There is a photography quote from Vernon Trent, ..amateurs worry about equipment, professionals worry about money, masters worry about light, I just take pictures… In photography forums, you can see people spending too much time talking about gears and doing less time photographing. It’s about who’s got the best tripods and lenses.
Do people or clients really care about the gear you used to take that photo? The answer is no. If it looks good in their living room or kitchen they will buy it. I have been in this location a couple of times in Philadelphia, the famous Boathouse Row. I’ve sold three photos from this location using not so expensive lenses. My point really is you to go out there and shoot!
I’ve been busy lately, my vacation leave that I filed 1.5 months before was denied. My plan during the peak foliage was to drive and take photos in Maine, New Hampshire, cross Canada to Quebec and drive down to Toronto and meet a friend and then go to Niagara Falls. Only the last part was materialized because I was in the Upstate New York area doing work.
It’s been 8 years that I never stepped out of American soil. Today was my first time. I crossed Canada via Rainbow bridge in Niagara Falls. Wow, that was easy. I was very early before the sun was out and head right to Canadian Horseshoe falls. This waterfalls is just right to the edge of where people could stand and take photos.
On my way back while the sun was still low in the horizon, I took a 180-degree panorama of Rainbow bridge, American falls and the Canadian falls. 9-stitch total of 94 Mega pixels! The weather cooperated and of course I got timing because the foliage is at its peak in Ontario.
Hope you enjoy it!
In the year 2000, the company I worked with in the Philippines sent me with 3 other guys for satellite communications training in Phoenix, AZ. The host there took us to the Grand Canyon, my first shock and awe of American landscape.
Early 2001 my visa was approved to work in the US, great, until September 11 happened. We were glued to the TV watching what was going on and witnessed the horrible things in New York. My flight to the US was delayed because of it. I was able to fly New Years day 2002. That was very exciting for me to be here in the US for the second time and I said I was gonna stay a little bit longer. Now it’s been almost 13 years and I am forever grateful to America. I am able to provide for my family and the freedom, convenience of living here in the US.
Well anyway, me and my friend was working in Maine and when it was time to go home we decided to drop by New York to photograph the tribute light for the anniversary of 911. We went to our favorite spot and of course there were gazillions of tripods. Everything was cool though, we got a decent light and nice weather.
It was a bit of a challenge to stitch panorama the scene because of the amount of people that was in my frame and the ferry boats messing up the water. I metered in the buildings that got me F/10 at 30 seconds. That was all my setting in the 7-frames I took.
We were in Virginia/West Virginia area and from google it says that Cascade Falls is the best waterfall in Virginia! We decided to drop by and take a look. We chose the more difficult 2 mile hike route because we were tough, so I thought. Man, I am out of shape. My friend and I used to trail run 5 miles before, but since January I have been on and off with my fitness regimen. I am just too occupied with my work, that’s my excuse, LOL.
Cascade Falls is a 66-foot drop waterfall that can be found in Jefferson National Forest in Pembroke, VA. It is just about north of Blacksburg.
The most important thing when shooting waterfalls is the shutter speed. I look at how big the waterfall is and its speed. The faster it is the slower the shutter speed I use in my camera. Here I used 1/2 to 1 second. You need to meter to the water falls and then compose.
For those who like to shoot waterfalls, hold it until the fall season. Your photos will look better with all the colors in the fall foliage. And also you can’t be lazy because most waterfalls are hidden and hiking is needed, for real! :)
I have been to Washington DC so many times in the past but never at dawn. Here is a panoramic shot inside the Lincoln Memorial.
We went back to the car and drove near the Capitol building to catch the sunrise. You would think that you’d be alone. There was an early bird there occupying the center most part of the reflecting pool. LOL.
The sun was just about to get out from hiding…
All my photos here are stitched panorama. In the second and third photo a 3-stop ND filter was used.
Even at dawn this place is full of people; joggers, photographers etc etc. Well, it was a good trip nonetheless.
I was going to cool off with cityscapes when we had the chance to go to Pittsburgh. Such a beautiful city from Mount Washington overlooking. You can never appreciate it during the day but when the night comes, and the city lights are on, it’s totally different.
We took advantage of the light and waited for few moments before taking the shot. I used a ND8 (3-stop ND) filter to maintain my aperture but prolonging my shutter speed. The right time to shoot cityscapes to me is on a twilight, when the light still prevails and the buildings are about to light up. Compare it to the second shot on a different vantage point and different time.
This night was game night between Marlins and Pirates. I think the Pirates lost it. LOL.
Hope you enjoy it!
These were stitched in Photoshop CC 2014 and post processed in Lightroom 5.5.