Spring Workshop Recap

The 2015 workshop series got off to a great start with a sold out Central Park adventure. With beautiful weather and signs of Spring all around, we had a terrific outing. Some of the topics covered included: creative composition, histograms, highlight alert, low light opportunities, working with filters, and fine tuning exposure settings. Thanks to all who came out, and to Sue for these action shots. 

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Due to popular demand, we've added more workshops to this year's lineup including events in Spring, Summer and Fall. Spaces are limited and will fill up quickly. Check out the full list of workshops, and reserve your spots now.

Almost Spring at Bushkill Falls

Sue and I took the dogs for an early morning Easter Sunday hike. We've been waiting for Bushkill falls to reopen after the long winter. They are partially open anyway with the green trail and part of the yellow trail accessible. The other parts are still covered in ice!  

Shot this with the Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 Pro lens which is splash resistant. It handled the heavy mist well enough to take this long exposure.  

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Framing Central Park in B&W

With architectural subjects, it's helpful to go beyond the more obvious record shot, to see what other compositions are possible. Instead of showing the whole bridge from afar, this was taken at very close range with a 24mm lens. The wind stopped blowing long enough to provide a glass like reflection of the nearby skyline. 

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How to Reduce Perspective Distortion

Perspective distortion occurs when you point the camera towards the subject at an upward angle. The effects are most evident with a wide angle lens and architectural details. Buildings and towers appear to be leaning or falling over. To correct for this, start by moving further away from the structure. This will allow you to hold the camera parallel to the structure, greatly reducing the issue. If more adjustment is needed, you can then use the perspective tools in Lightroom to fine tune the angle. 

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Petal in a Leaf

The Camellia flowers are starting to lose their petals at the Planting Fields Arboretum. This one found a temporary home pressed up against a similarly shaped leaf. 

 
 

Blending Texture with Color

This is another in-camera double exposure made at the Planting Fields. I used a close up of tree bark as the texture to layer on top of the flower. 

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The orchids below were created with a second exposure of Spanish moss.  A quick web search reveals the many creative ways other photographers are using this feature. Check it out

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