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Duality

Ultra-wide San Francisco moonrise

This one was taken the same day as these other two shots of mine, about an hour after the latter.

I wanted to capture both the moonrise and the heavy lighting of the Golden Gate Bridge, and the contrasting shades of blue and red those elements bestowed upon the scene. The 14mm made it easy, but not without distortion - I had to line the shot up very carefully in order to get the architecture to look good.

Still, the lens is amazing, and I can’t complain. With a lens this sharp, you can afford to correct distortion later without ruining micro-details.

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A familiar scene of mine, captured in a different manner.

I’ve been meaning to get out and do more night photos like this. This night had a particularly clear sky and relatively low light - a good opportunity to capture the stars like this.

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Beyond the Trees

Fog engulfing the trees along Mt. Tamalpais

Taken the same day as this photo.

This particular composition is the one I had in mind at the time I took the other, but I expanded the scene into a panorama in addition to shooting this photo, just in case I decided to compose something else later. It just so happens that I decided to go with the panorama first. I still wanted to post this composition though, because the way I framed this exposure makes for significantly different feel.

I also processed this particular shot differently than the others. I didn’t go with a panorama here, either - this one is just a single 40mm shot, cropped slightly, edited in Photoshop.

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Yosemite Falls

Massive multi-part HDR panorama of Yosemite and Half Dome

I’ve been sitting on this shot of Yosemite for a few years, never getting around to editing it. Honestly, I’m glad I waited. A few years ago, I would never have been able to do it justice. The processing techniques, as well as the artistic vision, were simply out of my reach.

I have improved as a photographer since then, but more importantly, I’ve improved as an artist. I can’t go back in time to retake my old photos, but I can use everything I’ve learned to turn them into something greater.

This one is a 6 part panorama with selective HDR data from 54 exposures.

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Smoke Sun

The sun rising over a grassy hill in the fog

This one’s on Mount Tamalpais, though you wouldn’t tell from the scenery. I went up here to get the majestic california landscape from high up, and ended up getting fogged in and only being able to capture this “smaller” photo. Still really cool, though, and I almost missed it!

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Forest Faded

Looking down on a forested hillside enveloped by fog

This was taken on the road up Mt. Tamalpais. The entire mountain was engulfed in fog all around, and once I finally managed to burst through the clouds, it made for a great opportunity to take a shot. I will probably post some shots from the summit over the next few days.

I also want to start getting in to black and white photography. It’s been a long time since I’ve done anything in this field - partly because they seem to be less popular than my colorful landscape stuff - but I don’t want the work I create to be dependant on meaningless viewer metrics. I’ve always felt its important to create the art you want to create, and I’m going to keep doing that.

I’ve probably spent too much time talking about lens sharpness lately. Although I do enjoy digging into the nitty gritty technical details of these lenses on a pixel-per-pixel level - and I’ll continue to do so - I have to admit that it just isn’t particularly important. The fact is, pretty much any lens is going to be pretty sharp on a modern camera. Case in point, this shot, taken with the Nikkor 28mm-80mm 1:3.3-5.6G.

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Moonrise Bridge

Wide-angle long exposure HDR

When I saw the moon shining this bright through the clouds, I couldn’t resist going out and trying to capture it.

This one was taken the same night that this recent upload was.

This one was a 5-exposure HDR panorama, with mostly RAW data manually composed. It was taken with the D800E using the 16-35 VR lens.

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About Me

My name is Kevin MacLeod. I’m a 25 year old photographer from California who specializes in landscapes. As a photographer, my goal is to bridge artistic vision and technological knowledge to create unique and beautiful pictures. As a writer, the links and articles I post reflect an interest in both technology and photography.

I believe that photography (and art in general) can usually be considered a mix of practice, experimentation, and artistic vision. My goal is to push myself in each of these directions in different ways. My photography reflects this vision as much as possible.

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