Long Exposure – Orlando

Long Exposure - Orlando
Long Exposure – Orlando

Experimenting

A few years ago, I was dabbling in Astrophotography and wanted to try out long exposures of certain areas. While working for my previous company, I was given an opportunity of a lifetime. I was asked to book my flight and hotel to Orlando, Florida to attend an exhibit show at the Orlando park. I knew I had an opportunity to get some time to catch some fireworks and some other HDR shots. When I first arrived, I spent some time exploring outside and seeing the atmosphere. I knew that because of the extreme lights nearby that I wouldn’t get any Astrophotography shots. So, I thought about some HDR and Long Exposures. I got the above shot using my Tripod and set my camera for a 30 second exposure. I thought it was great since I was just dabbling. I love the way the lights came out from across the lake.

HDR - Dolphin Resort
HDR – Dolphin Resort

High Definition

The above shot, I set my camera up for a bracketed exposure to get three different exposures. I then took the three photos and stitched them together in Adobe Lightroom. I have a Plugin called Photomatix that allows me to take the three photos and create an HDR photo with some effects.

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Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

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Old Photos

The Spider
The Spider

Older Photos

I was looking for some photos to post and thought I would go back to the days when I used my Canon Digital Rebel XT. The camera was truly a game changer for me as before I was using the Minolta Dimage 5 which was only 3 Megapixels at the time. I had taken so many photos with both my Rebel and the Dimage that I wondered what they would look like if I was able to enlarge them.

The Spider

Was an old photo that I shot with the Rebel XT and using just the standard 18-55mm lens. I know this lens is garbage, but it does some good work for the entry level photographer just trying to get familiar with their gear/camera. I recall trying to capture this shot and having trouble focusing because of it being night and the flash firing.

Conclusion

Don’t be afraid to get out there and work with your gear. I know a friend of mine by the name of Justin Keys has been out there taking some amazing shots. I know another friend of mine that she mentioned she goes over to a local camera store and rents out larger lenses for her camera for only $20/day. This is amazing that they would do something like that. This allows amateur photographers to work with equipment that they might want to purchase ahead of time and get familiar with it.
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Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

The Blood Moon

BloodmoonPhase-Edit

Anticipation

When I heard about The Blood Moon, I knew that I would have to get a shot of it. I had seen some of the photos of the different phases and thought it would be cool to do that. I had no idea why they did them in the arch until I started take the photos.

Late Night

I was one of those people that stayed up all night just to get this shot right. I think the phases started at about 1:00 AM and I had already been planning on it. Because of the way I setup my camera to capture the whole area around the moon, I was able to see how the moon made an arch that is resembled in the photo.

Conclusion

I think the next time I try this I will try to get a longer lens and see how it turns out.

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Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

Dallas, TX

Bridge in Dallas, TX

While I was in Texas recently, I was in Dallas and noticed this beautiful bridge.  It was a little tricky to get to since there wasn’t any place to park nearby and get to a good location to photograph it.  I had to stop at a gas station and hike up a road nearby to get this shot.  The plan originally for this bridge and two future bridges is to build two more similar bridges nearby and when you look at them from an angle it will look like one bridge.

If you have more details about this bridge and anything else in Dallas, TX please feel free to share it with us.

Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez