Dreamy house and tree, 30 second exposure
Driving up to Oregon was a pretty good time. I love taking the scenic route on smaller highways because the I-5 is a super boring drive. I much prefer highway 395 where you see cool stuff like in the photo above. No fences, no "no trespassing" signs, no admission fees... perfect.
Last time I included technical notes about a photo people seemed to enjoy it... so I'll try it out again.
I took a couple shots just standing there, and it really wasn't doing it for me. I knew it needed something extra to make it a bit better than the normal. So I got down low which was an improvement, but I knew it could still be better. Then I noticed how the green brush was waving around in the gusts of wind, which was super beautiful, and dare I say... "soothing". Whenever I see brush blowing in the wind, I am *always* reminded of one of the best movies ever, Gladiator. Awesome. Ok back to the point here. I wanted to show that movement in the brush so I grabbed my 10 stop ND filter which allows me to shoot long exposures during the middle of the day. Awesome. I also stacked on my polarizing filter to darken the sky a bit, and maybe pull some extra colors out of the scene. So now I had 12 stops of light being blocked which made it easy to shoot for 30 seconds at about f/11. Awesome.
I actually didn't have my tripod with me (it was in the other car with Bethany and my Mom) so I put my moms suitcase to use. Worked pretty well! (pic)
The other bonus to using a 30 second exposure was that it blurred the moving clouds, which means the house and tree are the only sharp things in the frame, kind of a cool look.
So thats the stuff I did "in camera". Everything after the "in camera" process is called "post" or even "photoshopping" is a popular term these days.
I did a bit more photoshop in this shot than I normally do to my photos. First, I found the best frame for the sky and the best frame for the foreground and I joined them for an ideal frame. As long as you don't move the camera between frames, this is pretty easy to do. Then next step was curves layers. A couple for minor color tweaks, and a couple for some good ol' dodging and burning.
And thats about it! Feel free to ask more questions or leave comments!