Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A flash diffuser is NOT a chew toy!

Unfortunately my marauding band of puggles were not aware of that bit of wisdom. Here's what's left of my Sto-Fen Omni Bounce & the lid from my LightSphere. I guess I'll be cleaning up plastic poop in the am.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Sunrise shoot at Dan's Rock Overlook

I really like it when the sunrises around 7:30, I don't have to wake-up so early for sunrise shoots. This morning I took a drive up to one of my favorite sunrise location, Dan's Rock Overlook. I tried something a little different this time...usually when I shoot at Dan's Rock, I base my exposure on the sky, which causes the foreground rocks to appear as dark silhouette. However, this time I used the same exposure, but also used my flash as a strobe to illuminate the foreground rocks. The shots below were all taken with a 30 second shutter, with a burst of flash illuminating the rocks every 5 seconds or so. This brought out the detail in the rocks & shows off all that beautiful graffiti. : )

You can see more of my Dan's Rock Overlook shots by clicking here.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Interstate 68

I was driving home from teaching a Night Photography class, and I was a little disappointed that I didn't get to do some creative outside experiments due to the pouring rain. I was still feeling the itch to do something creative, so I pulled off the road, under an underpass & took a few long exposure shots of the passing cars.

This one is my favorite. Settings were 89 second shutter / f8 / ISO 200.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

6th Annual Hooley Plunge - Rocky Gap State Park

Here are some photos from the sixth annual Hooley Plunge, a charity event benefiting the Allegany County Special Olympics and other programs for the developmentally disabled.

To see all of the pics, you can click here - Hooley Plunge 2010

Clearing ice from the water prior to the plunge

Colorful characters preparing to plunge

The first waves of plungers

Learn more about the Hooley Plunge -

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

High-pass filter technique

I read about a cool high-pass filter technique the other day on Strobist, so I decided to give it a try on a pic of the pups. I think the overall effect is a bit strong for my tastes, but by using a duplicate layer & bringing the opacity way down (this is at about 25%), I like the results.