100summits - Photography
Introduction: I've longed to obtain a good portrait lens for awhile now, and after months of research and testing, I settled on the Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 AF-D. The Nikkor 85mm f1.4 AF-D lens has long been regarded as one of Nikon's best lenses for many reasons. The lens produces incredibly creamy bokeh (the aesthetic quality of the blur in out-of-focus objects in a photograph) and separates the subject with extreme clarity and definition. This is partially because the lens sports a rounded diaphragm with 9 blades. This lens is an absolute champion for portraiture and creative photography as well as…
I've updated my list as of 9/5/2014 to include new ratings and photographers. Updated 1/16/16 to remove non-Colorado photographers - still need to add 5 more. Updated 9/20/17. Colorado is an amazing place for photography. The variety of scenes available to shoot are quite diverse and one could spend a lifetime shooting photos here and still not get a full collection of shots. The State has a huge variety of photographic subjects including color, culture, mountain vistas, desert scenery, forests, 14ers, lakes, cities and National Parks.  Last month, I set out to try to identify what I felt were the…
This tutorial will teach you how to create "planets" out of your 360 degree panoramic photos and requires Photoshop. It is no secret that one of my favorite things to do is to create panoramic photos from very high and unique vantage points in crazy situations like sunrise, sunset, etc. One way that I have made this practice even more artistic is to create "planets" out of those panoramics. This process is actually easier than it sounds, as long as your panoramics are done well. The first step, of course, is to create a 360 panoramic out of your images.…
I had the rare opportunity to sit down with Noel Black and Craig Richardson of KRCC Radio last week to discuss the website for their "The Big Something" program. It was a great time - these guys really ask some fun questions! I am going to be obtaining the full interview soon; however, feel free to listen to the interview on their website - it is the slideshow at the bottom. I hope you enjoy!
A lot of people have been asking me how I do my panoramic landscapes, so I thought I would write up a guide on how to do them. Since I would love to see your results, feel free to share them with me and I will let you know what I think. Anyone can publish content on 100summits.com, so feel free to have at it! Without further ado, here's the tutorial: The first thing you'll need to do is find a good subject to photograph. My personal favorite scenes are landscapes in the mountains; however, you could use this technique…
Colorado is easily one of the most scenic places in the whole world, so creating this set of lists was not an easy task by any stretch of the imagination. Having lived in Colorado my whole life and having visited nearly every mountain range the State has to offer, I wanted to reflect on my absolute favorite locations as well as highlight the places I’ve not yet visited. If you’ve not yet had the opportunity to visit some of these places, I would highly recommend that you do so immediately! Without further ado, here is my list of the top…
One of the things I have become really excited about is taking High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos with my new Nikon D7000. Since I knew almost nothing about how to do this, other than the fact that I needed to take some bracketed photos at various exposure levels, I decided to check out a book from the Pikes Peak Library District, entitled, High Dynamic Range Photography for Dummies. This is a really great book for beginners, and I strongly recommend it if you are new to this method of photography. I wanted to keep my first HDR project as simple…
After obtaining my brand-spanking-new Nikon D7000 this month, I knew the first accessories to get would be a circular polarizer and the Nikon MC-DC2 remote release. In order to take star trail photos, I knew I'd need to use my new handy-dandy bulb setting and a cable release for ultra long exposures of 1-2 hours.