Endless field of sunflowers during August season in Colorado

Fresh Shots: Colorado Sunflowers

About This Photo

Outside of it’s reputation for the mountains in the west, Colorado’s eastern plains provide a different kind of beauty. Each year, summertime is brought to a close by the blooming fields of sunflowers in early August. Lasting around three weeks before they begin to die, the yellow fields travel on as far as the eye can see. The farmers move the fields move each year, so sometime’s they are difficult to find. The best area to begin a search is just south of Denver International Airport. An old wives tale says that sunflowers follow the sun east to west as it moves across the sky, but when the sun sets in the west, these sunflowers were still facing east allowing me to shoot into the setting sun.

Topics Covered In This Tutorial

  • Brightness/Tonal Contrast
  • White Balance
  • Vibrance/Saturation
  • Chromatic Aberration
  • Cropping/Straightening
  • Sharpening/Noise Reduction

Software Used

Included In Your Purchase

  • 25 minute MP4 video showing entire editing process.
  • The original RAW file for you to edit along (released under Creative Commons).
  • My final edited photo.
  • Instructions and helpful links.

Purchase ($5.99)

Gear

EXIF

1/4 seconds @f/14 ISO 400 Focal Length: 95mm

Date / Time

August 17, 2011 7:03PM MST

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California beach moody long exposure

New Work & My First Editing Video Tutorial

I’m excited to announce that starting today, every new fine art photo I release will be accompanied with a for-purchase video tutorial explaining my entire editing process. Each tutorial will include the original RAW file that allows the purchaser to follow along with their own version. Vision is a big part of photography, but it’s not all accomplished on scene and in camera. Vision can be brought to life on the screen, as well. These days editing is just as important as composition and camera settings and I want to share what goes on in my head during the editing process with the rest of the world. This video tutorial and all future tutorials are only $5.

About This Shot

I shot this photo on March 8, 2014 just south of San Francisco off Highway 1 near Pescadero. After relaxing for most of the Saturday, the rainy skies looked as though they would clear to deliver a great sunset south of the bay. An idea has been in my head for a shot near Gray Whale Cove that would require some bright orange skies to complete, so I headed that way thinking today might be the day. Turns out, not so much. As soon as I exited the city, the skies clouded back over and my sunset hopes were gone. No matter, however. A trip to the beach during cloudy weather is still a trip to the beach, so I continued on my way.
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Playing with timelapse photography

Inspired by a few recent videos, and the master of this art, over the past few months I have tried my hand at creating some timelapse videos. My results are by no means the striking visual works that have been created in the links above, but I think what I’ve produced so far is decent for a beginner.

When given the chance over the next few months, I intend to pursue shooting timelapse videos to accompany my normal photography and hopefully my finished products will continue to improve.

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