Bring on the Cats

The neighborhood stray cat pack’s been driven away by the apartment building’s renovations.

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2013 Moves Along

Peralta Trailhead and some fun with HDR toning,

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More Crazy Weather

It sleeted for five minutes in Tempe.

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For the Love of Rain Part 4

Sunday I finally got it.

What I wanted was to freeze time as much as possible, by reducing the exposure time as much as possible, so for some of these shots I pushed the ISO all the way up to 6400, which resulted in two shots that have exposure times of 1/8000th of a second, and others that range between that value and 1/4000th of a second. Those are the ones where you can see the drops frozen in mid-splash.

The first two are the ones with the shortest exposure times.

There’s little to no blur from the water’s motion.

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For the Love of Rain Part 3

It rains only a few times a year in Tempe, and this was one of those times. The whole weekend was covered in clouds, and down poured more rain in one morning than I’ve seen in almost a year. It was awesome.

These pictures are from Saturday.

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Explorations in HDR Toning

Now begins the next phase of my photographic journey: HDR toning. I’m already a big fan of surrealism and creative photographic effects, and that’s what HDR does best.

These shots were taken around Tempe after Halloween. As you can see, I’m having fun with my new High Definition Range tools.

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Halloween has arrived, and so has HDR toning, the most exciting thing to happen to photography since I got my camera.

The first few shots were taken on Halloween, 2012, and the next few were taken during a nightscaping run with a coworker, who told me that you don’t really get a lot of noise until you bump your ISO past 1600.

As usual, I’m using my travel tripod to get some of the night lighting, then HDR toning in Photoshop later on.

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Stormclouds on the Horizon

The dust storm is over, but thunderstorms were yet to come.

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The Dust Storm

I was in my apartment one Sunday afternoon when suddenly the ambient neighborhood noise muted somewhat, except for the crows, which became obnoxious.

When I looked outside, I saw this coming:

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