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Life After 30…(seconds)

Life After 30…(seconds)

Unless you have ventured out and purchased a remote for your shiny new SLR you probably don’t do much past 30 seconds.  Don’t get me wrong I have a fond place in my heart for the (30″/f3.5 @ ISO 400) it is a great for getting started.  But it is only my test exposure to see what kind of light I am working with.  I do this because light meters can lie to you in the dark.  It doesn’t understand long exposures.  I will fire off a 30″ at f3.5 even if I am sure that it is way too dark, Example “New Moon.”  I shoot a location first at (30″/f3.5-4)  that is a great way to see what the light does to the landscape “over time”.  There may be hidden pockets of light or reflective surfaces that wern’t viewable to the naked eye.  But there is other life over 30 seconds. Photography by: Douglas Lee Coon I am going to walk you through my approach to “BULB” mode...

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Massive Landscapes (What the “Eye” see’s)

Massive Landscapes (What the “Eye” see’s)

9 images      Photography By: Douglas Lee Coon      Often times I have been unhappy with my final image and its missing parts.  I compose an incredible image, fire the shutter and look at the LCD.  More times than not I don’t see the same image on the screen, or that I saw when I first got my inspiration to shoot the image in the first place.  That is just a small issue then when I try to enlarge the image it looks grainy.  Well no more..(or not as much)  I have started a series of large format images that give me the best of both worlds.  I had the idea to stitch in this way after looking at a homemade Large Format Digital camera that was made with 20 SLR CMOS sensors.  They were all making an image to create one final image like an array.  So why not just use one sensor and shoot 20 images.  I tried it and it was harder than it looks but like...

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“Nightscapes” (You need to find your first “SPOT”)

“Nightscapes” (You need to find your first “SPOT”)

I have found that in the development of my photography technique, as well as technical proficiency in general.  One constant always remain true no matter what. I need to cut down on the “uncontrollable variables.” The first main solution I have found is deciding on a “SPOT” or “SPOTS” that way you can see the differences in the light as a variable not the ever changing challenges of the landscape. I have 2 spots, the places that I worked out the kinks in my “Nightscapes.”  This first location that I am sharing with you is over Lake Murray in San Diego right next to where I live.  I have found that it is important to have a “spot” near your home, it helps on the nights when you don’t want to drive around but you do want to make a few frames.   Finding a spot can be tricky and challenging. You want to find a spot that has challenges that you can learn from. For example, this first...

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