Rachel Maternity Images
When a woman becomes a mother, she does so not in part, but in whole. Her relationships, abilities, emotions, tastes, desires, even everything about her, changes, at least temporarily. We often fear change, because we do not know what it may bring, yet women through the ages boldly overcome this fear, and give life to the next generation. Maternity pictures celebrate this boldness, this selfless passion to give all for a little life. Congratulations Rachel and Brian! May God bless you in this journey.
I am returning…
It has been quite a while since I have posted here, so, I am now returning to more a more regular basis of updates. So much has happened between now and the last post; to summarize, my family is now migratory (like a coconut)! I am now travel nursing, and am on asignment in Colorado. Pictures to follow!
Great Blue Mystery
Great Blue Heron
An image from a few years ago… Processing is odd, I cannot recall what was done, yet it intrigues me…
Becoming a Better Photographer! Setting Goals…
Here is a link to an article I found extremely helpful. Sometimes, to become better, we must seek outside help and advice… In this case, learning to work toward goals and objectives more efficiently is a need I have. It is a need I am certain many others have as well.
Enjoy and Learn!
Better Photography: Motivation?
We do not receive motivation, then do; we do, and receive motivation from the doing. – Flavius Alberticus
Better photography often comes from subtle sources like awakeing early in the morning. Sometimes, our obstacle to improvement is not editing and processing our images in a diligent manner. Whatever the obstacle may be, if we look to motivation for success, we will ever fail.
Instead, we must force ourselves to do what we do not want to do. In so doing, we will receive the power to do the things we want to do, but find no motivation to perform.
The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.
Make your body obey! Set the alarm, set the limits, force yourself to labour. Then, you will find motivation.
Becoming a Better Photographer: Go Somewhere Better
Sometimes the reason we struggle photographically is because we are caught in the rut of shooting the same general thing. Going somewhere better and seeing something better could improve your pictures, but, not so much as by giving you a picture of some famous icon (everyone needs a picture of the Maroon Bells reflected on Maroon Lake!), but more, by changing the way you see and re-energizing you for when you return to your home area. Nothing is better than an epic adventure! Get somewhere inspiring you may draw from. Do something epic to recharge your mind and inspire your soul. Challenge yourself, and photography what you see in your crucible.
Excellent landscape photography is not so much about taking pictures of epic landscapes, but about making the mundane epic. Visiting the epic however gives us a taste of this epicness, and will allow us to see what we have been seeing in a new way, if for no other reason than we have taken a break from it, to step back and see our surroundings for what they are in a familiar yet detached way.
Going somewhere new gives bird photography an immense boost in many ways: if nothing else, new birds means new habits to learn and new methods which must be implemented. A fun thing can be bird photography where no one else is shooting. On the upper slopes of Mount Evans in Colorado, I brought my 300 2.8 with 2x TC combo and my 7D. The weight made hiking miserable, but… I was the only one shooting images of those birds! I got images I could get no where else. Nothing improves photography like completely unique images!
Learn to see the mundane in a new light, and to make what is common your area epic. Learn this by visiting the epic, capturing its glory, and bringing this glory into your mundane photography.
Coming: Becoming a Better Photographer by Embracing What You Have Been Given
Favourite Software of 2014…
My favourite software for photography, 2014:
BreezeBrowser – http://breezebrowser.com/ – I use this for vewing and editing (deleting the bad, keeping the good)
Lightroom – http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-lightroom.html – This program I use for RAW conversion to JPG, or to a PSD for Photoshop (usually most images can be processed for general online purposes in lightroom alone). I am on version 4 (not 5 yet…)
Photoshop – http://www.photoshop.com/ – This is the gold standard for editing, but takes a lot more time than Lightroom. I use CS 6, no Creative Cloud for me.
Occasionally, I will use Nik Color Effex – https://www.google.com/nikcollection/products/color-efex-pro/ – for improving image detail in critical images. Also, occasionally I will use Noiseware – https://www.imagenomic.com/nw.aspx – to reduce image noise, but usually Lightroom does a good enough job.
What has helped you?