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My visit to Chernobyl and the abandoned city of Pripyat – DIY Photography

A creepy remembrance of Chernobyl.Before you read the rest of the article, and it will be a long read, please allow me to share a few thoughts with you. Visiting the abandoned city of Pripyat and the disaster site of Chernobyl was an experience that I was looking forward to for a very long time. While I was there […]

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NASA makes their entire media library publicly accessible and copyright free – DIY Photography

NASA provides some great images free with no copyright.No matter if you enjoy taking or just watching images of space, NASA has a treat for you. They have made their entire collection of images, sounds, and video available and publicly searchable online. It’s 140,000 photos and other resources available for you to see, or even download and use it any way you like. […]

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Photographer Jonathan Irish shot 59 national parks, all in 1 year | Digital Trends

Experience every National Park captured by one photographer over one year.

Most people won’t ever visit all 59 U.S. national parks, but one photographer did just that. Even more amazing is that Jonathan Irish did it in just one year.

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Capturing Gorgeous Portraits in the Snow with the Sony a6500

Spectacular snow portraits captured with a Sony A6500.

Tag along with photographer Manuel ‘Manny’ Ortiz on a recent trip to a snowy park with his favorite portrait subject (his wife), favorite portrait lens (th

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Legends of Fall

Colorado and Wyoming are beautiful in the Fall but the season is very short lived. Go out for picture taking and miss the golden Aspens by a week and the trees will be barren. I was lucky enough to catch the last of the season near the Colorado Wyoming border. Enjoy the images.

~Chuckie

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Moon photography failure

It was 5 p.m. in Fort Collins and I realize that the moon would be rising to the East at about 7:44 according to the time and date website. Dutifully cooking dinner and racing out the door, I headed down to Denver to catch the Harvest Moon rising behind the Denver Skyline.

To my surprise 7:44 turned into almost 8 p.m and the darkness would be too stark a contrast between the moon and the lights of the buildings. The sun was blown out in my attempts at one to two second exposures. Add to that the oblong shape the moon creates as it moves across the sky.

The lesson I learned fro the outing is the only way I could capture the moon and a nice cityscape is to capture a double exposure. Tackle a beautify long exposure with an ND filter then wait for the moon to position itself into the shot then take the second exposure.

To make the best of the trip, I waited for the moon to leave my field of view and snapped a few shots of the skyline from Sloan’s Lake.

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Early mornings at Rocky Mountain National Park

 

%22sprague-lake-at-sunrise%22It was 4 a.m. and I was back at Rocky Mountain National Park waiting for the sun to rise to yield some of the prettiest crimson highlights that I’ve seen at sunrise. It is my plan to catch a majority of all the lakes at RMNP at sunrise just for the super saturated colors you get for a ten minute window before sunrise.

There should have been a full moon in the picture but the moonset calendar is a little off and the moon set at 5 a.m. rather than at sunrise which was 6:30 a.m. My previous outing included Bear Lake and my next outing will include Bierstadt Lake.

This image was shot using a Nikon D500, Sigma 18-35 f/1.8, ND4 + ND8 filter, ISO 100, f/16, 30 sec. exposure.

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A reflection in time

“Fifi”, one of the only two currently flying Boeing B-29 Superfortress stopped in Cheyenne on Monday and I had the privilege of capturing this shot of Ken in front of the plane. Ken is wearing the aviator jacket his grandfather wore as a pilot in WWII. The sun was a little to bright and contrasty and I was not able to catch the design on the back.

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Sunrise with my D500 and Tamron 150-600

As I drove to work Tuesday morning, I noticed the sun rising behind the numerous wind turbines near the Colorado-Wyoming border. I made a mental note to prepare my Nikon D500 with Tamron 150-600 lens to see how the combination performed under the harsh contrast of a cloudless sunrise.

Wednesday morning arrived and I ventured out early to ensure I could find a safe place to park my car near the vantage point I wanted. Off a dirt frontage road I found my answer as the sun began to peak behind the hill of turbines. I spun through a few settings settling upon ISO 200 and a mix of different shutter speeds and apertures to test the range of my camera-lens combination.

I chose to display a mixture of my captures in these five photos. I added a small amount of adjustments in Lightroom like +10 vibrance, sharpening with a mask, and a little noise reduction.

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Using Color Balance to turn Dust And Particles into Fire, Ice And Magic – DIY Photography

Color balance is can be more than finding the right white.

Time to dust up on your Color Balance Adjustment Layer. Here’s a quick Photoshop trick that will add some more magic (or magical fire and ice) to your composites. This technique works wonders using dust particles shot against a back background. You can shoot this yourself or use a pre-made dust resource if you don’t have […]

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