Glenn Nagel Photography: Blog http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Glenn Nagel Photography gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) Wed, 11 Jul 2018 12:57:00 GMT Wed, 11 Jul 2018 12:57:00 GMT http://www.nagelphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u676558798-o97441262-50.jpg Glenn Nagel Photography: Blog http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog 86 120 The Three Bears http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/7/the-three-bears In reviewing my Fotolia microstock sales, I noticed that the same photograph sold three times within one minute. Each download was for the same size and price--$5.90 each.

I'm guessing that it was the same buyer, but I am having trouble understanding why someone would purchase the same file three times.

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) bear downloads fotolia microstock sales http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/7/the-three-bears Fri, 13 Jul 2018 13:00:00 GMT
Ask and You Shall Receive http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/7/ask-and-you-shall-receive During my Iceland trip, I visited the Hallgrímskirkja church. This Lutheran church is located in the center of downtown Reykjavik. It is a very popular tourist destination.

I arrived at the church just before the doors opened at 9 am. When the church opened, I entered with about 25 other people. I saw it was going to be difficult to capture photographs of the interior of the church without having to contend with a lot of people in the frame. So, I decided to take the elevator up to the bell tower for the aerial view of downtown Reykjavik.

Downtown ReykjavikDowntown ReykjavikDowntown Reykjavik from the Hallgrímskirkja church tower at Hallgrímstorg 1 in Reykjavik, Iceland on February 16, 2018

I enjoyed taking a number of pictures from the tower. It's a good thing that I visited the church first thing in the morning, because it wasn't long before it became very crowded. When I first entered the church, I thought that 25 visitors was a lot and that I could patiently wait for the scene to clear. But, that was not to be. The church became more crowded with every passing minute. Before long, at least 100 people were in the church at any given time.

The only way to get up to the bell tower is by elevator. Despite the $9 charge to use the elevator, by 9:30am there were at least 75 people waiting in line to take the elevator up to the bell tower. The elevator only holds 5 or 6 people, so people were waiting 30 to 45 minutes to go up to the tower.

I came back to the church later in the morning and it was even more crowded. I returned in the middle of the afternoon and it was worse.

So, I decided to talk with someone who worked at the church. I explained that I photograph a lot of churches--and that I was finding it impossible to take pictures inside the church with all the tourists. I asked if it would be possible for me to meet someone after the church closed--so that I could get a few pictures of the interior without anyone in the frame. To my surprise, my request was granted!

I came back to the church at closing (5 pm) and was permitted to shoot for 10 or 15 minutes with private access. That was sufficient time for me to get the bigger views of the interior of the building. I was able to capture pictures of the ceiling, sanctuary and pipe organ during the day--even with the crowd.

Hallgr√≠mskirkja churchHallgrímskirkja churchHallgrímskirkja church at Hallgrímstorg 1 in Reykjavik, Iceland on February 16, 2018

Later that night, I went back to the church for pictures of the exterior during the blue hour. The crowd was far worse than it was inside the church. Just when it looked like it was going to be impossible to get any pictures (people kept standing directly in front of my lens), I captured this image:

Hallgrimskirkja churchHallgrimskirkja churchHallgrimskirkja church at Hallgrímstorg 1 in Reykjavik, Iceland on February 16, 2018. The church of Hallgrimur is a Lutheran church that stands 244 feet high--making it the second tallest building in the country. It took 41 years to build the church and it was completed in 1986.

These pictures were taken on a cold weekday in February. I would hate to see how crowded this location is in the summer.

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) access architecture church crowds hallgrímskirkja reykjavik tourists travel http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/7/ask-and-you-shall-receive Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:48:20 GMT
Youth Baseball Portraits http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/7/youth-baseball-portraits I don't photograph people very often. Once a year, I break out the studio lights to capture some portraits of the youth baseball players that I coach. This year, I'm managing an team of 11 year old players.

The set up for these pictures was relatively quick and easy. The backdrop was a collapsible green screen--it pops open into a 4x6' panel. I used one strobe (Einstein) inside of a Buff softbox. I used a couple of my Nikon speedlights to illuminate the background. I asked a parent to hold a piece of white foam board on the shadow side of the player to provide a bit of fill. The entire photo shoot (10 players) only took about 90 minutes.

This was the first time I tried using the green screen. It sure made extracting the players an easy task...it took me less than 15 seconds to select and extract a player from the frame!

Here are some of my favorites. Please note that I did not design the poster template. I purchased the template (including the fonts) and then customized it for this shoot.

Elagha twinsElagha twinsAli (left) and Mo (right) Elagha of the 11U Orland Park Warriors baseball team in Orland Park, Illinois on June 20, 2018 Connor O'ReillyConnor O'ReillyConnor O'Reilly of the 11U Orland Park Warriors baseball team in Orland Park, Illinois on June 20, 2018 Brian McBrideBrian McBrideBrian McBride of the 11U Orland Park Warriors baseball team in Orland Park, Illinois on June 20, 2018 Rafe SlagerRafe SlagerRafe Slager of the 11U Orland Park Warriors baseball team in Orland Park, Illinois on June 20, 2018 Conner StackConner StackConner Stack of the 11U Orland Park Warriors baseball team in Orland Park, Illinois on June 20, 2018 Brian McBrideBrian McBrideBrian McBride of the 11U Orland Park Warriors baseball team in Orland Park, Illinois on June 20, 2018

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) baseball buff einstein green screen players portraits speedlights sports studio studio lights youth baseball http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/7/youth-baseball-portraits Tue, 03 Jul 2018 12:14:04 GMT
Wind and Rain http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/6/wind-and-rain When shooting landscapes, most photographers prefer adverse weather to clear, cloudless skies. However, strong wind and sideways rain are enemies of photography.

While in Iceland, I experienced some very unfavorable weather conditions--even for the Icelandic winter. I participated in a photography tour led by Tony Prower. It started on February 20th and ended on February 24th. Here is the weather forecast from the hotel:

Note the 100% chance of rain every day until Sunday. The tour ended Saturday night. One of the tour participants pointed out that just because the forecast calls for a 100% chance of rain for a day doesn't mean that it calls for rain all day. It just means that it is expected to rain at some point during the day. That's true...but here is the hourly forecast that typically appeared:

This was the first time I ever saw a forecast with a 100% chance of rain for each hour over a 48 hour time span. And, take a look at the consistent wind! So, we experienced sideways rain on a regular basis.

One day, we were shooting inside the ice cave at sunrise--so that photo shoot proceeded despite the weather. But, once that photo shoot ended at 10 am, we were unable to leave the hotel for the next 24 hours.

One might think that this is typical of Iceland in the winter. Iceland certainly has its share of adverse weather conditions, but this was an unusual streak of bad weather even according to the locals.

Here's how the weather forecast looked for the days after we left Iceland!

A few things helped offset the miserable weather:

  • I arrived in Iceland three days before the start of the tour to explore Reykjavik. The light was good and I captured many pictures during that time.
  • Despite the forecast, there were breaks in the sky for a couple of hours each day--and those breaks usually occurred near sunrise or sunset. Despite having only a few hours of shooting, those hours were productive.
  • It's much better to have a dramatic sky than a clear, cloudless one.

In the end, I was pleased with the photographs that I captured during my visit. To view my favorites, please click here.

Diamond BeachDiamond BeachDiamond beach by Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon in southeast Iceland on February 23, 2018 Sun Voyager sculptureSun Voyager sculptureSun Voyager stainless steel sculpture in Reykjavik, Iceland on February 18, 2018 Dyrholaey sea stacksDyrholaey sea stacksReynisfjara black sand beach and Reynisdrangar basalt sea stacks as seen from Dyrholaey near Vik, Iceland on February 24, 2018 Iceland ice caveIceland ice caveIce cave at the Vatnajokull Glacier, the largest glacier in Europe, near Jokulsarlon, Iceland on February 21, 2018 Vestrahorn MountainVestrahorn MountainVestrahorn Mountain in the Stokksnes peninsula in Southeast Iceland near Hohn, Iceland on February 22, 2018. Note that this is a composite image--a blend of the picture of the mountain range with a picture of the sky (and reflections) from earlier in the photo shoot.

 

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) forecast iceland reykjavik tour travel weather http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/6/wind-and-rain Tue, 26 Jun 2018 15:36:38 GMT
"Icelandic Horse" Wins Photo of the Day! http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/6/-icelandic-sunset-wins-photo-of-the-day This morning, my "Icelandic Horse" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". CLICK HERE to view Imaging Resource's Photo of the Day page.

This photograph was captured in February during my trip to Iceland. This was the very last picture that I took during that trip--it was captured at our last scenic stop before our guide dropped us off at the hotel near the airport. I rushed to get this image as the other tour participants were already back in the vehicle waiting for me. In the interest of full disclosure, this is a composite photograph (a blend of two separate pictures--the sunset and the horse).

This marks the 51st time that one of my photographs was recognized by Imaging Resource as its "Photo of the Day". A photographer is limited to one winning entry per month, so this series of winning images stretches back more than four years. Click here to view all of the winning entries over the past few years.

Icelandic SunsetIcelandic SunsetImaging Resource's Photo of the Day for June 23, 2018
(Note that this is a composite image--a blend of a photograph of the sunset with a picture of the horse.)

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) iceland icelandic imaging resource landscape photo contest photo of the day sunset winner http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/6/-icelandic-sunset-wins-photo-of-the-day Sat, 23 Jun 2018 05:01:45 GMT
Microstock Earnings Through May http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/6/microstock-earnings-through-may My monthly microstock earnings were $1,074 for the month of May. This is the fourth consecutive month of earnings over $1,000. Year-to-date earnings through May, 2018 exceed the year-to-date earnings from May, 2017 by about $271, or 5%.

Shutterstock posted another good month with earnings surpassing $700. iStock's revenues of $168.15 were within 3 cents of last month. 

Following is a summary of my monthly earnings:

Shutterstock applies an algorithm to determine the most "popular" images in a portfolio. The computation isn't clear, but certainly takes into account how many times the photograph has been downloaded in recent times. This photograph of the Detroit Institute of Arts is currently a top seller within my portfolio:

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) architecture detroit downloads earnings microstock revenues sales shutterstock stock http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/6/microstock-earnings-through-may Thu, 21 Jun 2018 11:29:31 GMT
The Beautiful Cockroach http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/6/the-beautiful-cockroach During my recent trip to Iceland, I visited the famous Hallgrímskirkja church in the center of Reykjavik. This church stands at 244 feet high and is the second tallest building in the country.

The Hallgrimskirkja church is a major tourist attraction. At any given time, there were nearly 100 people inside the church. It was impossible to capture any photographs of the interior (other than ceiling shots) under those circumstances.

While I was inside the church with the huge crowd of tourists, I concentrated on taking pictures of the ceiling. For this particular image, I used a fisheye lens. The fisheye lens captures a very wide perspective--nearly 180 degrees. So, I was having difficulty even getting this picture without people standing in the corner of the frame!

Someone helped me by asking some of the tourists to step back for a moment while I took the picture--so that I could get a clear view of the ceiling. Once I captured the image, a couple of tourists asked if they could view the picture. So, I showed it to them on the back of my camera.

One woman said, "My God, it's beautiful!" Then, the woman standing next to her said, "It looks like a cockroach". I had to laugh. In my mind, this picture will forever be remembered as "the beautiful cockroach".

Hallgrimskirkja ceilingHallgrimskirkja ceilingCeiling of the Hallgrímskirkja church at Hallgrímstorg 1 in Reykjavik, Iceland on February 19, 2018

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) abstract architecture ceiling church hallgrímskirkja iceland interior travel http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/6/the-beautiful-cockroach Wed, 13 Jun 2018 12:12:46 GMT
Skogafoss Waterfall http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/6/skogafoss-waterfall One of the first landscapes that I photographed during my recent trip to Iceland was of the Skogafoss Waterfall.

Skogafoss FallsSkogafoss FallsSkogafoss Waterfall in Skogar, Iceland on February 20, 2018 Unfortunately, I was only able to compose one picture. Capturing pictures such as this can be exceedingly frustrating. It took more than 20 exposures and 30 minutes for each sliver of the frame to free itself of tourists. During post processing, I blended the images (using a small area within each frame that I captured when it was free of people). Much of the time, there were people standing right in front of me. Keep in mind that I visited Iceland in February to avoid the crowds as it is far more crowded in the summer. Not fun!

Here's one of the pictures from that sequence of 20 exposures:

Skogafoss FallsSkogafoss FallsSkogafoss Waterfall in Skogar, Iceland on February 20, 2018

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) crowds iceland landscape photoshop post processing skogafoss tourists travel waterfall winter http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/6/skogafoss-waterfall Thu, 07 Jun 2018 14:03:23 GMT
Figure Skating http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/6/figure-skating I recently attended the Northern Blast Figure Skating Competition in Woodridge, Illinois. This was the second time that I photographed a figure skating event. I enjoy capturing pictures of figure skating as the sport features amazing athletes, colorful costumes and some great action. It also gives me an excuse to use one of my favorite lenses--the Nikon 200 f2!

During the event, my goal was to capture images that:

  • included the skater's face (hopefully with an expression)
  • caught the skater in an interesting pose or during peak action
  • filled the frame with the subject
  • controlled the background--mostly by simplifying it

I've been impressed with the versatility of my new Nikon D850 camera. It's amazing that the camera can pump out such large files (48 megapixels each) at 9 frames per second. That high frame rate increased my chances of capturing peak action. I was also pleased with the auto-focus capabilities of this camera. I used the 21 point dynamic AF...and nearly every image was in sharp focus.

I set the exposure manually--using a shutter speed of 1/800th of a second, an aperture of f/2 and an ISO setting of 2000. My goal was to produce a file in which the histogram was pushed to the right in order to render the ice white. 1/800th was sufficient to freeze most of the action. However, I could have used a faster shutter speed to freeze the faster spins. Of course, setting the exposure in such poor lighting is a balancing act. Setting a higher shutter speed would have meant increasing the ISO--as the aperture was wide open for every image.

My post processing workflow was fairly basic. Most of the photographs required very little cropping. From there, I added some contrast (by moving the white and black points in Lightroom). I added a bit of vibrancy as well. The noise was manageable and I reduced noise by running every image through Nik Define software using the auto setting. I applied a curve to add contrast to the midtones in Photoshop...and finished by selectively sharpening the skater (using a high pass filter in Photoshop). For a few images, I extended the canvas to give the skater a little more breathing room from the edge of the frame. In some images, I extended the white background to eliminate distracting elements in the background. Most pictures took less than 2 minutes to process.

Here are a few of my favorites from the photo shoot. CLICK HERE to view more images.

Northern Blast Figure Skating CompetitionNorthern Blast Figure Skating CompetitionNorthern Blast Figure Skating Competition at the Seven Bridges Ice Arena at 6690 Route 53 in Woodridge, Illinois on May 12, 2018

Northern Blast Figure Skating CompetitionNorthern Blast Figure Skating CompetitionNorthern Blast Figure Skating Competition at the Seven Bridges Ice Arena at 6690 Route 53 in Woodridge, Illinois on May 13, 2018

Northern Blast Figure Skating CompetitionNorthern Blast Figure Skating CompetitionNorthern Blast Figure Skating Competition at the Seven Bridges Ice Arena at 6690 Route 53 in Woodridge, Illinois on May 12, 2018

Northern Blast Figure Skating CompetitionNorthern Blast Figure Skating CompetitionNorthern Blast Figure Skating Competition at the Seven Bridges Ice Arena at 6690 Route 53 in Woodridge, Illinois on May 13, 2018

Northern Blast Figure Skating CompetitionNorthern Blast Figure Skating CompetitionNorthern Blast Figure Skating Competition at the Seven Bridges Ice Arena at 6690 Route 53 in Woodridge, Illinois on May 13, 2018

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Ice Cave Crowd http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/5/ice-cave-crowd One of my goals during my recent Iceland trip was to capture a photograph of an ice cave.

The ice cave was an optional location offered as part of our photography tour. Since I was visiting Iceland in February and the ice cave is located about 275 miles from Reykjavik, I was expecting the location to be somewhat remote and free of crowds. Then, I received the following information from our tour leader:

"The regular ice cave has become very popular and has become busy in recent years.  As you can imagine it can be difficult to do photography with 20 people around us in a tight space.  I am trying to arrange an early tour with one of the companies.  They will take us out at 07.00 when it is still dark.  We could have the cave to ourselves for an hour before the crowds arrive.  This special arrangement will cost $277 USD - $77 more than the standard tour that you have paid for."

The ice cave tour guide published the following warning:

"Please note!  We will not be the only group visiting the ice cave. This has become incredibly popular winter activity in Iceland.  Other tour companies bring guests to visit the cave which can cause it to be crowded. Please expect to share the cave with additional groups."

I found this information alarming for a few reasons:

  • I didn't expect this ice cave to be so crowded given the time of year, the remote location and the high cost of getting there.
  • The sunrise is 9:00 am in Iceland on that day. I was disappointed to learn that we would be inside the cave in the dark. No wonder it would be less crowded than during the day!
  • I was surprised that the one hour photo shoot suddenly became even more expensive.

We met the ice cave guide in Jökulsarlon at 7:00 am (two hours before sunrise). Once our group was situated in his monster jeep, we started working our way up the Vatnajökull glacier in the dark and driving snow. The drive to ice cave was so unique that it made the whole experience worthwhile. After about 20 minutes or so, we reached the entrance of the ice cave.

Our guide parked the vehicle and then pointed out the various flags that were planted in the snow around the area. He warned that walking past the flags posed risks. The glacier has crevasses that aren't visible as they are covered in snow.

We were pleased that we did have the ice cave to ourselves--at least for a while. Tony Prower, our photography guide, assured us that the blue color of the ice would appear if our exposures were long enough. He was right.

The interior of this cave is quite small. We had just three photographers capturing pictures in there, and we had to take turns at times to get a shot as there wasn't enough room for everyone to compose their shots at once. Exposure times were long...so I ended up with just 10 or 12 pictures during the entire visit--which lasted just under an hour.

About ten minutes before sunrise, we heard the engines of approaching jeeps and knew we had time for just one more picture before more tourists entered the cave. Just then, we asked our ice cave guide to pose in the opening of the cave to give the photograph a sense of scale. I set my exposure for 30 seconds, but after 10 seconds passed the crowd started pushing their way past our guide to enter the cave--despite our request to just let us finish this one last exposure. So, I killed the exposure early...knowing that if I left the shutter open a few more seconds the model would blur.

Fortunately, luck went my way. The shorter exposure worked well for a single shot. I had initially planned for a 30 second exposure to properly exposure the ice...and then to take another 5 second exposure to properly expose the guide. I would then blend the two in Photoshop for a properly exposed picture throughout. But, if there was time for just one exposure, the 10 second one worked best. During post processing, I was able to recover enough detail and color in the ice, yet save the exposure of the guide.

Ten seconds later, about 25 people flocked into the cave. We could hear even more vehicles approaching. As we were escaping, there were so many people in the cave that there was barely room to stand. As our vehicle was heading back to Jökulsarlon, we saw even more vehicles heading toward the cave.

Thankfully, our photography guide knew to get us into the ice cave early. I can't even imagine the disappointment of having to share the experience with 50 or more people and not being able to get a single photograph--after all that it takes to make it to that remote part of Iceland at such cost.

This photograph is one of my favorites from the trip:

Iceland ice caveIceland ice caveIce cave at the Vatnajokull Glacier, the largest glacier in Europe, near Jokulsarlon, Iceland on February 21, 2018

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) access blue crowds glacier ice cave iceland tour travel winter http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/5/ice-cave-crowd Mon, 28 May 2018 13:00:09 GMT
The Gift That Keeps On Giving http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/5/the-gift-that-keeps-on-giving Several years ago, I captured a photograph of a football crowd from my West Balcony seats at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois. I uploaded the photograph, along with a very similar image from the same vantage point.

Since then, some buyer purchases this image nearly every day! This picture has sold almost 3,300 times for a total of $4,612.

As I still hold season tickets for Fighting Illini football, I hoped to capture another such image from my seats with a newer camera. However, two things have made this impossible. First, with the decline in the performance of the football team in recent years, the stadium hasn't been this crowded. Second, security prohibits anyone from entering the stadium with a camera that has a detachable lens.

I'm optimistic that the crowds will return to Memorial Stadium within a couple of years as I believe the rebuilding program is on the right track with coach Lovie Smith. But, I'm not yet sure how I can get around the camera restriction in the stadium.

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Microstock Earnings through April http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/5/microstock-earnings-through-april My monthly microstock earnings were $1,064 for the month of April. This is the third consecutive month of earnings over $1,000. Year-to-date earnings through April, 2018 exceed the year-to-date earnings from April, 2017 by about $120.

Shutterstock posted another good month with earnings surpassing $700. Big Stock's revenues of $3.75 were the highest in more than a year! 

Following is a summary of my monthly earnings:

Shutterstock applies an algorithm to determine the most "popular" images in a portfolio. The computation isn't clear, but certainly takes into account how many times the photograph has been downloaded in recent times. This photograph of the historic sign welcoming visitors to Fresno, California is currently a top seller within my portfolio:

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) agencies downloads earnings fresno getty istock microstock sales shutterstock trends http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/5/microstock-earnings-through-april Sat, 19 May 2018 13:19:47 GMT
Glacier in High Resolution http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/5/glacier-in-high-resolution During my recent trip to Iceland, I visited a lake at the south end of the Vatnajokull glacier called Fjallsarlon.

Fjallsarlon LakeFjallsarlon LakeFjallsarlon, a glacier lake at the south end of the Icelandic glacier Vatnajokull, in Iceland on February 23, 2018.
CLICK HERE to view the super high resolution version of this picture!

I've been shooting with the Nikon D850 camera since November. It features an impressive 48 megapixels of resolution. For this picture, I decided to push that by creating a panoramic photograph consisting of 14 vertical exposures. I then stitched the exposures together in Lightroom. The resulting photograph is 23,200 pixels wide by 7,100 pixels tall--or a whopping 165 megapixels!

To view a high resolution version of the above photography, please CLICK HERE. Note that this high resolution version is only half of the resolution of the original file. It's best to view it on a computer monitor and to zoom into the picture and pan around.

Can you see the tourist in the frame? 

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) d850 iceland lightroom nikon d850 panoramic resolution stitching travel http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/5/glacier-in-high-resolution Tue, 15 May 2018 02:46:48 GMT
Fun at the Old Ballpark with the Nikon D850 http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/5/fun-at-the-old-ballpark-with-the-nikon-d850 One of the reasons I purchased the Nikon D850 camera is for its versatility. So far, I have mostly used the D850 for architecture and landscapes. But, I also like to shoot other subjects--like sports, The D850 exceeded my expectations yesterday when I attended the Ohio State Buckeyes versus the Fighting Illini baseball game.

Here are a dozen from the day:

1- I used the pregame warmups to practice my photography and dial in the settings. I haven't photographed baseball in a couple of years. The players don't wear their official uniforms until game time, though.

Fighting Illini baseballFighting Illini baseballFighting Illini vs. Ohio State baseball game at Illinois Field at 1605 S Wright Street on the campus of the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois on May 6, 2018


2- One thing is evident about college baseball (at least at the Illini games)--the players are having the time of their lives! It's obvious that everyone is having a great time. And that carries over into the stands. Cheap concessions and free admission add to the fun!
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3- One of my first tasks was to get the obligatory "bat on ball" shot out of the way.
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4- When I attached the 500mm lens to the D850, it made me feel like I was right in the middle of the action.
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5- Can you see what happened here? Answer at the very bottom of this post.
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6- This player put on his "rally glasses" in the top of the second inning. I guess it worked. Ohio State scored 5 runs that inning.
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7- To shoot through the netting behind the plate, I removed the lens hood and placed the lens directly up against the net. Set the aperture to wide open and shoot away. Finally, just hope that a foul ball doesn't slam into the lens!
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8- The home plate umpire called a nice game. I'm not sure that he's ever seen a 500mm lens pointed at him before, though!
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9- The centerfield fence is 400 feet from home plate...plenty of distance to create nice, soft backgrounds.
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12- The Ohio State pitcher put a little extra into this pitch.
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So, here's what happened in #5. The batter tipped the pitch. It slammed into the catcher's face mask (knocking the mask away from his face). The ball then bounced back toward the hitter.

Granted, I haven't shot with a Nikon D5, yet. And, I'm not claiming that the D850 is as good as the D5 for sports. But, the auto-focus was snappy...I had very few photographs that weren't sharp. The high resolution files generate some stunning detail. The camera produced nice image quality even from the higher ISO settings that I sometimes had to use. It was an overcast day and rained a few times during the game. Overall, I was impressed with the performance of the D850. Now, I want to shoot more baseball!

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) 500mm action autofocus baseball bat on ball college d5 d850 illini nikon sports http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/5/fun-at-the-old-ballpark-with-the-nikon-d850 Tue, 08 May 2018 02:20:29 GMT
Fjallsarlon Lake in Super High Resolution http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/5/fjallsarlon-lake-in-super-high-resolution The Vatnajökull Glacier is the largest in Iceland. This is Fjallsarlon Lake, a glacial lake on the south end of Vatnajökull. To create this image, I stitched 14 vertical D850 files...that's a lot of megapixels! In the end, the file exceeded 2 GB, so I had to save it as a TIFF (PSD files are limited to 2GB while TIFF goes up to 4 GB).

Fjallsarlon LakeFjallsarlon LakeFjallsarlon, a glacier lake at the south end of the Icelandic glacier Vatnajokull, in Iceland on February 23, 2018 CLICK HERE to view the high resolution version of this picture. This picture is best viewed on a computer monitor. You might have to give it some time to download. Note that this version is only 40% of the resolution of the original file!

Can you see the tourist? I've changed the color of his jacket to help him standout more.

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) glacier high resolution iceland nikon d850 panorama panoramic stitching travel http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/5/fjallsarlon-lake-in-super-high-resolution Tue, 01 May 2018 11:51:31 GMT
Going Wide at Overture Center http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/4/going-wide-at-overture-center One of the highlights of my trip to Wisconsin to photograph architecture was the Overture Center in Madison. The Overture Center houses a number of theaters--with the largest being Overture Hall (2,251 seats). I also photographed the Capitol Theater (1,098 seats).

I was fortunate to have access to the interior of these theaters for a couple of hours. However, since the Madison Symphony Orchestra was set up in Overture Hall with valuable equipment sitting out, a representative of the Center was assigned to be with me while I was capturing pictures.

At one point, I was preparing to capture a picture with my fisheye lens from the balcony. The theater representative was sitting in the same row just a couple of seats to my right. She was surprised when I asked her if she wouldn't mind moving back a bit as she was in the frame! The field of view for this image was nearly 180 degrees:

Overture HallOverture HallOverture Hall at the Overture Center for the Arts on 201 State Street in Madison, Wisconsin on November 14, 2017 Another oddity is that there are no aisles in the balcony--other than those on the far sides of the rows. So, whenever I wished to move forward or back a row for a different perspective, I had to walk all the way to the end of the row and back again! The omission of the aisles helps to improve the acoustics as well as to provide more seating capacity.

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) architecture fisheye interior madison overture center overture hall theater wide wisconsin http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/4/going-wide-at-overture-center Wed, 25 Apr 2018 13:47:16 GMT
Microstock Earnings through March http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/4/microstock-earnings-through-march My monthly microstock earnings were $1,271 for the month of March. This is the highest monthly earnings that I've recorded since November, 2016.

My life-to-date earnings surpassed the $75,000 milestone!

Shutterstock reported its highest monthly earnings in 16 months. Fotolia posted record monthly earnings.

Alamy finally contributed to my earnings--hopefully. Alamy works differently from the other agencies that I work with. When an image is downloaded, Alamy reports the sale. However, it takes a while for a sale to "clear". In past months, I've had sales that didn't clear, and therefore the earnings were reversed. Of the $201 in Alamy earnings, only $20 has cleared so far.

Following is a summary of my monthly earnings:

Shutterstock applies an algorithm to determine the most "popular" images in a portfolio. The computation isn't clear, but certainly takes into account how many times the photograph has been downloaded in recent times. Some of my blog readers have requested that I share my most popular microstock photo along with this monthly update, so here goes!

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) agencies alamy downloads earnings fotolia microstock sales shutterstock trends http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/4/microstock-earnings-through-march Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:45:00 GMT
Psychology Building http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/4/psychology-building During my last visit to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I visited the Psychology Building to photograph the Center Court. I found this to be an interesting area with its lines, colors and geometric shapes. Here are a few of the pictures that I created with my Nikon D850 camera and the Nikon 14-24 2.8 lens:

Psychology BuildingPsychology BuildingCenter Court of the Psychology Building (1970) at 603 E Daniel Street on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Champaign, Illinois on February 8, 2018 Psychology BuildingPsychology BuildingCenter Court of the Psychology Building (1970) at 603 E Daniel Street on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Champaign, Illinois on February 8, 2018 Psychology BuildingPsychology BuildingCenter Court of the Psychology Building (1970) at 603 E Daniel Street on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Champaign, Illinois on February 8, 2018 The D850's silent mode made it easier to shoot in the environment. I was set up near some students who were studying. When using the silent mode in live view, the camera makes no sound whatsoever. I had to keep checking to make sure that the images were recording on the memory card!

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) abstract architecture atrium geometric illinois interior lines psychology building shapes skylight university of illinois http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/4/psychology-building Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:33:55 GMT
Travel and Leisure Magazine http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/4/travel-and-leisure-magazine It was a thrill to see one of my photographs featured in a full page of this month's Travel and Leisure magazine! I captured this photograph of the Palouse during my "Great Western Loop Road Trip" last summer.

Palouse in Travel & Leisure magazinePalouse in Travel & Leisure magazineTravel & Leisure magazine's April, 2018 issue featuring my photograph of the Palouse from the summit of Steptoe Butte in Steptoe Butte State Park near Colfax, Washington on July 25, 2017 Until just a few years ago, I had never heard about the Palouse. While planning for this long road trip, I was looking for an interesting location to visit between Spokane and Crater Lake National Park. I decided to stay in Colfax, Washington to photograph the Palouse region of eastern Washington. During my stay in Colfax, I drove to the summit of Steptoe Butte three times--twice for sunset and once for sunrise. The haze from the local forest fires diminished my results from the two sunset photo shoots. But, luck prevailed for a few minutes just after sunrise one morning--and I was fortunate enough to create one of my favorite images of the trip.

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) featured magazine palouse published road trip travel travel and leisure http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/4/travel-and-leisure-magazine Sat, 14 Apr 2018 12:11:37 GMT
Surprising Sale http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/4/surprising-sale You never know which pictures are going to sell through the microstock agencies. Several years ago, I captured this picture of a stop sign on the side of a school bus. I uploaded it to Shutterstock...it passed inspection...and sat for more than 8 years at the agency with little to no activity.

Yesterday, someone purchased this picture for $350. My share of the commission was $85.

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) agency microstock sales shutterstock stop surprising http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/4/surprising-sale Tue, 10 Apr 2018 14:35:33 GMT