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Crystal hanging in our window


Crystal Colors

This is a crystal that hangs in our window. It catches the morning light and spreads our living room with a rainbow of colors. The air currents cause the crystal to gently turn. This image shows colors from the reflections from our backyard.

  • Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
  • Lens: 50mm f/1.4
  • ISO: 1600
  • Shutter Speed: 1/400
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal Length: 50mm

This image has been getting a lot of views on Flickr. I am somewhat surprised because it was a shot that I took to just play with my camera. I was looking for something to shoot using my 50mm lens on my new 5D MarIII. I just wanted to see what I could do. I had to manually focus because the auto focus wanted to select the trees in the backyard. When you display the image at 1:1 you can even see the finger prints on the side of the crystal.

12 Mar 2013

Sparkling Trees

This image was taken one morning after frost/ice lightly coated the branches of the trees. Everything was sparkling when you looked toward the sun. I was able to catch the sun just peaking between the “V” of the tree to create a starburst of light.

Sparkling Ice on a Tree.

  • ┬áISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/60
  • Aperture: f/16
  • Lens: EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
  • Focal Length: 58mm
11 Mar 2013

Union Depot Lift

The Lift at Union Depot in Saint Paul, MN.

This image is an HDR created from 5 images taken at different exposures. I accomplished this by using a Auto Exposure Bracketing. I set the camera on Aperture Priority. In the camera menu I have the option to take 3, 5, or 7 exposures. I can set the increment for number of stops that are over and under exposed. For this image I shot -4,-2, 0, +2, and +4. I have included all five images below. The shutter speed is changed on each shot to get the additional exposures.

My purpose was to darken the bright areas of the image and lighten the dark portions. I use a piece of software titled PhotoMatrix Pro to combine the exposures into a single file. PhotoMatrix Pro has a number of presets for making adjustments. I use these presets as a starting point for making the final adjustments. The single file is then imported back into Lightroom for final adjustment.


4 stops under exposed

4 stops under exposed

2 stops underexposed

2 stops under exposed

Average exposure

Average exposure








2 stops over exposed

2 stops over exposed




4 stops over exposed

4 stops over exposed

When combining the 5 images, PhotoMatrix Pro will blend the best exposure for various portions from each of the 5 images to create the final image shown at the top of this post.



7 Mar 2013