“Beauty in Ruins” Photo Contest

"Beauty in Ruins" Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA.
“Beauty in Ruins”
Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA.

I’m honored to have been selected as the judge for View Bug’s May/June photo contest! The theme is “Beauty in Ruins.” and is open to shots of old buildings, ruin, and other forms of urban decay.

You can get the full details and enter your images here; there are lots of great prizes for the winners. I look forward to seeing your shots!

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Expanding Dynamic Range On Single RAW Files in Adobe Lightroom (with Video)

Chicago skyline at sunset, processed using Lightroom and Photoshop to expand dynamic range.
Chicago skyline at sunset, processed using Lightroom and Photoshop to expand dynamic range.

Dynamic range is a way of describing the range of brightness values your digital camera (or film) can faithfully record. Newer cameras, especially the ones from Nikon and Sony, have sensors that deliver as many as 14 stops of dynamic range. The trick, however, is how to extract that information when processing your shots.

If you use Adobe Lightroom, the Camera Profile (under the Camera Calibration Panel) will dictate the starting point for dynamic range. If you use the manufacturer’s RAW converter, then the as-shot settings (e.g., Nikon Picture Control) is applied by default. The in-camera settings set the contrast (tone curve) and color for how your images are processed. By using a low-contrast setting, you’ll be able to expand the dynamic range of your shot. Continue reading Expanding Dynamic Range On Single RAW Files in Adobe Lightroom (with Video)

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Denver Zoo walk around with Nikon 200-500mm VR

Grizzly bear, Denver Zoo. Nikon D810 with 200-500mm f/5.6 VR lens. 1/500s @f/5.6, ISO 100, hand-held.
Grizzly bear, Denver Zoo. Nikon D810 with 200-500mm f/5.6 VR lens. 1/500s @f/5.6, ISO 100, hand-held.

Yesterday was a beautiful spring-like (unseasonably warm) day in Colorado, so I headed up to the Denver Zoo to visit the animals. I brought the Nikon D810 and Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 AFS G VR zoom Nikkor lens with me. Continue reading Denver Zoo walk around with Nikon 200-500mm VR

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2017 Western Caribbean Photo Cruise & Workshop

Join me onboard Liberty of the Seas January 22-29, 2017 for an all-inclusive photo cruise and travel photography workshop!
Join me onboard Liberty of the Seas January 22-29, 2017 for an all-inclusive photo cruise and travel photography workshop!

7-night Western Caribbean Photo Cruise
January 22-29, 2017

Now this is going to be a blast for anyone looking to pair photography with cruising… I’ve arranged for a 7-night Caribbean cruise aboard Liberty of the Seas, where we will visit Cozumel, Mexico, Belize, and Roatan, Honduras.

We will have privately led photo tours at three major ports of call:

  • Cozumel, Mexico: Includes trip to the Punta Sur Eco Park and the famous lighthouse at Punta Celerain. Opportunities for wildlife and bird photography, and long exposures of the surf and lighthouse
  • Belize: We will have a private excursion into the jungle where we will photograph the Mayan temple and ruins at Lamanai, including the Jaguar, Mask, and High Temples.
  • Roatan, Honduras: We will explore the historical sites of this island, including fishing villages and the surrounding jungle island scenery. We’ll also have the opportunity to photograph the numerous rusting shipwrecks that are famous here, and have a local tour aboard motorized caucus (kind of like canoes).
  • On our days at sea, I’ll be presenting a variety of photo workshops including long exposure, monochrome, HDR and creative travel techniques that you can use on the trip. We’ll also have group parties, image review sessions, and more!
Non-photographer companions are welcome aboard!

There will be a discounted option for non-photographers who do not wish to participate in the photo excursions but want to come along on the cruise for a fabulous vacation to the Caribbean.

Learn more and reserve your cabin here

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