Monday, September 26, 2022

 

Views


I typically don't post images of people, but I felt this one was too good to not share. We had just turned around from close to the top (some people didn't want to finish the uphill) and were heading back towards the lake. Using an aperture of f2.8 and shooting from the hip, I blindly took many images hoping one would turn out well. 

Friday, September 23, 2022

 

Peyto Lake


During one of our days in Canada, we took a day-long drive along the Ice Roads Parkway. Besides the snow on some peaks, there was no ice, but this stretch of road from Banff to Jasper was incredibly, incredibly beautiful. This particular image is of Peyto Lake, somewhere between the two cities. There was an easily accessible overlook with a fantastic view, but me being me, wanted to take something more unique. We started hiking towards the top of the mountain, went off trail to a pile of snow, when I turned back to the lake. I set up my tripod and took eleven images, each of a slightly different portion of the lake, which together made this piece.

Monday, September 19, 2022

 

Mist


I took this image during my afternoon hike at Moraine Lake. A brief rainstorm had just passed, and some low-hanging clouds were still around. I walked down to the lake's shore and took this image. There are many reasons I like it: the subtle, soft colors, layers of mountains upon mountains that draw your eye to the back of the image, and the clouds add softness to the hard rock.

Friday, September 16, 2022

 

Moraine Lake


This is Moraine Lake, as the title suggests. After a short but slow eight-mile drive up a winding road, you enter a land of no cell coverage and beautiful views. I visited the lake three times, once at sunset, another on the following sunrise, and a final time during the afternoon. While it may seem crazy that I woke up at 4am for this shot, yes, it is so worth it.

Monday, September 12, 2022

 

Mood

One of the many things I love about Canada is the weather. The entire time, the weather was incredible. There was sun, clouds, and the occasional rain. What I loved most about it was the fact that the weather was different every day. For example, on this day, it was partly cloudy but when the sky wasn't as moody as this, there was a significant amount of harsh light. 

Friday, September 09, 2022

 

Seasons


One of my favorite things about the mountains is how quickly the weather can change. One second it is clear skies, and the next is cloudy and rainy. For this image, an afternoon storm rolled in from nowhere, and everyone at Moraine Lake, including me, went to the Cafe to stay dry. But right after the rain passed, I went to the lake's edge and captured this. The trees are crisp with an f2.8 aperture with the mountain is slightly out of focus.

Monday, September 05, 2022

 

Mount Rundle

As the sun continued to set, I took out my tripod and neutral density filter again and took a panorama. I believe this piece is six images stitched together, but I forget the exact number. The process of stitching images together is straightforward. I add the photos to Adobe Lightroom, click the panorama merge, and the piece magically comes together. 

Monday, August 15, 2022

 

Distant


If you know me well, you know that I love adventure. Canada was no different. Each night I would search on Google Maps and find a spot I thought would be interesting for sunset. The problem was that I had no method of transportation, meaning bike or car, but I did have two legs. For this and the next image, I walked two miles to the Vermillion Lakes to capture the sunset. Should I have stayed out that late? Probably not, but thank you, mom, for picking me up and driving me home after it got dark!

Friday, August 12, 2022

Peaks


Another reason I enjoyed our trip to Canada so much was the weather. The highest high was eighty degrees, and the temperature dropped to around fifty at night. Additionally, during most of the days, there was significant cloud cover, which allowed me to take images like this. While editing, I made sure to increase the contrast and sharpness to make the sky even moodier and show off the mountains' details.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

 

Mountain Roads


During one of our daily adventures, we took the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. The views from the boardwalk were incredible, but me being me, I had to explore on some random hiking path. I followed the trail for about half a mile to this spot, where I could see the Trans-Canada Highway turning to the northwest. I used my telephoto lens once again and captured this image. I added a few blue and green filters on top of the piece to produce this final version.

Monday, August 08, 2022

 

Time


Another piece of equipment I am glad I brought on this trip was a variable neutral density filter and a tripod. These two items allowed me to control the shutter speed and create images like these. I adjusted the filter to its darkest setting, set the camera on a tripod, and let it run for twenty-five seconds. I captured the waves crashing in the lower part of the image, clouds cast with sunset colors moving in the upper half, and a cool breeze from the water telling me I should have worn pants.

Friday, August 05, 2022

 

Atop


I have recently focused on aerial photography, and when I use my camera, it is with my wide-angle lens. This trip was a nice reset as most images came from my camera, and I was rotating between my wide-angle and telephoto lenses. For this piece, I was scanning the ground to see if I could spot any bears or other wildlife, then looked up and found this person hiking along the ridge. I utilized the 300mm zoom on my telephoto lens to enlarge the hiker as best I could, then took this photo.

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

 

Roads


Later that night, I took flight with the drone to see the landscape from a new perspective. I found what I believe is a hiking path and centered it in the image. It creates a nice separation for the picture and contrasts the rows of trees. Then while editing, I changed the color of the trees from a lush green to more of an orange tone to increase the sunset effect.

Monday, August 01, 2022

 

Serenity


As the sun set on our first night, I wanted to find somewhere to capture it. I took a quick walk to Bow Falls, where I was delighted with views of the fall and Mt Peechee. The majority of people were looking at the falls, but I found this view more interesting since the sun was cast against the mountain. 

Friday, July 22, 2022

 

Banff


Welcome to Canada! Over the next 24 images, I will highlight the adventures we took across Alberta. This first picture comes from the top of Mount Norquay around Banff. After a simple switch-back road, we made it to an outlook point where we could see the town of Banff and all the surrounding mountains. To create this piece, I used four images stiched together, allowing me to show a greater perspective of the scenery. 

Friday, June 17, 2022

 

Lights


As I close out this series, I saved my favorite image for last. After receiving the low battery warning, I slowly lowered the drone in for a landing. I stopped to take this image, which is now a favorite, but hovering to take this image cost me too much battery time. I was at 2%, the drone was losing power, and a moderate wind prevented me from landing where I took off. I quickly scrambled to look for a new landing zone, but the closest one I could find was across a highway. With fifteen seconds left to fly, I quickly located an open parking spot, marked the location, landed, and hoped it was there after I drove over. After a tense car ride and a short fence I hopped over, I found the now out-of-battery drone and safely recovered these images.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

 Centerpiece


One of my favorite experiences while flying the drone is when clouds are at the same level I am taking pictures. It feels unreal to have a camera up that high. I took this image at 1000 feet, with clouds at 1250 feet. There has only been one instance when I have taken an image completely above some clouds (during last Thankgiving's trip to Florida) but seeing landscapes from this angle is always incredible. 

Monday, June 13, 2022

 

Moody


This image is a perfect example of why I add grain. During a humid and warm sunrise, a thick layer of clouds rolled in and blocked my view of the sun. The mood quickly turned gray and gloomy. To increase this feeling, I added grain. The buildings became less clear, the sky bluer, and the overall image darker. 

Thursday, June 09, 2022

Rush Hour

One of my favorite accessories to the drone is the neutral density filters. As I have mentioned before, it darkens the image and adds contrast. For this application, it helps blur the movement of the cars and gives the buildings a more rich color. One of the editing processes I have been experimenting with recently is adding grain. In the past, I have always wanted the sharpest image possible, meaning no grain, but recently I like how the pictures are not perfectly clear. It makes the image feel older, shifting the mood and how the viewer interprets the piece.

Friday, June 03, 2022

 

The Fountain Place


During one of my sunset excursions, I flew the drone over Freeway 366, or Woodall Rogers Freeway. Fortunately, I put on my neutral density filter, which allowed me to blur the motion of the cars on the freeway. The cars ended up moving enough that they were blurred, but not too much that the cars didn't look like cars. Additionally, the neutral density filter adds vibrancy to the colors, which helps the main building, called The Fountain Place, stand out.

Wednesday, June 01, 2022

 

Dawn


After going downtown during a moderately interesting sunset, I chose to go down two more times, another sunset and one sunrise. In the past, I have been looking at weather apps to determine what I thought would be a good sunset or not. Recently, I downloaded this app called MySunset. Based on the clouds at the horizon and above it, it rates how good the color will be for the sunset and displays it as a percent. This sunrise was rated as a 80%, but the colors were better than expected. It is a good app and certainly one I will use again.

Friday, May 27, 2022

 

Distant


For my last image of this series, I went to where the Dallas North Tollway and Bordeaux Avenue intersect. My goal was to capture cars moving on the tollway with the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in the background. The challenge with it was the shaking bridge. Every time someone drove over it or a big truck underneath it, it would shake, ruining my image. After 155 tries, this is the result. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

 

Traffic


After taking Wednesday's image, I was nearing the first warning telling me to land the drone before the battery died, and this was my last battery. I looked down and found myself over the intersection of Interstate 35 and Freeway 366. I knew I didn't have much time left, and unfortunately, there wasn't much traffic. Regardless, I took the image, and after editing it, I like how desolate the piece looks. There isn't too much action, and the lone stopped car, I believe, is the highlight of the image. Without seeing that still object, I think there wouldn't be anything that catches your eye.

Monday, May 23, 2022

 

Shining


As I continued on battery number three, the sun set, and the city lights started to turn on. I flew to where I took the first photo of this series and took a long-exposure image of downtown. I liked the picture but felt it was flat and didn't give off much emotion. Utilizing a preset in Lightroom, I added a vintage filter, increased the grain, and increased the brightness of the buildings to make them stand out. Now, this image has become one of my favorites.

Friday, May 20, 2022

 

The City


As I continued my flight around the buildings, the sun was constantly in my way. I hoped it would have set enough for me to take images with ease, but I started photographing too early for that. To compensate, I flew behind the Comerica Bank Tower, but even then, the sun kept peaking around and almost ruined my shot. Another reason why I like this angle is because there is a direct line to the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. When I first look at this image, the buildings in the foreground stand out, but after looking around, it is a fun surprise to see the bridge.