Water Droplets and Green Leaves

These next series of photos where taken during a heavily cloudy, rainy day. I’ll say it again, you do not need a beautiful day to take great photos. As long as you have the correct lenses, flash and know what your equipment is capable of doing, they you have the ingredients to make great photos.

This image and Bright Water Droplets and Green Leaves clearly shows the difference between two extreme Apertures. This image was shot at f/4. While water Bright Droplets and Green Leaves was shot in f/25.

Water Droplets and Green Leaves

Water Droplets and Green Leaves

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/25 | Shutter: 1/1.6s | ISO: 100 | Focal: 90mm Macro | Flash: Canon Speedlite 550EX

Isolated Focus of Water Droplets on Green Leaf

These next series of photos where taken during a heavily cloudy, rainy day. I’ll say it again, you do not need a beautiful day to take great photos. As long as you have the correct lenses, flash and know what your equipment is capable of doing, they you have the ingredients to make great photos.

As you can see, a good macro will allow you to get up close and person with your subject. This is why you invest in a good tri-pod. Flimsy tri-pods will not hold still properly or may tip over. One of the legs of my tri-pod had to deal with a bush of ivy.

Isolated Focus of Water Droplets on Green Leaf

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/4 | Shutter: 1/60 | ISO: 100 | Focal: 90mm Macro | Flash: Canon Speedlite 550EX

Multiple Water Droplets Hanging on on Green Leaves

These next series of photos where taken during a heavily cloudy, rainy day. I’ll say it again, you do not need a beautiful day to take great photos. As long as you have the correct lenses, flash and know what your equipment is capable of doing, they you have the ingredients to make great photos.

You have to be really careful when you are dealing with a macro lens. You need to make sure you are focused on subject. In this photo, my subject was the actual water droplets. You can see how the depth of field is with two objects which are less than half an inch away from each other. I placed my flash about twelve inches up and about six inches forward of my subject. You can see the effect on the background and how it is nicely illuminated.

Multiple Water Droplets Hanging on on Green Leaves

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/4 | Shutter: 1/60 | ISO: 100 | Focal: 90mm Macro | Flash: Canon Speedlite 550EX

Water Droplets on Green Leaf

These next series of photos where taken during a heavily cloudy, rainy day. I’ll say it again, you do not need a beautiful day to take great photos. As long as you have the correct lenses, flash and know what your equipment is capable of doing, they you have the ingredients to make great photos.

These images where taken with a 90mm Macro lens, which I recommend photographers should have at least one macro lens. As you compose your image you’ll mostly want to play with light and you will relocate the image to various areas of the subject.

Water Droplets on Green Leaf

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/4 | Shutter: 1/60 | ISO: 100 | Focal: 90mm Macro | Flash: Canon Speedlite 550EX |

Silhouette of Woman Sitting on Bench Under a Golden Sun

Sunset has to be one of the best times to shoot. So much happens in such a little amount of time. Even sunrise doesn’t get this spectacular. Unless of course you are being chased by un-photographic mad hungry Vamps. I over exaggerated this photo with a yellow orange filer tint to enhance the sunset and increase the contrast between the subject and the environment.

Silhouette of Women Sitting on Bench Under a Golden Sun

Silhouette of Women Sitting on Bench Under a Golden Sun

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/8 | Shutter: 1/400 | ISO: 100 | Focal: 140mm

Golden Gate Bridge Outdoor Photography Workshop

These weekend workshops are designed for beginner photographers, hobbyists, and parents to learn new techniques to improve their photography skills and knowledge. Each weekend workshop is held at a different locations within and around the Bay Area. Come and experience some of California’s natural wonders. If you are wondering what to do with your weekends, joins us in a interactive and fun envrionment and experiment with your creativity.

Choose between two different sessions:
– AM Workshop Session (8 a.m. – 12 noon)
– PM Workshop Session (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.)

To register for this even, use the following link: http://www.nikicruz.com/workshops/beginners-outdoor-photography-workshop.htm

Only 20 seats are available, register now before they fill up.

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Time and Place
Date: Sunday, January 25, 2009
Time: 8:00am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Meetup Location:
provided after registration
City/Town: San Francisco, CA

Monterey 17 Mile Drive Outdoor Photography Workshop

These weekend workshops are designed for beginner photographers, hobbyists, and parents to learn new techniques to improve their photography skills and knowledge. Each weekend workshop is held at a different locations within and around the Bay Area. Come and experience some of California’s natural wonders. If you are wondering what to do with your weekends, joins us in a interactive and fun envrionment and experiment with your creativity.

Choose between two different sessions:
– AM Workshop Session (8 a.m. – 12 noon)
– PM Workshop Session (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.)

To register for this even, use the following link: http://www.nikicruz.com/workshops/beginners-outdoor-photography-workshop.htm

Only 20 seats are available, register now before they fill up.

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Time and Place
Date: Saturday, January 24, 2009
Time: 8:00am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Meetup Location:
provided after registration
City/Town: Monterey, CA

Sandy Stone Textured Background

I have created a sin with this photo. I didn’t take an alternate orientation shot. Placing this image in its portrait orientation will not have the same effect if I had taken a portrait style shot.

Sandy Stone Textured Background

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/5.6 | Shutter: 1/100 | ISO: 100 | Focal: 350mm |

Garage Parking Sign

It doesn’t matter where you end up. After shooting for many years, you’ll start to see the common average everyday things as eye catching. The longer you are shooting, the more the world will look different to you. You’ll see things that other people cannot see let alone comprehend the way you do.

This image was taken so I can add it to my library as a template. All I have to do is remove the letter on the sign and BAMO WAMO, I have a very nice template so I can add it to my material or media.

Garage Parking Sign

Garage Parking Sign

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/4.5 | Shutter: 1/13 | ISO: 100 | Focal: 65mm |

King Charles Spaniel on the Beach

You will find many dog friendly beaches in California. The interaction with dogs and the water can provide enough enjoyment alone to last all day. Just sit back and keep your finger on the button.

Sometimes, you’ll actually get a dog who is willing to stand still for 2/10ths of a second. When this happens, don’t be grateful, take the shot, then you can be grateful. Sometimes you can get lost in the moment and lose the shot. If you see it, shoot it. Plain and simple. You can go back later and study what you thought you saw.

King Charles Spaniel on the Beach

King Charles Spaniel on the Beach

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/11 | Shutter: 1/1000 | ISO: 200 | Focal: 350mm |

Cocker Spaniel Bracing for Wave Hit

You will find many dog friendly beaches in California. The interaction with dogs and the water can provide enough enjoyment alone to last all day. Just sit back and keep your finger on the button.

When you are shooting your action shots, you need to make sure that all your settings are correct. You want to focus on your subject, not if your settings are correct. You can adjust accordingly if the light changes. But for the most part, apply and test your settings then shoot like there is no tomorrow. And pray you got a good shot.

Cocker Spaniel Bracing for Wave Hit

Cocker Spaniel Bracing for Wave Hit

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/11 | Shutter: 1/1000 | ISO: 200 | Focal: 350mm |

Reflection of Stone on Wet Sandy Beach

Persepctive is important in your photography. Our normal perspective is on the average of six inches down from the top of your head. Don’t be afraid to take your camera and move that perspective.

When you have a camera, you have authority to get down and dirty 🙂

When you are dealing with a moving subject like water. And water has a habit of not doing the exact same thing twice. Study the movement of your subject. Try to visualize how you want to take the shot. Try not to take to long to figure this out. May lose valuable light while you try to get your game plan ready. You are going to want to invest your time once you are in position trying to capture the right shot.

This shot was a lot easier to take than my Ocean Sea Bubbles Washing Ashore shot.

Reflection of Stone on Wet Sandy Beach

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/7.1 | Shutter: 1/250 | ISO: 200 | Focal: 135mm |

Ocean Sea Bubbles Washing Ashore

Persepctive is important in your photography. Our normal perspective is on the average of six inches down from the top of your head. Don’t be afraid to take your camera and move that perspective.

When you have a camera, you have authority to get down and dirty 🙂

When you are dealing with a moving subject like water. And water has a habit of not doing the exact same thing twice. Study the movement of your subject. Try to visualize how you want to take the shot. Try not to take to long to figure this out. May lose valuable light while you try to get your game plan ready. You are going to want to invest your time once you are in position trying to capture the right shot.

This shot probably took me about 10 tries before I was able to capture the shot I liked.

Ocean Sea Bubbles Washing Ashore

Ocean Sea Bubbles Washing Ashore

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/8 | Shutter: 1/320 | ISO: 200 | Focal: 135mm |

Pigeons Sleeping on a Light Pole

When you are going to shoot birds, you need to make sure you have a tele-photo lens. Birds, let alone almost any wild beast, won’t usually let you get to close, unless of course, they see YOU as dinner.

I believe the best animal is the one that won’t move while you are trying to shoot them. Just be careful not to say shoot around deer.

Pigeons Sleeping on a Light Pole

Pigeons Sleeping on a Light Pole

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/5.6 | Shutter: 1/160 | ISO: 100 | Focal: 270mm |

Oil, Vinegar and Sacues Table Dish II

Product photography can be fun. The challenge to product photography it making it seem sooooooooo pleasing to the consumer, they feel they have to have it NOW.

Once again, you can see the important of making sure the image is framed properly and difference between not taking two different shots of the same thing.

If you see Oil, Vinegar and Sacues Table Dish you can see how each one tells a completely different story. For a designer looking at images to place in marketing material, you have provided them with a greater choice of selecting your image. Even if you only took one good image, you still lost 50% of your chances of winning someone over on your photo.

And don’t forget your depth of field. Notice how the background blends in and adds to the image while maintaing the focus on the dish and table. This would make an effective ad for almost anything related.

Oil, Vinegar and Sacues Table Dish II

Oil, Vinegar and Sacues Table Dish II

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/3.5 | Shutter: 3s | ISO: 100 | Focal: 38mm |

Oil, Vinegar and Sacues Table Dish

Product photography can be fun. The challenge to product photography it making it seem sooooooooo pleasing to the consumer, they feel they have to have it NOW.

Once again, you can see the important of making sure the image is framed properly and difference between not taking two different shots of the same thing.

If you see Oil, Vinegar and Sacues Table Dish II you can see how each one tells a completely different story. For a designer looking at images to place in marketing material, you have provided them with a greater choice of selecting your image. Even if you only took one good image, you still lost 50% of your chances of winning someone over on your photo.

And don’t forget your depth of field. Notice how the background blends in and adds to the image while maintaing the focus on the dish and table. This would make an effective ad for almost anything related.

Oil, Vinegar and Sacues Table Dish

Oil, Vinegar and Sacues Table Dish

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/5 | Shutter: .6s | ISO: 100 | Focal: 35mm |

Fire Red Ceramic Tiled Wall II

Another reason why you should always have a camera in hand or very very very, did I say very close to you. And don’t forget the tri-pod.

I cannot reinforce enough times how important it is for you to properly frame the image. Always pretend as if Adobe’s Photoshop didn’t exist. Get your shot right the first time. Otherwise, delete it from your card and shoot it over till you get it right.

One of the important points of framing is to see if this image will work in both orientations, portrait and landscape. Once again, go back to the Adobe’s Photoshop doesn’t exist. I know, that just send chills down my spine. The last thing you ever want to do is to force one orientation to another. It generally will not work.

You can look at Fire Red Ceramic Tiled Wall to see what I am talking about.

This image was taken in a restaurant. Keep in mind, restaurants spend tons of money on ambiance. Which means, it is a perfect place for you to find images to capture.

Fire Red Ceramic Tiled Wall II

Fire Red Ceramic Tiled Wall II

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/5 | Shutter: 2.5s | ISO: 100 | Focal: 180mm |

Fire Red Ceramic Tiled Wall

Another reason why you should always have a camera in hand or very very very, did I say very close to you. And don’t forget the tri-pod.

I cannot reinforce enough times how important it is for you to properly frame the image. Always pretend as if Adobe’s Photoshop didn’t exist. Get your shot right the first time. Otherwise, delete it from your card and shoot it over till you get it right.

One of the important points of framing is to see if this image will work in both orientations, portrait and landscape. Once again, go back to the Adobe’s Photoshop doesn’t exist. I know, that just send chills down my spine. The last thing you ever want to do is to force one orientation to another. It generally will not work.

You can look at Fire Red Ceramic Tiled Wall II to see what I am talking about.

This image was taken in a restaurant. Keep in mind, restaurants spend tons of money on ambiance. Which means, it is a perfect place for you to find images to capture.

Fire Red Ceramic Tiled Wall

Fire Red Ceramic Tiled Wall

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/5 | Shutter: 5s | ISO: 100 | Focal: 180mm |

Frozen Sunset Water Fountain

You always need to look at your subject and how it interacts with each object in its environment. Sunset does provide a small moment in time for you to see that shot and take advantage before you have to wait another 24 hours.

This shot was taken during sunset at San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission.

Frozen Sunset Water Fountain

Frozen Sunset Water Fountain

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/29 | Shutter: 1/6400 | ISO: 100 | Focal: 270mm |

Frozen Sunset Water Fountain with Light Droplets

You always need to look at your subject and how it interacts with each object in its environment. Sunset does provide a small moment in time for you to see that shot and take advantage before you have to wait another 24 hours.

This shot was taken during sunset at San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission.

Frozen Sunset Water Fountain

Frozen Sunset Water Fountain with Light Droplets

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/29 | Shutter: 1/6400 | ISO: 100 | Focal: 270mm |

San Carlos BorromĂ©o de Carmelo Mission Bell Tower

California is rich with the presence of the old spanish. You can see it in the homes which are built, and the legacy left behind by the Spaniards.

This shot was taken during sunset at San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission.

San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission Bell Tower

San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission Bell Tower

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/6.3 | Shutter: 1/160 | ISO: 100 | Focal: 100mm |

The Iron Cross and the Evening Light

I found this angle to represent the power of the church and how it absorbs the light from its subjects causing them to dwindle. It also has a nice gothic feel to it.

This shot was taken inside the San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission.

The Iron Cross and the Evening Light

The Iron Cross and the Evening Light

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/5 | Shutter: 1/15 | ISO: 800 | Focal: 100mm |

Wood Beach Sign with no Message

I look for images I can use for creating a message or use in a piece of advertisement. Such things as a blank sign or a sign which can be made blank can go a long way. This helps me build my objects catalog when I am doing a Desktop Publishing project for a client.

If you happen to be a Desktop Publisher and a Photographer (double threat). Don’t forget, mostly everything out there can be placed in your toolbox.

Wood Beach Sign with no Message

Wood Beach Sign with no Message

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/11 | Shutter: 1/500 | ISO: 100 | Focal: 75mm |

Surfer’s Paradise

Two lone surfers walk down an empty beach to catch the perfect wave. Sometimes it helps to have a reference point to see how small we really are on this planet. And just to think we have the belief we can dramatically change this planet.

Surfer's Paradise

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/10 | Shutter: 1/250 | ISO: 100 | Focal: 35mm |