New Luminar Extension

July 12, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
As you know I use Luminar Neo extensively in my image editing workflow. Neo is an image editing platform. The platform itself offers easy, fun, and great tools for your editing needs. It also offers multiple "extensions" which you buy separately to run on the platform. For example, there are extensions that can supersize your images, smart AI sharp...
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Good landscape photography technique

July 09, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
This is part II of the two-part series about an image taken at Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe in California. Today I am going to run you through the technique used to shoot that image. To refresh your memory, here is that image. Oh' and you may want to read last week's blog about this image taken with a cell phone versus my Sony Ar7 IV. I arrived in th...
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From tourist (cell phone) to serious photography (pro gear and technique)

July 02, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
It is said that cell phones take well over 90% of all photos taken in recent times. I have also heard people say that cell phone cameras are so good now that they don't need a good camera and lens. In the last two blogs I showcased some cell phone photography. But how far can you go with cell phone photography and is good gear worth it? Does using...
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Grand Tetons National Park as a tourist

June 25, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
I have been very unlucky weather wise at Grand Tetons National Park. Numerous visits have not paid off as I wished for. This time round I managed to get a few satisfying images but nothing that wow's me. At times, I did not bother taking out my gear. But the photographer in me just cannot be suppressed, so out came my cell phone. Regardless of the...
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Today I am a tourist

June 18, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
My wife and I visited Yellowstone National Park last week. Due to being up too early too many mornings the days before, we were exhausted. So we did not get up for any sunrise shoots. I became a typical tourist for the day. That means that I arrived on the scene just as the photographers left. The sun was harsh and the light was bad. The place had...
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Go for action or something unique

June 11, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
Which of these two images do you find the most interesting?: OR I like the color of the first image more. It was taken closer to sunrise on a different day. The second image was taken later in the morning on a different day with different light, so the colors are not that pleasing. But look at the subject matter only. The single bird is okay...
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Prairie Chicken Photography Equipment

June 04, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
The fighting season starts in early Spring (the beginning of March). The Mid-west can be cold with howling wind. To make matters worse you have to be out there long before sunrise. So before talking about photography gear let's talk about gear for you. One of the blinds faced the wind, meaning that I had wind on me all the time. Did I mention that...
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My Prairie Chicken journey

May 28, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
A year or so ago I saw a gorgeous image of two male Prairie Chickens fighting. That image inspired me to embark on my own Prairie Chicken photography journey. First, I started to research these birds. They fight during early Spring to gain mating rights with the females. The fighting takes place on a "lek," a mound with low grass on it. They return...
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May 21, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
Cropping images to our linking can be subjective. There is the famous rule of thirds that many people follow. But even following a well established guide does not always tell you how tight or wide to crop. First let's talk about cropping tools that you may find helpful. Adobe Photoshop, like all other image editing software, offers a cropping tool.
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Creating separation between the subject and the background

May 14, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
Sometimes the subject of the image stands out beautifully from the background. Such images are often striking and beautiful. The subject just pops out. Here is an example. Many times we are not this lucky. Perhaps the background in not blurred as nicely and the bird blends in with the background more. At other times, even with a very nicely blur...
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