Photography

Photography tips and photos.

Night Photography Using Moonlight

night photography under the moon

I came across a bunch of really nice night photographs the other day that a few people had taken using the light of the moon. At first I was skeptical that the pictures I was looking at were real, in that they seemed like they were heavily modified. The foreground was exposed as if it were daylight, yet I could still see stars in a blue sky at night. My first inclination was the sky was photoshopped, and the rest of the photo was a normal daytime exposure. I just…
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How To Take Pictures of Fireworks

how to take pictures of fireworks

Much like lightning, taking pictures of fireworks is actually not that hard. Since fireworks are on display at night, you can leave the shutter open for as long as you like. The explosion and light show acts as a giant flash bulb, exposing the shot. All one has to do is set the camera for a longer than normal exposure time, point it at the firework show, and within a couple seconds they should have a pretty nice photograph. Of course, there is a little more to it. For example,…
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Photographing Stars and the Milky Way

Photographing the Milky Way

Photographing the stars or the Milky Way at night isn’t all the difficult. However, unlike most other areas of photography, whether it be landscapes or portraits, the equipment makes all the difference in the world, and it can get pricey. The reason being, there isn’t a whole light to work with, so you need to bring in cleanly, as much of it as possible. You accomplish this in two ways. The first being the camera body. A digital camera’s sensor is comprised of millions of tiny photo-sensors, which gather light…
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Pictures of Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

The Garden of the Gods is an incredibly beautiful 1,367 acre park in Colorado Springs. It was designated as a National Landmark in 1971. One of the more cool things about this park is that tourists are allowed to climb on the rocks, and with a permit, are even allowed to scale the rocks with harnessing gear. It’s extremely well kept and offers a lot of great paved walking paths. Because of this, the park is usually bustling with people, but I was fortunate enough to capture this shot when…
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Pictures of Old Farms

Pictures of old farms

Although Colorado is synonymous with beautiful Mountain vistas, the Great Planes have their beauty as well. Many of the old farms, now worn down and in shambles, bring back a haunting simplicity to the way life use to be. Desolate, arduous and lonely, they are relics of a time long past, yet captivate the modern day imagination of how things used to be without cell phones, the internet and grocery stores. About 40 or so miles east of Colorado Springs on one those roads identified by just a number is…
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Colorado Aspens – Changing of the Leaves

Colorado has some of the most beautiful vistas in the country, especially in the Autumn when the Aspens leaves transform themselves into a shimmering gold blanket that coats the mountains. Some years are better than others, but rarely do any disappoint. If in Colorado Springs, it’s but a short drive into some great areas that yield fantastic results. Woodland Park isn’t too far away and Upper Gold Camp Road will never lead you astray. Mueller Park is just over an hour away and it too has some great Aspens groves….
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How to Take Pictures of Lightning

Taking pictures of lightning is not nearly as hard as you may think. In fact, it’s actually quite simple assuming you’re taking pictures at night. If you’re shooting during daylight hours, you’ll either need lightning quick reflexes (pun intended) or some expensive shutter trigger hardware. The reason being, at night the entire scene is dark, or nearly dark which allows you to keep the shutter open for long periods of time without exposing the sensor or film. When a lighting strike occurs, it acts as a natural flash exposing the…
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