It has been over a month since my last post. Our weather has been nothing but HOT! Temps have been in the 100+ area for the past two weeks with today reaching 107. Everything is starting to dry up, and the ground is beginning to show cracks, just as it did last year. We are now in a burn ban once again with no end in sight. There has been little to mostly no rain for the last month.
I have been meaning to discuss one of the tools that I have found extremely useful. The Photographer's Ephemeris by Stephen Trainor is available for FREE download at http://photoephemeris.com/ and is available for desktop (PC and Mac) and both iphone and android. This software allows one to see where and when the Sun and Moon are going to rise and set on any given day or night. This info is overlaid on a map which can alternately show roads, terrain, or both, as well as a satellite overlay all based on Google Earth. You will first have to install Adobe Air but since it's all free, what the heck. You will need a compass to use this tool in the field. In addition, the terrain map allows one to plan how and where sunrise and sunset light will fall on a given landscape. Check it out!
Nevertheless, despite the heat, I have been out creating new images. Here are just a few :
Captured with a Nikon D200 and Nikkor AF-S 12-24/4G @ 15mm @ f/13 @ 1.5 sec @ ISO 100. Processed in Lightroom with contrast added and white balance adjusted to create a warmer feel to an image shot in the shade with indirect lighting.
"Fractures & Lichen"
Captured with a Nikon D200 and Nikkor AF-S 12-24/4G @ 24mm @ f/16 @ 2.5 sec @ ISO 100. Processed in Lightroom with contrast and white balance adjusted to bring the lichen to the actual color. It is not uncommon to find lichen this lime green color, which in this image contrasts nicely with the pink granite.
"Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly"
Captured with a Nikon D200 and Nikkor AF-S 18-70/3.5-4.5 @ 70mm @ f/6.3 @ 1/60th second @ ISO 100. Processed in Lightroom with contrast and white balance adjusted to make the image POP. The brush tool was used to darken the bottom of the image to remove distracting foliage.
See you next time - TGW