Saturday, June 7, 2014

Storms and Sunsets

Spring in Colorado = Thunderstorm Season.  The time of year where you fall to sleep with the sound of rolling thunder, and big billowy clouds are always off in the distance.  Beautiful from where I am, but dropping hail and tornadoes on what ever town just so happens to be lying underneath.  The trail of these storms often leaves a trail of low lying, whispy clounds which are cool as is, but get them right around sunset and the colors and view you get is out of this world.  Also a perfect time for photos!  

Getting shots at sunset (especially if you're facing into the sun) can be tricky.  A properly exposed foreground will leave your sunset sky washed out and much too bright.  Expose for the sky and you will have a landscape of shadows and silhouettes.  A good thing to have with you to help even this sharp contrast of land and sky is a graduated neutral density filter.  This will allow you to expose your foreground and drop the exposure in the sky by 1-4 stops easy!   It's a must have for a landscape photographer trying to capture a perfect scene.  

Here are some Storms and Sunset photos from recent.  

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Random Shots 2014

Like I said in my last post, I have been photographing off and on all winter long.  I haven't posted anything because I've been super busy with life n' such, and photography got put on the back burner. 

Here is a series of shots over the last few months that were not part of any specific photo shoot... just random shots from random days!  Enjoy :)

Oh Yeah! I forgot that I have a photo blog!

Wow! Completely forgot that I had this blog thing.  Oops! 

Actually, in the back of my mind I knew it was here, but I just haven't done much with it.  Life has been pretty crazy the last few months, and photography/sharing photography hasn't been my top priority until recently.  With that being said, I have been taking photos off and on, and gone on some amazing adventures, such as Thailand.  (that post will be a series of posts most likely... I took a few thousand photos that trip so I'll have to pick and choose)  Anyway I'll stop writing and start posting photos! 

This series is from one of the snowy days we had here in Longmont.  I love the contrasts of snow and landscape.  It is the perfect time to practice high key lighting.  Here's what I shot those few days.

Not sure why the last 3 photos turned out so dark.  The originals are much much brighter and beautiful.  Click each photo to be sent to a link of that photo on my website to see what it really looks like.  Blogger is being weird I guess.

It's good to be back!  Keep checking for new photos and new posts!  I have a million coming :)