Curtis Photography: Blog en-us Curtis Photography (Curtis Photography) Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:18:00 GMT Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:18:00 GMT Curtis Photography: Blog 80 120 A must trip. 20160930-02820160930-028

Echo bluff the latest Missouri State Park is a must. I’ve only been there twice but I will be going back this fall. It’s not easy to get to from here, but well worth the effort. I like doing fall images during or after it rains, using a polarizer filter really make the colors pop. I would like to do a one-day workshop this fall.


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I would have to say that fall is my favorite time of year to photograph. It’s not just the great colors, but the sun comes up later giving me more time to sleep and sunset is earlier so I’m not out all night. A plus is that the weather is nice and cool.

Fall colors can be very unpredictable, some years they explode and other years they can be very scattered and last only a few days. 

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Complain then go. 20150725-009720150725-0097 I live a very privileged life, I did not know how much until I went to Ethiopia. This image are of kids that don’t get to go to school instead they get up pre-dawn to move their cattle up into the mountains for grass and they will do this 7 days a week. If you made eye contact with them they would give you a big smile. I would love to go back to Africa   

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Sometime you need to Pano. 20180104-00920180104-009 Sometime you get to a place and you wished to had another lens. I got to the bottom of this fall and wanted to get the whole thing but didn’t have a wide enough lens, so instead I shoot a pano. This was 4 images brought together in Lightroom.

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Just shoot it already! 20171005-085120171005-0851 Do you ever over-think things? I’m always looking for the grand vistas and sometimes I just need to take a exposure. This image wasn’t taken my normal way. I didn’t set up a tripod, I didn’t work the composition, I didn’t use a manual exposure to get the best range of light I simply like what I saw and pressed the button. I like this image today but didn’t fuss over it.

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Simple yet bold. 20171005-082320171005-0823

This image was done in White sands New Mexico last Fall. I’m ready to go back. If you follow this blog you know that I thought this was going to be a bad morning, because of all the clouds. It turned out to be great morning. There are not a lot of features at White Sands so you have to work intentional to get a good competition. Just sky and sand to make an interesting photograph.

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I do a lot of fishing at Bennett Springs, Missouri. I was there with a friend several years back and he told me that I would never be a great fisherman because I was to busy looking around. He was right and he was a better fisherman then I, however I think that got more out of each trip then him. Sure he had more fish but I had more vision. This image is better with the fisherman in it. Gives this image scale.

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Teaching a Lightroom class. 20171030-0035-Edit20171030-0035-Edit So there I was teaching the fun part in Lightroom  (editing) and before I knew it someone had to remind me that the class was ended. You know your having a fun time when you lose track of time. This image was taken on a day that I got up for sunrise and it was a wash. The clouds rolled in so I did the best I could with the conditions I was given.

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It's screaming!!! 20151003_235_6_720151003_235_6_7 I was minding my own business, when this image screamed out “take me”! So I did what any photographer in my place would do, I put down my lunch and picked up my camera. But I showed it, I converted it to a black and white. 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I'm 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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"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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I'm 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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