Apr 182011
 

Another summer is coming, and I can’t wait to start up the time lapses again.  We’ve got some great vacations lined up this year, so I plan to try to find some great subjects to use amongst these places.  I’m also hoping to have a wide angle lens to use for some of them too.

For now, I’ll use this stunning piece of work to keep me motivated!

The Mountain from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.

Mar 282011
 

Wanted to pass along these beautiful shots from Kuriositas.com as I look out my window at a fresh layer of snow that fell this morning!  Smile with tongue out

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It’s spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~Mark Twain

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Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day.  ~W. Earl Hall

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April is a promise that May is bound to keep.  ~Hal Borland

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Is it so small a thing To have enjoy’d the sun, To have lived light in the spring, To have loved, to have thought, to have done…
~Matthew Arnold

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An optimist is the human personification of spring.
~Susan J. Bissonette

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Sweet springtime is my time is your time is our time for springtime is love time and viva sweet love.
~e.e. cummings

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A little Madness in the spring
Is wholesome even for the King.
~Emily Dickinson

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Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today; And give us not to think so far away As the uncertain harvest; keep us here All simply in the springing of the year."
~Robert Frost

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All through the long winter, I dream of my garden. On the first day of spring, I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth. I can feel its energy, and my spirits soar.
~Helen Hayes

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No man can taste the fruits of autumn while he is delighting his scent with the flowers of spring.
~Samuel Johnson

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If spring came but once a century instead of once a year, or burst forth with the sound of an earthquake and not in silence, what wonder and expectation there would be in all hearts to behold the miraculous change. "
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Every spring is the only spring, a perpetual astonishment.
~Ellis Peters

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Spring has returned. The earth is like a child that knows poems.
~Rainer Maria Rilke

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Spring An experience in immortality.
~Henry David Thoreau

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Fled now the sullen murmurs of the North,
The splendid raiment of the Spring peeps forth.
~ Robert Bloomfield

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Spring hangs her infant blossoms on the trees,
  Rock’d in the cradle of the western breeze.
~ William Cowper

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All flowers of Spring are not May’s own;
  The crocus cannot often kiss her;
    The snow-drop, ere she comes, has flown:–
      The earliest violets always miss her.
~ Lucy Larcom

Image Credit Flickr User Steve took it

O, how this spring of love resembleth
  The uncertain glory of an April day,
    Which now shows all the beauty of the sun,
      And by and by a cloud takes all away!
~William Shakespeare

Spring!
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Sun, 27 Mar 2011 11:59:00 GMT

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Mar 242011
 

Wow!  Impressive picture!  Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see any clear views of the super moon as is came over the horizon.   That’s OK though, when you have these types of photos to enjoy at your disposal, there was no need.

Image of the Day: 'supermoon' puts other full moons to shame

We hope you didn’t miss that huge moon on Saturday…but if you did, don’t fret. Just browse the gallery below for some spectacular shots of the "largest" full moon since 1993.

Image of the Day: ‘supermoon’ puts other full moons to shame
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Wed, 23 Mar 2011 14:00:00 GMT

Sep 022010
 

 

It’s a new week and I’ve got a new set of tips to improve your photography. This week’s tips focus on planning and decision making while taking your shots…. Eventually it will feel like second nature and you won’t even be aware of the process, until then… keep these tips in mind.

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1. Daydream

Yes, that’s right keep dreaming about your shot. Pre-Visualize in your mind what it will look like and walk through the steps you need to take to get it. This is a shot I thought about for several weeks before finally setting it up and taking it. With only one camera, I often feel like I’m constantly juggling lenses!

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2. Use wide lens

Try to use wide lenses for landscape shots when you want to create an impact of size. You can use a wide range of lenses to shoot landscapes but the vistas are amazing if you shoot with the widest lens possible because they give you a bigger angle of view.

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3. Sharpen Your Subjects

Keep your main subjects sharp. Sharp details in the image truly draw the viewers’ eyes towards the subject. Use your tripod in low light conditions to make sharp pictures. Try to make use of the new sharpening effect in Adobe Camera RAW. It does a great job and has improved from previous versions.

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4. Keep it Clean

A background makes or breaks your shot so be sure to think carefully about the how you place your subject. Keep the background clean, simple and clutter free. Think about where the viewer should be focused….

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5. You Can’t Have Too Many Clouds

Use fluffy white clouds on a blue sky to produce dramatic skies. Is it overcast with too many clouds to see the sky? The sky is now a giant soft box. This is the time to shoot portraits or waterfalls and streams with a motion blur effect.

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6. Behind Every Great Shot is the Sun

Stand with the sun at your back and the light of the sun falling on your subject. Unless you are making artistic pictures always try to keep the sun behind you.

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7. Light Trails

Enhance your dawn and night urban shots with light trails. Use vehicles or any other moving lights to add interest, mood, and drama. Light trails almost always makes the shot interesting (learn: how to shoot light trails).

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8. Silhouettes

The key is an uncluttered, lit background. Simply place your subject in the foreground so that you have clean, sharp lines and go for it. Play with placement and angles to make awesome silhouettes (learn: how to shoot Silhouettes).

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9. Top to Bottom

Look straight up. Look straight down. Now examine everything in between. There are great shots from every vantage point, including an unexpected angle. Sometimes we focus so much on the obvious shot that we miss something special just a heartbeat away.

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10. And finally… It’s a Camera not a Machine Gun

Unless you are taking action shots or a time lapse series, try to reduce the number of shots. Don’t just fire away hoping for something good to appear during editing. Think, move, and adjust your framing before you click the shutter. You’ll develop better instincts and save hours of time editing those hundreds of extra images.

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Check out these links to follow the whole series

Amar Ramesh is an emerging photographer from Redmond WA, USA….Photography, to him is a passion with infinite opportunities and he loves to share the lessons and tips that he learned with others….Please visit his Facebook Page for more….He is also in Flickr|Twitter|Portfolio.

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10 Quick and Easy Tips to improve your Photography

10 Quick and Easy Tips to improve your Photography
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Jul 272010
 

This time I have a time lapse to share.  I am so happy with the way this turned out!  Not only was this my first night of trying long exposure shots, but taking them while run a time lapse sequence!

This is the night sky from Mesa Verde looking South.  The lights you see at the bottom are from a town way off in the distance.

Description:  The night sky out of our room at the Far View Lodge
Camera: Canon D90 w/ 18-105 lens
Method: 30s exposures on 30 second intervals
Date: July 6-7th, 2010
Comment: This one blew me away.  It’s a little grainy and I’ll work on that, but overall this exceeded my expectations.

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Jul 262010
 

Part 2 of the night shots I took on our road trip.  Here’s another one from Mesa Verde:

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Description:  A shot of the evening sky overlooking the restaurant at the Far View Lodge.
Camera: Canon D90 w/ 18-105 lens
Method: 2 min exposure, f/10 
Date: July 6th, 2010
Comment: Not much to complain about on this one.  I was really just playing around here, and got a little lucky.

Jul 262010
 

Part 2 of the night shots I took on our road trip.  Here’s another one from Mesa Verde:

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Description:  A shot of the evening sky overlooking the restaurant at the Far View Lodge.
Camera: Canon D90 w/ 18-105 lens
Method: 2 min exposure, f/10 
Date: July 6th, 2010
Comment: Not much to complain about on this one.  I was really just playing around here, and got a little lucky.

Jul 252010
 

We recently took a road trip down through the south end of the state for our 2-hour anniversary. 

During our stay in Mesa Verde, I tried my hand at a little night photography.

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Description:  The night sky out of our room at the Far View Lodge
Camera: Canon D90 w/ 18-105 lens
Method: 30 minute exposure, f/5.6, ISO 100 
Date: July 6th, 2010
Comment: Not bad for my first attempt as at a long exposure shot.  Just a tad grainy, will have to work on that.

Jul 242010
 

Today I went and visited my friend Chris, his wife Krista, and two sons Aiden and Ryder.  Aiden is only 1 and half or so, and Ryder is only 11 weeks.  We hasn’t seen them since Ryder was born, so it was a good chance to visit the new addition to the Wilper clan.

Chris and Krista bought a new house last year further up the mountain from their old house in Coal Creek Canyon.  This time they upsized to a bigger house and an 8 acre lot that included the peak of a small mountain!  While we were there we went with Chris for his first visit to the peak.  HE always figured it would have a great view, and hoped to be able to see downtown Denver.

After a quick climb (20-30 minutes) we reached the peak.  Yes it had a great view, and yes you could see not only downtown Denver, and even downtown Boulder!:

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After getting slightly lost on the way back down, we made our way out to the road that leads to his house.   A short walk up down the road found us back at his house.

Since they have such a fantastic view from their back patio,  I figured it would be a good place to setup the tripod and camera to grab some time lapse shots while we were eating dinner.

I wasn’t too sure how this would turn out as it was pointing into the sun, and I’m still trying to get the exposures correct as it start to get dark, not to mention trying to keep lens flares to a minimum.

After a little touch up, I found that the balance came out well, and the lens flare made for a cool effect to the sun!:

Thanks Chris a Krista for a fun evening hanging out with you guys!

Jul 232010
 

I recently bought a couple Hibiscus to add some color to our patio. Once of them was similar to another I had in the past the blooms great big 10”-12” flowers.  This was was different though as the foliage on it was dark maroon/red colored.  After a couple week of having some bud that looked like that were ready to bloom, I noticed that all of a sudden one of the buds had made an about face while the others still pointed upwards.  But the time the sun had seta couple inches of a flower was sticking out of the end of that bud.  Figuring what was about to transpire, I quickly grabbed my camera, set it up, got the timer setup, and started firing away.   By morning I had a huge flower open wide up and prayed I had captured a good set.

Well here it is, you be the judge:

We’ve since had 304 more flowers since this first night.  Each flower lasts 2-3 days before it shrivels and falls off makinf way for the next.  One day we had two at one, made for a good challenge for that stalk to stay up strait.

Camera: Canon D90 w/ 18-105 lens
10 seconds exposures on 30 intervals
Date: July 15th, 2010