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The Palouse – August 2016

Oh my goodness! Has it really been 3 months since I posted anything? I guess it has. Well shame on me.

Well, today I am posting a few pictures I took this last August on a trip to the Palouse in Eastern Washington. Many of you may know the area if you went to Washington State University (my alma matter). I accompanied my friend Jennifer King of Jennifer King Photography Workshops as she led a group of students though on their photographic learning journey.

Some of these shots were taken from Steptoe Butte, others from around the county. No time to visit WSU or get anything within Pullman (one of my favorite small cities). As you can see, the harvest of the wheat was in full-mode. There are a number of photographs here that are more of the “abstract” variety–something that I continue to play with.

I hope that you enjoy.

Blessings,

Chris.

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Maui in May

Hello Friends,

We just arrived home from a fantastic week in Maui. Of course, we were there for both business and pleasure, with the pleasure being a celebration of our silver wedding anniversary (that is 25 years for all the newbs out there). 25 years is a long time to be with someone, but we are both completely dedicated to each other and never expected not to reach this point.

Anyway, enough with the mushy soap-box stuff. So while we were there, we managed to get out a couple of times to enjoy some of what Maui had to offer. We drove the Road to Hana and went on a few small hikes to see some waterfalls and other scenery, went Snuba diving and snorkeling, enjoyed a traditional luau and hula show, and enjoyed some fabulous sunsets.

The pictures below are but a sample of some of the wonderful things that Maui had to offer.

Thank you Maui for hosting us and we look forward to our return visit.

Blessings,

Chris

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Repost: Improving Your Photography by Having Go-To Places

Hi Friends,

It’s been so long since I have posted any tips here, been way to busy with work, play, fun–life in general. Having said that, I found a great article that I thought was worth sharing. What this article is essentially saying, is that by having a specific location that you love, you can improve your photography by visiting it over-and-over again in various conditions (lighting, weather, season) without having to go out and look for somewhere to shoot. When you have a particular place to go, you are not wasting precious time looking for that particular place.

While not an actual spot (there are way too many), my go to place is Mt. Rainier in Washington State. I live about an hour or so from 2 different entrances, so it is very convenient for me to get in the car and go at just about any time.

The link below will take you to the article. Hope you enjoy.

Blessings,

Chris.

http://digital-photography-school.com/improve-your-photography-by-having-go-to-places-to-shoot/

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Iceland, Day 6

Day 6. 6 down, 1 more to go.

Started the day tracking down more Northern Lights. Not too much to report there. Got a few shots, but nothing worthy of sharing. After about 2 hours of sleep, off to the lava fields outside of Vik for sunrise and various landscape shots. I did manage to get of shot of the famous church in Vik, however.

After packing up, traveling back to Reykjavik, stopping along the way to make some new horse friends, then off to Gulfoss Falls, stopping at Strokkur Geyser on the way. Gulfoss is an absolutely incredible waterfalls-a vista of incredible beauty. If you are ever in Iceland, this place is a definite must stop.

Enjoy.

Chris.

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Iceland, Day 5

Lack of sleep starting to catch up to me.

Started the day at Black Beach outside of Vik, getting some shots of the sunrise over the glacier and the beach. After which, spent a few hours around the guest house where we were staying, and finally ended the days at various waterfalls, including Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss Waterfalls. Seljalandsfoss was an absolutely wonderful waterfall to photograph, as we were there at sunset and this is a waterfall that you can walk behind. You get drenched and the path isn’t all that great, but it is definitely worth the effort to get some incredible photographs. Ended the day chasing the Northern Lights around the south end of the country. They were not as visible this night as they were the previous nights, so I was unable to capture anything too dramatic.

Enjoy.

Chris

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Iceland, Day 4

Short post today.

Started the day at midnight photographing the Northern Lights. Got back to the hotel at 2:30 am, then up again at 5:30 to hit the beach for more ice shots. After which, we traveled to Vik, stopping along the way for various shots, including some of the Vatnajökull glacier.

There are some abstract shots in here, shot intentionally as various art personal pieces. I have a few other great pieces to share from this day, but need to do some more work on them so I’ll wait for a later post.

Enjoy day 4. (Hi Lynette-I love you)

Chris.

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Mt. Rainier August, 2014 Photo Trek

Greeting my friends.

I hope that you are all enjoying your summer and hte beautiful weather that we’ve been having. Honestly, while enjoying the sunshine a lot I am now ready for some cooler temperatures.

Earlier this month I had the oppotunity to join Jennifer King (of Jennifer King Photography Workshops) on a workshop/trek on Mt. Rainier. The goal was to get some good shots of the wildflowers and some sunsets/sunrises on the mountain and while the weather certainly did not cooperate with us, I did manage to get a few good shots for my portfolio.  The wildflowers were incredible, the running water (i.e. waterfalls) were breathtaking, and the wildlife was heartwarming. And even though I cannot post all my pictures, I hope that you enjoy the few that I did.

Now about the workshop. Even professional photographers need some instruction and guidance from time-to-time. I have been wanting to join a professional workshop for some time and Jennifer is one of the best photographers I have run across in a long time. I really enjoyed her tutaledge and guidance and value her friendship. I look foraward to joining her on another trek next year. If you are looking for some good profesional training, I highly recommend Jennifer King Photo Workshops.

Anyway, I hope that you enjoy my photographs and if you are interested in a purchase, please see my gallery on Fine Art America or email me and let me know what you are interested in.

Blessings,

Chris.

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SLR Lounge Lightroom Preset Review

Over the years, many people have asked me about my workflow for my images. I generally tell them about Lightroom and Photoshop, leveraging those tools to get the best images possible. I also tell them that with Lightroom, finding a “recipe” or a preset that work for their style will greatly improve their overall workflow and speed up their finishing process.

I own a few presets packages for Lightroom, with one of them standing out above all the rest: the SLR Lounge Lightroom Presets. Without question, these presets are the best that I have found and always provide me with the results that I envisioned when I originally pressed the shutter button on my camera. Their presets have saved me countless hours of finishing work (moving from hours to minutes) and saved me from having to spend a lot of time in Photoshop (something I don’t like to do). The lessons that come with the system not only taught me how to use their presets but gave me confidence to use Lightroom as my primary edit tool.

I have been using SLR Lounge presets for about 2 years now, and will continue to use them as long as I take photographs.

Below is a before/after example of a photograph I recently took using the HDR SLR Lounge Presets for Lightroom.

Good job guys!

If you are interesting in purchasing them for your own use, you can purchase them at this link: http://www.slrlounge.com/lightroom-presets

Blessings,

Chris

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Shot of the Day 01/10/14

Greetings friends,

And happy Friday to you.

Today, I am sharing my latest Mt. Rainier portrait. I took this one a few nights ago at an undisclosed location during one spectacular sunset.

Many of my facebook friends have seen this already and have been asking for prints. If you are interested, please navigate to the link below to my site on Fine Art America for purchase.

Sell Art Online

 

Blessings,

Chris.

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Nisqually Wildlife Refuge

Lynette and I took a quick trip to the Nisqually wildlife refuge the other day to get a few shots of the birds wintering there. Unfortunately, not may birds except a few ducks to look at, but we get a few nice pictures anyway.

Hope you enjoy.

Chris

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