Friday, February 04, 2011

LB ColorCombo helps Jamie Fullerton beat the blues

For photographer Jamie Fullerton, photographic opportunities present themselves, even on his day off. "I had a family outing planned for a long weekend at the Ohanapecosh Campground, located near Mt. Rainier. Our campsite was a far cry from my own vision of camping. The area was crowded and overrun with RVs. Fortunately, this trip was geared more towards getting two families together to introduce our kids to a week of tenting and cooking over a campfire. Between tending to camp and entertaining my two daughters, I had precious little time to shoot. Yet, the view from our campsite was breathtaking. The doorway of our tent faced the Ohanapecosh River, tinted that deep glacial blue that is nearly impossible to believe until you see it for yourself.

"So, early one morning during breakfast, I waited for sunlight to hit the sweet spot in the canyon next to our tent. I worked the composition of the shot a number of times until I was satisfied. I then mounted a Singh-Ray LB ColorCombo polarizer onto my wide angle lens. I choose this filter for two reasons. First, I wanted to capture those intense blues in a way that did them justice. Second, I wanted to retain the absolute clarity of the water by removing any glare from the surface to reveal the textures of the pebble riverbed. I then added a Singh-Ray 2-stop ND Grad to control sunlight filtering through the forest, reigning in the dynamic range of the scene rather nicely.

"Accomplishing all of this as quickly and efficiently as possible, I returned to camp with the shot I'd had in mind. Back home, I showed the image to several friends and fellow photographers. A number of them commented that I had done a very nice job of using Photoshop to enhance the water. I was a bit miffed, as my Photoshop adjustments were limited to simple curves adjustments, a slight boost in contrast, and sharpening. I had not used Photoshop to enhance color saturation or hue in any way! The LB ColorCombo had done that job for me and helped me capture the blue tones I was shooting for."

For more examples of Jamie's work and other projects, be sure to stop by his website.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Ralph Lee Hopkins and Bob Krist are part of the Digital Masters Series

On bookshelves now is a valuable new resource for outdoor photographers, Documenting the Wild World by Ralph Lee Hopkins. It's part of the Lark Digital Masters series, and is packed with practical information -- topics include choosing your gear and other preparations, light and composition, exploring wild landscapes, photographing wildlife (penguins and beyond), macro, then how to set up your digital workflow for peak efficiency. He includes a discussion of using Singh-Ray filters, and includes any filters used with each image's technical rundown. Clear enough for beginners, but with ideas and techniques that will benefit experienced shooters, it's illustrated throughout with over 200 inspiring images from Ralph's extensive portfolio. You can visit Ralph's website for more information on his many projects.

An earlier title in the Digital Masters series is Documenting the World's People & Places by National Geographic Photographer Bob Krist. Bob is one of the world's most widely traveled photographers, and this book takes you everywhere, from the towering skyline of Manhattan to remote villages, and it also showcases a generous selection of Bob's work and describes his thought process behind the camera. Readers get Bob's perspective on what gear to take, using Singh-Ray filters, working with light including flash, composition and capturing the moment, as well as tips on approaching and photographing people, things the traveling photographer should remember, and much more. Bob has something to teach every photographer, and the images will make you want to go exploring with your camera. But first, you'll want to explore Bob's website.

Review the previous blog stories from Bob Krist and Ralph Lee Hopkins.