I've Been Everywhere Dennis Daubney – Photography, Graphic Design, and Organic Living

15Aug/110

Lake Wentworth, Wolfeboro, NH

Driving across Lake Wentworth, NH

Driving Across Lake Wentworth, Wolfeboro, NH

Not only was I able to enjoy a beautiful day of fishing, but I received the chance to photograph some great fisherman, as well as the beauty of New Hampshire's Lake Region. This is the beginning of my experience photographing for my bass fishing club. I took some shots during launch, while on the water, as well as at the weigh-in at the end of the day.

Now, I probably caught more sun than fish that day, so I should have grabbed some more shots of my boater Roger, while we were fishing. My determination to catch fish distracted me though. Next time, I plan to get some additional shots.

These fishing opportunities allow for a chance at unique portraiture, lifestyle and action shots, wildlife, and more. Stay tuned for my next outing!

Bruce Weighs in Small mouth and Large mouth Bass

Bruce Weighs in Small and Largemouth Bass

3Feb/100

Roush Racing at Cruise Night at Imperial Fords 8.7.09

The smell of burnt rubber and smoke permeated the air, amongst the cheers of the crowd as classic car owners lit up their tires. August 7th, 2009 marked a wonderful celebration of American muscle.

Jack Roush Signs A Dashboard

Jack Roush Signs A Dashboard

Roush Racing Night at Imperial Fords in Mendon, MA. brought out hundreds of classic car owners(click for full collection of shots from that night), including a whole herd of ponies, aka Roush-modified Mustangs from many areas in New England. Jack Roush was on hand that night, taking the time to personally visit each Roush Mustang owner and stop for photos. Owners were able to have Mr. Roush autograph virtually any part of their vehicle. Many chose their dashboards, consoles, sun visors, and tool kits. One adventurous owner even chose to have his fender signed.

Jack Roush Signs The Dash of a Roush Mustang Owner from Milford, Ma.

Jack Roush Signs The Dash of a Roush Mustang Owner from Milford, Ma.

Other cars, from modern re-makes to well-preserved originals, were both present in full force. Automobile fans had plenty of time to admire each car, while enjoying music and food if they chose to do so.

The New Dodge Challenger

The New Dodge Challenger

Super Bee

Super Bee

As the sun began to set, the entrance to Imperial Fords became the new main drag, as the crowd enticed each owner to spare neither their gas or tires.

A Pontiac Trans Am Does A Burnout As The Crowd Watches

A 4th Generation Trans Am Creates a Nice Smoke Show

Plymouth Road Runner

Plymouth Road Runner

Smoke Show

Smoke Show After Relentless Taunting

8Oct/090

Great Donationware Plugin for Lightroom 2 – LR2/Mogrify

If you use Adobe Lightroom 2 to process your images, there are a number of plugins available to assist your workflow. Timothy Armes of Photographer's Toolbox is the official distributor of a number of helpful Lightroom plugins. Mogrify LR2 is a very useful donationware plugin. This plugin primarily is for processing the image as it is being exported. You can add watermarks, borders, text annotation, resize the image, or sharpen, amongst other things.

Photographer's Toolbox provides easy to follow installation instructions. Mogrify utilizes ImageMagick(an open source image modification software) to help process the images during export. Windows users will need to install this manually before installing Mogrify. Mac users have the luxury of having ImageMagick already built into their plugin version.

I use this plugin because I wanted to add a customized watermark to images that I put online. Lightroom can add a copyright watermark, but the ability to customize this function is lacking. With Mogrify, you can add a completely customizable watermark, even a graphical image such as a logo. You can scale your watermark to the size of your image and position it how ever and how often you like.

From my painting with light evening

From my painting with light evening - Outside Border + Watermark

Like I mentioned Mogrify is a donationware plugin so it basically is a trial version until you give a donation and receive a serial number via email. Otherwise, there is a limit to ten images per export. Adding the serial # will take off this restriction. I'd recommend giving this plugin a go  then donate so you can unlock their full potential.

Along with Mogrify, there are additional plugins such as Enfuse, which is a multi-exposure blending tool for creating HDR images. There are also tools for exporting images directly from Lightroom to a blog or gmail, as well as create web galleries.

Timothy Armes also maintains a blog, which is great for finding news on some of the latest tweaks to his plugins, as well as some great posts on photography in general.

1Oct/090

Long Exposure Photography – Painting With Light

Alone Under the Moonlight

Alone Under the Moonlight

Last night, I spent some time doing some long exposure photography that I have been waiting to do for a while. The moon was right and the sky was clear. My horses and the landscape were the subjects of this experiment.

Goodnight Oak

Goodnight Oak

I also took some photos inside the old barn where the horses stay. This is probably the last couple months the horses shall live in this 30-40+ year old stable, so I wanted to document all it's weathered character, before they move to a new stable.

Spirit

Spirit

I used a technique called "painting with light", in order to create particular highlights where I wished. This technique is simple. You'll need your camera, tripod, cable release or set your camera on timer mode, plus a flashlight(or car headlights, or other means of lighting the scene - be creative). Figure out a base exposure that will keep your shadows dark. Most of my exposures averaged 30 seconds @ f18-22. I probably would have done longer exposures at a lower ISO, if I had a cable release.

During the exposure turn on your light source and shine it quickly on the areas you wish to highlight. This may take some trial and error to get it looking right. The more even you paint the light on, the smoother the image will appear. If you paint wildly, it will look like a raver swinging glow sticks at a nightclub.

Dappled Light

Dappled Light