Apr 9, 2018

Washington DC Full Moon Rise and Cherry Blossoms

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Full Moon Rise Washington DC
Our recent travels brought us to Washington DC where we visited my niece who is studying at Georgetown University. The visit coincided with a full moon and early on I was making plans to capture the astronomical phenomena. While researching I determined the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool a suitable photo location. Research indicated that the moon would rise to the right of The United States Capitol and Washington Monument.

Equipped with a beanbag, Canon Mark IV, 100-400mm telephoto lens with a 1.4x extender I embraced the challenge of yet another moon rise photography adventure. To my surprise, I was not on my own. There were hundreds of people and plenty of other photographers that had the same thought. I aborted my initial spot as The United States Capitol and Washington Monument were overlapping and it felt very clustered. While moving towards the monuments I find a composition that separated the two landmarks and provided room for them to breath. The next challenge was to be patient and minimize people in the foreground to the left of photograph. Luckily there was a big gap of folks walking the National Mall and I was able to blur some out during the long exposure. Next day I continued the fun by photographing  early cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.

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Cherry Blossom at the Tidal Basin and Thomas Jefferson Memorial
Good light and happy photo making!


Juergen

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Mar 27, 2018

Florida Photography of Coral Cove Park Sunset in Tequesta

On my last travel photography tour to Florida I had a chance to stop at Coral Cove Park in Tequesta, FL. This natural gem is located on Jupiter Island and not far from the historic Jupiter Lighthouse. The beach is also one of the most northern ones in Palm Beach County and a definitely must see of The Palm Beaches.

Florida sunset photography from Tequesta, FL at Coral Cove Park
Florida Sunset at Coral Cove Park in Tequesta

I originally planned to shoot here at sunrise but then the schedule only allowed to stop here at sunset. Boy was it worth it. The reefs by itself provide plenty of Photography Inspiration and make for a great foreground element in a composition. The evening I stopped by turned into a real burner and light and color was phenomenal. 

I worked the scenery with my Canon Mark IV, a 16-35 mm wide-angle lens and a Gitzo tripod. During post processing I combined three exposures, adjusted brightness, contrast, vibrancy and color saturation before removing dust spots and sharpening the final Florida Images.

Tequesta Florida Coral Cove Park sunset phtography images and prints
Florida Tequesta Sunset

Good light and happy photo making!


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Mar 26, 2018

Battleship Cove in Fall River Massachusetts

New England photograophy of Battleship Cove in Fall River Massachusetts
Battleship Cove in Fall River, Massachusetts - Juergen Roth

Last week my travel New England Photography lead me to Fall River, MA. Battleship Cove was on my photo bucket list for quite some time and I am glad I finally was able to get down there for sunrise. Sunset is also a good time photographing these World War II naval vessels below the Braga Bridge. Upon arrival I explored my options while looking for a decent foreground element that I could incorporate into my composition. Not long into my quest I came across these mooring poles perfectly lined up beautifully. Equipped with a Gitzo tripod, a Canon Mark IV and 28-70mm zoom lens I got to work in the freezing morning hours. I like working with this lens as it provides a lot of freedom when composing a shot. Set at 50mm, I selected an f/14 aperture  with an ISO100 setting. The resulting long-exposure time was 25 section which provided a smooth waterscape while boats, bridge and the wooden poles remained in sharp focus. 

During post-processing I adjusted brightness, contrast, vibrancy and color saturation before removing dust spots and sharpening the final image of Battleship Cove. 

Good light and happy photo making! 

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Mar 13, 2018

Awarded Honorable Mention in the 2017 National Wildlife Magazine Photo Contest

"Water Drunk" was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2017 National Wildlife Magazine Photo Contest that attracted over 25,000 nature photography entries from around the world. The macro photo of a water drinking black fly was a finalist and one of the last 100 photographs to determine the contest winners of the 2017 National Wildlife Magazine Photo Contest.

Water Drinking Black Fly macro photography awarded Awarded Honorable Mention in the 2017 National Wildlife Magazine Photo Contest
 
Good light and happy photo making!


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Feb 26, 2018

Maine Acadia National Park Photography Adventures

Bass Harbor Light Maine Acadia National Park lighthouses

Maine Acadia National Park is one happy place for me. I love heading to Mount Desert Island and spending a week getting lost in nature and photography. The sea views throughout this national park are spectacular. Acadia is also home to one of the most beautiful lighthouses setting in New England: Bass Harbor Light. This lighthouse towers atop granite cliffs and the swirling Atlantic Ocean. The Park Loop Road provides easy access to some of the classic photo locations in the park: Sand Beach, Monument Cove, Thunderhole and Otter Cliff to name a few. On the quieter side of Acadia National Park you find natural jewels like Wonderland and Seawall. Thuya Garden is incredible beautiful and provides a spectacular view of Northeast Harbor. 

If you go and have any questions, don't hesitate dropping me a note. I am happy to help!

Maine Acadia National Park photography images
   
Good light and happy photo making!


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Feb 14, 2018

Seascape Photography Hotsport Ocean Reef Park in Riviera Beach Florida

Singer Island Ocean Reef Park Sunrise photos

Ocean Reef Park in Riviera Beach Florida is a true hidden gem. I loved walking onto the beach where tons of beach shells are dominant. To the left is a bit of a reef that is more exposed at low tide and makes for an interesting and eye-popping foreground feature. I stopped at this hotspot for sunrise and the light and cloudscape cooperated beautifully. Sunset may provide great opportunities as well.

Sunrise seascape photography at Florida Ocean Reef Park

Good light and happy photo making!


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Feb 11, 2018

Birding and Bird Photography at Florida Green Cay Wetlands and Visitor Center

Green Cay Wetland and Nature Center is a beautiful oasis of wildlife that offer pristine birding and bird photography opportunities. I loved photographing birds here and stayed a bit longer for sunset and twilight. Those are only a few images from my recent visit - hope you enjoy and share!

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Anhinga bird photo at Green Cay Wetlands

Ibis bird photography at Green Cay Wetlands

Sleeping bird heron in tree

Florida bird photography artwork

Good light and happy photo making!


Juergen

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Jan 8, 2018

Maine Seascape Photography of beautiful Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse Scenery


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Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse is Portland Head Light. This iconic New England landmark is located at Fort Williams Park on Cape Elizabeth just minutes away from Portland Maine. There are reports that this lighthouse is the most photographed lighthouse in America and that is for good reasons. 

 Maine photography Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse photo prints 

It's spot is extremely picturesque and it towers above the swirling Atlantic Ocean on spectacular cliffs and rock formations. I love photographing here at sunrise but sunset provides great photography opportunities to. Make sure to capture the Maine seascape photography scenery with your wide angle lens but also consider more intimate view of the lighthouse. Learn more about lighthouse photography from my Photo Magazine Article

New England lighthouses photography image licensing   

Good light and happy photo making!


Juergen

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Jan 3, 2018

Supermoon across the iconic New England Scenery of Rockport Harbor and Motif #1

Full moon across Rockport Harbor and Motif #1


Great night out photographing the Wolf moon rising across this iconic New England landmark in Rockport, MA on Cape Ann. It is always very special to experience a full moon rise and this night was no difference. I am glad I stayed out during to capture the supermoon break through the clouds. Being able to incorporate the moon reflection into the composition was the icing and so worth the wait and bracing the frigid temps. 

Good light and happy photo making!


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Dec 29, 2017

11 Photo Tips for Better Winter Photography

This blog post provides 11 photo tips for better winter photography images. Some are obvious, some are not and important to keep in mind. Enjoy!

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1. Adjust your camera exposure settings to ensure snow appears white and is not a gray mess. Up to one or two stops overexposure may do the trick. Use exposure bracketing and adjust on the fly.

2. Head out at sunrise and sunset to capture the magic in your in seascape and landscape photography images. Exploring mother nature after a storm or a dusting always provides pristine opportunities. 

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3. Capture the snowfall across or around your subject. It's best achieved with a long lens and fast shutter speed. Snowflakes near and beyond the focal point appear big and blurry providing the much needed punch.

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4. Use your filters with care. A polarizer darkens the sky and eliminates glare. A split neutral density filter balances a darker light in the foreground against a bright sunrise or sunset light in the sky.

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5. You may run into focus problems when shooting during a snowstorm. Consider manual focus at this point which is actually always a good idea to pin-point your focus point.

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6. Keep a fair amount of distance between you and any wildlife to avoid causing unnecessary stress. Conditions a harsh and you don't want to harm any wildlife. Instead consider not taking a shot and enjoy the precious experience and moment.

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7. Keep your batteries warm and near your buddy. How annoying if you set out to capture a beautiful sunrise in sub-zero temperatures, waiting for the perfect light and your camera shuts down because the battery is a goner.

8. Dress warm and in layers, good gloves and winter boots when chasing the winter light. Watch your steps to avoid slips and falls.


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9.  Ones back in the car or even on location keep your camera dry. Consider protection gear or wipe camera and lens dry during exposures.

10. Winter is holiday season and there are lights displays everywhere. Make sure to head out to your local town, neighborhood or nearby city to capture the holiday magic.

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11. Get out there and have fun! 

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Good light and happy photo making!


Juergen