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Month: October 2016

Shadows Of A Gazebo

Shadows Of A Gazebo

In my recent adventures I stated I went to national parks along with regional parks. This was taken at Brookside Gardens when I ventured there for the day. Normally this gazebo has someone in it so I don’t bother attempt shooting it. The day I went the gardens were empty so I had no problem setting up the shot and taking it. This image is HDR. It was the first time I attempted one with the Nikon D810 and I…

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The Dawn Tree

The Dawn Tree

I discovered that I do not live that far from Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland. It’s an American Civil War National Park. So I woke up at an unholy hour and drove the hour to get there to do some sunrise shots. One of the things about battlefields having visited a view now is that they are flat. You need wide open spaces to maneuver your army back then. While there may be slight hills here and there you don’t…

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A View For Three

A View For Three

I never look at the photos I take most of the time until well after I have taken them. This means less emotional attachment. The downside is that sometimes I don’t see the issues with the photos. A lot of the stuff I shot at Meadowlark Gardens was blown out. While it works for my original intent I am struggling to find images that are usable. Part of this was me just not being familiar with the Nikon D810 after…

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Sparkle In The Spray

Sparkle In The Spray

I returned to Meadowlark Gardens on a long holiday weekend.┬áSince I no longer live in Virginia I was worried about paying out of state fees but they never asked so I happily paid my usual $5 and in I went. I think they are so popular that they don’t bother with where you live now. I was there to shoot something specific but I saw the fountain and figured why not. The light as you can see is harsh because…

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Flower Squares – Part Two

Flower Squares – Part Two

Here are the second half of the flowers I published yesterday. These were all taken in Portland, Oregon at the public Rose Garden. If it wasn’t for people I worked with wanting to get there I doubt I would have ever taken the photos. There is a bit of a story behind editing these images. It almost didn’t happen. My hands were hurting from lugging around my tripod and Nikon D810 earlier in the day. While it’s not super cold,…

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Flower Squares – Part One

Flower Squares – Part One

I have been getting requests for flowers from my Mom almost daily. Since she reads and comments daily I’ll humor her not for just one day but two! The whole flower thing started when I was a new at photography. I had no real clue what I was doing. If I was outside it was flowers. If I was inside it was my cat. Over the years my photography got better and I realized I hated flowers because I learned…

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Don’t Cross The Streams

Don’t Cross The Streams

It seems I have been obsessed with movie titles or lines for post titles lately. This one came from Ghostbusters. If you have never seen the original or the remake go watch. It will make sense. This is the Navy Pier from across Lake Michigan. You can see the skywheel that I have previously published images of before. I was all the way down the Chicago River Walk near some marina and I took this image. With the image being…

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Resistance Is Futile

Resistance Is Futile

This is one of the new images I shot over the last few weeks. I went hiking in Great Falls on the Maryland side of the Potomac River. I had my hiking boots on but I had no idea how much rock climbing I was going to end up doing. There are many side trails off the main tow path trail of the C&O Canal. So when I ventured off I was crawling over tall granite rocks while balancing my…

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Buildings Of Baltimore

Buildings Of Baltimore

I could have titled this Oshiro 35mm F/2 lens review but that’s boring. Still, all the images were shot using the Oshiro 35mm F/2. I had purchased the lens because I needed a relatively fast 35mm lens for my Sony A7R. Since they don’t make E mount version I got the Nikon version and adapter for Sony E. With the lens in hand I set off to Baltimore on one of the hottest days of the year in August. I…

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Streaking Down The River Of Light

Streaking Down The River Of Light

This was taken while I was in Chicago. There are tour boats going up and the Chicago River doing tours that finish in Lake Michigan and then they return to their docks. Most are based at Michigan Avenue. I shot this while I was walking towards Lake Michigan and I had 3 boats coming towards me. With it being night and the lens wide open it was still a 4 second exposure. For editing I had to do a composite…

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