Glenn Nagel Photography: Blog http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Glenn Nagel Photography gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) Sun, 15 Oct 2017 21:31:00 GMT Sun, 15 Oct 2017 21:31:00 GMT http://www.nagelphotography.com/img/s1/v5/u676558798-o97441262-50.jpg Glenn Nagel Photography: Blog http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog 86 120 Nikon D850 http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/10/nikon-d850 I placed an order for the Nikon D850 camera on the morning it was announced (August 24, 2017). I'm anxious to get the D850 for the following reasons:

  1. I'm currently shooting with just one camera. I really need a backup, but don't want to buy a backup since I would like my existing D800 to take that role. I feel like I've been rolling the dice too much lately taking photography trips with just the one camera. Going to Iceland this winter without a backup is not going to be an option!
  2. I don't expect the images to look a whole different between the D800 and D850. But, I think it will be a bit easier to capture some of the images with the D850. I sold my D700 a while back...and really miss the higher frame rate for sports. The D850 will enable me to shoot youth sports with more keepers again.
  3. I'm hoping the D850 will have a quieter shutter as I shoot inside churches a lot.
  4. A more flexible LCD screen will help me when I'm laying on the floor under my tripod trying to line up shots of ceilings!
  5. I find it challenging to zoom in to focus manually with Live View with my D800. It's my understanding that the resolution is much better on the new screen...and that will make life a little easier.
  6. I often shoot wide to create straight lines (requiring cropping) in architectural images. The extra megapixels will provide extra cropping capability.
  7. I will enjoy ISO 64 as a base...I shoot a lot of longer exposures.
  8. I find the focus stacking feature of the D850 to be intriguing.

Those are the main reasons...but there is no bigger reason than needing the backup!

For those of you who track such things, I placed my order at 8:00am Central Time on August 24th through B&H Photo. I have no idea where I stand on the waiting list...just hoping to get my camera by the holidays!

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) b&h photo camera d800 d950 equipment nikon preorder http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/10/nikon-d850 Sun, 15 Oct 2017 15:56:05 GMT
The Barrio Viejo Trade http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/10/the-barrio-viejo-trade During my last long road trip through the western portion of the United States, I visited Tucson for a few days. While in Tucson, I enjoyed photographing the Barrio Viejo neighborhood. The old neighborhood features many very colorful homes. It's a photographer's paradise.

One house in particular was super colorful with bright turquoise walls and a red door. I timed my visit for what I hoped would be the best lighting. As soon as I had everything set up and was about to start taking pictures, the owner of the house arrived and started to park her car between me and the house. She noticed that I was taking pictures, so she offered to park down the street instead--but only if I would carry her groceries into the house from her car! She was just returning from shopping at Costco.

I agreed to this offer and went on to photograph the house, as well as several other houses in the neighborhood, for quite some time. To view my photographs from Barrio Viejo, please CLICK HERE.

Here are a few from the turquoise house:

Barrio ViejoBarrio ViejoBarrio Viejo near 915 S Meyer Avenue in Tucson, Arizona on August 8, 2017

Barrio ViejoBarrio ViejoBarrio Viejo near 915 S Meyer Avenue in Tucson, Arizona on August 8, 2017

Barrio ViejoBarrio ViejoBarrio Viejo near 915 S Meyer Avenue in Tucson, Arizona on August 8, 2017 Barrio ViejoBarrio ViejoBarrio Viejo near 915 S Meyer Avenue in Tucson, Arizona on August 8, 2017

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) architecture barrio viejo exchange trade travel tucson turquoise http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/10/the-barrio-viejo-trade Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:38:25 GMT
"Palouse Hills" Wins Photo of the Day! http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/10/-palouse-hills-wins-photo-of-the-day This morning, my "Palouse Hills" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". CLICK HERE to view Imaging Resource's Photo of the Day page.

This is the first picture from my "Great Western USA Loop" road trip to be recognized with a Photo of the Day. 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.

This marks the 45th time that one of my photographs was recognized by Imaging Resource as its "Photo of the Day". Click here to view all of the winning entries over the past few years.

Palouse HillsPalouse HillsImaging Resource's Photo of the Day for October 8, 2017

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) award contest entry hills landscape palouse recognition sunrise washington winner http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/10/-palouse-hills-wins-photo-of-the-day Sun, 08 Oct 2017 12:31:09 GMT
Custer's Last Stand! http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/10/custers-last-stand Over the past two years, my microstock earnings have been on a slow, downward spiral. I'm certain that this decline in activity is not only impacting me--it's an industry trend due to the massive influx of digital images in recent years.

As my earnings decline, my incentive to upload more images also decreases. One factor is that I sometimes have buyers contact me directly to purchase images...and when those photographs are available through stock for ridiculously low prices, the potential buyers typically go through the stock agencies for these same pictures. A few years ago, I projected that each new stock submission would ultimately generate earnings of $10 to $12. While this doesn't sound like much, when I upload 500 picture from a trip--I found the $5,000 to $6,000 in earnings to be worth making them available through the stock agencies. Unfortunately, new pictures are no longer selling at such a pace--despite my opinion that the pictures naturally tend to improve in quality as time progresses.

So, I'm making my last stand! I recently added 554 new images to my microstock portfolio! I will be closely monitoring the sales of these images. If they generate some income--even enough to offset some of the declining earnings of my existing images, I'll continue to play the microstock game. If they don't generate much income, this will be the last batch of pictures that I sell using this venue.

I'll continue to post my monthly earnings for quite some time so that everyone who reads my blog can continue to see this story unfold. Hopefully, my las stand will end up better than Custer's!

 

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Great Western Loop Road Trip -- Distribution by Lens http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/10/great-western-loop-road-trip----distribution-by-lens Nearly every time I return from a trip, I'm asked about which lenses I used to capture the images. At the end of a trip, I like to look at the distribution of shots by lens. Here's how it looked for my most recent "Great Western Loop Road Trip":

I used just one camera for the entire trip--the Nikon D800. More than 75% of my photographs were captured with one of Nikon's "Holy Trinity" of lenses--the 14-24, 24-70 and 70-200. Before leaving on this trip, I upgraded my Nikon 70-200 VR lens to the most current version. I was so impressed with the quality of this lens that I am now considering upgrading my Nikon 24-70 as well!

Initially, I wasn't going to pack the massive Nikon 500 VR for this trip. I didn't expect for that lens to get much use. But, I'm glad I decided to bring it. In the end, I used the lens to capture 88 photographs--and they were some of my favorite pictures of the trip. It came in handy for some wildlife images as well as landscape pictures (particularly from the summit of the Steptoe Butte in eastern Washington). Here are a few of the 500mm images from this trip:

Steptoe ButteSteptoe ButteThe Palouse from the summit of Steptoe Butte in Steptoe Butte State Park near Colfax, Washington on July 25, 2017 Snow Leopard KittenSnow Leopard KittenSnow Leopard kitten at the Triple D Game Farm at 190 Drake Drive in Kalispell, Montana on July 21, 2017 Sea lionSea lionSea lion at La Jolla Cove at 1100 Coast Blvd in La Jolla, California on August 2, 2017

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Starburst Blending! http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/9/starburst-blending During my last road trip, I stopped for a couple of nights in El Paso, Texas. I'm always looking for a good vantage point for a cityscape--and the Scenic Drive Overlook certainly provided that.

El PasoEl PasoEl Paso skyline from the Scenic Drive Overlook in El Paso, Texas on August 10, 2017 This scene was captured at f/8...but I blended in an exposure at f/22 to create the starbursts. If I had selected f/22 for the entire scene, I would have lost sharpness due to diffraction. So, I only used f/22 for the street lights by blending them in using the "Lighten" blending mode in Photoshop. This way, I was able to get the best of both apertures in a single frame!

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) aperture blending cityscape el paso exposure lighten mode night settings starburst texas http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/9/starburst-blending Tue, 26 Sep 2017 22:16:20 GMT
Microstock Earnings through August http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/9/microstock-earnings-through-august My monthly microstock earnings came in at $874 for August. This amount is slightly less than the earnings from last month and about $130 less than August of last year.

Following is a summary of my monthly earnings:

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Mission Accomplished at the Red Rock! http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/9/mission-accomplished-at-the-red-rock During my last long road trip, I stayed at the Red Rock Casino Resort in Las Vegas for a few nights. One of my goals was to photograph the very contemporary looking lounge. Better yet, I wanted to capture this picture without anyone in the frame--a nearly impossible task!

Red Rock ResortRed Rock ResortRed Rock Casino, Resort Spa at 11011 W Charleston Blvd in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 7, 2017 There were several challenges to getting this shot:

  • This involved a cat and mouse game with security personnel! When I started to extend the legs of my tripod, security was on me in seconds. So, the tripod was out of the question. And, security was manning this area practically 24/7. After passing through this area many times, I noticed that there were very brief intervals when the scene was clear of security. I waited for one of those times to quickly set up the shot. I was only going to get one try at it--because once security tells you that you can't take pictures, it's not a good idea to keep shooting! In locations such as this, I assume that it is OK to shoot until I am told otherwise.
  • The tripod was out of the question. Yet, I needed to stabilize the camera. These are 3 second exposures--and I needed to shoot a sequence of bracketed exposures to retain detail in the chandeliers as well as the shadows. Fortunately, I had my RRS multi-clamp with me. I clamped the ballhead to the marble railing and then secured my camera to the ballhead.
  • Having the clamp is the only way to capture this picture. Even if I had been permitted to use a tripod, the tripod wouldn't have worked. I was using a fisheye lens--and with such a wide perspective I needed to position the lens over the ledge. The clamp allowed me to do this rather easily.
  • The clamp allows me to take shots without attracting the attention of security quite so quickly. With the tripod, I had no chance. But, with the clamp I was able to stand up against the camera and activate the shutter by pressing on the cable release near my pocket.
  • Even so, at one point during my sequence of shots I was approached by security. It's always the same conversation--do you have a permit to shoot? I reply by asking if that is necessary for photographs for personal usage (which these are). Security is always polite and asks that I stop shooting--which I do. But, while we were talking I was able to finish the bracket of exposures as I kept pressing the cable release.
  • This scene is usually crowded at nearly any hour of the day or night. Since I was staying at the hotel, I kept an eye on the scene. The morning that I departed for my drive to Tucson, I left the hotel very early in the morning. To my delight, the lounge was mostly free of people at 6:00 AM! I was able to clone one person out and use my mirror trick to remove another person!

In the end, I was able to create this apocalyptic style picture of a large Las Vegas lounge.

Mission Accomplished!

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) apocalyptic architecture bracketing clamp interior las vegas mirror trick nobody red rock tripod http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/9/mission-accomplished-at-the-red-rock Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:55:50 GMT
My Most Spectacular Sunset http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/9/my-most-spectacular-sunset During my last long road trip, I experienced my most spectacular sunset. Over the years, I've seen and photographed many sunsets, but the one at Scripps Pier on August 2, 2017 in La Jolla, California takes the cake! A professional photographer who was positioned right next to me mentioned that it was the best sunset that he saw in more than a few years.

A year ago, my travels took me to this same location. That sunset looked to be a promising one, but as the sun approached the horizon a thick fog settled over the water. All color was removed from the sky and most of the photographers left the scene before the sun was fully set. This time was a different story and I was rewarded for revisiting this site.

This sunset presented many phases...each with different colors and contrasts. The full photo shoot lasted well over 90 minutes. At times, the tide rolled over my shoes. Despite getting my shoes filled with salt water, I wasn't going to move an inch until I had captured photographs of this sunset!

It started with mostly overcast conditions and a very cool, pastel look. I was pleased with the lighting:

Scripps PierScripps PierEllen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier at 8602 La Jolla Shores Drive in La Jolla, California on August 2, 2017 Before long, the colors deepened and the orange color intensified near the horizon. I didn't expect it to get much better than this:

Scripps PierScripps PierEllen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier at 8602 La Jolla Shores Drive in La Jolla, California on August 2, 2017 Then, the sky started radiating with color that was reflecting on the beach all around us. This lighting was beyond anything I have ever experienced:

Scripps PierScripps PierEllen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier at 8602 La Jolla Shores Drive in La Jolla, California on August 2, 2017 Then, the clouds started to break up. This made for a more dramatic looking sky:

Scripps PierScripps PierEllen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier at 8602 La Jolla Shores Drive in La Jolla, California on August 2, 2017 The scene softened a bit just before sunset:

Scripps PierScripps PierEllen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier at 8602 La Jolla Shores Drive in La Jolla, California on August 2, 2017 I kept shooting after the sun dropped below the horizon:

Scripps PierScripps PierEllen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier at 8602 La Jolla Shores Drive in La Jolla, California on August 2, 2017 For my parting photograph, I stepped to the side of the pier for a different perspective. The camera sensor was able to pick up more of the light and color than I could see with my eyes. It was practically pitch dark during this exposure:

Scripps PierScripps PierEllen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier at 8602 La Jolla Shores Drive in La Jolla, California on August 2, 2017 I suspect that these photographs would look great printed on metal!

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Courtesy in Downtown LA http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/9/courtesy-in-downtown-la During my last long road trip, I allocated a couple of days to photograph some of the amazing architecture in downtown Los Angeles. One of my favorite buildings is the Disney Concert Hall:

Disney Concert HallDisney Concert HallWalt Disney Concert Hall at 111 S Grand Avenue in Los Angeles, California on July 31, 2017 To me, the most amazing thing about this photograph is how considerate the pedestrians were. This picture was taken on a weekday morning on a busy intersection in downtown Los Angeles. As I was getting ready to take this exposure, nearly 15 people stopped in their tracks so that I could capture this picture. I wasn't expecting this type of considerate behavior in such a big city!

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) architecture black and white disney concert hall los angeles nobody travel http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/9/courtesy-in-downtown-la Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:35:54 GMT
Petersen Automotive Museum http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/9/petersen-automotive-museum One of the reasons I included Los Angeles in my long road trip was to photograph the most unusual Petersen Automotive Museum. And, I'm glad I included this as part of my itinerary!

Here's a photograph from across the intersection that I captured to give the viewer a perspective of the entire building. All of my other pictures from the photo shoot are architectural abstracts.

Petersen Automotive MuseumPetersen Automotive MuseumPetersen Automotive Museum at 6060 Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles, California on July 30, 2017 One challenge with capturing this photograph was dealing with the expanse of dull, ugly pavement in the bottom of the frame. My approach was to capture some traffic blurs using long exposures to add some interest to the scene. This required several exposures (later blended together in Photoshop) because traffic was so light. Just my luck...this was the only section in all of Los Angeles with light traffic!

The rest of my pictures are architectural abstracts. Here are a few of my favorites:

Petersen Automotive MuseumPetersen Automotive MuseumPetersen Automotive Museum at 6060 Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles, California on July 30, 2017 Petersen Automotive MuseumPetersen Automotive MuseumPetersen Automotive Museum at 6060 Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles, California on July 30, 2017 Petersen Automotive MuseumPetersen Automotive MuseumPetersen Automotive Museum at 6060 Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles, California on July 30, 2017 Petersen Automotive MuseumPetersen Automotive MuseumPetersen Automotive Museum at 6060 Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles, California on July 30, 2017 Petersen Automotive MuseumPetersen Automotive MuseumPetersen Automotive Museum at 6060 Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles, California on July 30, 2017 Given the colorful subject matter, I captured very few B&W photographs that night. But, B&W is still a viable option here:

Petersen Automotive MuseumPetersen Automotive MuseumPetersen Automotive Museum at 6060 Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles, California on July 30, 2017 There were numerous architectural sites of interest in downtown Los Angeles. In addition to the Petersen Automotive Museum, I visited the Disney Concert Hall, Broad Museum, Los Angeles City Library, Bradbury Building and Union Station.

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) architecture long exposure los angeles petersen automotive museum red travel http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/9/petersen-automotive-museum Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:11:48 GMT
Sundial Bridge http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/9/sundial-bridge When I arrived in Redding, California, I immediately drove to the Sundial Bridge. After capturing a number of black and white exposures during the afternoon in some rather harsh light, I returned for some night photographs.

It took a great deal of luck to capture this image. There were at least a hundred people on this bridge at any given time. My strategy was to take an exposure, then wait for various patches within the frame to free up of pedestrians before taking the next exposure. After four of five exposures, I was able to clear up most of the frame by selectively blending these images in Photoshop. There was still a group of people left toward the back of the bridge (it's a killer when they just stand there)--and I removed them by using the cloning tool.

My next challenge was the dealing with the length of these exposures--15 seconds each. After I would finish my third or fourth "people eraser" exposure, someone would walk close to my camera and cause the bridge to vibrate...so, it was time to start all over again!

By the time I finally started to get a few good exposures in a row, the sky was getting very dark...losing all color and bringing too much contrast into the scene. I shot a 2 second exposure at the end to bring back some detail in the sundial and the floor lights...as they were getting blown out now.

A local photographer from Redding approached me during my photo shoot to say I would have to wait for a very long time to capture this photograph. Apparently, he's not overly familiar with technique of blending exposures during post processing for removing people from the scene.

This morning, I sat down to process the whole mess--never expecting it to end up being an acceptable image. While it's not the greatest image in the world, I'm very pleased with the result!

Sundial BridgeSundial BridgeSundial Bridge at Turtle Bay on the Sacramento River Trail in Redding California on July 28, 2017

Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24 2.8

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) architecture blending california editing photoshop processing redding stacking sundial sundial bridge travel http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/9/sundial-bridge Fri, 08 Sep 2017 18:09:46 GMT
"Indian Hawthorne" Wins Photo of the Day! http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/8/-indian-hawthorne-wins-photo-of-the-day This morning, my "Indian Hawthorne" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". CLICK HERE to view Imaging Resource's Photo of the Day page.

I found this very tiny flower while walking around my neighborhood. I recently posted a blog entry about this photo shoot. I captured this picture inside my mini studio in the kitchen.

This marks the 44th time that one of my photographs was recognized by Imaging Resource as its "Photo of the Day". Click here to view all of the winning entries over the past few years.

Indian HawthorneIndian HawthorneImaging Resource's Photo of the Day for August 31, 2017

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Shutterstock Reaches $50,000 http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/8/shutterstock-reaches-50-000 I reached a milestone this morning as my lifetime Shutterstock earnings topped the $50,000 mark!

Shutterstock activity has been in decline over the past couple of years. But, I never expected to earn more than $50,000 and to sell 56,000 photographs when I first started uploading images to the site.

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Microstock Earnings Through July http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/8/microstock-earnings-through-july My monthly microstock earnings came in at $889 for July. This July exceeded the earnings from July of last year by about $75.

Following is a summary of my monthly earnings:

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Clamp It! http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/8/clamp-it During my recent 32 day road trip, I used a tripod for the vast majority of my shots. But, there were times when using a tripod wasn't possible. In some locations, tripods aren't permitted. In other situations, the positioning required of the camera made a tripod impractical.

Fortunately, the RRS Multi-Clamp enabled me to secure my camera and capture shots in certain situations where the use of a tripod wasn't possible. I carry this small piece of equipment in my camera bag at all times.

I just started processing photographs from my journey. During just the first day of shooting (in St. Paul, MN), the clamp allowed me to capture two pictures that would otherwise not have been possible.

PHOTO #1

This image of the Minnesota House of Representatives required the clamp. Access was restricted to the chamber floor by a tall gate. This gate was about 7 feet tall. I clamped the camera to the top of the gate in a position that allowed me capture a symmetrical image of the chamber. The camera was so high that I couldn't see through the viewfinder, so I used the Live View feature on the D800 to align the lens. Here's how the set up looked:

And, here's the processed photograph:

Lady MinnesotaLady MinnesotaMinnesota House of Representatives chamber in the State Capitol at 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard in St. Paul, Minnesota on July 16, 2017 So, why was stabilizing the camera so important?

  • The chamber is dark. My base exposure was 1.3 seconds at f/9 at ISO 100. Nobody can hold the camera steady for 1.3 seconds. And, I try not to boost the ISO settings as that compromises image quality.
  • This photograph required bracketed exposures to retain detail in the highlights. I captured the same image with a shutter speed of 1/8 second to tame the highlights.

To illustrate the benefit of bracketed exposures, take a look at the very best exposure that I could generate with a single click. If this is all I could capture, I wouldn't bother taking the picture:

Lady MinnesotaLady MinnesotaMinnesota House of Representatives chamber in the State Capitol at 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard in St. Paul, Minnesota on July 16, 2017 PHOTO #2

Later that day, I visited the Sunken Garden at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. As with the above situation, I wanted to bracket my exposures inside this greenhouse. I also needed a rather wide depth of field for this picture.

Sunken GardenSunken GardenSunken garden at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at 1225 Estabrook Drive in St. Paul, Minnesota on July 16, 2017

The Conservatory prohibits the use of a tripod. So, out came my RRS Multi-Clamp!

It wasn't long before I was approached by a staff member of the Conservatory. She told me that tripods weren't allowed. I pointed to my tripod...which was laying on the ground next to me...and said that I read the policy and was using the clamp so as to avoid getting in the way of other visitors. After a short hesitation, she acknowledged that I was in compliance of the rules as written. I was permitted to continue shooting!

Later in the trip, I captured some of my favorite photographs by using the clamp. It helped me position the camera over the edge of railings to capture pictures of interesting staircases. Now, the clamp isn't cheap. But, it's worth the extra money to me to secure my camera and lens while it's hanging over a railing!

The clamp also lets me shoot in such a way as to not attract the attention of security as quickly as when I am using a tripod. I stand very close to the clamp and camera so that it appears as though I am just standing against the railing while looking over a scene.

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) clamp exposure image quality rrs security stabilization super clamp tripod http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/8/clamp-it Sun, 20 Aug 2017 17:01:30 GMT
I'm Back http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/8/im-back After 32 days on the road, I'm back home! 

This long road trip covered more than 7,500 miles (7,634 to be exact) and 16 states (IL, WI, MN, ND, MT, ID, WA, CA, NV, AZ, TX, NM, OK, KS, MO, IA).

At one point, I was just miles from the Canadian border. Later in trip, I was only yards from the Mexican border. At one point, waves from the Pacific Ocean rolled over my feet while I was photographing a sunset.

The Prius burned 146 gallons of gas over the entire trip (52.4 mpg). The cost of fuel was $356. The price per gallon of gas varied from as low as $1.87 in some of the Midwestern states to nearly $4.00 per gallon in Los Angeles.

CLICK HERE to view my daily itinerary.

Now comes the task of processing all of the images. I will likely be editing pictures into the Winter months.

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Extreme Symmetry http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/8/extreme-symmetry Many of my photographs feature symmetry. Several of my images also feature a vanishing point--such as the door at the end of the corridor in the first picture or the painting on the back wall of the House of Representatives chamber in the second picture. Of course, symmetry is common with architecture. Here are a few symmetrical images from an earlier photography trip:

Capitol hallway House of Representatives chamber Supreme Court Chamber Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Senate Chamber I am seeing symmetry everywhere I look--even with these doors at the Ohio Statehouse!
Door handles

With all of this focus on symmetry, I began to wonder why it is that viewers generally find symmetry to be an attractive element within a photograph. Certainly, it brings a sense of order to the image. Could it be that human beings find beauty in symmetry because our own bodies are symmetrical?

 

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Barred from Pumping My Own Gas http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/7/banned-from-pumping-my-own-gas Since my Prius gets such good gas mileage, I was several hundreds of miles into the state of Oregon before I realized that the process of pumping gas was different from other states.

After a long drive, I pulled into an Oregon gas station and got out of the car to stretch my legs and pump the gas. As I approached the pump, an attendant ran up to me and asked for my credit card. He informed me that I was not allowed to pump my own gas. I told him that I didn't realize I had pulled up to a full service pump--and that I would move my car. He replied that there wasn't a self-service gas station in the entire state!

So, as I stood right next to him, he swiped my credit card and then handed it back to me. He then filled my tank while I stood right there. When I asked him why this was necessary, he told me that it was all about job creation. I don't intend for this photography blog to contain political posts, but I can't understand how putting people to work providing a service that I don't want or need (with the resulting higher price of gas) can be a good thing in the long run.

Later, I learned through Wikepedia that a "1951 Oregon statue banning self-service gasoline lists 17 different justifications, including the flammability of gas, the risk of crime from customers leaving their car, the toxic fumes emitted by gasoline, and the jobs created by requiring mini service."

Vintage Shell Gas PumpVintage Shell Gas PumpVintage Shell gas station pump on US 101 (Olympic Highway) in downtown Aberdeen, Washington on August 6, 2013

Another thing I learned while traveling through Oregon is that the state doesn't have any sales taxes. The total charge for a large Diet Coke off the $1 Menu at McDonald's was exactly $1.

My aunt and uncle happened to be attending a conference in Eugene, Oregon while I was in Oregon. So, I drove to Eugene to meet them for breakfast. When my uncle picked up the check after breakfast, I told him that I would gladly pick up the sales tax!

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) gas oregon pump tax http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/7/banned-from-pumping-my-own-gas Fri, 28 Jul 2017 23:27:06 GMT
Microstock Earnings through June http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/7/microstock-earnings-through-june My monthly microstock earnings came in at $807 for June. Overall, earnings are on a downward spiral. My Shutterstock earnings, in particular, are taking a big hit.

Following is a summary of my monthly earnings:

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) downloads earnings microstock sales shutterstock trends http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/7/microstock-earnings-through-june Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:03:19 GMT