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Ever had the experience where you want to rip your camera apart when you have a blurry picture of your active child? Ever wonder why your subjects sometimes look jaundice? And what the heck is RAW? There is so much to know about photography in order to get the images you want, even if you're a casual shooter taking snapshots of your family and friends, and unfortunately, there's also a lack of simple, easy to understand, and most importantly, FREE resources out there. If you'd like some answers to these, and many more questions, check out my other blog, Photography Unraveled. My goal with this blog is to use my experience from working in a camera store and shooting pictures (some as a hobby, some as a business) to help everyone from the "Soccer Mom" to the "Hobbyist" get the images they've always wanted. Check it out!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Wind & Sea

Once again, Sunny San Diego lends itself to beautiful photographic places. While on my trip, I made it to the beach. The beach is named 'Wind & Sea', and is in scenic La Jolla. There are huge boulders on the beach that have had waves and wind pounding them for who knows how long. There are all sorts of caves and formations because of it that are fun to explore in and shoot pictures of. I was fortunate to have my wife and child on the trip with me, which made the beach even more fun. The best part about it is that where I live, it was freezing cold and snowing while I was romping around on the beach with my family with no shoes on!

My child's feet in the sand. It was fun to see her experience the beach. It's her second time there, but my first time there with her. We had a lot of fun chasing seagulls and being chased by the tide!

I have to give my wife credit for this silhouette picture. I also have to give her credit for introducing me to photography. She's been doing it for a lot longer than I have, and has taught me a lot tips and tricks that I use all the time. It's great to share our love of photography. (Plus, it's a lot easier to justify purchasing expensive equipment!)

This one is probably my favorite that I shot here. This is one of those formations from years and years of erosion. It's also one of my first experiments with HDR (High Dynamic Range). For those of you not familiar with the concept, it's a post-processing principle used by photographers to even out the exposure on high contrast scenes. It's hard to capture a scene the way you would like when it has really dark shadows, and extremely bright areas. You either have to expose for one or the other. Your camera can't do both. You basically take two pictures of the same thing, one exposing for the bright areas, the other exposing for the dark areas, and then blend them together in Photoshop. In this picture, the sunlight on the right wall was quite bright, but the back of the cave was extremely dark. I wasn't happy with the way my exposures were turning out. Generally, I'm not a fan of it. I don't like to take it to the extreme. However, in a case like this, where it just takes a little to make a subtle difference, and you really can't tell, I'll use it. However, I'm not about to take credit for setting the perfect exposure. I'll always admit when I use it.


Damitz Family said...

Wow, Bryan. I'm blown away by this and the last post. (And sorely jealous of the California weather!) Just beautiful pictures from both you and your beautiful wife! Love ya!

---QUINN--- said...

I am looking to upgrade cameras and was wondering what your thoughts are. I currently have the Rebel XT and was thinking about the Rebel 50D or a Nikon. I have one Tamron Canon lens but if Nikon has a superior camera I could just sell what I have and start over. Any thoughts?

Our Blog said...

i am the one who came over last night with my 3 kids and we donated hair for locks of love and i just discovered this by clicking on it off your blog! i wish the kids were awake or i'd show them now how amazingly talented you are! wow! i'll show them when they wake up! maybe i'll call and see how much you charge and we'll get some pics to send my husband while he is deployed!

Kourtne said...

Wow! It's so fun to see your pictures! They are amazing. I love the picture your wife took with you and your little one. Isn't it great to be a parent? I want you to come take pictures of my little family, but not till the fall...the second's on the way and due in Aug.