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    Long Exposure Photo Taken From Brooklyn Bridge Park, NY


I just got back from spring break skiing in Breckenridge, CO with the fam. I guess one of the benefits of traveling a lot for work, is that you build up some frequent flyer miles to take a trip here and there. Anyway,I thought I’d post a photo from the only time my DSLR made it out of the bag. I was there for 6 days and my camera bag/tripod sat in the corner of the room (taking back seat to skiing) for the first 5 :) Then one morning I woke up early, looked outside and saw some decent clouds, and decided to go shoot.

Actually, if I’m being honest, I went back to bed first. Then I laid there for about 10 minutes, knowing I wouldn’t actually sleep at this point, because I’d be wondering what kind of sunrise I’d miss. So I got dressed (warmly), grabbed my gear, got in the rental car and went out for a chilly 7°F sunrise shoot.

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Breckenridge Sunrise

Photo Info:
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: Canon 70-200 f/2.8
Aperture: f/8
Shutter: 1/20 sec.
ISO: 100
Tripod: Really Right Stuff TVC-33 and BH-55 Ballhead

I really had absolutely no idea where the sun would come up, as I hadn’t been up that early since I was in Breck (I think that’s how the cool kids say it ;) ). It’s always hard shooting in the mountains because sometimes sunrise/sunset is a bust, because the sun comes up behind a mountain. And by the time it actually gets over the peak, the good light is gone. But I found a location that looked pretty decent, (and I got somewhat lucky) in that it caught some early light.

Sadly, I’m back in the swing of things. I had a great week watching my kids tear up the slopes (not bad for FL kids either), and we returned with all bones and limbs intact. Have a good one!


Last week I posted a cityscape of Los Angeles. Well, the photo I posted had the sun coming up behind me so the sky had virtually no good color to it. One of the things I love about shooting in the Twilight time (right before the sunrises or right after it sets) is the colors you see in the sky. The pinks and magentas, as they fade toward blue. So I grabbed another photo the other day, but this time I took it at sunset because the sun set right in front of me. There’s not much in the way of clouds, but I like the sky color much better.

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Another Technique
I also used a layering technique that I always use when shooting city skylines. I’ll cover it in detail in the class I’m going to record for KelbyOne.com on shooting cityscapes, but basically it involves shooting two photos. I have the camera on a tripod and I shoot right after the sun goes down (or within 5-10 minutes) so I can catch that nice color in the sky. The problem is that it’s still so bright out that the lights in the buildings don’t really appear as bright yet. So I wait another 20 minutes and take another photo when it gets dark. From there, a little Photoshop layering magic and you’ve got the photo I have here.

I’m off on Spring Break with the kiddos this week so this may be my only post. It depends on how crazy they get ;-) Have a good one!

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Hey everyone. First off, a big thanks to all of you that came out to my Lightroom seminar in LA yesterday. I had a blast. Great crowd, great vibe and we had a really good time.

I’m actually still in LA and really excited to be appearing on the Home and Family show today. I actually appeared on the show a little over a year ago (hence the photo above) and was asked back since I was in town teaching Lightroom. It’s a show on the Hallmark channel hosted by Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare. It turns out that Mark is a photographer (a great photographer at that – you can see his portfolio here) and uses Lightroom. He asked if I’d come on the show to talk photography and about KelbyOne, so that’s where I’m heading this morning. We’re going to do a segment on 3 of the most common ways to improve your photos. It was a really amazing experience last time, so I’m psyched to get to do it again. We record the segments today, and they’ll air tomorrow so make sure you check out the details below for more info.

Here’s the details:
Channel: Hallmark (check your local cable listing)
The episode will air Friday, March 7 on the Hallmark Channel at 10/9c for cable
For satellite: 7am west coast, 10am east coast.

Wish me luck! You know how I get in front of a camera ;)


Good morning LA! (and everyone else) I’m in Los Angeles today for my Lightroom seminar. I’m still kinda on east coast time so I was awake pretty early and decided to go out and shoot. The photo below is from a somewhat popular spot to photograph from. After searching around, I noticed the 4th street bridge seems like a nice overlook. You get a good amount of the city in the shot as well as the lights from the 110 freeway as a foreground (yep, I said “the” 110 – it’s an LA thing ;) ).

As you can expect, there were indeed some great clouds in the sky but they were in the exact opposite direction I was shooting in, which is pretty typical for me. I usually either get all or nothing :)

Photo Deets:
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: Canon 16-35mm
Filter: Tiffen 2-stop ND
Aperture: f/8
Shutter: 30 sec.
ISO 100

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Los Angeles

Before you ask: Okay, two quick things before you ask. 1) I purposely didn’t correct the perspective issues (well, only a little) in the image. I’m not an architectural photographer and they don’t bother me. 2) I wrote a blog post the other week about why Graduated Neutral Density filters are dead to me. However, I used a regular ND filter for this photo, which is still very much part of my gear. At least until camera manufacturers start putting ND filters in to the camera, which I have to believe/hope is coming in the (not soon enough) future :)

Have a good one!