We love guest blog posts! Today’s article is by John Ellingson. John has been taking photographs for over half a century, witnessing as photography evolved from film to digital. In the late '60s and '70s John was fortunate to get to know Ansel Adams and spend time with him in Yosemite, working together on an environment project that John started in Washington state. In this article John is going to share his thoughts on photography, friendship and life experiences. Please enjoy. If you want to write a guest blog post get in touch!
I opened the shutter in the 1950s and it is still open. Many interesting things, places and people have passed in front of the lens in that time. Many memories as well as photographs have been created. Probably the greatest treasures are the friendships that photography made. Both as a working photographer and as a hobbyist; holding a camera in your hand can be the ticket to places you would not otherwise get.
Learning to see because you learn to think in images may give you a vision others don’t have. That vision may enable you to be inspired in the ordinary where others are only inspired by the extraordinary.
The inspiration to share some of my experiences in the hope that they may help others along the path to their own long exposure came out of the blue a couple or years ago. I received an email from The Center for Creative Photography. The Center is the repository of the personal photo collection of Ansel and Virginia Adams. It turns out that within this very large collection of photos are three of my images. I had the great pleasure of meeting Ansel in the late ‘60s and though we shared a passion for photography, he played in a different league altogether. Our other shared common passion, which cemented our friendship over the years was our working interest in conservation.
Photography can open doors, create friendships and take us to places we would not otherwise go. With this blog I hope to stimulate others on 500px to share some of those experiences. I’ll kick it off with the surprise from the back of one of my prints from years ago and ask if others have something similar to share…
Most of the time I shoot HDR because of the details we can get in the shadows and the highlights. To be safe, I suggest you shoot at least 5 to 9 exposures depending on the place and the moment, with 1 stop spacing so the transition and tone mapping look more natural.
I then go back to Camera Raw and make additional corrections if needed. Now here comes the fun part in Photoshop. If you take a look at the image above, you will notice the moving clouds. I didn't want this effect so I replaced the sky with one of the other exposures. I then added some contrast using the curve and the black and white adjustment layers in soft light blend mode, increased details with the high pass sharpening and the Topaz Details plugin, and added a little more saturation. Here's my final HDR.
2014 is here and we are back with our ongoing weekly blog series, introducing you to the new and upcoming 500px photographers. Today we’d like to share with you the vibrant work of Toronto-based Emily Baillie. Emily photographs travel, landscape and street with her trusty Nikon D3000 and D5100. Please enjoy!
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