Black and White Photography in Delaware

Black and white landscape of McGinnis PondDuring Thanksgiving vacation I visited my parents in Frederica, Delaware. The day after Thanksgiving I walked down to McGinnis Pond around noon. It was unseasonably warm and people were out enjoying the weather. I decided to use my Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 and take some landscapes of the pond and surrounding areas. The pond was a little higher than normal and when I went down to the stream the pond feeds, much of the steep trail had been eroded from recent storms. It’s a neat trick carrying camera equipment down a steep bank! It was worth it though because I was able to get the shot of sunlight breaking through the tall grass.

The banks of McGinnis Pond in Delaware

After finishing up at McGinnis Pond, I walked down the street to get some shots of passing cars and motorcycles.  I was just finishing up my lens and camera adjustments when a classic Pontiac GTO flew by me. The shot was underexposed, but I shot RAW and later adjusted the exposure in Adobe Lightroom.

Pontiac GTO cruising down the road in Delaware
A classic Pontiac GTO

Sometimes a great shot is just a happy accident. If I spent 30 seconds more photographing the pond, I would have never taken this shot of the car.

 

 

Tutorial: HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography

HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography is a fairly new trend in digital photography. It’s also one of the most exploited and poorly used techniques when placed in the wrong hands. The positives of HDR certainly outweigh the negatives. It can elevate a photo to an entirely new level with added clarity and detail. Two things we can all appreciate in a photo.

This video will show you some of the steps taken to transform a nice photo of Jackie into a really nice photo of Jackie. She made Paradise Bikini look great down in Negril, Jamaica. Thinking of Jamaica makes me hungry for some jerked chicken. I really have to get my hands on that food again. So. damned. tasty.

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