Carson Pass Wildflowers – Laura Ashburn Photography – Shingle Springs, Ca.

Laura Ashburn Photography

Carson Pass Wildflowers

  • Canon 5D mkiii camera
  • Canon EF16-35 mm f/4L IS USM lens
  • Focal length – 25mm
  • Aperture – f:11
  • Speed – 1/6
  • ISO – 160

3 stop soft LEE graduated ND filter for this.
Also shot in RAW and post processing done in Photoshop. This is a single exposure as well, no fancy techniques besides levels, curves, contrast, saturation, sharpening and some dodging. The red casts on the peaks were due to the fires we were having at the time. Not really a relevant detail but it did affect the light. 🙂 – Laura

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Rainy Days – Ivy Tree Photography – Mt Shasta, Ca

Rainy Days

January 24, 2018

Rainy days sometimes means being stuck inside with nothing to do. So there comes a need for creativity in doors. For me I find it extremely difficult to photograph things inside, because my main focus is nature and the outdoors. But, I will take the challenge and try to find a tutorial online to find a little inspiration. I actually enjoy these kind of projects, because it forces you to step outside your box. So my creative project this rainy day week was capturing smoke and a few different editing processes done in Photoshop.

  • Nikon D5300 camera
  • Nikon 55-200mm lens
  • Focal length – 60mm with a 20MM macro extension tube
  • Aperture – 8
  • Speed – 1/320
  • ISO – 100
  • Off camera flash used
    Trigger & Tripod also used

To continue reading just how to do this, please read Ivy’s wonderful blog post here – www.ivytreephotography.com Rainy-Days

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Tahoe National Forest Photo Contest Winner – Joe Dondelinger – Foresthill, Ca

The Tahoe National Forest has a yearly photo contest and for 2017, it was recently announced that our proud member Joe Dondelinger has won both first and second places!!

Congratulations Joe!!

1st Place

“Celestial Wilderness” by Joseph Dondelinger, (Castle Peak)

Note from the Photographer:  This is one of my most achieved photos to date planned months ahead of time! This photo is actually a blend of two images taken at very precise and critical times at the same position and angle. On July 22, 2015, I set off on the brutal 1200 foot backpack trip up to near the top of Castle Peak carrying over 60 pounds of gear, including all of my camera equipment! I also carried up my iOptron Sky Tracker, which plays a crucial role in capturing the most detailed shot of the Milky Way possible and was the first image I captured, which also had to be taken in between the sunset and moonrise 45-minute window. During the 4-minute tracked exposure, I managed to capture a spectacular meteor to the south! After this shot, I moved the camera just a few inches over to a stationary tripod keeping the same angle and prepared for the moonrise so I could capture the foreground image just a few minutes later! Timing was impeccable with this as I had to shoot my foreground quick and on time just as the moon was rising, so the moonlight and the warm glow from the headlamp in my tent stay in the right balance! Then finally later in post production I blended the two images together. What I love most about this image is how I can truly reflect upon my memories of just how amazing this little camp spot was that night and the success of all of my hard work to achieve this photo!

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Forest Fairy Crafts through the Seasons by Lenka Vodicka-Paredes – Lenkaland Photography

www.forestfairycrafts.com

Welcome back to the forest! We wrote another book! Our new book is MAGICAL FOREST FAIRY CRAFTS THROUGH THE SEASONS. Celebrate every season with whimsical crafts inspired by nature. We’re delighted to share new fairies, gnomes, and crafts. The new book releases in August, 2018. Preorder your copy today. And find our first book, FOREST FAIRY CRAFTS, to entertain you while you wait. Hip hip hurrah!

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License to Explore~ Don’t Hide From the Rain! ~Steph Gabler Photography

January 4, 2018 and it finally RAINED!! Hopefully this is just the start of a delayed, long, wet winter.  While many of you may be inclined to put your camera away until the Spring flowers start popping, I urge you to go out into the weather and shoot!

Please be aware… you need to protect your camera first! The two biggest enemies of your camera are sand and water. You can easily find rain / weather covers for your camera on sites like Amazon.  Rain covers are made in disposable and reusable forms. These covers are generally inexpensive and considering how much you paid for your camera and lens, it is well worth the investment.

So, why shoot in weather? It’s wet, cold, windy. I want to stay inside where it’s warm. Well, let me show you why. My personal favorite is fog. Fog is moody, and the image changes almost constantly if you just sit and watch. Fog creates a special kind of light that I really enjoy.

 

See what I mean? Fog completely changes the landscape giving it a “private” feel for me, like it is just me and the landscape. You can set your white balance for “cloudy” if you want to “correct” the light, however I leave mine at “daylight” because I like the look nature has given me.

Rain. This is where I like to look for the “details”. Look down. Look at the leaves and flowers. Raindrops on Roses are truly magical. I have even been known to use a spray bottle on flowers to enhance the feel of the photo.  Here are my “wet” examples;

Do you see the reflection of the tree around the leaves? To me, that image tells a story. If it had not rained, all you would see are leaves on asphalt.

Now to my favorite, snow. I am lucky enough to live above snowline, so as soon as it begins snowing, I grab my camera and head out. This next image was taken from Big Hill Lookout in the Crystal Basin Recreation Area above Pollock Pines during a late Fall, early Winter snow.

The light kept changing, the clouds kept moving and I felt like the luckiest girl on the mountain (OK, I was also the only girl on the mountain, but let’s not get technical) The evergreen bushes give a great pop of color to the image, and I loved the dead leaves that were still hanging onto the tree, despite the winter weather. This photo actually won Nature Photo of the Year in a national competition a few years back.

Ahh, my friend the Canada Goose. He simply stood there and let the snow collect on his back. I find this photo to be very peaceful. I would never have seen this if I had stayed home with my feet by the fire (or more likely with my feet by the washer and dryer, lol)

Gold Country residents and visitors, the rain is returning to Northern California! Grab your gear, make sure it is protected and get out there and take some pictures!

So, my rating for shooting in the weather? 5 cameras!!

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Bessie Young – Bessie Young Photography – Fresno, Ca

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About Bessie Young

Hey Friend! Thank you so very much for stopping by and checking out my website. Here is a little about me, the girl behind the camera.

Most days you might find me on the couch, in my yoga pants, working on editing my photos with a big smile on my face and my Boston Terrier, Yota, by my side… but then again I am always ready for my next spontaneous adventure. I am a Photographer, Youtuber, Adventerer, and educator. I am a creative, a little too obsessed with coffee, and I absolutely love the outdoors.

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 “WE ONLY HAVE ONE LIFE. I BELIEVE IN MAKING IT COUNT, KEEPING IT REAL, HELPING OTHERS ALONG THE WAY, AND DRINKING WAY TOO MUCH COFFEE…

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