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I shot this using Lee ND Grad Soft filters.

With today’s high tech digital cameras and the power of the digital darkroom in Photoshop one would think that old-school filters are a thing of the past.  Not true!  In fact having a good set of filters such as a polarizer and some ND grad filters will take your outdoor images from good to absolutely fantastic and provide effects that can’t be replicated in Photoshop.  That’s right, there are some things that can’t be replicated in Photoshop.

Today I received the Lee Big Stopper which is a 10 stop long exposure filter that I am really excited to play with.  To be able to extend my exposure times in broad daylight is going to open up a whole new world of creativity and I hope some amazing images.  I’ve seen some incredible images come from using something that looks like nothing more than a square of black glass.

I’ll be talking more about my use of filters in an upcoming post but if you want to learn today why filters are important and how you can put them to use in your outdoor photography then you need to check out this new eBook by Darwin Wiggett and Samantha Chrysanthou entitled “Essential and Advanced Filters for Creative Outdoor Photography.”  I just picked this eBook up today and it is exactly what I have been looking for to teach me how to use filters, why to use filters and when to use filters.

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Monday Photo Inspiration – Borobudur

Every Monday I post a photo that is meant to inspire you, motivate you, cause you to pause and ponder, remind you of your dreams and hopefully entice you to act on whatever your goals may be. This Monday, May 21st we visit Borobudur, the 9th-century Buddhist monument located in Magelang Central Java Indonesia.

Borobudur Central Java Indonesia

Borobudur is a 9th century Buddhist monument and a World Heritage Site.


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The $100 Startup Review

The $100 Startup BookSo you might be wondering why I am reviewing a seemingly non-photography related book.  Well, photography is more than just vision, equipment and technical prowess.  If you want to make photography a career or side job then you need to think about the business side of things.  For many people this is a large chasm to leap over.  While we may be good at the creative side of things we suck at the business side.  We also tend to get caught up in the idea that we need large sums of money in order to start and run a successful business.

But not all businesses require large capital to start and this is where The $100 Startup comes in.  The $100 Startup provides you with a blueprint on how to get started with your own small business with limited financial investment.  It’s about reassessing what risk is.  Is it more or less risky to start your own small business or work for a corporate entity?  Only you can decide that but this book helps to get you thinking more about that and reevaluate what risk is.

Life shouldn’t be about working an unfulfilled job that you hate.  It’s also not about sitting on a tropical beach drinking daiquiris and watching the tide cycle through.  Life is about doing work that you are excited and passionate about and that ultimately makes a difference in the world.  As the extended title of this book states: Reinvent the way you make a living, do what you love, and create a new future.

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Every Monday I post a photo that is meant to inspire you, motivate you, cause you to pause and ponder, remind you of your dreams and hopefully entice you to act on whatever your goals may be. This Monday, May 14th it’s all about Mom’s.  Yesterday was Mother’s Day and if you forgot I suggest you get on the phone right now and give your Mom a call.  We had a great day of good food, laughter and hiking.  So the inspiration this Monday is my wife and kids.

Mom and the boys

My youngest always clowning around.

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Every Monday I post a photo that is meant to inspire you, motivate you, cause you to pause and ponder, remind you of your dreams and hopefully entice you to act on whatever your goals may be. This Monday, May 7th it’s all about a great sunset and the Super Moon.

Saturday was the Super Moon and I debated about where I wanted to take photos.  What would make the most memorable image?  What foreground element did I want to include?  Where should I shoot from?  Where in the sky would the moon rise?  For that last one I used The Photographers Ephemeris which is a great tool for planning a shoot.  It tells you where and when the sun and moon will rise and set on a Google map overlay.  It does much more than this but I’ll save that for a later post.  It’s available for free download for PC and paid for iPhone and Android.

I invited a good friend to go shoot but we ended up misunderstanding where we were going to meet.  I was in the wrong place but ended up getting this sunset shot so all wasn’t lost.

The sun setting over Eugene Oregon

Manual exposure at ISO 100, f/9 and 1/400th second

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The Only72.com Entrepreneur Sale

The Only72.com SaleThis post is promotional in nature so if you’re only in the mood for photos right now head on over to my gallery or my Flickr stream and enjoy.  But if you’ve ever thought about starting your own business but didn’t know where to start then this 72 hour sale of resources for the budding entrepreneur from Only72.com may be worth a look.

First, here is a little background on Only72.com.  It was started by Adam Baker and Karol Gajda.  They do these massive digital products niche sales 2-3 times a year for “only 72 hours.”  After that they are gone forever.  Typically they offer $1000 in courses, ebooks and digital downloads at 90% off.  I purchased their original offering and was very impressed with the value offered.  This time around they are offering a whole slew of professional resources for the budding entrepreneur PLUS a hardcover copy of Chris Guillebeaus’s new book The $100 Startup which won’t be released until May 8th.  All this for $100.

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Monday Photo Inspiration – Angry Birds

Every Monday I post a photo that is meant to inspire you, motivate you, cause you to pause and ponder, remind you of your dreams and hopefully entice you to act on whatever your goals may be.  This Monday, April 30th is actually my youngest son’s birthday.  He turns 6 today and is crazy about Angry Birds.  So my wife made a playable Angry Birds cake along with Angry Birds cupcakes for his party which we had on Saturday.  Yes, that’s right, a playable Angry Birds Cake.

Angry Birds Cupcakes

My wife spent a lot of time making these custom hand-made Angry Birds Cupcakes.

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40 Craft & Vision EBooks 41% Off

PhotoWhoa Craft & Vision 40 Photography EBooks Sale

If you’ve spent any time around here you know I’m a huge fan of the Craft & Vision photography eBooks.  I’ve purchased every single one of them and enjoyed them all.  I think for the high quality photography information they provide there is not a better deal out there for learning and growing in photography.  Well for a limited time the deal is now even sweeter as PhotoWhoa is currently running their weekly special on the entire Craft & Vision library at 41% off.  That’s 40 high quality Craft & Vision Photography eBooks for less than $2.25 each!

This is a great deal for anyone that is wanting to learn photography or anyone that wants to take their photography to the next level.  I know that I have personally learned a lot from these books and continue to grow as a photographer using the information and insight provided throughout their virtual pages.  The authors of Craft & Vision photography books are professional photographers like David duChemin, Michael Frye, and Andrew Gibson who share a wealth of experience and knowledge with us.

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Monday Photo Inspiration – Tulips

Every Monday I post a photo that is meant to inspire you, motivate you, cause you to pause and ponder, remind you of your dreams and hopefully entice you to act on whatever your goals may be.  This Monday the inspiration comes from the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn Oregon.  This photo is actually from a few years ago but we are heading up there again really soon to catch the end of the tulip season.  It’s always an incredible time there with acres of beautiful and colorful blooming tulips.

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival

Acres of blooming tulips at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival

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Every Monday I post a photo that is meant to inspire you, motivate you, cause you to pause and ponder, remind you of your dreams and hopefully entice you to act on whatever your goals may be.  This Monday the inspiration comes from high in the Oregon Cascades.

Sunset on Waldo Lake

Canon 5D Mark II | ISO 100 | 17mm | F/22 | 10 seconds

 

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