Monthly Archives: May 2012

First Home Project

Well, it’s been quite the hiatus.  Between the trip to Okinawa and the subsequent 22 hours of travel home, checking out at Lemoore, and driving over 34 hours across the country to Pensacola, I haven’t had much time to get to my photo editing or blog…

For those of you who don’t know, we bought our first house in April and Comiskey and I have moved in and are sleeping on an air mattress.  Our stuff is arriving on Friday, so I wanted to get the main living areas and kids rooms painted while the house was empty.  My wife and I have been picking colors online and via Gmail chat, but finally settled on some that we liked…  This brings me back to my days with CollegePro painters and church mission trips.  I was always a good ‘cutter’ and don’t use any tape when I paint – I pride myself on my lines with just the brush (I got myself a nice Purdy one :) ).  Right before painting, I thought it would be a cool idea to time-lapse the project since this is the first thing I am doing to the house!You can watch the video below or on Vimeo.

I have been on a time-lapse kick lately and I actually am working on my video from my trip cross country.  I still have a bit of work before it hits the blog, but I’m pretty excited about it too!   Hopefully things will start to settle down and I will get back into my normal blogging routine, but until then, enjoy!

Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 17-40L, 17mm, f6.3, ISO 1600, 1/100, 3 second interval

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Drifted Ashore

This shot is from one of the better sunsets since I got to Okinawa.  I shot on this beach with my son after returning some dive gear at the adjacent marina.  There is a stone pier that juts out to sea that I thought would be perfect for some sunset and long exposure work.  I ventured out but didn’t realize that I scouted during low tide and returned to shoot during high tide!  I did some shooting on the beach anyways and was drawn in by this piece of drift wood that had washed ashore.  I liked how it was ‘pointing’ down the curve of the water and seawall to lead your eye through the frame.  It was almost telling me to ‘go that way’ and shoot some more… which I did… and you will see at a later date!

As far as processing, I had captured an exposure for the foreground and one for the sky, but in post realized that my first shot was pretty nicely exposed.  I ran the image through CS5 and LR3, and after comparison, liked the LR version better (a much faster edit too!).  I’m currently using this as my iPhone home screen and if you would like to also, you can download it here!

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Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 17-40L, 21mm, f/8, ISO 200, 30 seconds, Marumi 3 stop ND

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No Swimming

When I shoot, I tend to linger in one spot…  I haven’t become ‘good’ enough to get my shot and know it’s my shot right away.  This is especially true (and time consuming) with longer exposures/ND filters.  In this case I set up and probably took 10-15 shots of the same scene because I wanted the clouds to be streaking just right over the ocean.  I ended up processing the first shot that I took and it looked pretty good.  I felt bad for the others though and went back and reviewed the skies, and wouldn’t you know it, the last shot I took had the sky you see below.  Now I wouldn’t have had this problem if my darn remote didn’t break on day 1 of my trip and I would have just shot a 1 minute exposure, but I was limited to 30 seconds so I’m glad that I stuck around!  You may have seen the set up shot on my Instagram feed a couple days ago so I hope you enjoy the final product as well!

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Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 17-40 L, 17mm, f/22, ISO 100, 30 seconds, B+W 10 stop ND

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