Under a cloudy sky, the lighting was right at any subject angle and throughout much of this day at Blind Pass in Captiva, Florida. This giant softbox-like lighting permitted me to maneuver to the ideal angle for this subject (from the side) and the NatureScapes Skimmer Ground Pod II allowed me to comfortably work from right on the sand.
This low perspective caused the background content to be farther away. That distance, combined with a long focal length and close primary subject, meant that the background became significantly blurred. When it becomes a blur, the background's color and shapes become the primary concern.
In this case, the ocean was my background. The wave patterns, including breaking waves, supply the gently-changing color and shapes.
When the ocean is in your frame, shutter release timing often matters as the ocean is constantly changing. A wide variety of waves shapes worked well for this situation, but my final selection included not only the willet with ideal head and body angle, but also with most breaking waves (white color and shape) avoiding the bird's outline.
San Francisco Gallery Created Using the Epson SureColor P600 and P800 Wide-Format Printers
July 09, 2015 – Epson today announced it has partnered with DJI, the market leader in easy-to-fly drones and aerial photography systems, to create photographic prints for the upcoming “Perspectives by SkyPixel” gallery. Leveraging the exhibition-quality prints of the Epson SureColor P600 13-inch and P800 17-inch printers and Epson Signature Worthy Exhibition Canvas Natural Gloss media, the upcoming gallery features photos and stories from the SkyPixel community, a platform dedicated to the art of aerial photography. The exhibit will run from July 11-19 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the La Boutique, l’Art et la Mode in San Francisco, Calif. The prints will be auctioned off at the completion of the gallery, with proceeds to benefit Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area.
“DJI aerial photography solutions empower artists to elevate their craft, both literally and figuratively, and this gallery captures images and perspectives that were once out of reach, highlighting the artistic capabilities of creators who see the world from a different angle,” said Reed Hecht, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “The SureColor P600 and P800 take advantage of the exceptional print longevity of Epson UltraChrome HD ink to preserve the legacy of the print and deliver gallery-quality art with outstanding color reproduction, making them a perfect match for showcasing photography that pushes the limits of what is thought possible.”
The “Perspectives by SkyPixel” exhibit is touring art galleries in leading cities in the United States, Europe and Asia. The galleries will consist of aerial photos and stories submitted by its community of users – offering the world a glimpse into the photographer’s vision and how it was captured. Select aerial photos and stories will be displayed at galleries during the tour, and will then be auctioned off to benefit local charities.
“The Epson printers were an ideal choice for this gallery, as they produce exceptional output that accurately conveys a photographer’s vision,” said Romeo Durscher, Director of Education, DJI. “In addition, the UltraChrome HD ink offers color stability and exceptional print permanence so we are confident in auctioning off the prints to benefit charity, knowing the photos will last for years to come.”
In this travel-related video produced during the 2015 B&H Optic Imaging Conference, photographer Art Wolfe talks about what it takes to become a successful travel photographer. Topics include art education, the connection between painting and photography, developing and pursuing personal interests, the logistics of travel photography, and techniques for creating dynamic travel photographs.
“We’re proud to know that nearly 90 percent of professional photographers chose Canon equipment to capture exciting moments during Copa America,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “And we were happy to be on site providing service and support to these professionals if and when they needed it.”
Canon knew our professional camera users would be out in force, and so we committed to supporting the pro shooters who use our products, by providing onsite service and support to the photographers and broadcasters using our cameras and lenses to capture the iconic moments of Copa America.
Canon's professional onsite service and support included simple equipment repair, clean and check service and equipment loans to outfit professionals with the proper gear to capture the drama on and off the field. Service and support was available in the media centers in each of the nine stadiums hosting matches in the tournament.
The international soccer tournament took place in Chile from June 11- July 4, 2015 in eight cities, with 12 countries participating, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Stats from Copa America
More than 89 percent of the professional photographers covering the most dramatic moments of each game from the sidelines of the soccer fields and throughout each stadium were using Canon DSLR cameras and lenses.
Out of 1,245 professional photographers covering Copa America, more than 1,111 were shooting with Canon equipment
During the June 15th Chile vs. Mexico match, out of 85 pro photographers covering the game, more than 77 were using Canon (that’s a whopping 91 percent)
"What's the Difference?" is a series of video lighting tutorials. Each episode responds to a single question. In this episode, Jared Platt compares the B2 Off-Camera Flash to three speedlights.
Note from Sean: Being a long-time flash user, I can sympathize with anyone carrying around a light stand with three speedlites mounted on top of it. While this video demonstrates one particular speedlite setup, you could sacrifise recycle time and use flashes with radio triggering built-in (like 600EX-RTs) to reduce the complexity and awkwardness of the setup. However, even then I think the B2 would be a more convenient lighting rig to use.
The new Off road Hiker 20L has been specifically designed for hiking and photography with quick side-access to your camera. Thanks to the Manfrotto Protection System, the removable camera case is highly protective.
It holds a mid-size DSLR with kit lens and an additional lens. The backpack converts into a total hiking backpack by unzipping the internal divider and removing the camera bag. The innovative camera strap featured on the front of the backpack allows the camera to be kept secure on the chest when it is carried, avoiding neck strain.
The bag has been designed with high-quality premium materials and careful attention to ergonomics and comfort.
The Off Road Hiker 20L Backpack is available now at authorized retailers for a suggested retail price of $159.99.
Summer is perhaps best known for heat and when the heat is great, it is most comfortable to be in an air-conditioned building or ... to be wet. The latter sounds more fun to me, but ... water and electronic camera gear are at odds with each other. Unless you have a waterproof housing for that gear.
While the high end dedicated rigid housings are very nice and may produce better image quality, a PVC underwater housing such as those made by EWA-Marine are far more affordable while still allowing unique photo opportunities.
In this photo, I was standing near the side of the pool with camera ready. Because capturing the perfect position of a normally thrown tennis ball is very challenging, I opted for a toss-straight-up technique. The dog wanted the ball, but didn't want to jump into the water to get it. I tossed the ball straight up so that it stopped moving at the ideal height and just far enough out so the dog couldn't reach it. The latter part mattered because it was game-over when the dog caught the ball and ran away with her prize.
Make this the summer that you waterproof your camera. Add wet shots to your portfolio. Capture the fun memories of the summer water activities. Get an underwater housing.
Note from Sean: I was post processing some images two nights ago when the power went out causing me to lose about 20 minutes worth of work on one image. If I had been using an uninterruptible power supply, I would have had enough time to save the image before shutting down the computer. This little device can save you some frustration when inclemete weather results in a loss of power.
And speaking of power outages, here's another excellent item to have on hand for when the power goes out.