Curtis Photography: Blog en-us Curtis Photography (Curtis Photography) Tue, 07 Nov 2017 19:57:00 GMT Tue, 07 Nov 2017 19:57:00 GMT Curtis Photography: Blog 80 120 Less is more. Last week’s blog I told you that I was moving away from HDR style photos. I’m also moving away from using filters all the time. Will still use a polarizer to remove glare from water and to add pop to fall foliage colors. I was just about ready to lay down close to $700.00 on a new filter kit, then I thought I can get better results using software such as Lightroom to get the same look or better then adding a filter at the time of exposure. This image was done in White Sands New Mexico without the use of filters.

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More NO HDR!!! This is not a HDR image, the more photography that I do the more that I’m moving away from HDR images. I will still combine images that do not fall into the full dynamic range of my camera. When there is just to much difference between my shadows and highlights, will bring those images into Photoshop and blend them together. This image was taken at the end of Lost mine trail in Big Bend National Park, Texas.

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Sorry it seems that I’m getting behind on everything in my life. We got back form our trip to Big Bend National Park in Texas and the White Sands New Mexico, last week and I’m still editing those images. Will try to post some on this blog in the near future.

Teaching a Lightroom class and I enjoying that immensely. I hope to get out this Monday and do some fall landscapes. The colors this year doesn’t seem as vibrant as normal or I might not be looking in the right spots. 


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Moving away. 20150930_10120150930_101

Ok I’m not moving away from the area, hold on to your seats I’m moving away from HDR, yes you heard it here first. You might be asking yourself, “why, you were the HDR man?”

         I’ve gotten to the point that the quality of my images is sharper if I don’t use the HDR method and the colors are also life like. The dynamic range of my camera can capture most of the detail in both highlight and shadow areas. There will be times that I might shoot for both the sky and the foreground and blend them together but I think my HDR days have come to an end.

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Gone 20160409-02620160409-026 s you read this blog, I hope to be image deep in Big Bend National Park. My bride and I will be celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary and she must love me because she is letting me do this trip with photography in mind. I will try and video some of the trip, maybe do some “how to” stuff. We hope to go to White Sands also.

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This is my favorite time of the year in the Ozarks.

Fall with all it’s colors just screams out to be photographed. This year I’ll going to go out in bad weather and try is getting some different types of fall images. Also thinking that I will also be doing more pantographic images. Going to be more intentional in getting the best I can get. Looking to get only 3 images that are wall hanger.

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Feeling it 20170820-006420170820-0064

Last week I posted about over thinking photography. Just like any other art form you sometime just have to feel it. This is one of those images, the lighting was overcast and I saw the great reflections on the water I was just starting to think… ”Wouldn’t it bet great if something would come across the road …” and then this happened.

The camera is just a tool; sometime you need a little luck, and I believe you can make some of your own luck.

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Stop over thinking 20170820-002620170820-0026

If you follow this post, you know that I tried to photograph the solar eclipse. A lot of thought went into that, but very little came out, photographically speaking (the experience was great.) This image was taken the night before. I call this “run & gun” photography. Set the camera up and just have fun shooting with no goal in minded. Stop over thinking every thing and just have some fun. 

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Close but no cigars 20170821-00120170821-001

Last week post I admitted that I still fail as a photographer; here is another example of me failing. Looks like a strange under-exposed sunset. In truth this was a solar eclipse photo and because I had to explain that, the image doesn’t stand on it’s own merit.

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“If you have to explain the photo, it can’t stand on it’s own.” This image needs to be explained. I didn’t want to take the same type of solar eclipse photo. Lot of photographers was shooting with their big lens so I thought I would try a super wide angle. My thought was that I would shoot an image that would show the effect of the solar eclipse on the landscape. Without explanation this image does not stand-alone. It looks like a strange-lit landscape; I failed as a photographer but had a fantastic experience. Guess I’ll try again in seven years. 

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Add people 20170708-0013-Edit20170708-0013-Edit

I didn’t check the compositions before taking this image, not knowing that my tripod had slipped. As it turned out, this was one of my favorite images that evening. Why do I like it? The people add to the photo. I need to add more people to my images to give more scale to images.

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Nothing to do with it. 20120825-1779-HDR20120825-1779-HDR

Unless you’ve been living in a cave you might know what will take place on August 21. This image has nothing to do with the solar eclipse but it does have the sun in it. I’ve heard said that this will be the most photographed event in history and I will be part of the big picture, (all pun intended). I will be heading north to photograph this event. I’m not going to photograph the sun in full frame composition; my hope is to photograph an HDR landscape with the effect of the eclipse. I’ll have a second camera shooting a time lapse of the event.

The newspaper interviewed me on this subject. You can read the article and the tech stuff at this site: 

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Traffic Jam? 20150724-031920150724-0319 This image was done in Ethiopia. The image is a drive by image as I was traveling in a Land Rover on a major highway on the way to the capital city. Yes I said major highway. We take so many things for granted here in the USA, to include our interstate systems. It’s a Saturday when this image was taken, that means it’s market day in all the little towns in Ethiopia. The people on the road will walk several miles to buy and sell goods. Most will make less then $2.00. The traffic jam is the people. 

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Thank you for so much. 20150724-004020150724-0040 One of my favorite movies is “ A river run through it.” Towards the end there is one line that goes “ I am forever haunted by this river”. Not sure what was meant by that line but I think it’s a reoccurring image that comes to mind. This image haunts me. Every time that I feel that this world owns me something I look back to my photos of Ethiopia. Then I thank God for all the abundance that I live in.

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Frame it. 20170703_01220170703_012 I’m not talking about putting a frame around your photo, but instead add a frame around a subject. By doing this you add depth to your image. This is done better using a telephoto lens, compressing the foreground and background.

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Nothing great. 20170703_01620170703_016

This image will not make most people stop and look. It’s not a great mountain vista or the grand Ansel Adams type of landscape. This type of photography is done for me, for the joy of art.

I liked the being there as much as the finished image.

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Turn Around 20170703_01120170703_011 Last weeks post I showed you an image of a deer skull. As I was setting up I happened to turn around and saw the sun coming through the tree. Always look over your shoulder and see what is going on. Again the light is what I saw first then I went looking of a foreground subject that happened to fall in the light. The yellow flower made a good subject, I was getting a lot of lens flare so I moved the camera into the shade of a tree.

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Just Look 20170703_00520170703_005 Went looking for a great Landscape image early one morning. When I left the house the sunrise was looking good, so I went looking for a subject that happened to fall within the sunset. The sunrise didn’t materialize as I had hoped. Found t stand of trees, (pine I think, I don’t know my trees.) that looked like a fire had cleaned out the under brush. I was looking for something to put in front of my camera, when I saw something white out of the corner of my eye. I did set up this shot moved the skull into a better position and added a few pinecones. Not much in color but I did like it as a black & White image. 

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One more, I just can't help it. 20170602-001920170602-0019 Ok I know, I’m just like every other Papa showing off his grandkid photos, but let me bring this around to Photography tips. A few blogs ago I talked about pre-visualizing an image and that’s what happened here. Knowing that I was going to shoot a sporting event I use the “is this Action or Stationary” idea. It’s action so I placed my Nikon on “S” which let me pick the shutter speed and the camera do the rest. I picked a shutter speed of 1000 (little high for the action of t-ball) and you can tell that the camera picked a lower f/stop because of the blurry background. The is called “stop-action Photography”

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Love the subject 20170602-001320170602-0013 This is not my normal type of image for this blog, but indulge me for a moment. Let me move away from Mike the Photographer to a title that I very much enjoy, that of  “Papa” I love this subject and the other 3 grandkids that God has bless me with. They bring great joy and love the opportunity to photograph what I love.

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