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New eBook – Advanced Filters for Digital Nature Photography

Posted in Art of Photography, eBooks, Filter, Good News, Image Processing and Software, Instruction, Photography Gear, TCBlog, Techniques, VWBlog with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2011 by Darwin

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Samantha and I have just released our latest eBook on Advanced Filters for Digital Nature Photography.

This eBook continues where our last eBook, Essential Filters for Digital Nature Photography, left off and introduces photographers to advanced filter techniques that lead to creative imagery often impossible to replicate in software.

Learn how to use in-camera filters to create unique and desirable effects. Darwin and Samantha cover the Gold-N-Blue and Blue/Yellow polarizing filters, the 1.5 stop hard-edge grad filter for reflection photos, the Daryl Benson reverse ND grad filter, and specialty ND filters like Lee’s Big Stopper and Singh-Rays trio of Vari-ND filters.

Learn how to correct colour casts caused by filtration in post-production, see why a 1.5 stop ND grad is the solution for perfect reflection photos, discover why the Daryl Benson reverse ND grad is an essential filter for prairie and desert photography, and be creative by using ND and Vari-ND filters to ‘paint with time’. Finally, Darwin and Samantha show you the creative power of combining two or more of these filters for expressive and creative photography. The eBook costs $10, is 49 pages long and is available here.


Inspirations – Jim Patterson

Posted in Inspirations with tags , , , , , on April 24, 2011 by sabrina

© Jim Patterson

Nikon D300, Nikkor 12-24mm f4 lens @ 12mm 15 sec, f14, ISO 100

Over the 2009 Thanksgiving holiday, my girlfriend Kendra and I decided on a long weekend around Lake Tahoe. We left early enough to arrive by lunch time and allow ourselves plenty of time to scout out and find Bonsai Rock, a secluded spot along the lake’s north eastern shore made famous by Elizabeth Carmel.  It seemed like a good place to start as the weather forecast called for worsening wind and potential snow showers as the weekend progressed. If we were going to get reflections, the first day would be our best chance.

Kendra is the GPS guru, and she loaded coordinates for us to check out. As we passed Sand Harbor, I knew Bonsai Rock was close and instructed Kendra to look out the window as it is down a relatively steep incline from the highway. “But the GPS says we have four more miles”, she said.  “I don’t think so”, I replied,”it’s only about half a mile or so from Sand Harbor”.  At that instant, I hear “there it is!” and the GPS chimes to tell us we had reached our destination. Funny how four miles can be covered in 30 seconds.

We scrambled down the hillside and made our way north along the rocky shore until we came to Bonsai Rock. The lake had been recently drained and there were a lot of rocks exposed compared to images I had seen. I tried a variety of compositions, but this one ultimately won out as I felt the rocks aligned best and led out towards the Bonsai Rock itself. I used my newly acquired Singh-Ray Gold-N-Blue polarizer as well as a 3 stop and 2 stop soft graduated neutral density filters to create this image. It being my first time using the Gold-N-Blue polarizer, I feel there was a little beginner’s luck involved in making this shot. During the peak light in the sky, most of my images had the polarizer dialed so the blue lake water took on more of the golden sunset colors. Fortunately, that little light bulb flickered on in my head and I dialed the polarizer so the lake turned blue once more. ~ Jim Patterson