Category: Photo

Vivid Yellow Wildflower

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I frequently see this type of wildflower near my home, and when they come out they are all over the place. In fields, next to roads, in gardens and more. I took this photo because the green plants behind the flower made a great background. Especially when I used a shallow depth of field so the plants were out of focus.

I know that a lot of photographers travel far and wide for photos like this, but you can really find lots of great nature subjects close to home. This was taken less than one mile from my home. I often find beautiful plants in people’s yards, planters at shopping malls, and even in flower shops. Tell the person at the flower shop you’re going to photograph them and they usually give you the best flawless flowers that they have. Then you can shoot them in whatever kind of light tent you have. I use a Foldio 3 from https://orangemonkie.com/. But you can make one from a box and a white sheet or white paper. There are lots of tutorials online.

While it’s a lot of fun to travel and photography new places, don’t forget to look around where you live.

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Jeff

Scar From A Lightning Strike

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Hi Everyone,

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I like to photograph lightning. Unfortunately, due to climate change, I haven’t photographed lightning in about three year. Up until then, we would get great lighting storms in the summer monsoon season, and in the winter.

These storms had a lot of lightning in them and I would photograph them for at least an hour. One time I had three storms around me, each in a different direction, that I could shoot from one of my favorite locations.

Then the monsoons basically dried up, with no storms or maybe one all season. And the winter storms have slowed down too, with just one or two lightning strikes in the entire storm. I would see a flash, hear the thunder, the rain would start, but no more lighting. It’s very disheartening, and I hope the storms have more lighting this monsoon season.

Until then, I can still photograph the aftermath of a lighting strike on a tree. In this photo the line you see running up the tree is the path a lightning bolt took from the top of the tree to the ground. The energy from the bolt boiled the sap along its path and the resulting steam blew the bark off.

This strike is a little strange as the path isn’t usually this straight. I find trees like this in many places where I hike. This tree was in the Elden Pueblo area of Flagstaff, Arizona.

The next time you’re hiking, keep an eye out for evidence of lightning strikes on trees, and see how many you can find.

I have also found lightning strikes on rocks in the Granite Dells of Prescott, Arizona.

The incredible power of lighting is amazing to see, hear and experience.

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Jeff

Why I Photograph Old Structures.

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Old railroad bridge
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I like to photograph old structures and prehistoric messages (pictographs and petroglyphs) because I know that one of four things will eventually happen to them. They will fall down, be torn down, be vandalized or refurbished. I have seen all of this happen in many places in Arizona.

The photo of this train bridge is a great example. It was taken a few years ago, and it’s looked like this for a very long time. I went back last year to get some more shots using light painting only to find that a restaurant had been built on the far end, just beyond the closed gates. It’s a nice building, but it completely blocks the view past the bridge, and has lights on until late at night.

I know that change is inevitable, and that’s why I photograph what I do. To have a record of them before change ruins their esthetics, or destroys them completely. Once the patine that weather and time has given to wood, metal and glass is gone, it can’t be replaced.

Whatever kind of photography you do, don’t wait. You never know when your subject could be gone forever.

What kind of photography do you like to do, and why?

Have Fun,
Jeff

Always Look For Interesting Light

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Hi Everyone,

I always keep an eye out for strange things that light does. It’s amazing how many unusual affects you can find.

I found this image at the Arizona Renaissance Festival. It’s one of their theaters. The blue light on the right is the sky seen through holes and slits in wooden boards that make up one of the walls. The gold color is the light coming through the boards, and hitting a stucco wall that’s pained a gold color. As the light from the wall gets further away from the stucco wall, the shape of the light get larger and less focused.

Lighting affects at the Renaissance Faire.
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I checked the theater several times that day until I saw this affect, then took the photo. When this shot was taken, the theater was empty, so I could photograph from several different locations. I was very happy with the results.

Let me know if you have any questions about the image or how I made it.

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Jeff

Mysterious Leaves

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Hi Everyone,

I’m always looking for interesting things to photograph. Backgrounds, textures and interesting subjects can be found anywhere. The other day my wife and I were taking our evening walk, and in a neighbor’s yard I saw some interesting leaves on the ground. They were brown, with a dusting of white that almost looked like frost. They were also in interesting shapes, including twists and curls.

I grabbed a handful of leaves, brought them home and photographed a few of them in a Foldio 3 light tent. I had some nice graphic images, but I wanted something different, so I one of started playing with one of the photos in Smart Photo Editor. I bought this program many years ago and always have fun playing with it.

After trying many images, I came up with ten that I thought looked good. Here are a few of the images I created. I hope you like them.

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Let me know if you have any questions about the images or how I made them.

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Have Fun,
Jeff

Shooting At The Arizona Renaissance Festival

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The Arizona Renaissance Festival is back. If you have not been to the Festival, you should go as there are so many diverse things to shoot there. You can photograph: performers, arts and crafts, buildings, people in costumes, weapons and much more.

I photographed this crystal at a booth that sells all kinds of crystals. I tried several different presets in ON1 Photo RAW to bring out the colors, and went with Vivid Landscape #VL7, then used sliders to boost the Saturation and Vibrance a little. I also used the healing brush to remove some scratches from the crystal.

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colorful crystal
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If you visit the Festival, post your comments and/or advice to other photographers in the Comments section.

Have Fun,
Jeff

Old Spring Houses

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Hi Everyone,

Here you can see two of the several old spring houses made by early settlers along the Lamar Haines trail in Flagstaff, Arizona. There is one on every spring in the area. The openings used to be covered by a door. Settlers would create them to keep the springs clean by preventing falling leaves and animals from getting into the water.

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While this was great for the settlers, it suddenly removed the water supply for the animals and insects. This would mean the animals, like deer, elk, rabbits and birds, would have to move elsewhere to find water. And the settlers wouldn’t have any animals to hunt for food.

The spring houses aren’t very large, and I would have a hard time fitting through the door. But you can usually reach the water without going inside.

The Lamar Haines trail is a very nice hike and we have taken it several times. If you know where to look, you can also find Native American pictographs. But be aware that parking is very limited.

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Have Fun,
Jeff

Video – How I Processed This Image – Sunset At The North Rim Of The Grand Canyon

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Hi Everyone,

Check out my latest video, “Sunset at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon” at https://youtu.be/cnXhJNxzL90 and learn how I created and processed it using ON1 Photo RAW.

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Jeff

Old School in Globe, Arizona

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Hi Everyone,

Photographers have many different reasons to photograph something. Some record beautiful, or strange, places and things. Others like to make all kinds of photographs of people, and others use composites to bring their imagination into reality.

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One of the reasons I take photographs is to record history before it vanishes. Some of my photographs include giant Ponderosa Pines that have died, ancient Native American ruins and old buildings.

This photograph was taken in Globe, Arizona. It shows the Hill Street School that was built in 1920. It’s a beautiful old building with lots of broken windows that give it character. The image was taken several years ago, and I was planning to go back next year to take more photos of this gem. Then I saw on the news that the building was being completely renovated to provide 26 apartments for seniors.

While it’s nice that the building will be put to good use, it is one more historic building that is being renovated to look brand new.

But I have my photos, and the historic, and original, look of this building is preserved for future generations.

Why do you take photos? Post your answer in the comments below.

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Jeff

Photo – Agave Leaf

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Hi Everyone,

I’ve always liked Agave plants. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and their bloom, a long stalk that grows from the center of the plant, can grow almost one foot per day.

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This photo was taken at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, California about one hour before sunset, which gave nice directional light to the image.

As you can see from this image, leaves can make an imprint on the leaves around them as they grow. That’s because the leaves at the center of the agave are tightly packed until they eventually spread out.

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Jeff