New Workshop In The Works!
Yep, our Death Valley workshops were so much fun that we are already working on announcing the next one. Although not in Death Valley, somewhere just as cool though! If you want to be the first to find out, make sure you sign up for the newsletter over on the right —–>
A Diamond In The Rough
During one of our many impromptu stops on the way to locations around Death Valley, we took our workshop group to a rather unassuming field off the side of the road just north of Furnace Creek. The field was mainly gravel, although a stream had carved it’s way through over time since it was on a hill. Along the stream there were a few flowers and/or weeds here and there so we decided to try our hand at some macro photography and give the students some tips.
The biggest of those tips was to use your own shadow to block the harsh light overhead. This is something you can really only do with macro photography but it really can totally change the look of an image.
I’m no flower expert, so I couldn’t tell you if this is a flower, a weed or anything else. I just know that I saw it in my shadow, knelt down and took the shot. To brag on my Sony A7 a bit, this shot was so much easier because of it. The plant was right on the ground, just 3 or 4 inches tall. Normally I’d have to lay down on the ground and look through my viewfinder to get a shot like this. Instead, I used the flip screen on the A7 and just crouched down and looked down at the screen. I was then able to use focus peaking along with my Canon 100mm macro lens and nailed this shot on the first try. I took a couple others just to be sure, but the first one took the cake. Cool!
Processing was minimal and was done in Lightroom and Photoshop. Just some contrast, vibrance and a bit of detail.