Thursday, July 19, 2012

Yellowstone - Landscape/Wildlife Photography Workshop

Last Stand
There are still spots available for our fall Yellowstone Landscape and Wildlife workshop.

Dates: September 24th through 29th.
Location: Threebear Lodge, West Yellowstone, Montana.
Cost: $1649 per person including Workshop, instruction, lodging, and ground transportation.
Photographers/Guides: James Neeley and Christopher Balmer

You may register by calling (208) 523-6789 or go to Perfect Light Camera and Supply.

Saturday, July 07, 2012

And the Rockets Red Glare...

A few more shots from the spectacular 4th of July Fireworks over the Snake River in Idaho Falls. I have missed the fireworks the last couple of years for various reasons so it was fun to see this excellent show and put the D800 through it's paces...

And the Rockets Red Glare...

Celebrate Freedom


Celebrate Freedom

Thursday, July 05, 2012


It was an enjoyable day of smiles, noise, marching, flags, family, and cheers as we celebrated the Fourth of July in Idaho Falls. The fireworks, reflected in the Snake River, were great as always!

A note about technique - A common mistake people make in photographing fireworks is to over expose the image thus robbing the fireworks of their color. The individual points of light from the fireworks are very bright so for this image I used ISO 200 and f22 to bring out the color and keep them from "blowing out." To capture enough ambient light the exposure was stretched to 15 seconds.

This logic is very similar to flash photography where you would use your ISO and aperture to correctly expose the flash. Shutter speed, which does not affect the light from the flash, is used to control the ambient light.

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