Joseph Hallenbeck


March 30, 2015

Photo Journal #12 Flame Giant & Lilies

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Macro photos of the flowers Jess got me for Valentine’s day last month. A good chance for practicing macro stacking as well.

The Fire Giant

Model: Nikon D80 /w Nikon 200mm f/4.0 AF-S FX
Shutter: 1/25 sec
F-Stop: f/4.2
ISO: 320
Focal Length: 200mm
Lighting: None
Stack: 5

The Fire Giant

Model: Nikon D80 /w Nikon 200mm f/4.0 AF-S FX
Shutter: 1/13 sec
F-Stop: f/4.5
ISO: 320
Focal Length: 200mm
Lighting: None
Stack: 6

Fire Giant with Lilies

Model: Nikon D80 /w Nikon 200mm f/4.0 AF-S FX
Shutter: 1/25 sec
F-Stop: f/4.2
ISO: 320
Focal Length: 200mm
Lighting: None
Stack: 3


June 3, 2014

Photo Journal #11 – North Juniper Hill

Filed under: Journal,Photography — Joseph @ 10:37 pm

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North of the open dunes is North Juniper Hill, the tallest of the St. Anthony Sand dunes at 6,625 ft and a rise of roughly 1,000 feet above the surrounding fields. It’s sandy all the way up to the top. We took two days backpacking, this photo is a cropping of a 360 degree panorama of 21 stitched images.

North Juniper Hill

North Juniper Hill

Model: Nikon D80 /w Nikon 35mm f/1.8 AF-S DX Shutter: 1/320 sec
F-Stop: f/9
ISO: 250
Focal Length: 35mm
Lighting: None
Stitches: 21


May 30, 2014

Photo Journal #10 – St. Anthony Sand Dunes

Filed under: Journal,Photography — Joseph @ 10:36 pm

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The St. Anthony Sand Dunes west of St. Anthony, Idaho are perhaps one of the hidden gems out here. It took us almost a year to bother checking them out due to all the talk of ATV use. It is true, the dunes are infested with ATV droning on, but by late evening it seems like they die down and leave a little peace and quite. The dunes themselves are quite impressive, we thought we would be seeing some small dunes or patches of sand, instead we found massive open dunes rising 300 feet above the nearby potato fields. The one on the right measures out at about 320 feet and took crawling on our hands and knees to ascend to the peak.

St. Anthony Sand Dunes

St. Anthony Sand Dunes

Model: Nikon D80 /w Nikon 35mm f/1.8 AF-S DX
Shutter: 1/320 sec F-Stop: f/9
ISO: 250
Focal Length: 35mm
Lighting: None
Stitches: 14


April 28, 2014

Photo Journal #9 – Revenge of the South West Trip

Filed under: Photography — Joseph @ 1:56 pm

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I was just going through my photos from my return trip to the Southwest which included Arches, Canyonlands, Escalante, Capitol Reef, and Bryce Canyon. For some odd reason, I was not in a big photography mood despite loading up all of my equipment. I left my camera behind on the backpacking portion and only stopped to quickly snap a few panoramas along the way. I’ve included those panoramas below. I find myself wishing that I had taken more time with them. Perhaps with a little more editing in post, I could bring them out.

Delicate Arche

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park

Model: Nikon D80 /w Nikon 35mm f/1.8 AF-S DX
Shutter: 1/320 sec
F-Stop: f/9
ISO: 400
Focal Length: 35mm
Lighting: None

Isle of the Sky, Canyonlands

Isle of the Sky, Canyonlands

Model: Nikon D80 /w Nikon 35mm f/1.8 AF-S DX
Shutter: 1/320 sec
F-Stop: f/9
ISO: 400
Focal Length: 35mm
Lighting: None

Jug Arch Road

Jug Arch Road, Moab

Model: Nikon D80 /w Nikon 35mm f/1.8 AF-S DX
Shutter: 1/320 sec
F-Stop: f/9
ISO: 400
Focal Length: 35mm
Lighting: None

Outside Capitol Reef

BLM Camping, Capitol Reef National Park

Model: Nikon D80 /w Nikon 35mm f/1.8 AF-S DX
Shutter: 1/160 sec
F-Stop: f/7.1
ISO: 400
Focal Length: 35mm
Lighting: None

Hogback

Hogback, Escalante National Monument

Model: Nikon D80 /w Nikon 35mm f/1.8 AF-S DX
Shutter: 1/250 sec
F-Stop: f/8
ISO: 400
Focal Length: 35mm
Lighting: None


January 6, 2014

Photo Journal #8 – Gallatin National Forest

Filed under: Photography — Joseph @ 8:10 pm

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Gallatin National Forest

Perhaps one of the most scenic diversions from I-90 when driving across Montana. A turn off at Big Timber and head south arcing along W. Boulder Road to Livingston. In this instance, I caught a freak ranstorm that was coming down over the wilderness.

Settings

Model: Nikon D80 /w Nikon 35mm f/1.8 AF-S DX Shutter: 1/160 sec
Exposure Program: Manual
F-Stop: f/9
ISO: 400
Focal Length: 35mm
Lighting: None
No of Stitched Photos 4


December 29, 2013

Photo Journal #7 – Bear Lake Panorama

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Bear Lake Panorama

I have taken to experimenting with stitching panoramic images together. The one above is of Bear Lake in September of this year. We sped around the lake at sunset hoping to get to the eastern shore in time for the shot. I ran out of the truck down onto the stony beach and started shooting.

The resulting photo has has had little post work done in lightroom, but was stitched together using photoshop with a dash of content aware fill to fill in where the distortion curved down into the blue sky and took out a chunk of the right-most mountain.

Settings

Model: Nikon D80 /w Nikon 35mm f/1.8 AF-S DX Shutter: 1/160 sec
Exposure Program: Manual
F-Stop: f/9
ISO: 400
Focal Length: 35mm
Lighting: None
No of Stitched Photos 4


May 9, 2012

Photo Journal #6 – Wild Mushrooms & Macro Photography

Filed under: Photography — Joseph @ 8:49 pm

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I came across a used macro lens for sale recently. I’ve had an eye out for a macro for some time, but they are one of those specialty kinds of lenses that don’t seem to be for sale used in the same bulk as consumer kit lenses or ultra-zooms. Here’s the results of my first real test of the lens:

Mushroom

Settings

Model: Nikon D80 /w AF Micro-Nikon 200mm f/4.0 IF-ED
Shutter: 1.3 sec
Exposure Program: Manual
F-Stop: f/18
ISO: 400
Focal Length: 200mm
Lighting: None

And for those of you who would like to see it blown up to 100% we can really see the details that macro photography allows:

Mushroom


March 20, 2012

Auto-correct Your Nikon RAWs to Look Like In-Camera JPEGs using Color Calibration in Lightroom 3

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Eureka! I’ve solved yet another odd puzzle of digital photography: easily making your RAW file look like what you see on your Nikon’s LCD screen.

Perhaps you have just made the leap from shooting with JPEGs to shooting with RAW. You’ve already read up on the various deficiencies of JPEGS: compression, loss of color data, difficulty of editing and the many advantages of RAW: ability to easily manipulate midtones, white balance and apply color filters in post production. Happily, you start shooting in RAW but there is a problem. The unprocessed photos lack the pop and vividness of your old JPEGs.

When you first open your RAW file in ACR or Lightroom there is a brief flicker as  your various in-camera settings (saturation, warmth filters, vividness) are  stripped away leaving you with a rather dull looking low-contrast image. This is because your camera saves a small JPEG thumbnail to showcase on it’s LCD monitor. This thumbnail contains all the post-processing features that your camera does on JPEGs to make them pop for the novice user. (more…)


February 28, 2012

The “Cover Every MM” Mistake in Starting Photography or Rent, Not Buy the 18-200mm Lens

Filed under: Photography — Joseph @ 4:18 pm

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There was an article on Reddit this week encouraging folks to list this early photography blunders. A common one was the “cover every mm” mistakes — where you try to get zoom lens that cover the entire range of focal length possibilities. I know this mistake fairly well, I made it myself.

I started SLR photography in 2008 when, anticipating a Europe trip, I decided to dump my point-and-shoot camera for a Nikon D80. As with any important purchase, I researched the topic to death and often came upon Ken Rockwell’s site.

Here’s the thing. Ken Rockwell is a master of SEO. He will show up on pretty much any photo-related Google search. I think he has some excellent starting advice if you are interested in getting the best vacation and family photos out of your camera. However, I think that his reviews are rather subjective and lack the more thorough and systematic reviews that you would find on PhotoZone (a site, I sadly discovered after my camera purchase) and I do not think his is advice is geared towards someone pursuing photography as a fine art or career. (more…)


February 3, 2012

Gallatin Hive – Photo Journal #5

Filed under: Photography — Joseph @ 10:49 pm

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I spent two goods nights last month working through a series of photographs that I intended for Christmas gifts. Perhaps one of the most challenging post-production works was this photograph I took of a hive in Gallatin National Forest just south of Livingston, MT.

Complete Hive Photo

This shot is actually a composite of two different shots. You see, I took nearly a dozen photographs of this hive free-hand during sunset. There was little light and in only a small handful of shots was the hive sharp. The composition for the piece was also a challenge. A number of shots have twigs in distracting locations drawing the eye into the background. Yet, if the hive is centered, it becomes to dominate. The hive had to sit at a roughly 1/3rd mark to really bring out the shot, but this only occurred perfectly in one shot which was not sharp. The solution? I combined two different shots. One, for the composition and background and a second for the subject matter. The image below shows the two originals side by side. The left shot I used for the composition, but I edited the hive from the right shot on top of the left shot. (more…)




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