Joseph Roybal Photography: Blog http://www.josephroybal.com/blog en-us (C) Joseph Roybal Photography joseph@josephroybal.com (Joseph Roybal Photography) Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:04:00 GMT Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:04:00 GMT http://www.josephroybal.com/img/s/v-5/u1045423911-o556156775-50.jpg Joseph Roybal Photography: Blog http://www.josephroybal.com/blog 55 120 Joseph Roybal hosted on KCMJ Talk Radio Discussing His Inspiration Behind the Lens http://www.josephroybal.com/blog/2017/4/joseph-roybal-hosted-on I invite you to listed to a brief interview I was featured on with radio host, Mike Pach of KCMJ Talk Radio, Colorado Springs! I was asked a myriad of questions from my sources of passion, creativity and offering advice to acquire sponsorships in the industry. Click the play button on image to have a listen and leave a comment or thought for Mike and I to cover in a future follow-up interview: 

 

 

 

 

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Speaking Event "Portrait of Awareness: Protecting our National Parks Through Photography" http://www.josephroybal.com/blog/2017/4/speaking-event-portrait-of-awareness-protecting-our-national-parks-through-photography Joseph Roybal Photography will be presenting at the ZEAL Optics HQ located at 1230 Spruce St., Boulder, CO., 80302 April 20 6 - 10pm. I invite you all to come down. I will be presenting my photography alongside the president of the beneficiary for the evening and one of my newest partners, Rocky Mountain Climate Organization addressing Climate Awareness and Conservation Efforts of our National Parks. There will be a raffle and silent auction of some awesome gear from companies such as Lowepro, ZEAL Optics, a private 1:1 workshop with Joseph Roybal Photography, Mountain Standard, Peak Design, Manfrotto Tripods, TOPO Designs, Prana, Fjrallraven and many more! Beer will be provided by Crazy Mountain Brewery. All proceeds will benefit the RMCO.

 

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First Look: ProGREY USA G-150Z Review http://www.josephroybal.com/blog/2017/3/first-look-progrey-usa-g-150z-review  

ProGREY-G150Z Review

In the Hands, a First Look at the ProGREY-G150Z System 

 

After months of online searching for a filter system for my Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens I was becoming exhausted. I had been reading reviews on all of the top names and finding so many obscure companies it was like a rabbit hole and becoming a little confusing as to which system would work for my needs. I knew of several name brands that I could of course turn to, but also felt price was a little inflated as well as knowing in today’s market there are so many quality options. As kept searching and I came upon a highly positive review by Fred Miranda on a small and new heavy-hitter in the ultra-wide scene with so many rave reviews by other photographers comparing them to the top names and being overall, arguably, a nicker kit: ProGREY USA brand filter system had my attention (www.progreyusa.com). I spent several days looking at this system and reading further reviews and was thoroughly intrigued to find out for myself why there were so many converts from LEE and others on the market.

 

Enter the ProGREY G-150Z System. Each piece is machined from high quality aluminum and finished with a black matte, almost gunmetal, finish aimed at reducing light reflections. I am thoroughly impressed with the build construction of the filter holder system itself: it is extremely well built, well thought out and add it that it is not overly cumbersome or heavy - so nice. You will also notice the ProGREY system comes with a  solid aluminum front plate that is designed to act as a filter and lens “cap” while shooting protecting from bumps, nicks and debris. Smart. I love shooting in crazy winds in our Great Sand Dunes National   Park here in Colorado and the sand is hard on gear. This is a great feature.

The system also comes in the padded ProGREY zippered pouch which is nice, although I don’t see much practical use for this in the field, it adds bulk and weight and I have already made a space for it within my Lowepro FlipsideTrek BP450 AW. The only thing I am still wanting is a little bit more of a dedicated filter carrier/pouch that is designed to be slim and protective for your filters in an all-in-one type of pouch. From what I can tell this doesn’t exist on the market, save LEE’s large Field Pouch which is just too big for my needs. 

 

Setup with this system is a breeze, there is nothing complicated or confusing about it. Simply take the adaptor ring that is lens-specific, slip it over the petal hood of your lens from the front and tighten it down with the collar. Done. I love that removing your lens is a thing of the past with this system which is ideal. Once installed you can leave this collar on your lens at all times. The only issue now, and speaking from perspective of the Nikon 14-24, is your manufacturer supplied lens cap/hood won’t be able to slip over the petal hood on the front as the collar protrudes a little too far forward, however I have thought to put some gaffers tape on the outer-most portion of the upper and lower petals to add thickness to them thereby allowing the lens hood “catch”. It’s just a little loose at the moment. This isn’t a problem for me at all and will only require a little thought to bring it together. 

 

 

Once you have the collar on your lens it’s then just a simply attaching of the front filter holder to the collar via a twist and click starting off by aligning the two white arrows on the backside and then rotating counter-clockwise until the system locks into place. Once in position you can then use the precision adjustment knob (shown) to find your horizon line while shooting and locking the angle of your filters.   

 

For my uses I ordered four filters (Only two are shown, additional two en route): the 1.2 Soft Edge Grad ND, TITAN 150mm Polarizer, and two Reverse Grad ND: the .9 and 1.2. I am so excited to finally have a reverse GND. So many times I have been using my current .9 Grad from Formatt Hitech and I am constantly pulling it down as far as possible just to try and get the darkest part of the filter near the horizon line. This ends up making the upper most portion of the sky so dark and still does not really achieve the results I am looking for. Singh Ray pioneered the reverse grad filter and now we have options of other manufactures out there. One thing to note as it can be an issue with some manufacturers, the horizon line in the filter itself. With certain manufactures having lesser quality dye process the horizon line can be slight “tipped” at an angle. The horizon line with my sample of the ProGREY 1.2 Reverse Grad ND is exact. I will check the .9 when it arrives, however am pretty confident it will also be clean and precise.

 

 

Keep posted for a follow-up of real-world results from my travels over the summer where I will be using these filters throughout Colorado, the Pacific Northwest and Scotland in all of my shoots. 

 

I invite you to follow along the journey:

 

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joseph@josephroybal.com (Joseph Roybal Photography) 150mm Filters Advice CPL Filters Circular Polarizer Filter Denver Photographer Hands On Joseph Roybal Landscape Photography Lens Filters ND Filter Neutral Density Filters News Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 Photography ProGREY USA Review Technical Tips Ultra-wide lens http://www.josephroybal.com/blog/2017/3/first-look-progrey-usa-g-150z-review Mon, 20 Mar 2017 04:58:25 GMT
A Week on the Ice: Eric Larsen Polar Training http://www.josephroybal.com/blog/2017/1/a-week-on-the-ice-eric-larsen-polar-training Over the next ten days I will be documenting Polar Explorer, Eric Larsen's Polar Training in northern Canada from trip prep to gear prep and check with the final challenge: trek across the ice on Lake Winnipeg over five days in polar temperatures and extremes. I am incredibly excited to be along for this journey with what is truly one of the world's last true explorers of his kind. Follow my Instagram, josephroybalphotography where I will post images as they happen and this post for images and the story that I will be putting together upon my return. 

Photo: Eric Larsen

Photo: Eric Larsen

Photo: Eric Larsen

Photo: Eric Larsen

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joseph@josephroybal.com (Joseph Roybal Photography) Advice Antartica Canada Eric Larsen Extreme Joseph Roybal News Photography Polar Explorer Travel http://www.josephroybal.com/blog/2017/1/a-week-on-the-ice-eric-larsen-polar-training Fri, 20 Jan 2017 05:12:23 GMT
Instagram - Follow & Photo Essays http://www.josephroybal.com/blog/2016/12/instagram-photo-essays For those of you who have and use Instagram I invite you to follow my travels and photos essays there! Each week I aim to provide all of my followers fun and relevant content with each day having a different theme, which are constantly evolving, but it helps keep me active and focused in posting and more enjoyable for all of you. Simply click the photo and you'll be directed to my page where you simply click, Follow. Please, give me a follow over there, I will greatly appreciate all of your support!

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Happenings - Keeping up to date in 2017 http://www.josephroybal.com/blog/2016/12/happenings---wrapping-up-2016 Hi All! I have been pretty terrible about posting keeping everyone updated and will aim to do a better job! This is not a New Year's Resolution, but it is a resolution of speak. 2016 has been a great year filled with adventures, travel, personal and professional growth. If you have not, please sign up to my Newsletter, I would love to keep you all apprised of what's new and happening in my world. I promise I won't spam or over-email. I typically send out just a couple of newsletters per year and you can unsubscribe at any time. Thank you!!! 

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joseph@josephroybal.com (Joseph Roybal Photography) 2016 Advice Happenings Joseph Roybal News Newsletter Sign Up Techniques Tips Travel http://www.josephroybal.com/blog/2016/12/happenings---wrapping-up-2016 Wed, 21 Dec 2016 21:06:36 GMT
Joseph Roybal Invited to Instruct at 2015 Colorado Photography Festival! http://www.josephroybal.com/blog/2015/6/joseph-roybal-invited-to-instruct-at-2015-colorado-photography-festival Great news! I have been invited by Grant Collier to instruct for my second year in a row at the Colorado Photography Festival! This workshop will be held in the gorgeous setting of the Flatirons in Boulder, Colorado. We will meet in the early afternoon and set out to work on photographic techniques, concepts and shoot some amazing scenes throughout the day into the evening catching sunset there as well. We will wrap up the day with dinner for those who would like to stick around chat about the days experience. Following this link will direct you to the website where you can read about each workshop offered and access the sign up forms.

I invite you to join me and am looking forward to meeting you! We have just a few spaces left in this workshop as well so hurry and sign up!

 

Joseph

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Follow Joseph Roybal Photography on Instagram and 500px! http://www.josephroybal.com/blog/2015/6/follow-joseph-roybal-photography-on-instagram-and-500px Please follow Joseph Roybal Photography over at 500px and on Instagram for new images as they come available! My main website gallery I typically reserve for my best images and on these other social media platforms I like to post images that are lighter and fun. 

I hope you all are having a great week and I look forward to seeing you at these two platforms!

Best, 

Joseph Roybal

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Joseph Roybal joins Lowepro Storytellers Team! http://www.josephroybal.com/blog/2015/6/joseph-roybal-joins-lowepro-storytellers-team I am beyond excited and honored to be offered a spot on this great team of awesome photographers from around the globe. Please follow me/us for monthly Missions on the Lowepro Blog where we are given a theme from Lowepro and asked to create imagery that depict this. So far this has been an incredible success. Add it to your browser favorites for sure!

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A Photographer's Guide to Photographing the Winter Landscape http://www.josephroybal.com/blog/2015/2/winter-photography "Morning's Star"Sun rises over the landscape of fresh snow; Colorado National Monument, Grand Junction, CO

 

 

There are certain times of the year we may find more challenging to get outside and shoot and it is those times pushing ourselves can be most rewarding. Winter is a time I look at as being incredibly challenging to get outside for photography as it is cold, can be dark especially when photographing sunrise or sunset and hard to read the landscape. But, this is one of the seasons I believe we can create some of our strongest images with a few tips and ideas.

 

“A Day of Scouting”

 

The importance of scouting your location early cannot be stressed enough. Winter and snow photography transforms the landscape into an ocean of white and merely getting out before the sun comes up is not sufficient. Though you can still come home with a keeper or two, you will be working at an increased stress level which can affect a clear head and vision. I like to think of this time to scout as a time to get away from everything and immerse yourself in the location and moment. Try seeing the landscape differently than you normally would. When photographing during winter I like to get out and meditate on the silence and stillness in the air.

 

“Tread Lightly”

 

This could also be titled, “Watch Where you Step”, as looking where you walk is so important to not interfere with any potential images. I have seen countless images ruined by footprints in the snow, but otherwise could have been incredible from great light and color. It is so easy to walk into your scene without realizing it. Think of scouting your location similarly to how an animal finds its prey: it approaches with caution and intent focusing on its subject while also aware of its surroundings. It may also move from side to side paralleling it to get an idea of obstacles and its best means of approach. Ultimately, it waits for the perfect moment as should we when setting up our shot. Taking our time to inspect our scene and deliberately look for the ideal angle will allow the scene to unfold naturally.

 

“PRE-Visualize”

 

When approaching a winter scene I like to try and have an idea of what I want the image to look like before I even leave my house/bed/tent/sleeping bag. I tend to base my outings on weather: If it is going to be snowing and a storm is on the radar, I am looking at cloud cover percentages hoping for around 60% - 80% at sunrise the following morning. I am thinking: Sunrise, Clouds, Snow = Awesome. I also need to know what time and which direction the sun is going to rise and set giving me options and also necessary info as color happens approximately 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset. I always try to be in position with the shot lined up about 20 - 30 minutes ahead of time just in case in need to make adjustments or shoot from a different location. I will have time to calmly move and recompose. 

 

“Finding the Line”

 

As aforementioned, photographing in the snow is incredibly challenging it covers the landscape in a blanket of white. It is incredibly difficult to see lines, shapes, etc. in flat light especially if scouting during a storm. It takes practice as well, to train the eye to see in these conditions and the only way to get better is to get out and practice. It is also a blessing because it can transform what would normally be an impossible landscape to photograph into a gorgeous scene. A way to think about this is to walk slowly pausing every few meters and observe the landscape looking for ridges or shapes in the snow that you can later accentuate in your post production. Ideally, getting a nice crack or ridge in the snow can add a lot of interest and lead the viewers eye into the frame. Get your camera out and hold it up to your eye; this helps reduce what your eye sees and reduces the landscape into a 2D environment. It can really help.

 

“Isolate”

 

You are already working in ideal situations to simplify your image, take advantage of these settings and work extra hard isolating a subject or creating a focal point for the viewers eye. Find a shrub or tree or a rock - anything that will help create interest and strength to your image and incorporate it into the overall scene. In the image above, I knew I wanted to find a means to utilize the small pine and crack in the snow to lead the eye into the frame and knowing the sun would be rising in the same direction, I was able to have the perfect scene unfold. 

 

“Wait for the Light”

 

It goes without saying that in landscape photography you just have to be patient. There is nothing short or long about this rule and the better you are at it, the stronger your images will become. I realize arriving to the location you had scouted the evening prior to before sunrise and standing in wind/snow/rain, etc. is not fun or ideal, but you can be prepared for it: carry extra layers in your bag such as a down jacket to put on while waiting; pack a pair of goggles to put on and wear if the wind is howling; before setting out from camp/car insert toe warmers into your boots to prevent frostbite; carry an insulated thermos of hot or warm water to sip on to keep your core warm. There are many things that you can do that will work for you to keep warm. The only way to truly learn what these are is to get out and experiment. 

 

“In the Bag”

 

You have done the research, have your gear ready with charged batteries, empty memory cards, tripod, bags are packed with warm gear, snowshoes, gloves and extra layers. Now all you need is to get out and get that winning shot and with these pointers I wish you the best chasing the light!

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joseph@josephroybal.com (Joseph Roybal Photography) Advice Clouds Colorado Inspiration Joseph Roybal Landscape Landscape photography Lowepro Nikon Passion PeakDesign SanDisk Snow Sunrise Sunset Tips Tourism Tripod Vanguard Winter Zenfolio http://www.josephroybal.com/blog/2015/2/winter-photography Wed, 25 Feb 2015 02:01:52 GMT
Joseph Roybal to Instruct & Present at Colorado Photography Festival 2014! http://www.josephroybal.com/blog/2013/10/joseph-roybal-to-instruct-present-at-colorado-photography-festival-2014  

 

I am proud to announce that I have been invited to present and instruct at next years Colorado Photography Festival located in Golden Colorado. I will be alongside some of the top photographers in their field such as Dan Ballard, Grant Collier, Mike Berenson, and several others. Please take a look at the schedule and consider signing up. 

Hope to see you there!

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joseph@josephroybal.com (Joseph Roybal Photography) Advice Colorado Denver Golden Joseph Roybal Lecture News Photography Presentation Workshop http://www.josephroybal.com/blog/2013/10/joseph-roybal-to-instruct-present-at-colorado-photography-festival-2014 Tue, 29 Oct 2013 23:10:23 GMT
Joseph Roybal Photography Partners with Lowepro http://www.josephroybal.com/blog/2013/9/joseph-roybal-photography-partners-with-lowepro A Double Rainbow Appears Over Machu Picchu, PeruA Double Rainbow Appears Over Machu Picchu, Peru

This past year has been such a fun and exciting year for me and my photography. I have been blessed with some fantastic trips, working with wonderful clients and now have the honor of being partnered with a leading name in the industry. Lowepro has been great to work with and I thank them for their endorsement. 

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joseph@josephroybal.com (Joseph Roybal Photography) Inspiration Joseph Roybal Lowepro News Photography Shoot What You Love; Love What You Shoot Travel http://www.josephroybal.com/blog/2013/9/joseph-roybal-photography-partners-with-lowepro Mon, 23 Sep 2013 21:10:34 GMT
Susan G. Komen: A Celebration of Life http://www.josephroybal.com/blog/2013/9/susan-g-komen-a-celebration-of-life The celebration of life is so incredible. Recently I have been blessed with the opportunities to surround myself with individuals who's appreciation and perspective of life has been heightened and changed. These individuals have said the air smells sweeter, grass is greener; tomorrow should never be taken for granted. 

 

A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by Susan G. Komen's Denver chapter to photograph a Breast Cancer Survivor's Fashion Show at the Four Seasons. This event was to commemorate life and honor 250 strong and amazing women in the community. Being in a room of nearly 300 individuals, 250+ being survivors accompanied by husbands and children, was a feeling like I have never experienced before. The joy and laughter all around me was intoxicating and made me aware, once again, that in life it is the small things that matter and being able to wake up in the morning and get out of bed, make a cup of coffee and share a laugh with a loved one is what I should be most happy about. Why sweat the small things? That cappuccino that ended up a latte...

 

These women are a reminder that life is a celebration and everyday is a gift. Let's take a moment to reflect on what's truly important to us and when doing so, smile. Life's a gift, unwrap it every day.

 

 

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joseph@josephroybal.com (Joseph Roybal Photography) Cancer Four Seasons Joseph Roybal Love News Photography Support Survivor Susan G. Komen http://www.josephroybal.com/blog/2013/9/susan-g-komen-a-celebration-of-life Wed, 18 Sep 2013 21:07:43 GMT
Joseph Roybal Photography Featured: Lowepro Product Spotlight http://www.josephroybal.com/blog/2013/9/joseph-roybal-photography-featured-lowepro-product-spotlight Recently, Lowepro Camera Bags sent me a couple of bags to test in the rugged and harsh environments of Patagonia and Machu Picchu. Here you can read my take on one of their smaller and lighter bags, the Photo Sport Sling 100AW.

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joseph@josephroybal.com (Joseph Roybal Photography) Advice Color Joseph Roybal Lowepro Machu Picchu News Passion Patagonia Photography Travel Vanguard http://www.josephroybal.com/blog/2013/9/joseph-roybal-photography-featured-lowepro-product-spotlight Mon, 16 Sep 2013 22:09:09 GMT
Joseph Roybal Photography Adds Vanguard Tripods to His List of Partners! http://www.josephroybal.com/blog/2013/9/joseph-roybal-photography-adds-vanguard-tripods-to-his-list-of-partners I am proud to announce that I have officially partnered with Vanguard the makers of fantastic tripods and ball heads for photographers. Check them out. 

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Life, and So Much of It http://www.josephroybal.com/blog/2013/8/life-and-so-much-of-it I was recently sent on assignment with the theme Women's Health and looking to highlight Susan G. Komen in the particular issue. All I knew before heading out on location was I would be photographing two women dealing with breast cancer. This type of story was a first for me and before the shoot I had to think hard on how I wanted to portray them. Thoughts crossed my mind to go for a stark feeling to the images, or black and white...I had several ideas before I landed on one: Life. Why would I want to showcase anything different when this can be such a warm and uplifting theme?

This story, already emotionally moving in scope, was augmented when I learned they met exactly one year prior to when these images were taken while in chemo and dub themselves the 'Chemo Amigos'. Incredibly, in this short period of time they have become a support network for one another and their emotional bond incredibly apparent. As I photographed them I was amazed at how much these women laughed and smiled; they made the energy around me so light and peaceful which is what I am typically trying to do as the photographer. They were so full of life and laughter that when I left the location I had to take a few minutes and reflect about what life is to me and what are we really most thankful for? Of course the answer to this is subjective; however, when it comes down to it, life is its own joy and being filled with love, laughter and friendship is so truly important. I am so thankful that I was able to meet these women and wish them continued happiness and joy on their roads to recovery.

 

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joseph@josephroybal.com (Joseph Roybal Photography) Friendship Inspiration Joseph Roybal Life Love News Passion Photography Susan G. Komen http://www.josephroybal.com/blog/2013/8/life-and-so-much-of-it Wed, 14 Aug 2013 17:22:04 GMT
International Photographic Expedition: Paris and the French Alps http://www.josephroybal.com/blog/2013/7/international-photographic-expedition-paris-and-the-french-alps---tba

 

Join professional photographers, Joseph Roybal and Dan Ballard on an eight day adventure through the magical country of France. Itinerary is to include a couple of days in Paris exploring the magical City of Lights and taking in the sight, smells and culture of the city. We will look to visit famous landmarks such as the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, Montmartre, les Marais or "Old Paris", etc. We will also enjoy some of Frances finest cuisine eating at various brasseries and restaurants while in the city. Joseph has spent several years living overseas and two of those were in France where he draws inspiration from the culture and vibrance of the city. He has also guided professionally for Adventures Cross Country, North America's No. 1 Outdoor Adventure Company located in Mill Valley where he was in charge of the French trip that lasted over one month. He is fluent in French and will also answer any language questions you may have. Joseph is also partnered with Zenfolio as one their Pro Team members, Lowepro camera bags and Vanguard tripods.

Dan Ballard is an internationally known and respected landscape photographer located in Denver, Colorado. Dan is partnered with some of the largest and most respected names in the industry such as Black Rapid, SanDisk, Zenfolio and ThinkTank, to name a few. Dan's work has been featured on the Smithsonian Channel on "What Makes a Great Photograph" and his clients include National Geographic, Travel Channel and many more. Dan's ability to guide and lead a group are some of the best I have ever seen.

Join us on this adventure! Email either myself or Dan for more information or to be added to our mailing list for updates on this incredible adventure.

Joseph: info@josephroybal.com or simply from my Contact tab on my website

Dan: Dan@danballardphoto.com

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joseph@josephroybal.com (Joseph Roybal Photography) Advice Black Rapid Inspiration Joseph Roybal Lowepro News Passion Photographic Inspiration Photography Travel Vanguard Zenfolio http://www.josephroybal.com/blog/2013/7/international-photographic-expedition-paris-and-the-french-alps---tba Wed, 31 Jul 2013 19:36:38 GMT
Image Blending Made Easy http://www.josephroybal.com/blog/2013/7/image-blending-made-easy---zion-national-park-narrows  

  

This summer during my photography workshops that I instruct I have been blessed with a lot of travel and photo opportunities

that have also given me the chance to try out some new techniques. The primary technique of interest has been image blending

and has also been one I have been apprehensive in giving a shot due to the inherent risk of messing up an opportunity. Should

you improperly expose, bump your tripod or a list of other mishaps you will have a very difficult time later in post, if you can even

salvage it at all. In this posting I wanted to focus on Image Blending which can help create an awesome and totally useable image

out of one that may have otherwise been thrown out. One afternoon while hiking the Narrows in Zion National Park with my

good friend, Dan Ballard, I decided this was as good of a time as any to try out the technique. 

 

On this particular day the wind was terrible making any long exposure photograph useless. I wanted to soften the water and

create a smooth and silky effect to contrast with the hard rock and canyon walls in the scene. What made everything so

frustrating was the inability to simultaneously soften the water and capture the trees sharply due to wind. Every photo over two

seconds had terrible leaf and tree shake that ended up looking like a blur of green in the photo with the soft water effect I

envisioned. At a certain point I thought that it might be time to employ the technique of image blending to come away with even

something remotely useable and salvage the days photographic efforts.

 

Jumping into it, I would like to state that I had no prior experience with image blending. The only concepts I knew at the time

of capturing the images were: 1) Use a tripod and DO NOT adjust camera angle at all, 2) Keep ISO, White Balance and Focal

Length the same in every photo, 3) take a long exposure using my B+W 10x ND filter to soften the water, 4) a subsequent fast

shutter speed photo to freeze all motion in the trees and grass and 5) TAKE SEVERAL SHOTS OF EACH IMAGE. Ok, so

now that I have laid out the basic principles of image stacking and blending which apparently worked, let's jump in and see if we

can make sense of all of this. 

 

The first image I took I shot at ISO 400, f/13 @ 30 seconds. I used f/13 for hyperfocal distance to keep everything in the shot

sharp from the log up close to the trees and waterfall in the distance. I chose ISO 400 because I prefer shooting in Aperture

Priority and 30 seconds is the longest exposure time without having to go into Bulb mode. I simply enhanced the camera’s

sensitivity to lightby increasing ISO.  The image below is basically how it came looking out-of-camera. The only adjustments I

made were selecting Auto White Balance later in Lightroom as it was a little brown out-of-camera. Sometimes filters add a color

cast to your images which can be a nuisance though generally are not a deal breaker as long as you're sticking with a high-quality

filter. I love my B+W and use it all of the time as its color shift is so subtle and easy to later correct in post AND it's hundreds of

dollars less expensive and easier to get your hands on than a LEE Big Stopper. You can see from the histogram I am not clipping

on the shadows so I knew I could pull out any and all detail from the shadows in the image later in post process. Pay attention to

your histogram and don’t let it clip on either side and you can pull out shadows and control highlights to get your shot.

  

 

 

This is the same photo with nothing more than increasing my Exposure to +1.10 which you can see in the right-hand column in the Develop Module within Lightroom:

 

 

The next photo I removed my filter and shot at the same ISO and Aperture, though I increased my shutter speed to 1/20 second to freeze all motion within the frame and also increased my Exposure by +.75 later in post to get the two images to look similar: 

 

 

We are now ready to take the two images from LR and import them into Photoshop. The two image files we will be working with are _DSC0367 and _DSC0368. What I should mention at this point is before opening them in Photoshop, make sure each image you are taking out of LR and into PS look as close to the same as possible with respect to Exposure and White Balance. We are trying to achieve a seamless look later down the line and that will be impossible if you have one image darker, bluer, etc. To open in PS simply right-click with your mouse over the image and select Edit In from the options and your installed version of Photoshop should be listed in the options available. If not, you will need to adjust your settings of external file handling programs. There are many resources on the internet that explain this and I prefer the Lightroom Queen. She has pretty much every topic covered and if not, send her an email and she typically responds in an incredibly timely manner.

 

This is the fast shutter speed image (0368) after opening in PS: 

 

 

And here is the slower shutter-speed image (0367) with the soft and silky water: 

 

 

Now that they are both open in PS we can overlay, or stack them, with a couple simple clicks of the mouse. What we need to do here is remember that the image we are looking to "keep" (0367) is the image with the soft water and only take the sharp leaves and grass from the other image (0368). So with that in mind, we will need to Duplicate a Layer on the Soft Water image by simply right-clicking with the mouse on the Background Layer:

 

 

This will pop-up the following window where you will now need to choose which image you want the image to be duplicated and applied to. Choose the image file of the other, or 0368 in this example, and click OK:

 

 

After clicking OK you will now go just above the images to where the tabs to your images are located and click on the secondary image that you applied the Duplicate layer to. This would be the fast shutter speed image in this case, or file number _DSC0368. The output will now be a layered composite of the two images with only the blur being visible. You can see in the right-hand column that you now have the Background layer and also the Background Copy. The Background Copy is the copy you sent over from your original image you "want" to keep:

 

 

We are now almost ready to begin the magic of making these two images come together to achieve the master image we envisioned in the first place. With your Background Layer still selected move over to the Tools column and choose your Eraser tool from the list. In the picture below it is almost exactly half-way down and is the one selected:

 

 

Here is a tighter crop so you can see what the tool looks like up close:

 

 

With the Eraser tool selected, move out to your image and now right-click anywhere in the frame and adjust the size of your Eraser and also its hardness. I wanted a larger eraser size so I chose one of 900 pixels with hardness set to zero. This will vary from photographer to photographer and situation. Perhaps you are wanting to image-blend 5 photos that you focused at various focal points throughout the frame and want to erase the soft areas away. In my case I simply wanted to eliminate the blurry leaves. 

 

 

After applying your settings you are now ready to erase away the undesired part of the image. You can see that I have done just that when looking at the tree leaves in the following two images:

 

 

 

 

Now that we have removed the undesired portion of the image we are now ready to save the image back into Lightroom and make our edits there. On a Mac the keyboard shortcut is Command+S, on a PC: Control+S, and this will save the image in a .Tiff format back into your Lightroom Filmstrip: 

 

 

Once the image is back in Lightroom this is where we want to make our adjustments to the saved file out of Photoshop. You can see many of the adjustments made in the right-hand adjustments panel are with Exposure, contrast, etc. One thing I would like to point out is at NO point in this workflow did we touch our Saturation slider. All of the color and depth comes from Dodging and Burning and working with our sliders in the Develop Module here in Lightroom. 

 

 

This image below is the final product that I uploaded onto my Zenfolio site:

 

 

I hope this post has been helpful and has given some insight into how we can stack and blend in Photoshop and Lightroom. With a little trial and error you will be able to use this technique to make some great images out of a challenging situation and once you try it I think you will agree the results are worth the effort it takes. 

 

Thanks for taking the time to read this post and I wish you luck out in the field when trying to employ this technique. 

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Well, Patagonia is here and gone with some incredible memories, gorgeous fall colors and dramatic light that could satisfy the most critical. It was an epic adventure that really tested our strength mentally and physically with inclement weather and strenuous hikes on the daily. As I wrote in my first post we were based in the small village of El Chalten situated at the base of Fitz Roy in Glacier National Park. Our days were spent hiking for several hours in and out of the back-country exploring high and low looking for new and unique angles. We wanted to come away with something different than what we always see from the area. Even for a Colorado guy, hiking and playing in nature really became something that I am now craving almost as much as shooting.
 
 
Our time in El Chalten was a bittersweet experience: I loved the area and spending hours each day exploring just to see what was on the other side of that ridge, discovering hidden lakes from atop a small mountain (anything larger than a hill is a mountain, right?) we decided to bushwhack up for the fun of it and finding a small brook just by listening to the silent morning sky and following its quiet roar. The challenging aspect was more of a mental one: just a couple of days after we arrived a storm set in and shrouded the peaks for days. Each morning started with a 4am alarm followed with the thought, "will we be coming home empty handed again?" It was tough to hike for hours each morning and put in so much work to come home without taking a shot. What I did take away with me more than ever before was learning to sit and relax and enjoy natures show. There was no predicting the weather, no 'on/off' switch that I could use to magically make the storm move on. The sooner we can learn to sit back and appreciate Mother Nature's beauty the sooner we can begin to appreciate why we're out here in the first place: to enjoy and get away from it all.
 
 
When we arrived in El Chalten, we were blessed with a couple of days of great weather with clear skies and no wind which were incredibly rare. The photo from Post I is from our first morning: talk about being lucky! Man, did the weather change on us. After the first few days we were introduced to the real Patagonia: steady wind pushing 80 mph for hours on end, rain and cold. Our daily routines went from gorgeous hikes into the back country to forced (and appreciated!) reading days powering through more pages of written text than I have had the pleasure in months. We also had the small world encounter of meeting Marc Adamus in a bar and sharing a beer and stories with him one afternoon. My mind was blown; I know Dan's was too, to meet who can arguably be coined as today's supreme landscape photographer. He shared with stories of recent travels, where he was planning to look for his new body of work which will be breathtaking and how fortunate he is to be able to spend time in such a gorgeous setting. It was funny to meet him as people are never what you build them up to be: he is not the large, rough voiced 6' mountain man I had envisioned. He is shorter in height, a small frame and a very humble and soft spoken guy. It was really a great experience and made me wonder if he realizes how insanely good he is..? Maybe not.
 
 
As the days went on, we started becoming nervous: was the light going to work out?; were we going to get a gallery photo? We didn't know and our spirits were beginning to take a turn to the negative. We kept hope and continued pursuing our end goal of looking for the unique and new with the intent to inspire. We were down to one morning with a second storm setting in: wind was raging, rain falling and clouds filling the sky. Our hopes were crushed, but we hit the trail and made the 2+ hour journey from our warm beds into what we were sure was a pointless and cold mission. Along the trail we ran into Adamus again and had a quick chat before moving on to a previously scouted location with a back-up location should the peaks be covered. I had been quietly hoping for plan B as it was the awesome little brook that I mentioned finding above. As we sat there watching the clouds swirl and grip onto the peaks like smoke from dry ice it became clear that this was not going to work out in our favor and clear. 
 
 
I'm always amazed at how nature will speak to you and if you listen, she will not let you down. The brook was there and after I let myself sink in and observe for a while and shoot I ended up getting a pretty great shot. In the end, Patagonia was an incredible learning experience teaching me more about photography, myself and my comforts than any trip to date. I came away with so much more than self-motivated attempts to acquire gallery images; Patagonia gave me a renewed sense of self and how to better handle uncontrollable challenges we are presented with daily. 
 
 
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