Tomorrow morning, Judy Neill and I leave for a shoot over at the Jordan Valley Rodeo and surrounding country. I am excited to get over there and visit places like Leslie Gulch and Silver City. These are two places I have wanted to shoot for a long time and now I finally get to do that. For those who may not know Judy Neill, she is a Pro Photographer from right here in Prineville and takes some excellent photos of horses and cowboys doing their thing. Visit her web site at www.judylneill.com and you will soon see what I mean. I feel privileged to have her as a friend and to get to go out and shoot with her. If the weather co-operates we should be able to get some exciting rodeo action and some beautiful photographs of the country around this tiny berg in far south-eastern Oregon. Look for some shots next week. Have a great day!
These Yellow Bells have kinda captured my imagination. First off, they are a beautiful, very tiny flower that only stays around a little while. After I took the shots, it was another week before I returned because of the weather and these beautiful little flowers were done. This next photo is one that I like most. I have worked it in Photoshop and added a texture and brought out some of the colors. I also sent it in for a Gallery Wrap (my first one) using the Perfect Resize unit in OnOne’s Perfect Photo Suite 7. Seemed to work just right. So, I hope you enjoy this rendition.
So, we had an rather exceptional night here in beautiful Central Oregon a couple of days ago and I decided to head on up to one of my favorite places to do some Macro shooting. Now this is fairly new to me and the Depth of Field can really get you when shooting macro. In other words, there is little or no Depth of Field. When you are shooting in the wide open spaces, Depth of Field is something measured in feet or yards or something like that. With Macro Photography, DOF is measured in milometers. Extremely difficult to get the entire plant in focus let alone anything remotely close to it. These Yellow Bells in the photo are no more than 2 inches long and about 1 1/2 inches across the bottom of the bell. It was fun and once I got the shot processed they way I liked it, I sent it off to my friend Judy Neill for a critique and she worked her magic on the background and really polished it off. Thank you Judy. She promised to show me how to do what she did! Hope she does and then I hope I can remember how to do it! For this shot, I was about 1 foot away from the plants and as close to the ground as I could get with my tripod. This was shot at 1/30 sec at an Aperture setting of F 3.3 with a 105 Macro lens from Nikon. It was fun and as soon as the wind stops blowing, I will head back up there.
When I was a young lad growing up in Central Oregon, one of my Father’s favorite places to go fishing was East Lake in the Newberry Crater here in Central Oregon. The crater actually has two lakes-East and Paulina-both of which a very productive fisheries. I can recollect going out in the evening and watching the bears ravage the garbage pile and seeing old Cleo carrying wood and supplies and garbage around the area. Cleo lived her life and outlived her usefulness as a transport and now resides near the boat house at East Lake. This photo is a 3 photograph HDR combined in Photomatix Pro and then worked in Photoshop CS6 and finished out in Lightroom 4. A fun project for a cold winter’s day. If you look closely at the hood, you will see the name “Cleo” painted on it. Just click on the image which will make it larger.
Well, finally, I have got the white printing on white background fixed! What a test. Now when you write a comment or sign up to follow my blog, you will be able to see what you are writing. Thanks for your patience.
Small tecnically problem with the Comment and Reply forms and the email sign-up. We’re working on it!
Well, we have finally concluded our daily assault into the world of CSS and HTML and craziness. Thank Goodness for Annette at Witzend Consulting in Redmond, OR. Honestly, if you need something done with your web site or blog page or what-ever, give Annette a shout. She can help you out!
From here we go on taking pictures and renewing the photos you see on this site. If you would like something in print, please send me an email with the name and size you would like and I will get you some prices-(shameless self plug!). Thanks to everyone who has counseled, helped, suggested and steered me through-out this process. I like it! So in true cowboy fashion, I tip my hat!
Well, it has been a while since I posted here, so I thought I would catch everyone up! I have been working on the web site almost non-stop for about 3 weeks now and have it for the most part, done. Except for this blog page. For some strange reason, I can’t locate the code to change some of the features on this page. Like for instance, the comment section which is in white-the lettering is also in white so you and I are unable to see what we write, but it is writing. I have an appointment with Witzend in Redmond to finalize everything on Thursday and hopefully, all will be well at that time. Also, I haven’t decided on any kind of store front as of yet. In the meantime, if there is something you would like a print of, just zip me an email (form on that page is fine) and I will get back to you with the prices and delivery.
I had a lot of fun building this site and I hope it works for all of you. Any suggestions for improvement are definitely appreciated. Keep in mind, please, that I am not a computer programmer or web site builder and if it wasn’t for WordPress and everyone else, this wouldn’t have happened. So a definite SHOUT_OUT to WordPress and ThemeHorse for their help! The plans for this blog is to relate to you all my experiences as I go about my photography and the big news is in July, we are taking a trip to Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Tetons. What great photo ops that will be. So until next time, I leave you with this:
The new site is finished all except for the ecommerce page which I am still trying to decide which way to go with that. I hope you enjoy looking at the photographs I have posted and if you would like to purchase a print or two or ten, on the Store page is a contact form and if you will tell me the title of the photograph and the size you would like, I will get back to you with the details of the purchase (I will need your email). From here in the blog, you can follow me and can access the rest of the site. Until we meet again, I leave you with one of my favorite shots from the weekend down at Yachats. This particular photo was taken in Newport on the dock, and as I watched the interaction between all the sea lions, it was fairly obvious that they are pretty territorial, so to have this peaceful, quiet moment was pretty nice. I titled this image “Catchin’ Some Sun” as it seems that was what they were doing. The second photo is a group of Sea Lions doing what I can only describe as a “Water Ballet”. Interesting!
About 85% done. All that is left is the online store. This is great!
Well, we are getting the web site going kinda-sorta. I have a meeting next Monday and I hope to finalize everything then and get the whole site up and running. Not so easy as they make it sound building your own site, depending on the complexities. My future posts and web site address will be jhudphotography.com and my email through the site will be firstname.lastname@example.org. Well, enough lolli-gagging. back to work. Note: The web site is currently incomplete and still in the build phase.
Well folks, I am intent on building my new web site here, so things may be a little out of sorts as I do this. Please bear with me and I hope the finished project will live up to my expectations. I am excited to get this going and I am not sure if things will be messed up on the blog as I build, but I do appreciate your continued support as this happens. Have a great day!
Wow seems to be the only way to describe the sunset I witnessed last night from Prineville. As I was returning home from a friend’s house, I could see this brilliant sky being painted into one of the most dramatic and beautiful skies at sunset I have ever witnessed. I hurried down the road to a spot I knew I could get a good shot without a bunch of fences, and power poles in the way and this is the shot I got. Thank you God! What an exquisite creation!
I have been working on a book of our hunting experiences for some time now and finally got it sent into Blurb for print. It is available for purchase through their website. Check it out!
This morning I awoke to an email from the club I belong to-Cascade Camera Club-notifying me that the image I submitted for the December critique (the theme was “Underneath”) was chosen as “Photo of the Month”. What an honor! I truly appreciate all the extremely talented members of the club and their passion for photography. Thanks you!
Christmas for 2012 is officially over and now the New Year starts soon. College Bowl games and friendships and relationships are high on the priority list for the next few days. Then, it’s back to shooting. Got to go out with my friend Judy Neill for a snow filled shooting day and it produced a really good shot or two. Hope you all have an excellent New Year!
We had a ton of fun and got to experience some of the challenges of shooting in a snow storm. Hope you enjoy.
The Photograph was taken at my in-law’s home on Thanksgiving day after everyone was finished with a beautiful Thanksgiving meal. Dez was intent on hiding his super photo-genic face from my camera.
Peek-a-boo and click. Sometimes it seems as though we get all caught up the the gear and the lighting and the posing and blah, blah, blah. There in lies the source of this tutorial-that some of our best shots just happen!
Sure, you probably could have staged this, but how do you capture a 26 month old just peeking to see? The answer is that it probably isn’t going to work out too well if you are trying to set it all up.
Certainly, I had to do some work in LR4 and CS6 to get to this point, so there are some adjustments, layers and cropping, but the outcome leads us to one undeniable conclusion.
Photography is largely a matter of timing. You have to, of course, be there # 1. Be ready (for the most part) # 2. And most importantly # 3-be “In the Moment”. You know what I mean. Call it commitment or whatever you like. Just make sure you are in that moment……….totally!
We all tend to get lost from time to time and separated from our vision-whatever that may be. Always remember that no matter where you’re at, there you are!. So in fact, you can never be lost. Just be “In the Moment” and creativity will happen.
Nikon 18-200 mm lens @ 95mm
F3.5 @ 1/60 sec
Flash full power with a Gary Fong Diffuser
The shot is titled “Dez Hiding”
Wow, today is special. I have prepared a portfolio of some of my work along with a couple prints I had here at home and taken them down to Goody’s here in Prineville, OR. The shop owner, Stephanie, asked me if I would do that and it sure didn’t take me long to decide. I also have a couple of large, framed prints on display at the Prineville Territories Magazine office. How sweet is that! If you are in the area, stop by and take a look. This is exciting……….first showing! Wahoo!
While looking over the photographs for this year’s family photo calender (made just for family members), I have been reminded of how incredibly fortunate I have been this last year-the first year of my retirement. I have been fortunate enough to acquire some very good friends and shooting buddies that have the same (if not greater) love of photography that I have. I also have been able to go to some of the places and events that were on my bucket list and get some great shots of those happenings. I am really hoping for some more to end this year with, but for now, I leave you with one of my favorites of the year.
Some years back, my son Brian and myself went on a photo shoot up in the Ochocos. We ended up along the North Fork of the Crooked River for some shots and recently, I decided to go back in and rework a few of those pics. First I will show you the original shot I published about 5 years ago and second, I will post the new one. Let me know which one you like best by commenting. Enjoy!
Well, anywho, please let me know which one you like best. I would like to get back up there with the newer camera and see how it renders the scene. Nice place.