Gabriel's journey through photography.
This is simply a way for me to keep track of my projects and put some thoughts down as I edit and post new pieces. For more examples, please visit the gallery and leave a comment. Thanks for visiting.
Had a great time this past weekend in Moulton, Texas with the Wenskes and DeBords. The flowers were amazing this year from all the rain and I got some good macro shots. This area gives Fredericksburg a run for its money.
Spent the last 9 days on the road with the family.
Caverns of Sonora
Capulin Volcano National Monument
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Great Sand Dunes National Park
Dinosaur National Monument
Colorado National Monument
Arches National Park
Hovenweep National Monument
Mesa Verde National Park
And 2700+ miles of mountain/desert and other amazing roads.
Hopefully some of the natural and man-made beauty of the world sunk in on the kids' brains. I know it did on mine.
Since my retirement from Soccer due to this concussion I have been looking for new things to do. We have a new house, and with it came an awesome backyard with lots of places for gardening. I'm not much of a gardener, but I do like taking pictures of plants and flowers so I think I may just stick to it. Celeste seems to like it as well and has picked out/planted a few things to start us off. She seems to enjoy checking on her Lima beans.
Her flowers are looking good as well.
The knockout roses we planeted are in full bloom as well.
We also planted some of those large sunflowers (as seeds), so maybe later this summer we will have some big yellow flowers.
Spent the weekend watching my brother-in-law Ross get married to a great gal Alexis. I'm still trying to figure out how I took 550 pictures and I wasn't the wedding photographer... haha. Some minor edits and lots of time uploading and they are posted at http://mcever.zenfolio.com/p307896519
Pretty happy with the lighting that day and the kids pics will be getting printed for our walls. I'm going to have to set aside some hours to really dig through these for any gems. If you see one that stands out, please send me the filename or a link to the pic so I can star it here for some better editing.
The photographers that were there knew what they were doing, and even banned me from taking photos towards the end for fear that everyone would look at my camera instead of theirs. I was flattered. I was also glad to not be soley responsible for capturing this great day, as it is a lot of work. My head is hurting just from what I did manage to capture(plus all the dancing).
Congrats Ross and Alexis and thanks for having us. It was great fun.
The first step
So, today I finally start a blog to document some of my photo work along the way. Big inspiration from Aimee Wenske who has been doing a photo blog for a while now and helped to light the spark.
This one will be short but hopefully I will stick with it and have something to look back on.
I recently stumbled on a serious of YouTube videos about all things photography. The creator, Mark Wallace has really sparked a new interest in my photography. His videos are helping fill in some technical and creative gaps that I had and they should continue to spur me to try or retry new projects in photography. http://www.youtube.com/user/snapfactory If you are into photography and want to get better, I highly suggest you watch these. There are hundreds, so it is a good resource for all things photography.
After watching several of his videos I found a new and better way to make an HDR photgraph. I have been taking photos on various outings in multiple exposures in order to make these, but the techniques that I had to actually combine and process these were lacking. I think I have finally figured it out and am going to start digging through folders to look for photos to do this to.
Here is one from our European Cruise that I think turned out well.
For the non photo geeks, HDR is an image made up of 3-5 images taken at different exposures(lighter and darker) in order to avoid those dark shadows or super bright spots. I use a tripod and snap 1 at the correct exposure and 2 below/above that. I then import into Photoshop, do some editing and other tricks and I get a bright, colorful and almost otherworldy photograph that I would be unable to get with just one shot.
One more from Uxmal, Mexico.
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