Time to Get Away

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Every once and a while to get the creative juices flowing, take a mental health day, or even to celebrate an anniversary, it helps to get out of Dodge for a while.

We took this particular weekend as a long weekend to do all of the above. We are off to Glenwood Springs, CO! Known for its therapeutic hot springs, gorgeous bike trails, and Amtrack trips along the wall of the canyons and following the Colorado River, we are going to soak our cares away for a long weekend.

I will obviously take the camera in tow, and will have more to report coming soon (from a photographic perspective of course)! For now though, have a great weekend! What are your photo goals? Don’t forget to consider entering the monthly contest as time is almost up!

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Sunrise, sunset and Getting the Shot

Joe Farace Photography

Joe Farace PhotographyGuest post by Joe Farace

Nothing says sunset like a photograph of the sun setting slowing in the West, and this image of the beach at Acapulco benefited from using the Leica D-Lux’s Sunset scene mode. The camera automatically determined exposure was 1/500 sec at f/4 and ISO 80.

Sunsets and sunrises are notoriously difficult to shoot because you have lots of dark areas and a brilliant light source within the frame. One of the easiest (maybe the easiest) ways of handling this kind of tricky shot is by using your camera’s Sunset Scene Mode if it has one. Using this mode sets up the camera to deal with these unique circumstances and produces the beautiful color that you actually see but can be difficult to capture in a photograph.

If your camera doesn’t have a Sunset mode you can always use the time-honored custom of bracketing. Pianists practice their scales; photographers need to practice exposure. Sometime the best solution is to shoot a series of exposures of your subject varying exposures from what would normally be considered underexposure to overexposure. Some cameras even offer an automatic bracket option. Consult your camera manual for details on how the automatic bracketing feature works on you specific camera.

Tip: Depending on how large this example photo looks on your screen, you may be able to see the ant-like people (as silhouettes) walking on the beach, but it’s always a good idea to have some foreground interest in sunset scenes such as this one.

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