Glenn Nagel Photography: Blog http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Glenn Nagel Photography gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) Mon, 27 Feb 2017 01:33:00 GMT Mon, 27 Feb 2017 01:33:00 GMT http://www.nagelphotography.com/img/s1/v5/u676558798-o97441262-50.jpg Glenn Nagel Photography: Blog http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog 86 120 "Big Four Bridge" Wins Photo of the Day! http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/2/-big-four-bridge-wins-photo-of-the-day This morning, my "Big Four Bridge" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". CLICK HERE to view Imaging Resource's Photo of the Day page.

This image was captured during my last road trip through Three Southern Cities. I recently wrote a blog entry about capturing this photograph in the rain in Louisville, Kentucky.

This marks the 38th 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.

Big Four BridgeBig Four BridgeImaging Resource's Photo of the Day for February 24, 2017

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Microstock Earnings through January, 2017 http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/2/microstock-earnings-through-january-2017 Earlier this month, I posted a blog entry about how the timing of the reporting of microstock earnings has changed. Now that iStock doesn't report monthly earnings until three weeks or so after month-end, I won't be posting my microstock earnings until later in the month.

This morning, iStock finally reported earnings for January. So, I've updated my earnings report.

The good news is my earnings from iStock were stronger in January than they've been in quite some time.

My overall earnings approached $1,200 for the month and surpassed last January's earnings by about $120.

Following is a summary of my monthly earnings. I'll report back again in late February:

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Blending Moments in Time http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/2/blending-moments-in-time During my January trip to Oahu, I captured a sunrise at Waimanalo Beach in Honolulu. It rained throughout my hour long drive to the beach in the dark. I arrived at the beach well before sunrise. The chances of getting to see the sun through the thick cloud cover seemed bleak.

About fifteen minutes before sunrise I started taking pictures. For the first picture in the sequence I set the camera for a long exposure. The long exposure helps to smooth out the water.

Just before sunrise, the clouds cleared enough at the horizon to allow the sun to appear. I captured a second exposure right at that moment. For this exposure, I dramatically underexposed the shot so that the sun wouldn't completely blow out that portion of the sky. I also selected an aperture of f/20 for this frame to help reveal the sunburst.

A few minutes later, I was thrilled to see that the sunlight was radiating into the clouds above. The golden reflection in the water also made its appearance. So, I captured a third exposure to include these critical elements into the scene.

Finally, I captured a fourth exposure of the darker clouds in the sky. Here's the final image:

Waimanalo BeachWaimanalo BeachWaimanalo Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 20, 2017

And here's a basic illustration of how the four exposures were used within the frame:

Waimanalo BeachWaimanalo BeachWaimanalo Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 20, 2017

I used Photoshop to blend these four images. Basically, each of the exposures is placed onto its own layer. A black mask is applied to each layer and then a white brush is used to reveal the appropriate segments of each picture. Of course, it's important that all four pictures are aligned. My camera was secured to a solid tripod during the entire photo shoot.

Without using the power of post processing, I would be limited to selecting just one picture to capture the scene. I would probably select the frame when the sun first appeared on the horizon. To help illustrate the power of blending the moments in time, following is the file (straight out of camera) of that one picture. Of course, I would do some basic adjustments (i.e., brightness, contrast, etc.) to this file--but without using multiple exposures I would lose the smooth water and the light rays on the clouds. For me, the light rays on the clouds is the most important element of the photograph!

Waimanalo BeachWaimanalo BeachWaimanalo Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 20, 2017

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) beach blending editing hawaii honolulu oahu photoshop post processing seascape travel waimanalo http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/2/blending-moments-in-time Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:57:34 GMT
Oahu Photos -- Distribution by Lens http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/2/oahu-photos----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 January trip to Oahu:

The Nikon 500 VR got more action than usual due to the subject matter. I needed all the focal length that I could get while taking pictures of the surfers at the North Shore. Of the 72 pictures captured with the 500mm lens, 22 of them were taken with the 1.4x teleconverter attached--giving me a focal length of 700mm for those shots. I also used the 500 VR for several of the portraits that I captured at the Polynesian Cultural Center.

The Sigma 15mm fisheye saw very limited use. But, I'm glad I had it for one shot in particular. It is the only lens that I own that provides a wide enough view to include the entire House of Representatives chamber in one frame:

Hawaii House chamberHawaii House chamberHawaii State House of Representatives chamber at 415 S. Beretania Street in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 24, 2017

I used just one camera for the entire trip--the Nikon D800. I've been using this camera for just about 5 years now. That's an eternity in the digital age of photography. Yet, the Nikon D800 is still state of the art. It is as capable as practically any dSLR on the market today. I'm hoping that Nikon introduces a new camera in 2017 that will even better meet my needs. It's Nikon's 100th anniversary, so many people expect to see an innovative product announced sometime this year.

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Surfin' USA http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/2/surfin-usa During my last road trip to California, I had an opportunity to photograph some surfers. My first attempt was near the San Clemente Pier. The light was good and the surfers were relatively close to me. But, most of the surfers were having trouble staying on their board and didn't look particularly balanced. I don't know anything about the sport, but I knew that I wasn't seeing much action.

After a while, one of the better surfers approached me. He told me the more advanced surfers were at a beach further south. He recommended Lower Trestles because professional surfers were practicing there for an upcoming competition. The only downside was the beach is about a mile from the parking lot. The distance wouldn't ordinarily be an issue for me, but walking part of that distance in loose sand wasn't much fun with the 500mm lens over my shoulder.

I enjoyed watching the surfers at Lower Trestles. Even to my untrained eye, it quickly became apparent that the surfers were quite talented. One surfer in particular, stood out. I was later told that his name is Jeremy Flores. He is ranked as one of the top surfers in the world and came in from France for the competition. Here's one of the pictures that I captured of him:

Jeremy FloresJeremy FloresJeremy Flores from France, one of the top surfers in the world, at Lower Trestles at San Onofre State Beach in San Clemente, California on August 7, 2016

I also captured some images of another surfer who stood out to me. Later, I learned that his name is Masaki Kobayashi.

Masaki KobayashiMasaki KobayashiMasaki Kobayashi surfing at Lower Trestles at San Onofre State Beach in San Clemente, California on August 7, 2016

One of the challenges that I faced was my camera. I use just one camera these days and that's the Nikon D800. It's a wonderful camera (particularly for the main subjects of my trip--architecture and landscapes), but it's not designed for action. The camera creates high resolution pictures--and those take a while to push through the camera. As a result, the frame rate during a burst is very slow. During this photo shoot, I took just one exposure at a time and hoped that my timing was good enough, and lucky enough, to capture the right body position, expression and peak action. With a faster camera, such as Nikon's new D500, the chances of coming away with a strong image increase due to the frame rate. It's more likely to get the right shot when you have 10 chances in a second.

In any event, I was pleasantly surprised with the pictures that I came away with that day while using my Nikon D800. Of course, I would prefer a faster camera body for surfing. But, I don't shoot surfing often enough to justify the purchase. My hope is that Nikon will soon offer a successor to the D800 which will include a faster frame rate as well as other improvements. I've been shooting with the D800 for five years now and anticipated that the new camera would be announced last Fall--but that didn't happen. Hopefully Nikon will announce a great new camera for the year of its 100th anniversary (2017)!

To view more of my surfing photographs, please CLICK HERE.

 

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) action california d500 d800 equipment frame rate lower trestles sports surfing travel http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/2/surfin-usa Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:50:20 GMT
Shooting in the Rain http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/2/shooting-in-the-rain During my most recent road trip through "Three Southern Cities", I stopped in Louisville for a couple of nights. I arrived in Louisville late in the afternoon and walked over to the Big Four pedestrian bridge for some pictures of the skyline. My early research, using Google Maps, indicated that the bridge could be a promising spot for a good composition of downtown Louisville with the Ohio River.

Unfortunately, my research wasn't accurate. From the bridge, most of the city was blocked by two other bridges. Despite walking the entire length of the Big Four Bridge, I wasn't able to find a composition worthy of activating the shutter. The bridge itself is an interesting subject, but it was so crowded with pedestrians that I could hardly even set up my tripod for a shot. I ended up walking back to the hotel with nothing--and that was a shame because the sunset over the city was stunning!

The first lesson here is that it pays to do some advance scouting. Had I been to the bridge earlier in the day, I would have known not to position myself there at sunset. There is a much better vantage point for the cityscape on the Indiana side of the Ohio River...and it's much easier to access. But, I arrived in Louisville late in the afternoon and didn't allow enough time for proper scouting of this shot.

The good news is that I was staying in Louisville for the next night as well, so I had a chance to learn from my mistake. The challenge with the next night is that there wasn't the same dramatic sunset. In fact, it was raining most of the night.

I drove over to the vantage point on the Indiana side of the Ohio River and captured this photograph in what was light rain at the time:

Downtown LouisvilleDowntown LouisvilleDowntown Louisville and the Second Street Bridge from across the Ohio River in Jeffersonville, Indiana on November 8, 2016

Then, I drove over to the Big Four Bridge. My hope was that the rain, which was becoming increasingly more intense, would keep most of the pedestrians away. In the end, this picture of the bridge was much better in the rain than it was the night before. The rain cleared the scene of people. It also added some mystery to the shot with the fog around the lights. I also like the colorful reflection on the concrete floor. In my opinion, the rain helped make this image far more interesting.

Big Four BridgeBig Four BridgeBig Four Bridge on a rainy night at 101 River Road in Louisville, Kentucky on November 8, 2016

The rain was coming down pretty hard while I was taking pictures on the bridge. I used a simple tool to protect my camera and lens--an umbrella!

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Microstock Earnings Through January http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/2/microstock-earnings-through-january Moving forward, I will be posting my monthly microstock earnings later in each month. Beginning this month, iStock stopped reporting earnings on an ongoing basis. Instead, iStock will provide a report of earnings on about the 25th of each month for the prior month's activity. So, rather than post earnings early each month, I will be sharing this information on approximately a one month lag.

Excluding iStock, my earnings for the month of January amounted to $952. For the four agencies that reported earnings, the amount in total is comparable to the prior year. Every indication points to iStock making a dramatic decrease in its commission structure--to the point where it will no longer make sense for me to upload images to iStock. It's a shame for photographers, but the microstock industry is heading in a downward spiral for compensation for contributors.

Following is a summary of my monthly earnings to date (excluding iStock). I will provide another update later this month once iStock reports January earnings:
 

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Different Perspectives http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/1/different-perspectives While shooting the grand staircase inside the Colorado State Capitol, I took the time to walk around and view the staircase from various perspectives. Following are pictures of the same staircase from different positions:

Colorado State CapitolColorado State CapitolStaircase in the rotunda of the Colorado State Capitol building at 200 E Colfax Avenue in Denver, Colorado on July 24, 2014

Straight On

Grand StaircaseGrand StaircaseGrand Staircase in the Colorado State Capitol at 200 E Colfax Avenue in Denver, Colorado on July 18, 2016

From the Side

Grand StaircaseGrand StaircaseGrand Staircase in the Colorado State Capitol at 200 E Colfax Avenue in Denver, Colorado on July 18, 2016

Vertical From Above

Grand StaircaseGrand StaircaseGrand Staircase in the Colorado State Capitol at 200 E Colfax Avenue in Denver, Colorado on July 18, 2016

Fisheye from the Side

Grand StaircaseGrand StaircaseGrand Staircase in the Colorado State Capitol at 200 E Colfax Avenue in Denver, Colorado on July 18, 2016

Horizontal from Above

 

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"Geisel Library" Wins Photo of the Day! http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/1/-geisel-library-wins-photo-of-the-day This morning, my "Geisel Library" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". CLICK HERE to view Imaging Resource's Photo of the Day page.

This unusual looking structure is located on the campus of the University of California-San Diego in La Jolla, California. The library was name in honor of Theodor Seuss Geisel--better known as Dr. Seuss.

This is the fifth picture from my Missions of California Road Trip to win a photo contest.

This marks the 37th 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.

Geisel LibraryGeisel LibraryImaging Resource's Photo of the Day for January 18, 2017

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) architecture black and white contest dr seuss geisel library imaging resource la jolla san diego winner http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/1/-geisel-library-wins-photo-of-the-day Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:04:52 GMT
Scripps Pier Photo Shoot http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/1/scripps-pier-photo-shoot While visiting San Diego during my California Missions road trip, I planned a photo shoot at Scripps Pier. This experience would test my patience like no other photo shoot.

Since this was a scene I definitely wanted to capture, I arrived on site about 2 hours before sunset. I wanted to ensure that I could set my camera up in a certain position (dead center to the pier for perfect symmetry) before other photographers secured that relatively small area on the beach. My first challenge was parking. After driving around for 15 minutes, I finally found street parking a few blocks from the pier.

I arrived on site about 90 minutes before sunset. To my surprise, there was already a small crowd of photographers set up right where I planned to be! About 12 photographers with tripods were clustered in a very small space. After I explained that I drove to San Diego from Chicago and had just one night to capture this picture, one of the photographers was kind enough to allow me to set up right next to him--so that the tripod legs were practically intertwined with my camera positioned approximately a foot above his.

Now that my camera was positioned where I wanted it, it was just a matter of waiting for about an hour for the light to develop. Just as the light was beginning to improve, a photographer stepped in front of all of us to hold a photo shoot with a family! Fortunately, our small crowd of photographers protested loudly--so she blocked the view for only 10 minutes or so. After that, it was just a matter of waiting for other people to stop walking through the frame.

Since I was shooting very long exposures, I wasn't overly concerned with people walking through the frame--as long as they kept moving. The exposure was so long that they wouldn't make an impression on the sensor, unless they stood still for too long. And, they usually stood still for too long.

While shooting a three minute exposure, a curious man stopped in front of us (about 2 minutes into my exposure). The crowd of photographers packed in so tightly attracted his attention. So, he started shooting pictures of us with his phone--and with a flash. Having him shooting flash pictures right into my lens from four feet away ruined any chance I had of capturing the scene in the optimal light.

By now, the clouds were covering up the sunset! Most of the photographers in the group were disappointed with the lack of a sunset and ended up not taking any pictures at all. Since I was only going to be at Scripps Pier that one time, I kept shooting. I figured that I would create a black & white photograph if necessary. But, my hope was to be able to coax some subtle colors from the scene during post processing. Here's the final image:

Scripps PierScripps PierScripps Pier at 8648 Kennel Way in La Jolla, California on August 7, 2016

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Capitols Under Construction http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/1/capitols-under-construction During my road trip from Chicago to California and back, I hoped to revisit a couple of state capitols. It had been a while since I visited the Wyoming State Capitol. Wyoming was one of the first capitols of my quest to photograph them all. So, I wanted to improve upon that earlier effort.

Before arriving in Cheyenne, I learned that the Wyoming State Capitol is closed. It's closed until 2019. When they close these buildings, they close them for a long time!

Denver was on my route, so I revisited the Colorado State Capitol. I visited this building two years earlier in 2014. At that time, the chambers (both House and Senate) were closed for renovation. I planned to capture images of those two rooms. To my surprise, the chambers are still closed for renovation! So, I took the opportunity to photograph some familiar scenes in new ways.

Minnesota is another state capitol that I must revisit. It was the first capitol that I happened to photograph. At the time, I had no idea that I would undertake a project to photograph all 50 state capitols. So, I only have one exterior picture of the Minnesota State Capitol. I attempted to revisit this building in 2015, but this capitol is also under construction. Fortunately, it will soon open to the public again in January, 2017.

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Alone in Jolon http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/1/alone-in-jolon Last summer, I visited the 21 Missions of California. The most remote mission was Mission San Antonio de Padua near Jolon, California. This mission offers a retreat center where guests may stay overnight. I took advantage of this opportunity and reserved a room several months in advance.

Mission San Antonio de Padua is located about 20 miles west of Highway 101. To enter the mission, visitors need to pass through a military base called Fort Hunter Liggett. If you ever plan on visiting, be sure to have proper identification or you'll be asked to turn around when you approach the gate. In my case, I carried both my driver's license and a passport.

When I arrived at the mission, I was welcomed and given a brief tour of the grounds and the retreat. I was shown to my room...a simple, but clean, room that reminded me very much of my dorm room from years ago.

Mission San Antonio de PaduaMission San Antonio de PaduaGlenn Nagel uploading pictures at the retreat center of the Mission San Antonio de Padua at 1 Mission Creek Road near Jolon, California on July 28, 2016 Once I got settled in, I explored the mission grounds. This mission is one of the oldest of the California missions. It was the third mission established in California and was founded in 1771. The large property appears very much as it did more than two hundred years ago. It's one of the only missions that allows visitors to get a glimpse into what mission life was really like back in the day.

As I entered the massive, old church, I was disappointed to see that it was dark. Fortunately, my host granted my request and lit the church to my satisfaction for a series of photographs.

Mission San Antonio de PaduaMission San Antonio de PaduaMission San Antonio de Padua at 1 Mission Creek Road near Jolon, California on July 28, 2016 One remarkable thing about my visit is that I was the only visitor on the grounds! When I arrived, two women were working in the office/gift shop. By 5:00 PM, they told me that they were leaving and wouldn't return until about 7:30 AM. At that point, I was on my own...at least for a while.

At first, I took advantage of having access to the grounds after hours. I had access to the dining room, courtyard and church. Without special access as an overnight guest, I couldn't capture many of the mission scenes in the best light--the colorful light that accompanies sunset.

Courtyard sunsetCourtyard sunsetMission San Antonio de Padua at 1 Mission Creek Road near Jolon, California on July 28, 2016 I must admit that once the sun went down, things began to feel a little eerie. I was alone on this large complex. I didn't have internet or cell service on my phone. During my entire visit, the organ music continued to play from the church. Even walking down the long and empty corridor from my room to the restrooms felt strange. The only other living creature at the mission was Rosario, the black cat who lives there.

I prepared myself for a restless night. Like most of these very old complexes, this mission has a reputation of being haunted. It attracts ghost hunters. Just as when I was inside the abandoned Manteno Insane Asylum (which also attracted ghost hunters from around the country), I'm not nearly as concerned about the ghosts as I am about the people that the facilities might attract!

In any event, about 30 minutes after the sun went down, I saw a car working its way up the road towards the mission. The retreat now had two more guests--an author and a writer who were working together on a project covering the California Missions. Having a couple of more people occupying some rooms within the retreat put my mind at ease enough for me to get a good night's sleep!

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Microstock Earnings through December http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/1/microstock-earnings-through-december My microstock earnings approached $800 for the month of December. Earnings for the year amounted to just over $12,000 (or $1,000 per month). This represents a decline in earnings relative to last year of more than $1,300. This decline would have been even greater if I hadn't added Fotolia into the mix this year.

It's the first time that my annual stock earnings fell year over year--and that's despite an ever growing portfolio. More than anything, this speaks to the state and future of microstock photography. Supply continues to outpace demand when it comes to stock photographs.

Following is a summary of my monthly earnings to date:
 

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More in Focus http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2016/12/more-in-focus A few years ago I visited a national cemetery. In an effort to compress the many tombstones, I attached a telephoto lens to my camera and created several compositions. I knew that it would be challenging to get enough of the tombstones in focus in a single image with such a long lens. But, until I actually experienced the photo shoot, I had little appreciation for how challenging this actually is!

The reason it is so challenging to get enough of the tombstones in focus is that the depth of field is relatively narrow, even at the narrower apertures, when using a lens with a longer focal length. Let's take a look at the 300mm 2.8 lens for a moment:

  • If one focuses a 300mm lens at a distance of 100 feet, the depth of field for acceptable sharpness ranges from 86 to 119 feet when using an aperture of f/16. Even with this relatively narrow aperture, only the tombstones that fall with those 32 feet will be in focus. Any tombstones closer than 86 feet or further than 119 feet will look blurred.
  • I usually avoid selecting an aperture as narrow as f/16. Lenses aren't as sharp at that aperture. A wider aperture, such as f/8, will generally produce a higher quality image. But at f/8, the depth of field for acceptable sharpness is narrower--from 93 to 109 feet, or just 16 feet!

The lesson here is that even when a very narrow aperture is selected, it's impossible to get all of the tombstones in a large portion of the cemetery in focus.

Last month, I visited the Chattanooga National Cemetery. This time, I used a different approach. For the photograph shown below, I used my Nikon 300mm lens and set the aperture at f/11. I took three exposures of the scene. I focused on a tombstone in the front of the frame for the first image, a tombstone in the middle of the frame for the second image and a tombstone in the back of the frame for the third image. During post processing, I blended the three images so that the tombstones throughout the entire frame are sharp! To accomplish this, I secured my camera to a tripod to minimize the chance of introducing camera movement between exposures.

Here's the final image:

Chattanooga National CemeteryChattanooga National CemeteryChattanooga National Cemetery at 1200 Bailey Avenue in Chattanooga, Tennessee on November 10, 2016

Of course, not all images must be sharp from front to back. Sometimes it's desirable to focus on one section of the image while letting the rest of the picture fall out of focus. I used this approach for this next shot--which required just one exposure:

Chattanooga National CemeteryChattanooga National CemeteryChattanooga National Cemetery at 1200 Bailey Avenue in Chattanooga, Tennessee on November 10, 2016

The more I shoot, the more I find value in capturing multiple exposures and then blending them during post processing to solve a number of challenges.

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Three Southern Cities -- Lens Distribution http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2016/12/three-southern-cities----lens-distribution 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 road trip to photograph the Three Southern Cities:

I used just one camera for the entire trip--the Nikon D800. Nearly 90% of my photographs were captured by one of Nikon's "Holy Trinity" of lenses--the 14-24, 24-70 and 70-200.

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) d800 distribution lenses nikon road trip travel http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2016/12/three-southern-cities----lens-distribution Wed, 21 Dec 2016 21:31:54 GMT
Let There Be Light! http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2016/12/let-there-by-light While visiting Denver, I walked to two historic churches in hope of photographing the interiors. The first church, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (opened in 1911), is within easy walking distance of the Colorado State Capitol. I photographed this church once before, but I wasn't satisfied with the pictures because the church was dark inside. This time, I timed my visit to enter the church at the end of a mass. I knew the church would be lit for mass.

Once mass ended, I waited until nearly everyone left the church. As the scene cleared, I set up my tripod and prepared to shoot. Just then, the lights went off! So, I walked toward the sanctuary and hoped to find someone who might consider lighting the church for the photographs. Fortunately, somebody was there and granted my request to turn on the lights. They gave me about ten minutes.

Cathedral of the Immaculate ConceptionCathedral of the Immaculate ConceptionCathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception at 1530 Logan Street in Denver, Colorado on July 18, 2016 I then walked to the St. John's Cathedral (open 1905). To my disappointment, the church was closed. The doors were locked.

Fortunately, the office was open. I asked if it would be possible to take pictures inside the church. My request was granted. I had access to the church for more than an hour. And, the lights were adjusted to my satisfaction! It's always a pleasure to have an amazing site like this to myself for an extended period of time:

St. John's CathedralSt. John's CathedralCathedral of Saint John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church at 1350 Washington Street in Denver, Colorado on July 18, 2016 Of course, I captured many more pictures of these two churches. I wouldn't have bothered if the interiors were dark.

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"Joshua Tree" Wins Photo of the Day! http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2016/12/-joshua-tree-wins-photo-of-the-day This morning, my "Joshua Tree" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". CLICK HERE to view Imaging Resource's Photo of the Day page.

This image was captured during my last road trip at Joshua Tree National Park in California. I camped inside the park, so I had convenient access to this scene as the sun was rising.

This is the fourth picture from my last road trip to win a photo contest.

This marks the 36th 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.

Joshua TreeJoshua TreeImaging Resource's Photo of the Day for December 9, 2016

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) award contest imaging resource joshua tree winner http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2016/12/-joshua-tree-wins-photo-of-the-day Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:22:11 GMT
A Palace for Photography http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2016/12/palace-for-photography During my recent trip to Las Vegas, I hoped to photography some of the impressive hotel interiors. One of those interior spaces is the lobby at Caesar's Palace. I assumed that I would have only a few minutes of shooting before security put the kibosh to it. I started with this image:

Three Sisters fountainThree Sisters fountainThe Three Sisters fountain in the lobby of Caesar's Palace at 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 21, 2016 To read more about how I eliminated all of the people from the frame, please click here.

Since I didn't encounter any resistance, I proceeded to move closer to the registration desk:

Caesar's Palace LobbyCaesar's Palace LobbyRegistration desk in lobby of Caesar's Palace at 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 21, 2016 Eventually, a security guard approached me and asked to see my credentials. Of course, I didn't have any credentials. I explained that I was on a photography road trip and found Caesar's Palace to be an interesting subject. To my surprise, he started giving me ideas of other things to shoot inside the facility!

So, I worked my way to the Forum Shops:

Forum ShopsForum ShopsThe Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace at 3500 S Las Vegas Blvd in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 20, 2016 Once again, a security guard approached me. I explained that I already received "permission" to shoot. He immediately got on his phone to check this out. Within a few minutes, he confirmed my permission to shoot and apologized for bothering me. My experience at Caesar's Palace is not the norm. Later in the trip, I would be told many times (and even while standing on sidewalks outside of buildings) that photography is not permitted.

Caesar's truly was a palace for photographers that day!

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) architecture caesars caesars palace fisheye interior las vegas nevada security travel http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2016/12/palace-for-photography Mon, 05 Dec 2016 21:27:22 GMT
Microstock Earnings through November http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2016/11/microstock-earnings-through-november My microstock earnings approximated $1,350 for the month of November. November was my strongest month of the year (by more than $200 in a month) and my best month of sales since last June. It was a strong month across the board. Shutterstock, Dreamstime and Fotolia all posted the best sales of the year, and iStock was close to doing the same.

My earnings through inception surpassed $60,000 in November as well!

Following is a summary of my monthly earnings to date:
 

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) downloads dreamstime earnings fotolia istock microstock sales shutterstock trends http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2016/11/microstock-earnings-through-november Thu, 01 Dec 2016 03:18:14 GMT
A Capitol Christmas http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2016/11/a-capitol-christmas The Missouri State Capitol Commission contacted me regarding a fundraising event it is holding in connection with the centennial of the Capitol's construction. The Commission in responsible for the improvement and restoration of the Missouri State Capitol building. The Commission will be using one of my photographs to create a special release of a centennial Christmas ornament. This is the photograph that was selected:

Missouri State CapitolMissouri State CapitolMissouri State Capitol at 201 W Capitol Avenue in Jefferson City, Missouri on July 20, 2014 Here's the ornament design that was sent to production:

58091-2_Missouri Cap_Color58091-2_Missouri Cap_Color I donated the photograph to the fundraising effort. My compensation will include a couple of Christmas ornaments!

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) capitol christmas fundraising jefferson city missouri ornament state capitol http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2016/11/a-capitol-christmas Fri, 25 Nov 2016 15:49:24 GMT