Year in Review
Jan01

Year in Review

2013 brought a lot of different photographic opportunities. While I didn’t get to use my 600mm lens as much as I should have, I did shoot a variety of subjects, including some nature images, lots of family, and even my first engagement shoot. Below are a few of my favorite images from the year. If you follow the blog, you’ve probably seen most of them, but I thought I’d put together a quick recap. Enjoy, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  ...

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Chicago Skyline from Lake Michigan
Jun12

Chicago Skyline from Lake Michigan

I was out in Chicago again a couple of weeks ago and had the opportunity to attend an event on an Odyssey Cruise Ship. I was able to get some nice shots off the side of the ship. The panorama above is 3 images stitched together. These are not HDR images, but they are pushing the boundaries of the D800’s dynamic range, which is impressive. Processed in Adobe Lightroom. Tech Info: Nikon D800, 24mm f/1.4      ...

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NYC Skyline
Apr10

NYC Skyline

I had a meeting early in Weehawken yesterday morning, so I decided to get up early and shoot some pictures of the New York City skyline. I woke up at 5:00am and got there a little after 6:00. Unfortunately, I just missed the lights on the Empire State Building. I’m assuming they go off around 6:00, because I saw them on as I was driving down Rt. 3. There were some clouds in the sky, so I was hoping for some drama, but you never know what you’re going to get. I setup my Nikon D800 on my tripod with the 24mm-120mm f/4 lens. I figured I was going to be shooting stopped down pretty far anyway, so no need for fast glass. I also used a Light Craft Workshop Fader ND Mark II filter. This filter allows you to adjust the amount of light coming into the lens by turning the front element on the filter. This allowed me to get longer exposures of 8 seconds, which smoothed out the water and added a little motion to the clouds. I noticed on some of the wider shots, the filter seemed to vignette on the left and right side of the frame, but I still think it’s useful to have in the bag. Unfortunately, I couldn’t spend as much time as I would have liked because I had to get to my meeting, but I got a couple of shots to play with. Here’s a 25 second shot that really smoothed out the water: And here is a panorama from last year, when I did the same thing. This is a 2 shot HDR taken with a Nikon D7000 with some significant post...

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Chicago Skyline HDR
Jan19

Chicago Skyline HDR

This was a shot I took while out at the Business Marketing Associations national conference in Chicago in 2011. It was taken from the side of a boat and the resulting raw file was saved out at 5 different stops (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2) then combined to create an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image. The original file was processed in Lightroom, and the HDR was created using Nik HDR Efex Pro 2.

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Mystic Whale
Jan19

Mystic Whale

Up at the Mystic Aquarium, there is a beluga whale that had a special connection with Amanda. I think if it could have come out of the water to give her a kiss, it would have....

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