Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Cannon Beach - Oregon

My parents just got back from a weekend at the Oregon Coast. My dad has a love for photography and took some really amazing shots while they were there. I just had to share them with everyone because they are so beautiful! You should be able to click on each photo to see them fullsize.


I asked him the info on what he used and this was his response, for any of you interested in photography:


"I use a Nikon D200 camera. Most of the pictures were taken with Carl Zeiss lenses and somewith my Nikon lenses. I only use two types of filters. One, is a polarizing filter that has, the same effect as your sunglasses do. It reduces glare, increases contrast and helps to enhance color saturation.

The other filter I regularly use is a "neutral density filter" (ND). I have a variety of ND filters to choose from depending on how bright the light is in a scene that I am trying to adjust. The ND filter serves to lower the intensity of the light in a certain part of the scene (usually it is the sky that is too bright). It has no effect on color or anything else, just lowers the bright area's down so that the scene is more evenly balanced for correct exposure.

FYI, our eyes are able to see 5 - 7 stops difference in exposure values. Thus, when we look at a scene that goes all the way from sunny parts to deep shadows our eyes are able to adjust for that variance and we see it. The problem is with photography is that both digital sensors, as well as film, can only record 3 stops of light intensity difference. Thus, taking pictures similar to the ones I sent you and not using a ND filter, you would end up with a picture where either the foreground is exposed correctly and the sky is washed out. Or, the sky is exposed correctly and the foreground is too dark to see much detail. With the ND filter lowering the brightness in one part of the scene to> more closely match the brightness in another part, you end up with a picture where you are able to see the detail in all parts of the photo. Other than those two types of filters, I use no in-camera or post photo manipulation of the photo's. The ones I sent you are the way they came out of the camera." - Ron Southworth






















12 comments:

Brian & Veronica said...

Wow, those are gorgeous. I bet your parents don't even buy art. They probably just blow up their pictures! O.K., I'm sure their house is not just filled with his stuff, but those are some nice pictures. I'd love to have some of those! :)
Thanks for sharing! V

Brian & Veronica said...

I'm still waiting jenni! haha

Carolyn said...

It was a fun and relaxing trip. Just for your info, of the photos you posted, #1 and #3 were photos that I took.

Jenni Thomas said...

Oh whoops! Sorry mom!!! Okay for clarification those two were then taken on a pocket size Nikon digital. Correct? Nice job mom. (sorry)

Jenni said...

wow- those are amazing, what talent. i love the images with the bright green moss on the rocks, gorgeous. still cant beleive no post processing took place, incredible. we probably passed eachother on the beach, we were there this weekend as well.

Jenni Thomas said...

Also everyone we keep getting spam comments from someone named "ebambi". I've erased two of their comments already today - they are just advertisements. We've even turned on the word verification and they continue to leave comments. Please ignore. Thanks!

Carolyn said...

Jen, the first photo you've posted was taken by my Nikon P5100 which is a professional "point and shoot" which does a whole bunch of stuff. (I just don't have the interchangable lens, filters, etc.) The third photo, I took with the D200 from the deck of our motel room. To say the least, we had a blast!

Andy and Brandie said...

They are beautiful I love Oregon and the pictures really capture it's beauty.

Roemhildt Family Fun said...

Those pictures were amazing. He really does have talent with a camera.

The Thomas Family said...

Love the coloring. He's definitly got skills.

The Paulks said...

Gorgeous! It makes me miss the coast!

So, sorry to you guys that I'm such a slacker at commenting on your blogs... i've been sick and my blog has been neglected :)

I hope you guys are doing well!

Noelle said...

wow! Incredible! Thanks for sharing!