I'm a young aspiring photographer that has a sweet tooth for HDR photography.

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Yuri & Boomer

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  My wife and I took our puppies to the dog park on Saturday.  We were the only ones there in the morning.  It was really nice because I was able to capture some fun moments of the two.  I love the water ones personally.  Yuri, the husky, taught Boomer to drink water straight out of the spigot.  Since Yuri was a pup (he turns 2 in November) he has always had the strangest ways of drinking water.  When you have water in a bowl, he dunks his whole head in the bowl to drink.  It’s quite odd but extremely funny.  I will try to get some photos of it sometime.  I’m always too busy laughing when he does it.  It never gets old!



Reaching for the Sky

Here is another image from my brief Arches National Park visit this past summer.  On my way back down I was able to enjoy the scenery compared to my rush up to Delicate Arch to catch sunrise.  The crazy forms that the trees out there take from the harsh environment are awesome!  The only other place I’ve seen this such form would be high in the mountains of the Rocky’s.  Have you seen trees like this anywhere else?

Water Attack!

Wow!  I had to go way way deep into the archives for this image.  This image was from my first trip with my new DSLR back in 2009.  I had no idea what I was doing with my camera but actually captured a few good images on the trip.

My family and I enjoy going to the city park in Denver, Colorado.  Just outside the Denver Nature and Science Museum there is a splash park.  This little guy was having so much fun playing in the water alongside the kids.  He would run into the wet zone when the water fell to the ground.  When the water shot up in the air, he would try to bite it. Then he would quickly run back to his owner.  This cycle repeated for what seemed to be a couple dozen times.  It was quit entertaining to watch.

Steel City


It’s time to go back to Chicago!  I caught this point of view as we walked by the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.  I had fun wandering around this highly photographed piece of architecture along with the bean to try to find interesting angles to shoot them from.  A lot didn’t turn out that well, but hey, that’s the fun and of photography.  With more practice I will be able to see these angles better.  Luckily for me I’m only a few hours from Chi-town.  I’ll give it another shot next time, hopefully with better light!



On your way up to Delicate Arch, or down in my case, you pass some wicked looking trees.  I had to try to capture some of these and this was one of the photos that I liked the best.  I still had good like from the sunrise to get some dramatic shadows and good lighting.  It’s interesting how some of the trees, like this one, grow horizontal.  I figure they don’t grow that fast because of the extreme climate conditions.   I like how the trees have a very small amount of new green foliage that eventually twists and turns into a really detailed and complex knot to form a trunk.  In a way they are a beautiful piece of natures art.

I hope everyone has a great weekend with good opportunities for some awesome shots!

Here Comes the Sun

I’m having a lot of fun going through my Arches National Park pictures from this past summer.  After learning so much in the past few months I have been able to process pictures that before looked horrible after processing.  It is a lot of fun to learn new things!  That is one thing I love the most about photography, there is so much to learn!  I captured this shot just as the sun started to peak over the edges of the cliffs.  I like how you get a hint of light starting to hit Delicate Arch.

I hope everyone is having a good week.  I’m trying to get use to my new schedule with the new job.  It has dug into my photography a bit so far.  I hope for it to get more consistent soon.

Sunrise at Delicate Arch


Today’s image is a reprocessed image from a few months ago, way before I thought about doing a photo blog.  I have learned so much about post processing and onOne Software since finishing the original image (seen here).

Delicate Arch is probably the most photographed landscape in Utah, at least in Arches National Park.  My Dad and I woke up really early in the morning to get to the arch before sunrise.  Of course we woke up a tad bit too late and had to run to the arch.  Boy that was a tough run I barely could get my camera out by the time we reached our destination.  It was so nice when we arrived because there was no one else there except for a few other photographers.  I had never seen the place so dead and silent.  We got to enjoy that silence for about 10 minutes then we could hear what sounded like a bus load of kids coming our way.   The pressure was now on, we knew that we only had a limited time of emptiness to capture the shots we wanted.  A fellow photographer came up to the arch after a bit and told us that it was actually TWO buses that had arrived full of kids.  This shot was one of the last shots I was able to capture before the kids surrounded the base of Delicate Arch.  I actually had to go in and remove two girls making their way over to it.  I have found a landscape like this is where content-fill aware works very well in Photoshop CS5 compared to a scene with a lot of straight lines.


Hot N’ Cold

Happy Friday!

This image is from one of the coolest pedestrian bridges I’ve seen in person.  This bridge is just East of Millennium Park and is to mimic the Frank Gehry designed, Jay Pritzker Pavilion.  On the trip to Chicago, I made it a goal to try to get some simple shape/texture shots.  This is one of those shots that turned out pretty well.

While I was taking this picture, there were a bunch of young kids trying to climb the sides of the bridge.  Now obviously they were amateurs at this stuff cause they were doing it with their shoes on.  Where is the challenge in that?  Climbing this with just your socks on would be the real challenge!  These kids had the bright idea to go over to the steep side and slide down it.  Now this side is pretty darn steep and about 20 feet up.  They almost broke their legs of course.  I got a good laugh when I was walking off the bridge and a security guard saw them and gave them a good ear full.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!


King of the Bean



A few weekends ago I visited downtown Chicago with the family.  Of course we had to do the touristy thing and visit “The Bean”.  I know there are thousands of awesome photos of the landmark but I had to capture my very own shots.  The last time I visited this space, I had no idea what HDR was.  I believe that trip was one of my first with a Digital SLR.  Back then I wasn’t happy with my photography because the photos weren’t turning out the way I was seeing the environment.  It was later, just before I left for Germany this past summer that I ran across Trey Ratcliff’s photo blog.  This changed the way I view the world of photography forever.



Broken Glass


I finally got my 50mm prime out to practice a little more while I was in the shelter at Conants Park.  It was a challenge to get this shot at first because I couldn’t get the right piece of glass in focus.  It took me a little bit to realize that the door was actually moving every so slowly in the wind.  Kinda had a blonde moment there.  After getting the door wedged to stay put, I got this shot.  I’m not 100% happy with the focal point so I will have to make another trip to the park to get the right shot I want.  That’s part of the fun and learning experience!