Red Rock Conservation Area

On Christmas Day 2015 while we were in Las Vegas, we decided to go to the Red Rock Conservation Area just west of town.  I had heard about it and seen others photographs of the area and knew it would be a good area to go photograph.  Here are two photographs from that day and I will post others as I finish editing all the photographs that I took that afternoon.

   
 

Central Nevada landscape

We went to Las Vegas, Nevada for Christmas. This was taken on the drive there from Reno.

  
This panorama is build from sixteen HDR photos.  I will post more from the trip as I complete the editing process.

Increasing exposure length interval meter

I have been working on more HDR night photographs and as part of streamlining my workflow I build a custom timer.  It is based on an atmel microcontroller with a touch screen. I currently programmed it to work with a Pentax camera with the long exposure noise reduction turned on.  It will automatically take the number of exposures that it is currently set for automatically delaying for the noise reduction.  Since most Canon cameras use the same connector and pinout for the wired remote it would work with a Canon camera, with minor tweaks to deal with any differences in the noise reduction.

I defined the shutter durations as follows: 1 sec, 2 sec, 4 sec, 8 sec, 15 sec, 30 sec, 1 minute, 2 minutes, 4 minutes, 8 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours.  I have yet to do anything that I needed more than a 15 minute exposure, but I have plans to try some longer exposures in the future.

I used this for my Reno Motels project that I started working on this fall and it worked very well after a few tweaks the first night out.

I will share the schematic and code directly with people that are interested in using it only if they are willing to provide feedback to improve it.  I will consider building them for people that do not have the interest or skills to build their own.  If I build it for you there will be a cost involved and it will depend on the cost of parts, build time and something to support additional development and features.

We are Giving Away a Fine Art Print

We are giving away a print of this photograph!!  Would you like to have it?  The links to the rules and entry form are below the photograph.

This is a low resolution copy of the photograph that is being given away.  The actual print that is being given away is printed on metalic photographic paper and mounted to a plastic board.  The logo in the lower right corner of this image will not be on the photograph that is awarded.

This is a low resolution copy of the photograph that is being given away. The actual print that is being given away is printed on metallic photographic paper, mounted to a plastic board and is 12 inches by 18 inches. The logo in the lower right corner of this image will not be on the photograph that is awarded.

The contest rules are here and the entry form is here.

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.  ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL, AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

I am now offering photography lessons

I have had requests from individuals about teaching photography in a one on one or small group environment.  After serious deliberation, I have decided to offer classes in photography.  The details are available on our main website.

The lessons will be tailored to your photography goals and knowledge level with the idea of helping you take the best possible photographs.

If you are interested in scheduling lessons call me at 775-473-8939 or email me.