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Making a Sculpture Awesome

Back in January we went to a local cathedral in Guadalajara. The large public square around it was filled with vendors selling food and other items. As we walked around I took a quick shot of an odd sculpture of a head on its side. Not great. I had not even caught all of the...

Hidalgo Villa

On the way to my May 25th shoot of the Chapala Malecon, I stopped and made this 5 shot handheld panorama of a grand old, now abandoned, villa on the main street into Chapala.  (Photo 1)The originals are all Lumix RAW. (My Lumix DMC- FZ1000 is still the only camera I have in Mexico until...

5D Moment

After visiting the Guachimontones site, we drove back through Teuchitlán. We passed two huge murals on buildings. This one inspired me to transform one person’s art into my own photographic art, with additional meaning. I had to take two shots, even at 24mm, to get the entire scene. Then I straightened them up some and...

Strange Fruit

Its been over 11years since I started exploring the range of things Photoshop, and then Lightroom could do for a digital photographer. Here is one of the very simple things I first learned do with the clone tool back in 2009. Eleven years later it just seems silly, but when I was very new to...

Birds and Waves

This photo was taken 6 years ago today. On this trip I had another “pocket” camera, the Canon Power Shot S100. It had a nice range of 24 to 120 mm and was a fast f2 at wide angle, but a slow f5.9 at 120mm. It was challenging to get it to focus on moving...

First contest

Back in the days of darkrooms and development with chemicals, I entered my first contest. It was held by a radio station and the assignment was an album cover for a band famous at the time. I created an image of a devastated planet with a blackened and melted landscape, while an atomic bomb was...

60 minutes of work in 12 seconds!

Several years ago while in Guadalajara I took a couple quick shots of an amazing multi-piece sculpture named La Estampida – The Stampede. I spent a long time cleaning up the image, fixing the brightness, contrast, and color balance, then removing unwanted things from the background and making the sky look better. Since getting Luminar...

Banquet Room

This restaurant needed a new photo of their beautiful round high-ceiling banquet room. White floor, black tablecloths, and lots of glass looking outside. My wireless 400W Mono-light with TTL metering made it easier. I exposed for outside to be light, and let the mono-light determine the exposure for the inside. I adjusted the height and...

Home-made panoramic head

All of the components are Arca Swiss connectors. The camera panning base screws onto a 3/8 stud on the tripod, and holds the Hifine CL-90N Quick Release Clamp. The base has 360 degree markings for precise positioning of multiple shots in a panorama. The Neewer 200mm nodal slide rail is held by the Quick Release...

Sometimes HDR is not enough

This shoot for an Interior Designer was a very challenging room. Off-white walls and white ceiling, with a deep navy blue cabinet, an even darker and less reflective navy blue sofa, and very bright lamps on either side. Incandescent lighting was mixed with a south facing wall of glass, on a sunny day. The high-end...

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