Friday, December 19th, 2014

How To Carry Gel Filters For Quick Selection And Access

Digital After Dark Flash Pack

Q: What does every piece of photo gear you own have in common? A: You gotta carry it in SOMETHING. (Yes, I know. This is a 2,300-word article about how to carry little colored pieces of plastic. At least I have accepted that I have a problem. Maybe now I can get some help. Anyone want to Read more... you know you want to.

Monday, November 24th, 2014

The Wonderful World Of Camera Flash, Flashlights, And Gel Filters

Light painted waterfall

You’re going to have to humor me with this one, folks. I tend to get a little carried away with gel filters. There’s something about all those colors that makes me all tingly inside. For those of you who just want the CliffsNotes version, here you go (Drew Eschbacher, this is for you): Gel filter make photo Read more... you know you want to.

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

A Night At A Waterfall

When you get a good night at a photo subject, it makes sense to shoot it in as many ways as possible. That’s especially true for some of the waterfalls that I hike to. When the subject is miles away from the nearest road, it’s not like I can just pop over any time I Read more... you know you want to.

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Choosing LED Flashlights For Light Painting Photography – Part Two

Light-painted waterfall

In Part One, I talked about all the features a photographer should look for in a flashlight. If you haven’t read it, please do so before reading this one. It contains important stuff you need to know. Here, I’m going to name names and make specific recommendations. First, full disclosure. Yes, I offer all the flashlights discussed Read more... you know you want to.

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

More Wild Waterfall Adventures & the Myth of Reality

Waterfall at night

Here’s another shot of the waterfall that Doug Gardner and I photographed at night for an upcoming Wild Photo Adventures TV show. How does it look to you? Does it look real? Whether or not you think it looks real, do you like it? In the online night photograph class that Donna Eaton and I teach each month for Read more... you know you want to.

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Tonight’s Photo – Orion & More Falling Water

Waterfall at night

Okay, one more waterfall and I’ll see if I can find something different for tomorrow’s nightly image. You know the drill by now, right? This is a static star image, so I shot it at f/4, 25 seconds, and ISO 1600. I light painted the waterfall with, you guessed it, an LED flashlight with a Read more... you know you want to.

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Night Image for the Current 24-Hour Period – Waterfall & the Big Dipper

Night photo of waterfall and Big Dipper

Are you tired of waterfalls, yet? Hope not, because I’m gonna be posting a lot more of them over the next weeks and months. For this shot, I used the same technique as for Thursday’s waterfall. A typical static-star exposure of f/4, 30 seconds, and ISO 1600 captured the sky, while light painting with an LED Read more... you know you want to.

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Pic of the Night – Another Light-Painted Waterfall

Frozen waterfall and star trails

To create this photo, I used nearly the same technique as with the waterfall in Wednesday’s post. See, this is starting to sound pretty easy, huh? This is 35 exposures for the star trails at f/4, 4 minutes, ISO 400 and one exposure for the light painting on the waterfall at f/4, 88 seconds, ISO Read more... you know you want to.

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Nightly Night Image – Light Painted Waterfall & Pinpoint Stars

Night photo of waterfall

I used the same basic approach to this waterfall as I did for yesterday’s shot, except that in this case I went for static stars instead of star trails. I used the same blue gel filter mounted in a GelGrip™ for light painting the waterfall. In this case, I didn’t need to stack exposures. This Read more... you know you want to.

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Nocturnal Image for the Night – Light-Painted Waterfall & Star Trails

Light painted waterfall at night

It’s hard to think of a better subject for a nature photographer than a waterfall. I’ve been shooting them for nearly 30 years, so when I started getting serious about night photography a few years ago, it was only natural that I would work on ways to incorporate waterfalls into my night shooting. Over the next Read more... you know you want to.