Category Archives: Landscape and Scene Photography
On March 19, the moon will be the closest it has been to the Earth in 18 years. It will also be at its fullest.
This phenomenon, dubbed a “SuperMoon” in the 1970s by astrologer Richard Nolle—describing a new or full moon phase at 90 percent or more of its closest orbit to Earth—has sent chills down the spines of countless Internet surfers across the globe, fears amplified by its uncanny timing on the heels of the recent 8.9-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that has devastated parts of Japan and potentially killed more than 10,000 people in one town alone, according to estimates from one Japanese official cited in multiple media outlets.
Here is how to shoot your own Super Moon.
You need a camera with a lens with 200mm of zoom or more to have any chance of getting details. Most folks misconceive that a moon shot since it’s taken at night needs to be taken with night settings. Completely the opposite….the moon with the reflections of sunlight on it is well pretty near daylight brightness so settings need to be close to a bright day time shot in the sun. What happens to often is someone takes a shot and gets nothing more than a bright white dot in their photo so give my setting a try below and see if it helps you get the shot you want.
Settings I used tonight for this shot:
iso 200 – shutter 1/200 – Aperture f8 and a little over 600mm in zoom to get to it.
I’m not putting this up to brag or boast about it I’m just putting this up because I’m very proud to have been chosen to have one of my images on the cover of the new upcoming 2011 Names and Numbers phone book. I was shocked when the Names and Numbers Phone Book asked me to submit images a few months ago, and I am now simply amazed to have actually been chosen. Just think about how cool it is to be the High School Senior in the picture, and the fact that her beautiful face will grace the cover of approx. 500k phone books in the very near future.
If you are anything like me you drive by things, places and stuff that sticks in your mind and rings that little bell in your head that makes you say to yourself…”I wonder what that would look like” I’ve been doing just that every evening I’ve turned down College Ave off of 114 in Levelland. SO…I was coming home from shooting a baseball game in Sudan and when I came to the intersection I had to stop and really see what it would look like.
This was the end result with the camera mounted on a tripod set at a 15-30 second exposures and f8-22 with ISO at 200.The Lord blessed me with some more awesome Lightning photographs….updating this topic with them on 7-30-09. If you would like copies of any of these photographs please call me directly 806-891-0378
I was given information that this photograph along with a few others actual got some airtime on Channel 11 KCBD in Lubbock Texas. Did anyone have it recorded on July 22nd 2009? I didn’t get to see it!
How it happen…
I’m up late last night going through photographs from the 12yr old Cal Ripken State Tournament in Littlefield and it’s about 2-3am when I hear the crack of lightning. I thought to myself that I couldn’t get so lucky two nights in a row with lightning photographs…could I?
Well…I snapped on my Nikor 50mm f1.4 to my Nikon D700 and took off to see what would happen. I got out and looked all around Sundown trying to find the most likely spot to get lucky. It was coming down hard around Hobbs but seemed to far off…then I looked back toward Brownfield and Ropesville and the sparks were flying hard and heavy. I found a cool spot to setup and waited.
If you would like copies of any of these photographs please call me directly 806-891-0378
Or you can go to this link directly to purchase a copy: http://sconwayphotos.zenfolio.com/p1051067426/e82cb977
I have added a few others to the list from 7-29-09.
This will be a running topic for HDR imaging that I will add to as time goes on. HDR is a process that lets us see things we other wise wouldn’t have noticed in a standard edited photograph. Some of these photos are very very vivid while others will be just slightly more highlighted. I hope you enjoy these HDR photographs as much as I do.
Man what a light show! I was coming home from the Allstars Allstate Baseball games in Littlefield and God started showing off big time for me. I tried getting shots like this the other night but couldn’t get it as the storms were just to far off. I was right in the middle of them tonight…fantastic stuff!
If anyone has an interest in obtaining copies of any of these photographs just give me a call.
1 – 8×10 for $20.00
Most of us when it rains seem to pull ourselves indoors into our shelters. We assume we are missing nothing when it rains. I felt this assumption today myself when I was sitting at home watching it rain outside and watching my wife play Guitar Hero and then my kids playing with their hot wheels. I had no clients to go and see about insurance nor did I have any Baseball games or Motocross races to shot photographs of. So I made the kids put there toys down and threw them and the dog in the car leaving the wife at home with her booted foot elevated and fresh batteries in her wireless controller. It didn’t take long for me to see somethings of interest and as we rolled around town slowly with the rain lightly misting we put the windows down to enjoy the fresh rain air and light mists of on our faces as we drove around town. I popped off about 64 frames with my 18-200 f3.5 lens on and I have found favor with 8 particular photographs.
Enjoy them…they were all shot within 30 minutes of each other and within a 1 mile radius.
If you have an interest in purchasing a copy of any of these photographs please contact me directly 806-891-0378My favorites were from the cemetery and stadium scenes…what are yours?
Well I figured since I’m living in Sundown now that I’m probably gonna catch a lot of sunsets over here. The first part of this topic will contain a few shots I took off of 1585. It’s just a few things I thought were interesting. The funny thing about this set of photographs is that my family and I were coming back home from Levelland after shopping and I just happened to glance over at this old building as we passed by it on 1585. The sun was hitting it with some serious rays and I had to move fast to get any of it in my camera. So I rushed home and unloaded groceries as fast as possible then grabbed my gear and took off!
These were the highlights of the series…
Well these photographs of the Sundown Golf Course started off as an attempt to capture some lightning off in the distance. Unfortunately that plan didn’t workout to well as the lightning was to far off and covered by clouds and haze. What I did get however was still kinda cool.
These are straight out of the camera with zero manipulation to the images. The back light for the grass being so green was a street light about 40ft behind me.
30 second exposure/f4/iso400
On a night about 2 months (6-24-09) ago I strolled around Levelland looking for something to standout and say “Take my picture”. Well gladly nothgin ever did that but I found some interesting structures and scenes just before sunset that day.
Enjoy my playtime shots.
Nikon had a contest a few months ago of which the theme was “Moving moments”. Well I entered about 20 pictures of things like tee-ball…splash downs on slip and slides…kids with big grins you know stuff like that. Well one night I was testing a setting about an hour after sunset and went to a Pump Jack to take a long exposure shot with moonlight as the primary light source. I took a few…I liked them…but it was no big deal to me.
Well my wife saw the picture and told me I should put it in the contest. I didn’t think so…but I did it anyway. Well low and behold out of over twenty thousand pictures entered that silly little Pump Jack got into the last 120 finalists. I couldn’t believe it…a pump jack! So long story short that picture got into the finals and even into the semi finals to boot and ended up winning me a new Nikon D60 setup.
My wife is worth listening to every once in a while after all.
Here is the link to the contest with Nikon: