Star Wars: The Force Awakens Locations

It isn’t everyday that you find out your favorite place in England was used as locations for Star Wars.  And then days later in Ireland I took a boat trip and then see a familiar island and the boat driver announces this island may look familiar to some of you.  This was the location used for the ending of the latest Star Wars movie.  You know where Rey is reaching out for Luke.  Well I guess that explains all the Star Wars merchandise on sale in the town.  Lake Derwentwater in England was used in a fight scene as seen in the YouTube video below and from the picture.  This… Read More

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Photographing Isle of Skye, Scotland

I was under the impression that the Lake District was the most beautiful place in the United Kingdom.  Lake District to be featured in a future blog.  My new favorite place in the U.K. is now Isle of Skye.  There was a beauty that I was not fully prepared for.  I saw photos of Skye before going and it does look amazing but pictures just can’t give you the full image of being immersed in beautiful nature. This place was a photographer’s dream and a dream if you like untouched nature.  Isle of Skye is a small island off the coast of Scotland.  It is a place of untouched nature… Read More

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Slope Season in the Alps

It’s slope season and the it is the time where I work on my snowboard game.  This year it was the Austrian Alps in Sankt Johann.  You will notice all photos are panoramas and were taken with my Nikon D750. The first couple of nights were pretty cloudy and here is a shot from one of those nights.    I didn’t get an early morning shot before snowboarding because we were hitting the slopes early in the morning but here is a shot right after we finished.  Light could have been better but it still worked. The last couple nights were very clear and you can see the contrast in… Read More

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Unedited Photography

I know we live in an age where we can’t function without make-up or making things look more appealing to the eye.  Sometimes I just like my raw images just the way they are.  I know lot of people that will just take a picture and spend hours editing one single image.  Me, I generally won’t spend more than a few minutes editing pictures.  If you can get the settings correct while taking the picture the less you have to do later in Photoshop.  In general my workflow when editing a photo is to play around with they sky, contrast, light, shadows and darkness.  I might just want to add… Read More

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Panoramic Shot

Have you ever saw a wide beautiful landscape and wanted to capture this beauty with one photo?  The answer to this is to take a panoramic shot because otherwise everything cannot fit into the frame.  On the Iphone you are able to create this by rotating with the phone while taking a picture.  If you are not using your Iphone you will have to stitch the images together.  I am going to create a panoramic shot by taking several images and stitching them together in Photoshop or Lightroom.  It is best to use a tripod to keep your camera steady but I decided to go handheld with the camera and… Read More

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My Favorite Place in England

This blog post is dedicated to one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Lake District, England. I have taken 2 trips to the area in 3 months as I was amazed by the natural beauty picturesque landscape. The area is a photographer’s dream and a great place to hone in your skills. I last visited in the summer where the fells (small mountains) are covered with gorgeous green landscapes and there are many rivers, waterfalls and lakes to visit. On the 1st trip I stayed at this quaint B&B in Keswick owned by a lovely family that recently moved to the Lake District. I was lucky enough… Read More

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