Happy Easter – Errr, Ummm, Well…Have A Nice Day

Hey, Look at Me

Happy Easter to all those who celebrate it…

and also to everyone just going along for the ‘Easter Sunday’ Brunch.

…And for everyone else, Have a Nice Day!!!

Here in San Diego it’s shaping up to be a gorgeous day; perfect weather for spending it with family and friends. Speaking of which, here are a couple shots of the kids horsin’ around.

Easter Treasure Hunting

Easter Treasure Hunting

Under Mother's Watch

Never Out of Mommy’s Sight

There are lots more pics in the New Kid’s Gallery Here . Or follow the link in the Album Menu at the top of every page.

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New Addition To The Gallery

Wind-Spray

Wind SprayExploring San Diego County

There is a brand new addition to the Landscape Album simply titled Beautiful San Diego. The variety of dramatic  vistas, attractions and beaches,  coupled with a climate that can’t be beat makes San Diego a photographer’s wonderland. There are so many places to explore, and so much to take in I’ve decided to call this place home. This small gallery is just the tip of the iceberg. Take a look at the Beautiful San Diego Gallery, be sure to check back for frequent updates.

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A Quick Tip For Better Sunset Shots

Huntington Beach Pier

Sunset Shots Made Easy

My favorite time of day has always been when the sun starts heading towards the horizon. Especially when there are swirling clouds in the sky to add some color and drama. You can make the scene more dramatic by making a few simple adjustments in your camera. The next time you’re enjoying a sunset take a few shots with different exposure settings. We’ve all taken pictures of sunsets, and I’d wager you were disappointed with the results from time to time. If you let the camera do the work for you, your image may look flat and uninspiring. That’s because the camera did what it’s suppose to, which is to get as close to an even exposure as possible, resulting in dull, unsaturated colors. Take control of the situation, and rescue your next image. I’m not saying you need to go to full manual mode, here is a much simpler solution. Turn your camera dial to aperture priority mode. The meter in the viewfinder or LCD will usually show a little graph ranging from -2 to +2 in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 stops depending on the camera and its current settings. Zero is considered (by the camera) to be the best, or correct exposure. Now find the exposure adjustment dial, and flick it a click or two so it reads a negative value. This is Exposure Compensation, you’re  telling the camera you don’t want to have it decide what a good exposure is. Take the shot, you should see a difference between the shot set at zero, and your new adjustment. The colors in the sky are more saturated, but watch out, if you adjust too far, the image will become too dark, especially below the horizon. Land features like hills, trees, buildings will begin to silhouette below around -1. Sunsets where there is water like a beach or lake are a little more forgiving because light will reflect off the surface. That’s it, now go out there and capture some great sunset shots, but first, take a look at a few examples.

Huntington Beach Pier At Sunset

Huntington Beach Pier At Sunset

Channel Islands Sunset

Channel Islands Sunset

Across The Valley

Across The Valley

Desert Sunburst

Desert Sunburst

Brooding Sunset

Brooding Sunset

 

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