Well, 2018 is quickly coming to a close. Just as I did last year, I want to take some time to look back at my favorite shots from the year. So, without further ado, let’s jump right in and take a look at the shots!Read More
When photographing the Milky Way, we want to let as much light hit the sensor as possible. With this in mind, it's only natural to assume that we want to use a slower shutter speed. This is certainly true, but the fact that the Earth rotates can make things a little more complicated.
If we choose a shutter speed that is too slow, we will end up with blurry, trailed stars. Make it too fast and we won't capture as much detail as we could otherwise. The trick is to find the correct balance. There are a couple of ways to go about calculating the slowest shutter speed you can get away with. I'll be covering two of these methods here.
So, let's quit talking about it and get to it!Read More
You've spent countless hours planning and obsessively checking the weather to go out and capture what you hope will be an epic Milky Way shot. You've got a great location, a killer composition and took the time to carefully dial in your focus and camera settings. You get them home and realize that there is just too much noise for there to be a good image. What went wrong? How do people get these epic, low-noise Milky Way shots?
Well, one option would be to use a star tracking setup, but this is expensive and complicated to learn. An alternative, however, would be to use a method called stacking. Using this method, we can shoot the Milky Way at extremely high ISOs and end up with a final image that has little to no noise.
The best part? This works regardless of rather or not you're shooting on a low-end, crop-sensor DSLR or a multi-thousand dollar pro-body!Read More
During my last trip to The Great Smoky Mountains I decided that I wanted to night hike up Mt. Leconte to Myrtle Point to attempt to photograph the sunrise. This is a trip I've been trying to do for several months, but the weather has never been particularly cooperative!
I obsessively checked the weather and determined that my best window of opportunity would be Sunday morning. So, it was set. I'd wake up at 2 a.m. on Sunday, drive to the Alum Cave Trailhead, and hike up Mt. Leconte in the dark.Read More
It has been a few weeks now since my last trip to the Great Smoky Mountains, but I'd like to take a moment to share the trip with you.
If you've followed my adventures for any length of time it shouldn't come as any surprise that this trip was extremely spur of the moment! I didn't do what I had originally planned in The Smokies, but I did stop off to visit a Kentucky waterfall with some friends and had a great time just wandering around the mountains with my camera.Read More
So, you want to improve your photography, do you? Well, I say all you need to do is just act more like a goose! Think I've completely lost my mind? Well, I haven't (at least not yet!).
Don't believe me? Just hear me out on this one!Read More
It sure has been raining a lot here in Kentucky lately! I'm not complaining though, since it's helped fuel my waterfall obsession. There's one fact that I can't escape, however... shooting in the rain can really suck!
Well, that is if you don't know how to deal with the challenges the rain brings with it. Over the years I've come to spend more and more time shooting out in what some might call "bad weather". There truly isn't too much weather that I won't get out and shoot in at this point (within reason, course). Your ability to shoot in challenging conditions (and even enjoy it) all comes down to the knowledge you have.
So, with that being said, I'd like to share my 4 tips for getting out and shooting landscape photography in the rain. Let's jump right in!Read More
Here lately Kentucky has been receiving a ton of rain. This means that the conditions have been perfect for getting out and photographing waterfalls! I've found myself just a little bit obsessed with them lately. Here are the stories behind my latest waterfall images.Read More
This past Friday I drove down to Laurel County, Kentucky, to explore part of the Daniel Boone National Forest with my buddy @MCochis. The primary goal of this trip was to check out a spot that Mike had identified as being a possible waterfall. Spoiler alert, we did indeed find the waterfall. I'll have images of said waterfall to share later.Read More
The temperatures have been downright cold here lately in Kentucky! To most people, this would mean that it's time to stay inside under a blanket drinking a hot cup of coffee. Not for me, however! I decided to venture out and see some of the many waterfalls The Bluegrass has to offer. Throughout the day I hit up several waterfalls. Before heading home I decided to stop and check out McCammon Falls. Much to my delight, the falls had a decent amount of ice on them and I was able to capture this image that I'm moderately happy with.
Although it may not be a portfolio worthy shot, I'm still happy with it, which is a good thing considering what I went through to get it! The process of getting to the base of these falls requires climbing down into a fairly steep gorge. The climb down went fine, but on the way out I managed to slip and bang my knee up pretty good. Nothing all that serious, but enough for it to be sore the next day!