be able to try out this lens last Saturday during a shoot in Goliad, Texas. I started by setting up my tripod and taking a few quick shots of Goliad’s historic courthouse using my EF 24-105mm zoom at 28mm.
As you can see in this image, the top of the courthouse seems to lean away from you and the vertical lines tend to converge. This is typical perspective distortion caused by the wide-angle lens being tilted up to capture the entire building in the frame.
Correcting this using a Tilt & Shift lens is very simple. You first level your camera on the tripod (which cuts off the top of the building in the frame) and then simply turn the shift knob until the building “shifts” down and into the frame as shown in the final image below. I finished this image very simply using Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro plug-in filter. I find that most architectural images look best in black & white.
Historic Courthouse in Goliad, Texas
Copyright 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture priority (Av) using an TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II lens tripod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 24mm, f/16 for 1/20th of a second at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4 using Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro filter. Click on the image above for a larger version.
Posted in Photography Tagged: Architectural Photography, Canon, Canon 5D Mark II, Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II, Landscape Photography, Photography, PTLens, Tilt & Shift Lenses
An email came in yesterday from a reader asking where I found my photographic inspiration, especially now in the middle of a statewide drought. Under conditions like this it’s easy to become creatively lethargic since all the “low hanging fruit” of your creativity has been picked clean.
My inspiration comes from many sources including other blogs, books and magazines. Even though several portions of central Texas are under severe drought there are still some great photographic opportunities to be had. Texas is a big place and the upper lakes region of the Colorado river (Inks Lake, Lake LBJ) seem to be doing much better than other areas west of Austin. There are several really great spots for sunrise and sunset shots around Marble Falls / Kingsland as well Enchanted Rock, which is beautiful at almost any time of the year.
Last weekend I went to Goliad to shoot the two Missions and got back with some really nice exposures like the image below. Later this week I’m headed back to the western edge of the Hill Country (Garner State Park, Lost Maples State Natural Area, Hill Country State Natural Area and the Guadalupe River State Park) to scout alternate locations for my fall workshop.
Mission Espiritu Santo in Goliad, Texas
Copyright 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture priority (Av) using an TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II lens tripod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 24mm, f/16 for 1/50th of a second using a Singh-Ray 2-stop, graduated neutral density filter at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4 using Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro filter. Click on the image above for a larger version.
Check out some of Wyman Meinzer’s books on Amazon. He’s the best known Texas photographer and has travelled the state for years in all sorts of conditions. His images continue to inspire me daily. Pick up a copy of Texas Highways or Texas Parks & Wildlife magazines while you’re at it. There’s always two or three great spots featured in each issue.
If you really get stuck, try the local arboretums or even a nursery on a cloudy day. You can always get some great shots of flowers and plants in places like this. Even in the most bone-dry, barren areas, there are always photographic opportunities if you have an open and relaxed outlook. If you get really (Really) stuck, just send me an email. I’m more than happy to share any of my favorite spots in this great state of Texas!
Posted in Photography Tagged: Canon, Canon 5D Mark II, Inspiration, Landscape Photography, Mission Espiritu Santo, Photography
It’s finally raining here in Texas and that means the Texas Landscape Safari will be taking place as planned on October 19th – 21st, 2009. This not your usual photography workshop. It’s more like a bunch of friends getting together to share their love of landscape photography and help each other grow as serious amateur photographers. It’s a chance to visit and photograph some of the most beautiful spots in the Texas Hill Country and to learn some basic techniques to enhance your landscape photography behind the camera and in the digital darkroom. The price of this workshop is $250 per person (price includes instruction only). I charge just enough to cover my expenses and if you’re not completely exhausted (but satisfied) at the end of the workshop, I’ll gladly refund your money!
For more information or to register, please contact me via email using the “Contact Me” page located on this blog.
We will be shooting at the following state parks and key locations during the four day / three night workshop.
- Colorado Bend State Park – Bend, Texas
- Inks Lake State Park – Burnet, Texas
- Longhorn Cavern State Park – Burnet, Texas
- Enchanted Rock State Natural Area – Fredericksburg, Texas
- Pedernales Falls State Park – Johnson City, Texas
- McKinney Falls State Park – Austin, Texas
We will be staying overnight at the following locations to be as close to the action as possible.
- Holiday Inn Express – Lampasas, Tx on Sunday October 18, 2009
- Best Western Marble Falls Inn – Marble Falls, Tx on Monday October 19, 2009
- Best Western Johnson City Inn – Johnson City, Tx on Tuesday October 20, 2009
Gorman Falls Morning – Colorado Bend State Park, Texas
Copyright 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 40D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM tripod-mounted with a Singh-Ray Vari-ND neutral density filter attached. The exposure was taken at 40mm, f/16 for 0.8 seconds at ISO 100 on Sandisk digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.
Posted in Photography Tagged: Canon, Canon 40D, Landscape Photography, Texas Landscape Safari
So here’s a quick post from an image taken last December. I stood and watched these whistling ducks for over an hour before this White Ibis decided to crash the party. I never grow tired of watching nature tell a story. It’s very important to slow down while you’re out shooting and wait for the story to unfold. Trust me on this folks. You won’t be disappointed.
Odd Man Out
Copyright 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 40D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 300mm f/4 L IS USM + EF 1.4x Extender monopod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 420mm, f/6.7 for 1/350th of a second at ISO 100 on Sandisk digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4 using Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro plug-in filter. Click on the image above for a larger version.
Posted in Photography Tagged: Bird Photography, Canon, Canon 40D, Photography, Wildlife Photography
Here’s a shot I took last December at the Brazos Bend State Park near Needville, Texas. It’s unusual to see a Black-Bellied Whistling Duck flying alone. There are usually hundreds of them on this pond and when one takes off, they all take off.
I have a small confession to make about this image. I cheated a little in post by using Alien Skin’s “Bokeh” plug-in filter in Photoshop CS4 to blur the background. This has the intended effect to make the bird appear much sharper than it really is.
It’s a great little trick you can use on any image with a diffuse background but many wildlife photographers and most nature photography magazines frown on this practice since it’s not “natural”. Well, I’m no photojournalist and for me it beats having to spend $5000 on a fast super-telephoto lens.
Copyright 2008 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 50D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 300mm f/4 L IS USM + EF 1.4x Extender monopod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 420mm, f/5.6 for 1/500th of a second at ISO 100 on SanDisk digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4 using Alien Skin’s “Bokeh” plug-in filter. Click on the image above for a larger version.
Posted in Photography Tagged: Bird Photography, Canon, Canon 50D, Photography