The Mist From The Tree Tops Fell On Me From Above And Behind
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details best seen @ size X3While walking through my kids TV room last night I noticed a great beam of natural sunlight coming through the front window as the sun was going down and then saw my daughter Alexa's eyes catching the light as well. So I made her get off the couch (I know I'm a terrible Dad LOL) and had her stare out of the window. I should have went to get my 50mm Nikkor or 90mm Tamron for this Portrait to get a sharper image but I was lazy and stuck with the 18-200 VR that was on the body but I think it did a fine job, impressed me really. When seen as large as possible you can see each individual eye lash reflected on her retina, pretty cool! I then hit this with my normal Portraiture work flow & slight glamour treatment, removed a bunch of small hairs in between the nose, shaped her brows and did some very minor burning to bring out her cheek bone a little bit and that's it. The shadow is all natural just using proper exposure settings and shooting tight to prevent any of the background in the room from showing. Alexa's eyes are usually a nice blue but she was wearing a purple shirt which turns them a wild greenish aqua blue seen here. She's my favorite model and loves to have her photo taken so we both make out on the deal whenever I want to do a portrait to keep my skills sharp ;) I like this one so much I'll be ordering it in a large format lustre print or possibly a canvas to hang on my office wall! ~I just love my kids ~ Hope you all like it, Have a Great Day everyone ! PS: This image has been the #1 Rated photo on my site since it's post date. Please click on the 'Green Thumbs Up' sign over the image if you agree to keep it rated #1 ~Bill~Bill Pador, from 10-23-09 Reflections of the fall colors in a small river just as the sun went down. I purposely shot this scene with a small amount of shore line showing so I could flip the image giving the illusion of the water being on top and the tress being in the wrong place to give it some creativity. This image is SOTC Have a Great Weekend Everyone ~Bill~ 10-30-09 UPDATE: Thank You for all the wonderful comments & feedback on this image. Incredibly this image has become the #4 most popular photo on my web site in less then a week of posting it. WOW !!! Thanks Everyone ! ~Bill~Bill Pador, from
The Open Road
I had a long lonely weekend in Iceland, so I took my rental Jeep out into the wild. I drove all over the country from dawn till dusk seeing what I could find. The sky and landscape was an ever changing palette of colors and clouds.
The sun is so low on the horizon during the winter that it is almost like a 5-hour sunrise followed by a 5-hour sunset. I drove up and down one of these highways to the next, listening to all kinds of strange and eclectic music on my iPod, occasionally jumping out to take a shot of something like this... it was a perfect weekend.
In the distance, you can see the snowy mountains which always seem to be just a few songs away.
- Trey Ratcliff
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