Revisiting Taos with Lightroom CC

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Looking for an excuse to try out the new DNG HDR and Panorama features in Adobe Lightroom CC and what better test than to create an HDR Panorama? 36 shots into 12 HDRs which then went into a single panorama. It worked great and was really seamless. And far faster than many round trips back and forth to Photoshop or Photomatix. Best part is that the final file is a 16 bit DNG which means all of the native, lossless lightroom editing tools are still available! The transition to 8 bit JPG output did require a bit of additional tweaking and some fine gradations don’t come through as cleanly, such as the water trails. But overall, I give the tool two thumbs up!

Here’s some more info about Lightroom CC from Chase Jarvis & Creative Live if you want to learn a bit!

This is taken from a rock out in the center of the confluence of the Red River and Rio Grande outside Taos, NM. It’s been on my “Hey I should get back to that” list forever. Glad I had an excuse to go play!

A Middletown Fall

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Taken at 1/2 second at f/8, ISO 200 with a EF24mm f/1.4L II USM @ 24 mm on a Canon Canon EOS 5D Mark III

A fall afternoon in Connecticut, with a beautiful sunset over the Connecticut River at Middletown, CT. I look forward to coming back to this spot a few more times as the leaves continue to change over the next few weeks. Though it will be hard to top the beauty of the weather this day!

A Gnome’s Eye View

Click for full screen image. Taken at 1/125 second at f/5, ISO 200 with a EF8-15mm f/4L FISHEYE USM @ 15 mm on a Canon Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Taken at 1/125 second at f/5, ISO 200 with a EF8-15mm f/4L FISHEYE USM @ 15 mm on a Canon Canon EOS 5D Mark III

It’s been a little while since I updated this blog, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been shooting! I have more pics to share than I have time to post, and have also been posting a lot more on Instagram. Although I’ve had an Instagram account forever, I did not post enough there. Time to remedy that. 🙂

Hartford Riverfest Fireworks 2014

Photographing Hartford's Riverfest 2014 fireworks from the Connecticut River.

Photographing Hartford’s Riverfest 2014 fireworks from the Connecticut River.

This past Saturday, Hartford, CT’s Riverfront Recapture’s put on Riverfest 2014 capped off with an amazing fireworks show by Atlas Pyrovision! As has been the case in year’s past, it was a spectacular show on the Connecticut River, with crowds lining both banks and the bridges. After photographing the Riverfest 2009 show, I had a vision of the kind of shots I wanted to create, and knew they would require a bit of extra effort to make them  happen.

There were no sight lines available along the shoreline. But who says we have to stay within the lines?

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“Ribbit says He”

Click for full screen image. Taken at 1/15 second at f/6.3, ISO 800 with a EF180mm f/3.5L Macro USM @ 180 mm on a Canon Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Taken at 1/15 second at f/6.3, ISO 800 with a EF180mm f/3.5L Macro USM @ 180 mm on a Canon Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Ribbit says He

Now photograph Me

And then let me Be.

Nothing like a little time spent at the frog pond with friends. Or, frogs. As the clouds came in giving some nice flat light, I went out this evening, set up my tripod splayed out over the pond, and sat. And waited. Patience is a virtue, and also a wonderful excuse to enjoy some peace and quiet while waiting for our animal friends to get used to your presence.

Juan Pons once told me that if you can sit quietly for 10 minutes, the animals will start to return. It was great advice and shown true again today. And if they don’t? Well you still enjoyed 10 minutes of uninterrupted time which is more than many of us may get in a normal day. 🙂 Win win in my book.

Firefly in the Sky

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Taken at 30 second at f/1.4, ISO 400 with a EF24mm f/1.4L II USM @ 24 mm on a Canon Canon EOS 5D Mark III
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One of the great things about living where I live is the variety throughout the year, of temperatures, seasons, colors, and fresh foods that come and go in season.

This past week? Firefly season! Driving home last night I was enjoying the amazing light show, and when I came to this field had no choice[1] but to stop and watch in awe at the thousands and thousands of lightning bugs putting on a show for me. I hope you enjoy the view as much as I did! And if you’re in the northeast, head out just after sunset tonight and watch the show.

[1] I mean, come on, look at it! No choice at all.

Beauty of Summer Light in Tolland

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Taken at 1/250 second at f/1.4, ISO 640 with a EF85mm f/1.2L II USM @ 85 mm on a Canon Canon EOS 5D Mark III
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Where we live in Tolland, there is beautiful light much of the year when the sun starts to set through the trees. However, this time of year something about it is just that much more amazing.

As the sun passes overhead and the shade encroaches into the yard, the light filters down through the newly-grown leaves, and spots and colors dapple branches, providing fleeting moments of beauty that last no longer than your moment of awe.

Every afternoon is a new show put on by nature that I am fortunate to enjoy.

-Jeremy

Howling at a Full Badlands Moon

Click for full screen image. Taken at 30 second at f/4, ISO 400 with a EF8-15mm f/4L FISHEYE USM @ 15 mm on a Canon Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Taken at 30 second at f/4, ISO 400 with a EF8-15mm f/4L FISHEYE USM @ 15 mm on a Canon Canon EOS 5D Mark III

On my recent trip to California I travelled through Anza-Borrego Desert State Park for a couple of days, timed just right to catch the full moon rising and setting. This shot was one of a few from Font’s Point, about 5 miles east of Borrego Springs. It was an incredible experience standing there as the afternoon progressed, watching the shadows lengthen over the badlands until the sun fell behind the mountains and then watch the process in reverse as the full moon rose over the Salton Sea.

Diffusion of Self

The intrusion of reality,
Permeates my self,
As the winds that become my breath,
Carry conversations that cascade,
With the air filling my lungs.
The oxygen that sustains,
Also betrays,
Pulling my conscious self out,
As each unfocused breath,
Diffuses me into the world.

This short poem came to me on a recent trip as I sat meditating on the balcony of a cruise ship. The amazing sounds of the ocean wind and waves competed against drifting voices from others to equally push me into and pull me back out of a state of focus.


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Taken at 30 second at f/11, ISO 100 with a EF24mm f/1.4L II USM @ 24 mm on a Canon Canon EOS 5D Mark III
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