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Photo – Shots In The Rain

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Hi Everyone,

While shooting on a sunny day is nice, I also love shooting in “bad” weather. I’ve photographed in rain, lightning storms, snow, wind, fog, blowing dust and sand and more. All of these weather conditions really add an interesting element to your photographs.

knot hole
55mm / 1/80 / f/11 / ISO 200 / Tripod used

As long as you have the proper clothes to protect yourself, and covering for your gear, you can have a great time.

These photos were taken near Snowbowl in Flagstaff, Arizona. It had been raining before we got there, and rained off and on all day.

split log
55mm / 1/100 / f/5.6 / ISO 200 / Tripod used

The only scary part of the day was when a large aspen tree fell. We heard it snapping branches on other trees as it fell, followed by a loud thud as it crashed onto the ground. We never did find the tree, but it was close. Nature always keeps things interesting, so stay on your toes.

leaf on a log
51mm / 1/80 / f/5.6 / ISO 200 / Tripod used

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Have Fun,
Jeff

New Photos On Redbubble

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Hi Everyone,

I’ve added more of my photos to Redbubble. They can be put onto T-shirts, mugs, phone cases and much more. Check them out at my RedBubble shop here www.redbubble.com/people/jeffcolburn/shop

Head on over and take a look. If you don’t see the photograph you’re looking for, let me know. I can always add it to my shop.

Have Fun,
Jeff

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Tote Bag
Phone Case
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Zippered Pouch
Mouse Pad
Laptop Sleeve

Photo – The Old Bell

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Hi Everyone,

Canon Rebel T5i / Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS at 70mm / 1/60 / f/11 / ISO 100 / Tripod used

This photograph was taken at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, https://btarboretum.org. It’s a great place to photograph plants, trees, birds, flowers, old buildings and some great scenery. 

I liked the patina on the bell, and the texture of the rocks. The shadows from tree branches also added a touch of mystery. I used the rule of thirds to get good composition, and to make blank space on the right. This space can be used by a business to add text to the image for a sales or marketing campaign, or in a magazine article.

If composition allows, take several photos of your subject, each with space on a different side. And shoot both horizontally and vertically. This increases the usability for any potential buyer.

I processed this image with ON1 Photo Raw. Check it out at https://on1.sjv.io/15Mjdz

Have Fun,
Jeff

Video – My Lightning Bag – Part 1 Of 3

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Hi Everyone,

In this first of three videos, I talk about the equipment I use to photograph lightning. You can see the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KDbx-f_akc

lightning bag - part 1 of 3

These tools will help you easily capture photographs of lightning in the daytime or nighttime. And I include some useful tips on lightning photography and safety too.

You can see my other videos on my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcd8nqgH0CiaveaIlKbE1mA

You can find the equipment I talk about here:

Check out my helpful articles too:

Have Fun,
Jeff

Photos – Beach Sunsets

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Hi Everyone,

Here are some sunset photos I took at Laguna Beach, California. What I like about the first photo is how it’s a little blown out on the left. It gives the appearance of the photo fading into the distance.

Do you remember the photo of sunglasses I posted a couple weeks ago? That shot was taken a little to the right of this image.

Canon Rebel T5i / Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS at 28mm / 1/80 / f/5.6 / ISO 100 / Hand Held

The second photo uses water on the sand to reflect the colors of the sunset. This brings the colors of the sunset into more of the photo.

Canon Rebel T5i / Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS at 27mm / 1/50 / f/5.6 / ISO 100 / Hand Held

When shooting sunsets, don’t stop after the sun goes below the horizon. Some of my best sunset shots, especially at the Grand Canyon, were done after the sun has set. The sky can really light up, especially if there are clouds. And remember to look all around to see what the light is doing both in front of you and behind you.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments about these photos, or photography in general.

I processed these images with ON1 Photo Raw. Check it out at https://on1.sjv.io/15Mjdz

Have Fun,
Jeff

My Photos On RedBubble Products

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Hi Everyone,

I have some great news. People have been asking me if my photographs are available on products, like T-shirts, mugs, phone cases, etcetera, and now they are. I have created a shop on RedBubble at www.redbubble.com/people/jeffcolburn/shop

iPhone skin
iPhone Skin
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Here you will find many products with my photographs on them, and I will be adding more photographs too. Head on over and take a look. If you don’t see the photograph you’re looking for, let me know. I can always add it to my shop.

T-shirt
T-shirt
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Postcard
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Water Bottle
Water Bottle
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Have Fun,
Jeff

Photos – Laguna Beach Kelp

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Canon Rebel T5i / Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS at 24mm / 1/400 / f/5.6 / ISO 200 / Hand Held

Hi Everyone,

Here are some more photos I took at Laguna Beach, California. These are several shots of kelp, also known as seaweed.

Seaweed washes up on shore after a storm breaks it loose, or after a sea urchin eats through the base of its stalk. You can sometimes find barnacles or other ocean life attached to the seaweed. And it often has a fluid or serpentine look to it when on the beach.

A few tips about shooting at the beach.

1 – Always keep an eye on the waves. You don’t want to get knocked over by a wave, or get salt water on your gear. After you have some experience shooting at the beach you get a feel for how far a wave will travel on the sand. Waves come is sets of two to fifteen, with five to seven being normal. And the last one or two waves in a set will be the largest. Before you start shooting, watch the waves for a while to see what they are doing.

It was nice to know that even though I had not been to the beach for 25 years, I could still tell just how far a wave would come up on the beach.

Canon Rebel T5i / Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS at 66mm / 1/160 / f/4 / ISO 100 / Hand Held

2 – Depending on where you and the sun are, you can use a polarizing filter to cut down on glare, and to darken the sky and foliage near the shore. It also works great for shooting in tide pools.

3 – It’s easy to add a human quality to the photos by including footprints in the sand or people in the background.

4 – Watch the background. You can be so focused on what’s in front of you, that you forget about the background. There could be buildings, people and offshore oil rigs that you don’t want in your photo.

5 – Use water on the sand to reflect things, like I did in my last beach post with the bird.

6 – If you walk around the beach barefoot, and you should, when you’re done you’ll find that sand sticks to your feet like it’s glued there. To easily remove the sand, rub talcum powder or corn starch on your feet. The sand will slide right off.

If you find yourself shooting in Laguna Beach, when you’re done head a little north on Pacific Coast Highway and stop at the Crystal Cove Shake Shack for a date shake. The shakes and view are both great.

Canon Rebel T5i / Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS at 29mm / 1/250 / f/4 / ISO 100 / Hand Held

Let me know if you have any questions or comments about these photos, or photography in general.

I processed these images with ON1 Photo Raw. Check it out at https://on1.sjv.io/Zdvkjz

Have Fun,
Jeff