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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Where in the World?



(f5.0, 1/60, 25mm, ISO 160)


Back from another short trip. This photo was actually taken this morning before we packed up to return home. It was taken at a site in central Idaho called Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve (About the size of the state of Rhode Island).  When President Calvin Coolidge signed the proclamation declaring it a National Monument one of the words he used to describe it was "weird".  Craters of the Moon is not the most photogenic place I have ever visited, though there are some beautiful photos to be had, but it was certainly an interesting visit with amazing Geologic significance and education.  Actual Astronaut training was also conducted at Craters of the Moon in the early days.  I'll be passing on more photos from Craters of the Moon in future posts.



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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sunset Sunday - 28

(f7.1, 1/125, 42mm, ISO 160)


Another Sunset Sunday. Do you have a beautiful sunset to share? We'd love to see it. Just post a link in your comment, or just tell us it's there and we'll click on your name to find it.

I am scheduling this post to come out while I'm out of town.  I may not have Internet access for a few days so may not get to read your comments or see your posts.  But I'll be back and play catch up then.  Enjoy.

HOW TO PUT A LINK TO YOUR POST IN YOUR COMMENT
In case you don't know how to post a link in your comment here is a "how to":

Let's say I wanted to say something like: "My sunset photo is here."  As you can see the word "here" looks a little different because it is a link to a sunset post.  To do that in my comment I replace the word "here" with the following code:
  <a href="http://www.scottlawphotography.com/2010/08/sunset-sunday-27.html"> here. </a>

So this is what you would type into the comments box:  My sunset photo is<a href="http://www.scottlawphotography.com/2010/08/sunset-sunday-27.html"> here. </a>.  But what everyone would see when they read your comment is "My sunset photo is here." Without the quotation marks.

Two very important points:
     1.  It does not matter what you type before the code.  If you wanted to say "To see the most beautiful photo ever taken" or whatever you wanted to say.  It just doesn't matter.  Whatever you type before the code will show exactly as you type it.  You don't have to type anything at all.  If you want the entire sentence to be the link to your post then do it this way:  <a href="http://www.scottlawphotography.com/2010/08/sunset-sunday-27.html"> My sunset photo is here. </a>.  It would then look like this My sunset photo is here.
    2.  The part between the quotation marks inside the code is the exact URL or web address that will open up when the reader clicks on the link.  If you use the one in the example it will go to My Sunset Sunday Post not yours.  Note that you must include the entire thing, including the "http://".  The best way to get it is to open your post and then copy the URL from the address box at the top of your web browser.   So if I were Chad and I wanted you to come to my Sunset Sunday photo I might type something like this:  You can see my <a href="http://chadbarton.blogspot.com/2010/08/evening-rays.html"> Sunset Sunday photo here. </a>.  Then when you or I read his comment it will look like "You can see my Sunset Sunday photo here."  Without the quotation marks. And when you click on the "Sunset Sunday photo here" it will take you to Chad's post.

One last point - I don't think you can just copy the code from here and then change the link and verbage inside because I've used special characters that you can't see to show you what to type without it actually working as HTML code in the example.  You'll have to type everything but the web address yourself the first time (you can go ahead and copy and paste the web address in where it belongs)  and then you can copy and paste the whole code to your hearts content.

Questions??? Email me or ask them in your comment.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Phun Phriday! #29 - White Balance

I thought for this week's Phun Phriday! I'd have a little Phun with white balance. Almost all digital cameras have the ability to adjust for white balance, and often we can use that to our advantage. After all . . . that's why it's there. The purpose of this post is just to show you the effects of changing the white balance setting in your camera.  All photos were taken outdoors on a totally clear day with beautiful blue skies.  The white rose was in the shade of the house with a black cloth draped behind it.  No artificial light of any kind was introduced.  This first photo looks to my eyes like the most accurate rendition of the real thing.

For this photo I just left it set on "Auto" White Balance. As you look at these different effects, be sure you look at the leaves and the background as well as the flower itself.

The camera was set for "Fine Weather" White Balance.
This one was set to "Shade", but I think they are programmed more for tree shade.
This photo was set for "Cloudy" conditions.

Dramatic change here - It was set for "Tungsten" light. Tungsten light has very little blue in it so to compensate this setting adds lots of blue.

The setting on this was for "Cool Fluorescent" lighting.

And this one for "Day White Fluorescent".

My camera has three settings just for Fluorescent and this one is "Day Light Fluorescent".

Here it is set of the color of "Flash". As you can see it is very close to the "Fine Weather" setting.

Many cameras even let you set specific White Balance by what's called a Kelvin Setting. A Match Flame burns at about 1700 to 1800 Kelvin, whereas noon direct sun is about 6000 Kelvin and Partly cloudy sky is about 8000 to 10000 Kelvin. For this photo I had it set to 12000 Kelvin.

And for this one I had it set to 14000 Kelvin which is high as my camera will go.


If you've followed my Sunset Sundays you've seen some sunsets that are very blue like the one here.  And of course you've seen lots and lots of orange ones like this. In most cases I have played with the White Balance.  I shoot most of my sunset photos in "Shade" mode because it adds yellow right in the camera and for those that appear very blue I have shot with the White Balance set to "Tungsten" as you can see what that does above.

I hope that you are glad you stopped by Phun Phriday! today, and I hope you'll go out and play with your white balance settings.  I strongly recommend you get out your owners manual to your camera and have Phun!

Photography should be Phun and that's why I have my Phun Phriday! posts.  Have you done something Phun, wierd and/or creative lately? If so, leave a link to it in your comment. If not - well I'd really love to hear from you anyway.

P.S. I'm headed out of town early today and don't know when I'll have Internet access again for the next few days. If I can't get to it while traveling I'll play catch up when I get back.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Cloud 7



(f3.5, 1/20, 14mm, ISO 160)


Couldn't quite make Cloud 9.  Hope this is close enough.



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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Challenge


I have accepted the challenge laid down by David Foote at One Foote Closer.  What about you???



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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sunset Sunday - 27



f11, 1/800, 215mm, ISO 160)


Another Sunset Sunday has rolled around. Do you have a beautiful sunset you'd like to share. Just leave a link or a URL in your comment so we can go and see it. - Don't have one yet, well we'd love to read your comment anyway.



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Saturday, August 21, 2010

It's All His Fault


Antelope Island is an Island in the Great Salt Lake, but it can be accessed by a man made causeway or road. Since it is only about 4 miles from my house I go out there quite often.  At the North end of the island is an area where people can dock their boats, but as I've driven by I've often wondered why there were very few, if any, boats there.  Thursday, while I was taking the photos for yesterday's Phun Phriday! post I got up close and found out. It's all his fault.






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Friday, August 20, 2010

Phun Phriday #28 - Curiosity Satisfied



It's Phun Phriday!  and again this time I'm really not stepping very far out of the box, but I did have Phun taking and preparing these photos.  On Monday, I posted under the title Apologies and though I didn't really intend to start a guessing game I inadvertently did.  So today I'll show you one of the "Irons" in the fire.  Specifically the one that Monday's photo was related to.

I bought this last Wednesday and boy is it PHUN!  If you've got just a minute I'll tell you a Phunny story.  When I decided I wanted a new (to me) truck I called and visited several people that I thought could help me find one, and to every one I told them what I wanted and I would always make sure and tell them I was NOT interested in a black one because even though they are beautiful when clean, they are too hard to keep clean.  So what happened here?  Turned out to be the best deal I found. 












Photography should be Phun and that's why I have my Phun Phriday! posts.  Have you done something Phun, wierd and/or creative lately? If so, leave a link to it in your comment. If not - well I'd really love to hear from you anyway.







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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Windy



(f4.5, 1/50, 18mm, ISO 160)


That haze out there is dust.  I don't believe I've ever photographed in such strong winds as we were having that night. 



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Monday, August 16, 2010

Apologies

(f5.6, 1/50, 42mm, ISO 160)


I'm sorry I haven't been out commenting on your blogs as much as I like lately.  I've currently got more irons in the fire than I can count.  This is a hint as to what one of them is.

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sunset Sunday - 26

(f8, 1/200, 42mm, ISO 160)


Today marks six months of Sunset Sundays. I sure hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Do you have a beautiful sunset you'd like to share. Just leave a link or a URL in your comment so we can go and see it. - Don't have one yet, well we'd love to read your comment anyway.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Phun Phriday #27 - Ranch Impression



Hey Kids - it's Phun Phriday! again. That's the day we try to do something different and Phun.

If you've been around a while you know that I like Impressionistic photos. Today's falls into that category. It was made by taking two setting the camera on a tripod and taking the photograph twice. One of them is in focus and the other is way out of focus. The out of focus one is also overexposed at least one stop. Then in Adobe Bridge I overexpose the focused shot. In Photoshop I laid the in-focus one on top of the other and blended them. In this case I set the opacity of the top layer to 55%. There are many blend modes and you can play with them to see what you like. For this shot I used the luminosity mode.

Here is the scene without trying to make it impressionistic.


To be honest, I'm not sure which I like better.  I think there are nice things about both, but it is Phun to experiment and learn.

Photography should be Phun and that's why I have my Phun Phriday! posts.  Have you done something Phun, wierd and/or creative lately? If so, leave a link to it in your comment. If not - well I'd really love to hear from you anyway. 



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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

"Will you walk into my parlor?"

(f2.0, 1/100, 50mm, ISO 160)


If you're not familiar with the story of the Spider and the Fly you should click here to read the entire poem.  It's a very good reminder for all of us.

Out on Antelope Island there are thousands of these big fellers in the brush along the side of the road.  The abdomen on some of these is as wide as about 1/2 inch.  I only hope that their main diet is mosquitoes and deer flies.

My posts may be spotty the next few days as I've got some important projects I'm up to my neck in, but I won't forget Phun Phriday! and I hope you don't either. 

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Leaky Roof

(f5.6, 1/80, 20mm, ISO 160)


The sun was about to hide behind the mountain for the night.  I couldn't resist.


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Monday, August 09, 2010

Monday Morning Quarterbacking #3


If this is your first time to visit me on a Monday Morning Quarterbacking post you may want to take a quick visit here to see what this is all about.   Essentially it is me going back to a photo I posted previously and critiquing it from a photographic/artistic viewpoint.

I selected this photo the same way that I did a previous one, simply by randomly picking a previous post.  In this case it was this one here.  As you can see this was done before I started framing my photos.  I'm not saying that as a critique, although if done correctly it may have enhanced it.

As I look at this photo in retrospect I can see that it was mostly an illustrative photo.  I tried to make it artistic at the time, but primarily I just ended up illustrating the title of Hoarfrost and showing what it is.  There are two strongly competing elements with the branch on the left side being the most in focus and the leaf in the middle.  The other "softer" focus branches tend to just add busyness and confuse more than add.  From the standpoint of interest in how the fog forms into spiky ice formations this photo succeeds.  As a piece of art that you might put in a book or hang on a wall this photo doesn't cut it.











The optimal choice, assuming I wanted to change it, would be to photograph it differently, but considering that is impossible, I took the same original RAW image cropped it and ran it through some processing in Adobe Bridge.  You will notice that after I cropped out most of the busyness on the right side I darkened the background some and barely desaturated the color.  I sharpened the ice crystals and to help keep the eye in the photo better I slightly burned in the corners.   I think it is an improvement. 





As always, I welcome your comments, suggestions and questions.

There is still one more element to Monday Morning Quarterbacking - If you have a photo you would like seriously critiqued from one man's photographic/artistic viewpoint you may either put a link to it in your comment, email me a link or simply email me the photo. You'll find an email link just below or in my profile.  Please tell me if you want it critiqued publicly or privately.  You must promise not to be mad at me if I tell you something you didn't want to hear.  You do not have to agree with me - photography and art are very subjective.





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Sunday, August 08, 2010

Lightning - A Day Late and A Dollar Short



I don't know what the "A Dollar Short" has to do with this, except it's part of the old saying so I kept it in. It wasn't the Lighting that was a day late it was me in getting this posted.  I was going to post these lightning shots yesterday when I discovered the "oops" on my Sunset Sunday, so now these are a day late. I actually captured these on Friday night. If you've seen Chad's lightning shots from Friday night you may have noticed a dramatic color difference between his and mine.  His are markedly pink/orange where mine are more purple and we were only standing a few feet apart from each other.  In case you don't know, it's all about white balance.  Almost all digital cameras have a white balance adjustment so check your camera manual and try switching up your white balance and see what it does.  If you haven't done this before you'll learn something - "I guarantee it."





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Saturday, August 07, 2010

Sunset Sunday - 25



(f5, 1/50, 14mm, ISO 160)


(NOTE: This was supposed to be scheduled for Sunday Aug 8, but I messed up - yes it was my fault - and it got published a day early. I guess I got so excited about this beautiful sunset I just couldn't wait LOL! I could have deleted and posted tomorrow, but by the time I discovered it there were already comments and I didn't want to lose them. I hope you enjoy this a day early.)

Earlier this week we went camping in the nearby mountains. I caught this sunset up there.

Do you have a beautiful sunset you'd like to share.  Just leave a link or a URL in your comment so we can go and see it. - Don't have one yet, well we'd love to read your comment anyway.

Note:  If you don't know how to leave a link in a comment and would like to learn click here.



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Friday, August 06, 2010

Phun Phriday! #26 - Texture


The time has flown.  Based on the Phun Phriday! count this must be 6 months, and if I remember correctly I haven't missed one yet.   This one isn't too far out of the box, but it did require a little more than just capturing an image, so I'm going to use it since it is actually two images.  You'll probably see that even better if you click and embiggen it.

While exploring the Uinta mountains I found this interesting little plant growth on some of the evergreen trees.  Looked like a baby pine cone to me but I had never noticed them before.  I've been wanting to do a little more with textures and while I was up in some other mountains a couple days ago I noticed some great texture in the waters of the stream so I overexposed it about a stop and a half and then I sandwiched these two together to create this image.

Photography should be Phun and that's why I have my Phun Phriday! posts.  Have you done something Phun, wierd and/or creative lately? If so, leave a link to it in your comment. If not - well I'd really love to hear from you anyway.



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Thursday, August 05, 2010

Summer Time Cooler

(f5.6, 1/100, 42mm, ISO 160)


Taken on a foggy morning on December 17th 2009.  I thought with all the hot temperatures around lately it was time for a reminder of Winter.


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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Evening Ride











(f6.3, 1/400, 92mm, ISO 160)


Another "Golden Hours" photo. As I was taking photos of a reservoir in the nearby mountains as the evening sun was getting low I saw this little family taking a canoe ride on the calm waters.











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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Meet the New Guest Photographer

A few months ago a new name appeared in my comments and as is my habit I went to check out his blog. I'm sure glad I did because I found a delightful sample of beautiful and intriguing photography that has taken me back almost daily.  He goes simply by Dave and he calls his blog "The Hidden Realm".  Dave has both the eye and the technical know how to put a smile on your face.  If you haven't met Dave yet, it's time you did.  Visit his web site here.



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Sunday, August 01, 2010

Sunset Sunday - 24





(f7.1, 1/20, 36mm, ISO 160)


Life is good. I get to go out and take beautiful photos of Gorgeous sunsets and then I post them on my blog to share them with you and you write and say nice things that make me feel good, and then I get to go around and look at your beautiful sunsets and other gorgeous photos and that makes me smile. Life really is good!!! Aren't we blessed?

I think it's appropriate that I've put my Sunset day on Sunday because that is another gift from Heaven.

Hope your Sunday is wonderful.

P.S. I'll be out of internet range for a few days, so I may not get back to comment on yours right away, but I will be back so please share.





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