Zoom-Blurring the London Bridge


Here’s another quick edit from last night’s London Bridge outing in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. In this 25 second exposure, I waited until 15 seconds had passed then slowly began zooming the lens from 24mm toward 105mm. The best part (at least for me) is the “beams of light” effect created on the top of the frame.

Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 25 seconds, f/5.6, ISO 100

September 30, 2009 at 9:00 am by | Categories: Post

London Bridge Panorama

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I’m headed to Photoshop World in Vegas this week, but before basking in the glow of neon I’m spending a day or so in Lake Havasu Arizona helping out with a few things around my parent’s home. I took some time last night to head down to the London Bridge (Lake Havasu’s major tourist attraction) for some evening photography.

The panorama above was taken just after sunset while the overcast sky still had a small amount of light. The brilliant color was further enhanced by using a custom white balance setting of 3900k. The long two-minute exposure created the smooth water which was reflecting the red lights from the nightclub just out of the camera’s frame to the right.

Now it’s time to pack up the cameras and head back North toward the neon lure that is Vegas. See you on the strip :)

Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 120 seconds, f/16, ISO 100

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Painful to Shoot


One of my favorite models, Kati, had an “incident” with a scooter last week. And while this was truly an unfortunate accident (and one Kati REALLY didn’t need right now), we agreed that we had a unique opportunity to create some imagery of her with the injury.

What is striking to me is just how beautiful Kati’s eyes remain in spite of being surrounded by the ghastly bruise.

Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200 f/4L lens – 1/500 second, f/4, ISO 400

September 29, 2009 at 11:12 am by | Categories: Post

Peace is Patriotic

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Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/25 second, f/5.6, ISO 1600

September 27, 2009 at 11:31 pm by | Categories: Post

My Guest Post on Photofocus

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I’m flattered to say that Scott Bourne recently asked me to write a guest post on his extremely popular Photofocus blog. The article titled The 80/20 Principle: Giving Back as a Photographer is on the site today. Please consider heading over and checking it out. (LINK)

September 26, 2009 at 7:59 am by | Categories: Post

Stock Images: To Process or Not


Image © Kenneth Linge. Used with Permission


There is a commonly held perception that for images to be accepted into a contributors portfolio at iStock, photoshop work should be kept to a minimum. I have received numerous emails from frustrated contributors who have received several rejections wanting to know how they can get their images accepted. My answer usually comes back to looking at their workflow and suggesting to limit the processing that they are doing to their images.

I want to show an example today that heavily processed images, when done properly, can be accepted into iStockphoto.

Today’s image is one taken by my friend Kenneth Linge (and used here as an example with his permission). Kenneth recently had this image accepted into his portfolio on iStockphoto.com. Since he is neither an exclusive contributor nor one with a lot of sales on the site, it even further helps by showing that there was no (perceived) favoritism helping with the acceptance.

The image of Jamie (which is Killer in my opinion), was heavily processed in photoshop. The key to it being accepted is that the editing work was done completely by hand (no presets or actions) and done with extreme care not to degrade the file in any way. Sharpening was kept to a minimum (and probably done with the “high pass” method), saturation adjustments kept subtle, and skin tones not overly smoothed.

What seeing acceptance has done for me is inspired me to kick up my editing a bit and push the boundaries. I have long talked about how I edit my images yet keep them a bit generic. Maybe it’s time I challenge my 90+% acceptance rate with some more extreme processing.

For a behind-the-scenes in the lighting used for this image, click Here to visit Kenneth’s blog.

September 25, 2009 at 8:33 am by | Categories: tutorial

Lensbaby Jarvie


Anyone who has happened to run into me over the past week or so has probably seen that I’ve been carrying around my backup 5D with a Lensbaby attached. I was given the Lensbaby by Scott Bourne of Photofocus.com as a gift and have really enjoyed using it to make some creative captures for personal use.

It took a bit of shooting to get up-to-speed with its manual focus and adjustment before I became comfortable enough to be able to use it for quick shots, but I think I’m nearly there. Today’s image of Scott Jarvie with his D300 (with Lensbaby attached) was taken at last week’s Digitalfest event at Pictureline Salt Lake City. I really like how the crowd came out in the image, and just might try and recreate the look with some crowd shots for my stock image portfolio.

For anyone who has ever wanted to try a Lensbaby, keep a look out here. I am working with Pictureline and Lensbaby to put together a Lensbaby Photowalk with plenty of demo units for participants to use. Once the details get worked out, we will have the outing in the next couple months as a Photowalking Utah event.

Canon 5D, Lensbaby Composer (Double Glass) – 1/15 second, f/4, ISO 1600

September 24, 2009 at 8:37 am by | Categories: Post

Ballroom Dancers

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Here’s a sample from this week’s editing assignment. I’m making my way through the images from the ballroom dancing photo shoot I did last month and this one stood out to me. I really like the intense expression on Martin’s face.

Now back to editing….

Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/160 second, f/4, ISO 200

September 23, 2009 at 12:10 pm by | Categories: Post

Save the Date: Food Photography Mini-Clnic

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The date has been set for the next photography Mini-Clinic at the Salt Lake City main library. Just in time for taking pictures of your fabulous holiday dinners, the subject is Food Photography. Since I am not much of a food photographer, I am teaming up with my good friend (and awesome food shooter) Nicole Young for this clinic.
In the free 90 minute session, participants will learn techniques for capturing great food images using natural light, strobes and hot-lights. Our good friends at my favorite camera store, Pictureline, will be providing lighting equipment for us to use in the clinic.
Here are the details:

Date: Thursday October 29th, 2009
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Location: SLC Main Library – 210 E 400 South, Conf. room #4, 4th floor
Cost: Free!

I am pleased to be able to offer these clinics free-of-charge as a part of Photowalking Utah. Without the support of the Salt Lake City Library and Pictureline, I would not be able to do so. Please help me in thanking the great folks at these organizations for helping the local photographic community.

If you are planning on attending, please head over to the Flickr Discussion and let everyone know. I hope to see you at the clinic.

(Images © Nicole S. Young)

September 22, 2009 at 10:15 am by | Categories: Post

When I’m Not a Photographer


© Nicole S. Young, Used with Permission -=- Nikon D200, Lensbaby Composer

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