I turned on the lathe the other day, starting to produce some pens for my sister. She asked me to make 10 pens for her, these will be gifts to friends for Christmas. The pen shown above is one I made for me, using some Russian wood I bought while visiting Russia a few years ago.
I recently spent two weeks in Northern Ireland with my wife. Our first week was spent in the small town of Dunfanaghy, in Donegal County. My wife spent the week horse back riding and I out shooting and exploring. On one of my drives, I came across this small stream near the Bridge of Tears.
Early one morning I headed North on the “Wild Atlantic Way” highway to The Fanad Head Lighthouse. I was greeted with light rain and gentle breezes. With a bit of post processing, I added the light in the lighthouse as it is not functional. In the photo below, I was able to add a bit of glow behind the lighthouse.
Another mornings drive found me at a Oyster farming operation. I brought my drone with me on this trip which allowed me to capture the following image.
Just above the hillside behind the Oyster farm, I found this wonderful tree standing alone in this field.
I had an opportunity to visit Glenveagh National Park one morning. I took a short walk around the a lake in the park and found these nice grasses. I shifted my WB to incandescent to move the color toward the blue side.
My wife had one day off from riding during the week, we took that day off to sight see together. We drove North to see the Giants Causeway. The Giant's Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption.
From the causeway, we drove to see the Dark Hedges. The Dark Hedges is an avenue of beech trees along Bregagh Road between Armoy and Stranocum in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Below you will find some additional images shot wandering around the beautiful country of Ireland.
I’ve been shooting with the Nikon Z6 for a few months now, I couldn’t be more pleased. It’s my opinion is that the DSLR is now dead, or at least for me. I will not be purchasing another DSLR in the future.
This is a portrait of my best friend Eric Krugl, he flew out from Linz Austria to help me with a local assignment. We took a few moments to test the new camera and came up with this portrait which I just love.
I’ve been flying drones for several years now. I recently pick up my third drone just a few weeks ago, the advancement in the avionics is breathtaking. The drones have gotten smaller, studier and easier to travel with. They produce 20 MP images, capture RAW files and shoot 4K video to boot.
It’s boggling the mind to think you can shoot long exposures from a drone. The image above was a 2.5 second exposure allowing strikes of lights from the traffic below. Here is another image with the same exposure time as above.
Another technique is use with my drones is to create panoramas. Below is a recent image I created in West Virginia, for Antero Resources. Using as many as 5 images, or as few as 2 images pieced together in software produces some really stunning images. For the image below, I used 5 images for the final photograph.
Here is another image created for my client Antero Resources. This is West Virginia again, just a few months later then the above photograph.
What is fun about traveling with a drone, you never know when you might come across a cool location. Such was the case while on assignment earlier this year. I came over a mountain pass to find a bunch of wind turbines on a snowy ridge.
I have been asked to guide a photo workshop to Cuba in Feb. 2019. I'm very excited as I have never been there before. Tampa2Cuba has put together a special tour for me, they have been providing tours to Cuba for years.
I am so excited to join Strabo Tours as one of their instructors. As many of you know, I spent 8 years working with Popular Photography Magazines "Mentor Series" Photo Treks. Over those eight years, I guided around 35 different workshops around the world. I love teaching and I am so happy to join the fine group at Strabo Tours.
I'll be guiding my first trip for Strabo Tours to the beautiful country of Turkey. I'm excited to return to Turkey, the photo opportunities are endless. The Turkish people are warm and amazing, the countryside is fantastic. Take a look at this solid itinerary, I'm sure you will agree that it is packed with all the top spots with super photo opportunities.