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N 25 B 254 C 7 E Jul 21, 2017 F Jul 23, 2017
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This is Cole Run Falls, Somerset County Pennsylvania.It is quite a nice waterfall, and not hard at all to get to. I cannot wait to get back to it this autumn.

Tags:   Cole Run Falls Somerset County Pennsylvania Waterfalls Tree Rocks Secluded Peaceful Michael Besant Byrne Meadow Photography

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Tags:   Sunrise Myrtle Beach Pier East Coast Reflection Color Canon Bill Varney South Carolina

N 5 B 87 C 2 E May 9, 2017 F May 13, 2017
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This grand old mansion located near Towson, Maryland was the home of the Ridgely family from 1745 to 1948, and is now officially known as the Hampton National Historic site and managed by the National Park Service. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hampton_National_Historic_Site

Tags:   Hampton Mansion Hampton National Historic Site Towson, MD Ridgely family

N 401 B 40.0K C 37 E Nov 20, 2012 F Nov 20, 2012
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As photographers, do you think we create our own luck? By placing ourselves in the right place at the right time, do we create our own opportunities for success or are we simply ruled by earthly variables like the weather? And most importantly, does my reverse naked raindance actually work?

Sadly, no matter how fun and visually mesmerizing my naked raindance may be, I’m fairly sure it’s not altering the weather. However, I do believe that it’s these uncontrollable variables that have the potential to create the magic in a photograph and give it that special something. And while we can’t control certain variables, we can learn to understand and recognize them.

I’ve been lucky enough to visit Venice quite a few times and each time I’m always looking for the perfect amount of variables to line up, especially in places like The Rialto Bridge and views down The Grand Canal. The boat and gondola traffic, the clouds, the light, the turbulence of the water, the restoration projects and scaffolding - getting all these things to work together in harmony can be tricky business but when it all works out, you can come away with something truly unique. This is probably what compels me to visit Venice year after year; that pursuit of that one magic shot. Well, it’s either that or the abundance of amazing (and cheap) pinot grigio.

Technical Mumbo Jumbo | Before and After Comparison

Tags:   venice venezia italy italia rialto grand canal sunset gondola venetian digital blending

N 243 B 37.5K C 26 E Dec 6, 2012 F Dec 6, 2012
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On my last post, I wrote about how I’m always looking for a certain variables to line up in Venice. Ponte dei Sospiri (The Bridge of Sighs) is a perfect example of this. Over the last series of visits, It’s always been covered with scaffolding and under restoration. Because of this, I’ve never been able to get a clear shot of it. Well, that is, until now.

I did quite a bit of scouting on this visit to Venice and thankfully I was able to shoot this on the same morning as Venetian Blues. Any time that I can squeeze 2 shots out of a 4AM wake up call is call for a celebration or at the very least, an extra shot of espresso in my victory coffee. :D

Technical Mumbo Jumbo

Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: 24-70 f/2.8 (Shot at 45 mm)
Tripod: RRS TVC-33 / BH-55 Ballhead / RRS L-Plate
ISO: 100 at f/8 / 400 at f/2.8
3 Exposure Brackets at f/8, 1 Exposure at f/2.8

Hardware: 15” 2011 Macbook Pro, Wacom Intuos5 Small Tablet

Software: Lightroom, Photoshop, NIK

Technique and Details: Digital Blending using 3 Bracketed Exposures at f/8 and 1 Manual Exposure at f/2.8. The f/8 was used to correct the motion blur on the boats from the long exposures at f/8.

In photoshop—with the help of my Wacom stylus—I blended the 3 exposure brackets ( -1, 0, +1) together with simple hand painted masks. Then, with an additional layer, I masked in the boats from the fast exposure at f/2.8. Since the water wasn’t completely soft, I softened it by using a gaussian blur filter along with a few brush strokes with the blur tool. This allowed me to seamlessly blend the edges where the building structure meets the water.

Espresso: Lavazza Rossa (one of my staples)

Tags:   venice venezia italy italia venato ponte sospiri bridge sighs architecture dynamic blending blue hour


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