The Wheatfield – Gettysburg Battlefield

The Wheatfield, Gettysburg Battlefield - Nikon D200 IR

The Wheatfield, Gettysburg Battlefield - Nikon D200 IR

Here’s another photo from my Gettysburg Battlefield in infrared series. A very simple image but there is something about the way the clouds echo the pattern of the fence that I like a lot. Sometimes simple repetition is all that’s needed to make a successful image. And, yes, I saw the cloud pattern and fence when I shot this, that’s why I shot it.

Pink Tulip

Pink Tulip - Lensbaby - Nikon D200

Pink Tulip - Lensbaby 3G - Nikon D200

Since Spring really is here…I thought a little more color on the blog would be appropriate. Tulips are one of my favorite flowers to photograph. This one was shot in the studio using a flashlight to back-light the bottom of the flower from underneath. Adds a little extra glow…try a flashlight as a fill light some time.

Texture Study – Gettysburg Battlefield

Texture Study, Devils Den Rocks, Gettysburg - D200 IR

Texture Study, Devils Den Rocks, Gettysburg - Nikon D200 IR

Here’s another one from the Gettysburg Infrared Series. I was over a couple of days ago and spent some time around Devils Den. The rocks are pretty amazing. I can remember, #*@$&! some years ago, climbing around the rocks, lost in a dream world. Lots of younger folks still find this great fun…I’ll just stay with taking photos for now.

I tried to capture the texture and scale of the rocks. Without a point of reference for scale, I used the clouds play up the size and contrast the rock texture. This works for me, may not be for everyone.

Bluebird Blues

Males to the Right - Nikon D700

Males to the Right - Nikon D700

What a strange winter with the birds at the house. Most of the winter I got to see bluebirds at the birdbath and now with Spring here, they’re gone. Pairing up and starting to look for a nest I guess… I’m not complaining, after all I got to see more bluebirds this winter then ever before.

BetterPhoto.com – Photo of the Day – March 22, 2009

Sunlit Waterlilies - Nikon D700

Sunlit Waterlilies - Nikon D700

Got a surprise when I checked email yesterday. Lots of comments from my gallery at BetterPhoto.com and a congratulations email from the folks at BetterPhoto.com. Never had so many comments in one day! Sort of overwhelming but in a good way. Well anyway here’s the image that was selected…shot at Longwood Gardens last year.

Top of Devils Den – Gettysburg Battlefield

Top of Devils Den, Little Roundtop in Background - Nikon D200 IR

Top of Devils Den, Little Round Top in Background - Nikon D200 IR

Here’s another in the Gettysburg Infrared Series. Shot this this morning from under the tree at the top of Devils Den. That’s Little Round Top in the background on the right. I like the feel of this one but I would like some different clouds in the sky. May have to keep this in mind for a re-shoot some time later in the spring.

Happy Spring

Yellow Crocus - Lensbaby Composer, Nikon D700

Yellow Crocus - Lensbaby Composer, Nikon D700

Well Spring finally arrived…so we can celebrate with some crocus. Shot this back in January at a local garden center using the Lensbaby Composer. Much easer to use the new Composer.

Sherfy Barn – Gettysburg Battlefield

Sherfy Barn, Peach Orchard, Gettysburg Battlefield - IR, D200

Sherfy Barn, Peach Orchard, Gettysburg Battlefield - IR, D200

Here is a photo from what I think is going to turn into a long term project. The idea that taking photos of the Gettysburg Battlefield would be an overdone clich√© to say the least. But the idea of shooting Gettysburg in infrared sounded, at least to me, like something interesting. No, I’m not looking for ghosts…just thought that the format might yield some interesting images.

So here’s one of the images from a recent trip. I liked the juxtapostion of the fence posts and rails and the sky in the background. More Gettysburg IR images to come…

Sunlit Waterlillies

Sunlit Waterlillies

Sunlit Waterlillies

Since spring is just around the corner I thought a little color on the blog would be a “Good Thing”. This was shot in October last year on one of our trips to Longwood Gardens.

For the photo geeks: This is a single image photo shot with my D700 and processed in Lightroom. I also processed a version of the RAW file in Photomatix as a pseudo HDR and tone mapped it using the details enhancer. Both of these files were stacked in Photoshop CS3 and blended to taste. Additional enhancements were done in CS3 to boost the color and contrast locally.

First Blog Post

Glowing Pines - IR, D200

Glowing Pines - IR, D200

This is my first post on my NEW Photo Blog. Took this image back in February on a infrared shooting trip to Kings Gap. Still trying to learn to see in infrared…

I thought the pines in in the late afternoon might be good for some glowing greens in IR. Did a little post processing in Photoshop CS3 to add some glowing rays to the trees. I kind of like it. We will have some more IR shots to come later…