Photo Contest

I have entered 2 print contests this year though a photography society here on campus called Photographics. I was a bit nerves putting my photos out there to be judged but I am very happy I did. I feel that I have learned a lot by participating in these actives.

The first thing I learned is to see your photos through new eyes. When I have taken photos in the past it has mainly been to please me and my tastes. But once you enter a photo in a contest you immediately have it come under new eyes. You are thinking of what others will think and how they will react to your work.

The next thing I did was play to my strengths  I knew that people go for stuff that is cute and inviting  So I entered a photo of my niece and I won a student choice award. The photo is below. I had to touch up the photo a little bit because there wasn’t any leaves by her feet. After I added the leaves I feel that the photo stands out even more.

f/1.8, 1/4000 sec., ISO 320, 50mm, Denver, CO, Oct. 20, 2012 3:15 pm

f/1.8, 1/4000 sec., ISO 320, 50mm, Denver, CO, Oct. 20, 2012 3:15 pm

The last thing I learned is that it helps to have others look at your stuff. That way the next time you go out and shoot you can try and get the same photos. For this photo I made sure to try and get the beads of water very sharp.

f/1.8, 1/4000 sec., ISO 320, 50mm, Denver, CO, Oct. 20, 2012 3:15 pm

f/1.8, 1/4000 sec., ISO 320, 50mm, Denver, CO, Oct. 20, 2012 3:15 pm

As you can see she is really cute.

The next photo I entered is one that I in the last post I also printed into a large poster.

Beads of Water, Sept. 25, 2012, 8:12 am, f/9, f/60, ISO-800, 135 mm, T3i

Beads of Water, Sept. 25, 2012, 8:12 am, f/9, f/60, ISO-800, 135 mm, T3i

People seem to like the beads of water, which are completely natural.

Final Poster

These are the two images that I have printed and framed in a 24×18 inch frame.

I had a hard time picking which ones to frame but I ultimately decided on these. I really liked how rich the colors are and how natural both images feel.

Beads of Water, Sept. 25, 2012, 8:12 am, f/9, f/60, ISO-800, 135 mm, T3i

These water droplets are real, they where on the leaves when I took them and are not added. I sharpened up the beads of water and masked out the bokeh. I went with a higher f-stop to make the water really pop. I find it helps bring clarity.

Winding Road, Sept. 25, 2012, 7:38 am, f/11, 1/15 sec., ISO-400, 18 mm, T3i

In the past I have taken several photos of roads and I find their leading lines to be intriguing. The Z patern here is nice, plus everyone that I show my Palisades  photos to always say they like this one.



For these next few photos I created several borders just to try them out. I hope you enjoy.

My sister and her husband just gave birth to this beautiful girl, Lucy. She is a darling and I really liked capturing her here in this natural light from a north facing window.

Baby Lucy Burn Border, Oct. 18, 2012, 4:45 pm, Denver, CO, f/1.8, 1/80 sec., ISO-400, 50 mm, 60D


Baby Lucy, Oct. 18, 2012, 4:43 pm, Denver CO, f/1.8, 1/320 sec., ISO-400, 50 mm, 60D


Fine Art Template, Oct. 20, 2012, 2:51 pm, Denver, CO, f/1.8, 1/8000 sec., ISO-320 50 mm, 60D



Red Chair, Oct., 17, 2012, 12:07 pm, Bannack MT, f/5, 1/40 sec., ISO-400, 18 mm, 60D

Red Chair Original

Night & Light

Controlling light is an amazing thing. In these next photos I was able to take some photos at night and I tried to shape the light in a way that helps pull your focus in to a part of the frame. I think I really enjoy this type of photography.  In the past when I have captured star trails I have 30 sec. to stare at the stars, while I wait for the camera to do its thing. Its always calm and peaceful. Then after the 30 sec. are up you get a beautiful image. I hope you enjoy.

Blurred Lights

I waited until Rexburg’s rush hour (12 am) to capture this four way stop. Notice the many light streaks are actually cars moving in and out of frame. None of them actually stopped so we couldn’t see any cars but I promise they where there.

Rexburg “Rush Hour”, Oct. 29, 2012, 12:08 am, Rexburg, ID, f/10, 30 sec., ISO-100, 18mm, 60D

Light Sketching

Next I moved into my office and decided to spell my name for you all just to prove I graduated from Kindergarten.

Rex, Oct., 28, 2012, 11:36 pm, Rexburg, ID, f/14, 10 sec., ISO-100, 18mm, 60D

Camera Motion

In the past two photos you need to set the camera up on a tripod to pull off the effect of light moving around. In the next photo you do the exact opposite you move around while the light stays in the same place. I like this photo because you can see the time clearly but the trails of light coming from it give it a cool effect.

Not Enough Time, Oct. 28, 2012, Rexburg, ID, f/5.6, 4 sec., ISO-100, 106 mm, 60D

Light Painting

For this next exercise I used the LED light on the back of my phone as a flashlight. I then shined the light on parts of the image exposing certain objects so they where highlighted.

New Office, Oct. 28, 2012, 11:31 pm, f/14, 13 sec., ISO-100, 18 mm 60D

Halloween Sky, Oct., 29, 2012, 12:18 am, f/3.5, 30 sec., ISO-100, 18 mm, 60D

Angle Bike, Oct., 29, 2012, 12:27 am, f/18, 25 sec., ISO-800, 18 mm, 60d

And last of all here is a night image of my street. I really liked the color of the clouds in this one.

Empty Street, Oct. 29, 2012, f/3.5, 30 sec., ISO-100, 18 mm, 60D





I had a wonderful time up in Bannack Montana last week. I was able to capture some good images as well as learn ton about photography.

On this photo I really liked the models expression. She was relaxed and I feel like you can tell. I also positioned the camera so her head aligned exactly in the corner of the room behind her. The really liked the leading lines.

Purple Dress, f/5, 1/100 sec, ISO-100, 50 mm

For this next photo I liked how natural her smile was, it warms the photo very well. I also liked how I gave enough lead room to frame her very well.

Classic Smile, Bannack MT, Oct. 17, 2012, 3:50 pm, f/5, 1/50 sec., ISO-400, 45 mm, 60 D

I really liked this dress how it fit the period so nicely.

Untitled, Bannack MT, Oct. 17, 2012, f/4, 1/50 sec. ISO-400, 20mm, 60 D

Here is the original.

Untitled Original  Bannack MT, Oct. 17, 2012, f/4, 1/50 sec. ISO-400, 20mm, 60D

Toss of Hair, Oct. 17, 2012, 3:45 pm, f/5, 1/50 sec., ISO-400, 45 mm, 60D

Closer Toss of Hair, Bannack MT, f/5.6, 1/50 sec., ISO-400, 69 mm, 60D

Little Secrets, Bannack MT, f/5.6, 1/50 sec., ISO-400, 60D

This model has such pretty eyes. I really liked capturing this moment.

Soft Kiss, Bannack MT, Oct. 17, 2012, f/5.6, 1/50 sec., ISO-400, 135 mm, Canon 60D

This couple has only been dating for a month. But they seem so natural with each other, I guess that’s just BYU-I do.

Man and His Girl, Bannack MT, f/4.5, 1/50 sec., ISO-400, 60 D

Cowboy Look, Bannack MT, f/5.6, 1/80 sec., ISO-400, 35 mm, 60D

Place to Hang, Bannack MT, f/7.1, 1/160 sec., ISO-800, 30 mm, 60D

Hats Off to You, f/7.1, 1/180 sec. ISO-800, 47 mm, 60 D

After taking some photos inside we moved outside to get some more natural light.

I really liked how I was able to capture the moment here. She is so proud of her man.

Prideful Woman, f/5.6, 1/400 see., ISO-100, 85mm, 60D

Boardwalk Couple, f/4, 1/1250 sec., ISO-100, 18 mm, 60D

Waling Tall, f/4, 1/1600 sec., ISO-100, 18 mm, 60D

Deep Thoughts, Bannack MT, f/5.6, 1/80 sec., ISO-400, 18 mm, 60D

Vote for Me, Bannack MT, f/5.6, 1/80 sec., ISO-400, 57 mm, 60D

More Deep Thoughts, f/5.6, 1/80 sec., ISO-400, 22 mm, 60D

Door Leaning, f/7.1, 1/320 sec., ISO-400, 53 mm, 60D

I used the flash from my camera on this photo. It gave it just a little kiss of light that helped us see better.

Respectful Visit, f/7.1, 1/250 sec., ISO-400, 20 mm, 60D

What did I Say?, f/7.1, 1/640 sec., ISO-400, 135 mm, 60D

Partners in Crime, f/7.1, 1/1000 sec., ISO 400, 135 mm, 60D

Time Walk, f/7.1, 1/1250 sec., ISO-400, 87 mm, 60D

Kiss of Light, f/5.6, 1/100 sec. ISO-400, 100 mm, 60D

Ready for Adventure, f/5.6, 1/250 sec., ISO-400, 20 mm, 60D

Hideout, f/5.6, 1/500 sec., ISO-400, 85 mm, 60D

Lost Game, f/9, 1/80 sec., ISO-800, 39 mm, 60D

I love her smile here. She had just been shown a photo that was taken of her and it was that perfect candid moment I was looking for.

Sweet Smile, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec., ISO-320, 67 mm, 60D

What Now?, f/5.6, 1/25 sec., ISO-320, 126 mm, 60D

Window Light, f/5.6, 1/160 sec., ISO-400, 79 mm, 60D

HDR, Bannack

HDR images are very popular. Until this photo trip to Bannack I have not played around a lot with this feature but I am really happy I have. It has turned out great.

Time to Cook

These are the original images.





Old School

Old Tool Shed

HDR Final Resting Place


Bannack is has many great little details. Here I show off some of them.

This was a rusty nail in the side of a fence protecting a grave stone. I liked the focus in this photo. I also color corrected to make it feel more old.

Nail the Coffin, f/5.6, 1/125 sec., ISO-400, 87 mm, 60D

This photo was taken in an old house in Bannack. I liked the pealing paint as well as the green fabric that was used as a makeshift wallpaper. I bumped up the colors as well as sharpened the image well beyond what I usually do.

Paint Peal, f/5, 1/100 sec., ISO-1000, 50 mm, 60D


Resting Place, Blend of two images blow

Original Image


Hotel Roof, f/3.5, 1/60 sec., ISO-400, 18 mm, 60D


Old Bar Detail, f/5, 1/40 sec., ISO-400, 55 mm, 60D


For this post we played around with focus. Notice in most of these photos that there is focus on one thing wile a large part of the photo is blurred.

I like how this photo makes you tense up. You better act fast!

Reach for the Sky, f/9, 1/40 sec., ISO-800, 135 mm, 60D

Putting My Feet Up, f/5.6, 1/200 sec., ISO-640, 60 mm, 60D

putting up your feet, f/5.6, 1/200 sec., ISO-400, 100 mm, 60D

Rusty Nail, f/36, ISO-250, 62 mm, 60D

View from Window, f/36, ISO-250, 62 mm, 60D


For this post we needed to make sure that we could blur action and also know how to freeze it.

I wish I could have had more time on this one, but we will have to just be happy with what I got.

Not Responsible, f/22, 1/3 sec., ISO-250, 18 mm, 60D

Jump, f/7.1, 1/1250 sec., ISO-320, 42 mm, 60D