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Hurdle Photo #2

Here’s the last photo in the three image Ashton Eaton series. This last photo probably personifies who I am as a photographer the most. I’m 5′ 10″ and I try to never take a photo at 5′ 10″. By this I mean, I never try to take a photo standing up. A huge amount of the worlds population is within a 1-foot range of that height and I don’t want to always create a familiar scene. So often times, I find myself laying on the ground in the dirt (and once in huge puddles of water) just to get a
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Hurdle Photo #1

Image Details: Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm f/2.8L IS, 73mm, ISO 100, f/16 Having a hard time getting to sleep tonight so I thought I’d get a head start on the blog posts I promised following my photo shoot with Ashton Eaton. I’ve had some questions about the three photos that I’ve uploaded the past few days so I wanted to give you all a little closer look behind my thought process for ¬†each of the images. This one is a pretty simple setup that I got from a fstoppers.com video I watched a while back (Pocket Wizard Flex Review).
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The Art of the Composite

I’ve been tossing the idea around about how I can give you all a better idea of how I do my work and not really sure what the best way is to share that with you all. I think at this time, the clearcut winner would have to be to purchase some screencasting software so I can do some walk through post processing tutorials, as well as, just some general “time-lapse” videos of a start to finish image. But, until I have the software (and have it figured out) this is the best that I can do. My recent “Winter
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As you may or may not have been able to tell, I’ve been trying to build up a little bit of a product photography portfolio after my recent internship with Swanson Studio in Portland. I have to tell you the truth that I’ve never been a fan of product photography and always found it a little bit dull and boring until my internship. Somehow, the guys over at Swanson take basic looking products and make them look spectacular. After that experience, I felt like I should try my hand at it since it’s very meticulous work (perfect for a perfectionist).
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Post Processing

I don’t think it will come as any surprise to anyone that my digital workflow involves a few hours of photoshop. It’s not something that I hide because I’m not looking to portray photo realistic, I’m trying to go for the more surreal look. I was going through my Lightroom images and decided to process an image from about 9-months ago. I started working and decided to throw in a couple different aspects that aren’t traditional to my images (tutorials I picked up online). That’s the great thing about making post processing a learning experience. Whenever I see an image
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Revisiting Old Work

Yesterday, I had a little down time (even though I probably should have been doing some homework) and I decided to go back and re-edit some of my photos from about 6-months ago. It’s crazy how much you can learn and how much your vision can change in that amount of time that can completely alter an image. I sat down and edited an old image of Marshall and I didn’t expect it to turn out much different than the first edit. But, a little altered workflow and some new techniques can really change the result of your photographs. Here
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Tutorial Tuesday: Getting Sharper Images

A while back, when we were still on the old blog, a die hard follower asked me how I got my images to be so sharp and crisp. I gave him some advice on what to do and I thought that might be a good topic for our first Tutorial Tuesday blog post (I really am a fan of alliteration). Of course, it’s no secret that I’m a big fan of post production. I love shooting photos but I love processing photos as well. It’s become part of my creative process and that’s where I add a lot of that
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Cannon Beach

I had a chance to head up to the Northern Oregon Coast to a spot that I’ve been looking forward to shooting for a long time. To say the least, I’m not completely happy with the images I came out with but it was nice to recharge the batteries for a few days out at the coast. These are the famous Haystack Rocks and I was hoping to get a little better sunset but you work with what you are given. It’s pretty much a traditional shot you’d see if you’d type “Haystack Rocks” into google; a colorful background with
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