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

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Old Sunday Farm

I found this cemetery hidden behind the dog park on Saturday.  It only has about 10 graves surrounded by a wooding fence.  I found a giant boulder with a plaque attached to it stating the importance of the this cemetery.  Supposedly this is where prominent evangelist Billy Sunday was born and grew up at.  He was very well known for this during the first two decades of the 1900’s.  He was also a baseball player in the 1880’s for the National League.  How random is that?  Anyways, it gave a couple good opportunities for some shots.



Frosted Tree

I thought I would cool things down a bit today.  We are suppose to have a 105 degree heat index today.  It’s awesome to have that Midwest humidity.  Hopefully this starts to fuel some awesome storms to go shoot.  I’m getting really jealous of Scott Ackerman (check out his awesome storm shots).  He has captured some awesome moments.  How hot is  it where you are at?


Straight Down the Middle

Here is another shot from my little trip to Madison County.  As I was waiting for the sun to come back out for a shot just to the left, I saw this shot.  I thought, everyone has at least one shot looking down the middle of a long straight road and I don’t.  So of course, I had to take this shot.

Goodbye Sun

Wow, what an interesting week this has been so far.  I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend.  On Monday I had this post ready to go but when I got to work to make sure the scheduling worked alright; I found out that I forgot to attach the image.  What a bummer that was to see but I’m glad I caught it before I had a whole bunch of people wondering why there wasn’t a picture attached.  Anyways yesterday I had a bunch of showings to figure out where I’ll be living for the next year so I didn’t get to a photo yesterday either : (  Now I’m just mumbling over stuff you do care about….so now on to the good stuff.

This is an image that I have been trying to figure out for several months now.  I just couldn’t figure out how to process it properly, but this past weekend I finally figured it out!  The image was taken just as the sun went under the horizon on the 7th floor of our hostel building in Berlin.  I caught another shot just before this one facing south instead of North.  Just like this shot it has been giving me troubles as well.  I will have to give it a try to the new processing technique now.  Hopefully I’ll be posting that on Thursday.  Wish me luck!

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?

Looking Up

Well we are back to the abandoned park that I posted about a few weeks ago.  I did some experimenting with this image that failed pretty badly, but that is the fun of post processing.  Trying new stuff out, failing, retrying, then succeeding.  When you finally get something that works out right, it is one of the best feelings.  You can sit back and say, “I created that!”

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.



Stuart Hall


Nikon D90, AF-S Nikkor 18-105mm 3.5-5.6 G ED, F 4.2, ISO 400

Today is another photo from downtown Kansas City.  Like I said yesterday, this was my first time downtown.   I wish I had more than the fifteen minutes to walk around and find more cool stuff.  It was just littered with awesome shots and I’m sure history.  One place I would like to learn more about its history is this Stuart Hall.  Where did the name come from?  When did it come about?  Why is it there?  What was its purpose?

Knowing the historical aspect of the capture is one reason I enjoy photography so much.  Each photograph tells a story to why the scene is the way it is.  Don’t be afraid to learn.  Ask questions.