Curtis Photography: Blog http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog en-us Curtis Photography curtis59@me.com (Curtis Photography) Tue, 03 Apr 2018 16:17:00 GMT Tue, 03 Apr 2018 16:17:00 GMT http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u923126273-o442875259-50.jpg Curtis Photography: Blog http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog 80 120 Get simple http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/get-simple 20150930_09920150930_099 Sometimes I over think my photography. This image was done in Florida and all evening I was shooting the beach and not wanting to get birds in my image. If I did want a bird it was birds a whole lot of them. This little gut was just walking on the beach and I just turn a fired my camera. As it turns out it’s one of my best images of that day. I like it because the composition is so simple.

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curtis59@me.com (Curtis Photography) beach. florida http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/get-simple Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:30:00 GMT
HDR is so yesterday http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/hdr-is-so-yesterday 20150402-02120150402-021 I’ve out grow HDR image processing, This was one that I did in HDR and even though I  still like this image, when I look close it just doesn’t work for me any more. My Nikon D750 has great tonal range and if the landscape is real contrasted, I choose to do image blending. 

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curtis59@me.com (Curtis Photography) http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/hdr-is-so-yesterday Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:15:00 GMT
f/16 is out the window. http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/f/16-is-out-the-window 20171003-04720171003-047 Ok I’m an old school kind of photographer. Back in the film day when you shot a landscape you would set your lens to the highest f/stop to get the most depth of field possible. How ever today we shoot with the sweet spot of the lens that you’re using. I tested all my lenses and found that f/11 was the best setting for this lens. The sharpness of this image show that sweet spot.

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curtis59@me.com (Curtis Photography) bend big national park texas http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/f/16-is-out-the-window Tue, 10 Apr 2018 16:00:00 GMT
Go big or go home, in vertical. http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/go-big-or-go-home-in-vertical 20171003-07820171003-078

This image was done in Big Bend National Park,  Texas. Vertical images (called Portrait mode today) works well for this image, however in today’s computer age it doesn’t work well on monitors if you’re making a presentation. I like the way this looks nice foreground subject to balance with the background mountains.

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curtis59@me.com (Curtis Photography) bend big national park texas http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/go-big-or-go-home-in-vertical Tue, 03 Apr 2018 15:42:29 GMT
The Mall http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/the-mall 20150725-008020150725-0080 I can’t help but think that we as Americans are spoiled. We just hop into our car and go get what we want and most of the time it’s nothing we really need. The Ethiopian people spend a good part of their day walking to find food for that day. I’m so ready to go back it was very eye opining experience.

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curtis59@me.com (Curtis Photography) http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/the-mall Tue, 27 Mar 2018 18:15:00 GMT
Not the Apple store for sure! http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/not-the-apple-store-for-sure 20150723-003620150723-0036 20150723-003720150723-0037 This is a computer store in Ethiopia. Sometimes a think I need things to make me a better photographer, like the next best computer. However the people of Ethiopia are content with what ever they have.

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curtis59@me.com (Curtis Photography) http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/not-the-apple-store-for-sure Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:15:00 GMT
Not something you see everyday. http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/not-something-you-see-everyday 20150725-016520150725-0165 We heard the goat before we see it. Yes that is a live goat on top of the van. Look closer and you will see two goats on the van. This image was done in Ethiopia on one of the major highways. Taken on a Saturday which meant that these goat were going to market in a nearby town. It’s great to experience a different culture and to photograph the things that you see. A poor country, however the people are a happy people and know how to live and seem content.  

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curtis59@me.com (Curtis Photography) http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/not-something-you-see-everyday Mon, 12 Mar 2018 17:57:39 GMT
Not sure why? http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/not-sure-why 20180104-02320180104-023 Sometimes there is no reason why a take a photo, and this image is just that. I just took an image of this tree. Later when I got it on the computer I still don’t know why I took this image. What made me want to take a photo of this tree? Later I saw the why; because of the way the light is hitting this tree and the fact that the tree has very few limbs on one side. Sometime you don’t need a reason just take a picture.

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curtis59@me.com (Curtis Photography) missouri ozarks tree http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/not-sure-why Tue, 06 Mar 2018 19:54:50 GMT
I'm going crazy! http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/im-going-crazy Paddy Creek B&W Before Christmas I’m by myself hey DJ I Mavic Pro. I’m still nervous flying it, but I’m enjoying the results that I’m getting. I think my creative side is moving more to a multimedia production, what I mean is to add both video and still images to give the viewer a better appreciation for the beauty of a particular place. In the future I will be recording sound maybe some Panoramic’s that I could slowly move a crossed the screen. If you have time please leave me a comment and let me know what you think. 

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curtis59@me.com (Curtis Photography) creek missouri paddy video winter http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/im-going-crazy Tue, 27 Feb 2018 16:30:00 GMT
"Catch in a trap" http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/-catch-in-a-trap 20120225-124-HDR20120225-124-HDR This photo was taken several years back when I first started doing HDR (High dynamic range) photography. And I have to admit I was addicted to it, I was caught in the trap. Two years ago I bought the new Nikon D750, mostly for the articulating screen. However I was still in my HDR trap. Until one day I made a mistake and only got one usable Image in an HDR set I think I bumped the focus and only one image what sharp. I like the image so I post processed it and it turned out being the best image of that day shoot. I still bracket my exposures however I’m moving away from HDR because the newer cameras had better dynamic range. So it’s true you can learn from my photographic mistakes,

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curtis59@me.com (Curtis Photography) farming missouri ozarks rust tractor http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/-catch-in-a-trap Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:15:00 GMT
I'm the girl in the family. http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/im-the-girl-in-the-family 20170703_01120170703_011 Okay I want to be clear on this, I am a guy! I just tend to see beauty in the world. I am the artistic one in our family and my wife tells me all the time that I’m “the girl in the family.” I love nature and I love recording on digits the things that God has made. I’m not ashamed to admit, that I see beautiful things. I don’t think I see the world differently then anybody else, I think I responded things differently. There’s three parts to every good photograph. A good camera and the technical understanding of that camera, a good subject in front of the camera at the right time and with the right light, and the most important thing, the person behind the camera that has a passionate heart to capture beauty. (Ok that didn’t sound a little girly.)

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curtis59@me.com (Curtis Photography) early fall flower forest missouri newburg ozark http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/im-the-girl-in-the-family Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:00:00 GMT
To camera; or not to camera? That's the question? http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/to-camera-or-not-to-camera-thats-the-question 20171030-0078-Edit20171030-0078-Edit

Okay if I’m honest with myself the real question is; should I leave my fly-fishing stuff at home? I love both, fishing and photography. This is Bennett Springs Missouri one of my favorite places to do both. On this day I got there early and it looked like he was going to be a beautiful sunrise, however it got overcast. Normally I would reach into my camera bag and put on my wide angle lens for some landscapes and of course a tripod. Recently I read to stretch your imagination and your creativity try using lens that you don’t normally use. So I put on my 200– 400 mm and started walking around. I must say the fishing was slow and the photography was more satisfying.

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curtis59@me.com (Curtis Photography) bennett fall fishing missouri ozark springs trout water http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/to-camera-or-not-to-camera-thats-the-question Tue, 06 Feb 2018 15:00:00 GMT
Go big or go home!! http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/go-big-or-go-home 20171003-09520171003-095 Ok I know everything is bigger in Texas, where this image was taken. What I’m really talking about is my lens selection. Most of the time when I’m doing landscape I reach in my bag and pull out a wide angle, however on this shot I wanted to shorten the space between the foreground and background, so instead I pulled out my 70-200mm lens. The right word for this is scene compression.

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curtis59@me.com (Curtis Photography) bend big national park texas http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/go-big-or-go-home Tue, 30 Jan 2018 21:30:00 GMT
Right place, right time! http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/right-place-right-time 20171005-069020171005-0690 I’ve talked about this before, if I wouldn’t have gotten up predawn or stayed in bed because the weather app said it was going to rain all morning, I would have never been so lucky. I believe you make your own luck. 

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curtis59@me.com (Curtis Photography) mexico new sands white http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/right-place-right-time Tue, 23 Jan 2018 21:15:00 GMT
Get out of my way. http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/get-out-of-my-way 20171005-082120171005-0821

It’s not about me, sometimes I get so full of myself that I can’t see what’s in front of me or my camera.

This image was done without the other photographers in the composition and it just wasn’t as good. I don’t want people to stand right in front of me, but I must remember, “it’s not about me.” 

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curtis59@me.com (Curtis Photography) mexico new sands white http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/get-out-of-my-way Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:15:00 GMT
Scale http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/scale 20171030-0064-Edit20171030-0064-Edit Not talking about my New Year’s Resolution that I would lose some weight by checking the scale. What I’m doing more often in my images is adding people to give the image some scale. How big is a tree? The answer is “it depends”. If you add a person in your image the viewer will have a better idea how big something is.

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curtis59@me.com (Curtis Photography) bennett missouri springs http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/scale Tue, 09 Jan 2018 21:00:00 GMT
Sometimes you just need to go. http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/sometimes-you-just-need-to-go 20171030-0038-Edit20171030-0038-Edit

There are many times I just want to stay in my warm bed and not go out to do some sunrise landscape. Just like a New Year’s resolution it’s easy to talk your way out of leaving your bed, so here are some tips that help me do just that.

Know where you’re going: do the research the night before get on Google earth to do some scouting.

Check the weather, but don’t stay in bed if the forecast is bad. Some of my best images have been done in bad weather. Check so you know what to wear to stay comfortable.

Clean your camera, charge the batteries, format your cards, have your photo gear ready to go.

Have your coffee ready, set the auto brew and get out your Yeti.

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curtis59@me.com (Curtis Photography) bennett missouri springs http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/sometimes-you-just-need-to-go Tue, 02 Jan 2018 20:54:05 GMT
Express yourself http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/express-yourself 20171003-04420171003-044 Last week I posted an image of a night image on the way to a sunrise shoot at Big Bend National Park Texas. The sunrise was great; this is after as clouds moved in. Kathy (my Wife and the “k” in mkimages) expresses herself in body language as to what I was feeling at the same time.

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curtis59@me.com (Curtis Photography) bend big national park texas http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/express-yourself Mon, 25 Dec 2017 19:30:00 GMT
Not Hollywood stars; better. http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/not-hollywood-stars-better 20171003-008-Edit-220171003-008-Edit-2

Doing a few more astrological photographs. With digital photography you don’t have to put your camera when the sun goes down or in this case have to wait for the sun to come up. On my calendar now I have down new moon nights (when there is no moon light) and try to find a spot with little city lights around.

This image was done on the way to a sunrise shot in the mountains of Big Bend National Park Texas.

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curtis59@me.com (Curtis Photography) http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/not-hollywood-stars-better Mon, 18 Dec 2017 19:30:00 GMT
Simple subject. http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/simple-subject 20171005-113320171005-1133 Sunset at White Sands in New Mexico brings out a lot of people. Every time I thought I had an image, someone would walk into the camera frame. Then my creative mind started working the image. “Add people for scale, and in this image a clear subject.” Thank you mind for thinking threw this image and getting a winner.

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curtis59@me.com (Curtis Photography) mexico new sands sunset white http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/simple-subject Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:15:00 GMT