Daisies Dressed In Black & White
About The Photo: While making my way through a dense forest, I peered through some thick cedar trees and found an open field of daisies.
The sun was softly illuminating the flowers, providing wonderful tonal contrast.
Initially I composed the scene using a wide-angle lens to capture the entire field. After a few test shots, I decided to throw on a 35mm prime lens and isolate one of the flowers.
To really show off it’s beauty, I processed the image in black and white using Nik Silver Efex.
See it large on Flickr »
Quote Inspiration

"There is no life I know - To compare with pure imagination - Living there you’ll be free - If you truly wish to be" ~ Willy Wonka (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory )

Read about why I chose this particular quote as my inspiration on my photoblog »
Music Inspiration
‘Wildfire‘ by John Mayer and Frank Ocean
Art Inspiration
Daisy by Ilanya

Daisies Dressed In Black & White

About The Photo: While making my way through a dense forest, I peered through some thick cedar trees and found an open field of daisies.

The sun was softly illuminating the flowers, providing wonderful tonal contrast.

Initially I composed the scene using a wide-angle lens to capture the entire field. After a few test shots, I decided to throw on a 35mm prime lens and isolate one of the flowers.

To really show off it’s beauty, I processed the image in black and white using Nik Silver Efex.

See it large on Flickr »

Quote Inspiration

"There is no life I know - To compare with pure imagination - Living there you’ll be free - If you truly wish to be" ~ Willy Wonka (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory )

Read about why I chose this particular quote as my inspiration on my photoblog »

Music Inspiration

Wildfire‘ by John Mayer and Frank Ocean

Art Inspiration

Daisy by Ilanya

Autumn Reflections
About The Photo: Recently I took a stroll along Lake Taneycomo (located in Missouri) which flows much like a river, with two dams at either end. Lining the lake are steep hills with an abundance of trees.
On this particular day as the sun was setting, it kissed a nearby hillside. The trees seemingly lit on fire, shining bright shades of yellows, oranges and reds.
The water caught the reflections of the autumn trees and displayed a fantastic rainbow like effect with a wonderful shade of deep blue.
I used a 10 stop ND (B+W) filter, which resulted in a 51 second exposure. By slowing down the shutter, I was able to accentuate the colors on the surface of the water.
Quote Inspiration

"When the leaves change. It’s just, I… I think it is the most contemplative of seasons." - Michael Scott (The Office)

Music Inspiration
‘Do You Remember‘ by Jack Johnson
Art Inspiration
Yellow by Stéphanie Laurin

What’s New
For those of you who don’t know, I’m the guy behind Camera Tips & Tricks, where I help beginners learn how to use their camera so they can go out and confidentially take photos in any situation.
This Tumblr blog is just an extension of my personal thoughts around photography. Since starting a few weeks ago, I’ve really enjoyed my time here on Tumblr.
I was so honored to find out that one of my recent photos (Dark Branches Reaching Toward A Starry Night) was featured on Lensblr. I’m blown away by the love for that particular photo and I’m so humbled to have been chosen by the wonderful people who curate it.
I also wanted to thanks all of you who have welcomed me and liked/reblogged my stuff. I’m so appreciative. Until next time…happy shooting!

Autumn Reflections

About The Photo: Recently I took a stroll along Lake Taneycomo (located in Missouri) which flows much like a river, with two dams at either end. Lining the lake are steep hills with an abundance of trees.

On this particular day as the sun was setting, it kissed a nearby hillside. The trees seemingly lit on fire, shining bright shades of yellows, oranges and reds.

The water caught the reflections of the autumn trees and displayed a fantastic rainbow like effect with a wonderful shade of deep blue.

I used a 10 stop ND (B+W) filter, which resulted in a 51 second exposure. By slowing down the shutter, I was able to accentuate the colors on the surface of the water.

Quote Inspiration

"When the leaves change. It’s just, I… I think it is the most contemplative of seasons." - Michael Scott (The Office)

Music Inspiration

Do You Remember‘ by Jack Johnson

Art Inspiration

Yellow by Stéphanie Laurin

What’s New

For those of you who don’t know, I’m the guy behind Camera Tips & Tricks, where I help beginners learn how to use their camera so they can go out and confidentially take photos in any situation.

This Tumblr blog is just an extension of my personal thoughts around photography. Since starting a few weeks ago, I’ve really enjoyed my time here on Tumblr.

I was so honored to find out that one of my recent photos (Dark Branches Reaching Toward A Starry Night) was featured on Lensblr. I’m blown away by the love for that particular photo and I’m so humbled to have been chosen by the wonderful people who curate it.

I also wanted to thanks all of you who have welcomed me and liked/reblogged my stuff. I’m so appreciative. Until next time…happy shooting!

Dark Branches Reaching Toward A Starry Night
About the Photo: I meandered down a beaten path to reach the waters edge of Table Rock Lake in Missouri. It was so peaceful and serene. I spent a few moments, breathing in the night air and appreciating the stillness around me.
I noticed a couple fallen trees along the shoreline and knelt down to examine them. As I lowered my perspective I was presented with this awesome juxtaposition. The hard edge branches against the twilight sky and silky smooth water.
I paid close attention to the tallest branch, making sure it was pointing directly towards the brightest star.
Gear and Settings: I used the Nikon D3100 and the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 wide-angle lens. If you’re interested in the settings I used and my process for capturing this particular photo, mosey on over to my behind-the-scenes tutorial here: www.cameratips.com/d3100/landscape-settings-tips-tricks
You can also check out all of my Nikon D3100 tips & tricks here.
Book (Passage) Inspiration

"Enormous it looked, its sprawling branches going up like reaching arms with many long-fingered hands, its knotted and twisted trunk gaping in wide fissures that creaked faintly as the boughs moved."- Chapter 6, The Fellowship Of The Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien

Read more about why I chose this particular passage to represent this image on my photoblog, Gentleman Explorer.
Music Inspiration
The Breaking Of The Fellowship by Howard Shore
Art Inspiration
Starry, Starry Night by Ziahippoqueen on DeviantArt

Dark Branches Reaching Toward A Starry Night

About the Photo: I meandered down a beaten path to reach the waters edge of Table Rock Lake in Missouri. It was so peaceful and serene. I spent a few moments, breathing in the night air and appreciating the stillness around me.

I noticed a couple fallen trees along the shoreline and knelt down to examine them. As I lowered my perspective I was presented with this awesome juxtaposition. The hard edge branches against the twilight sky and silky smooth water.

I paid close attention to the tallest branch, making sure it was pointing directly towards the brightest star.

Gear and Settings: I used the Nikon D3100 and the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 wide-angle lens. If you’re interested in the settings I used and my process for capturing this particular photo, mosey on over to my behind-the-scenes tutorial here: www.cameratips.com/d3100/landscape-settings-tips-tricks

You can also check out all of my Nikon D3100 tips & tricks here.

Book (Passage) Inspiration

"Enormous it looked, its sprawling branches going up like reaching arms with many long-fingered hands, its knotted and twisted trunk gaping in wide fissures that creaked faintly as the boughs moved."
- Chapter 6, The Fellowship Of The Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien

Read more about why I chose this particular passage to represent this image on my photoblog, Gentleman Explorer.

Music Inspiration

The Breaking Of The Fellowship by Howard Shore

Art Inspiration

Starry, Starry Night by Ziahippoqueen on DeviantArt


Rolling Thunder & Hills | Ozark Mountains
About the Photo: I took this photo right after a violent storm had passed. As the clouds parted, the sun peeked through and kissed the treetops. The sky was still very angry and ominous, which gave the scene a very surreal look.
Gear and Settings: I used the Nikon D5100 and the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 wide-angle lens. If you’re interested in the settings I used and my process for capturing this particular photo, mosey on over to my landscape photography tutorial here (or check out all of my Nikon D5100 tips).
Book (Passage) Inspiration

"The riches he (Bilbo Baggins) had brought back from his travels had now become a local legend, and it was popularly believed, whatever the old folk might say, that the Hill at Bag End was full of tunnels stuffed with treasure."- Chapter 1, The Fellowship Of The Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien

Read more about why I chose this particular passage to represent this image on my photo-blog, Gentleman Explorer.
Music Inspiration
Concerning Hobbits by Howard Shore
Art Inspiration
Hills by Hamanic on DeviantArt

Rolling Thunder & Hills | Ozark Mountains

About the Photo: I took this photo right after a violent storm had passed. As the clouds parted, the sun peeked through and kissed the treetops. The sky was still very angry and ominous, which gave the scene a very surreal look.

Gear and Settings: I used the Nikon D5100 and the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 wide-angle lens. If you’re interested in the settings I used and my process for capturing this particular photo, mosey on over to my landscape photography tutorial here (or check out all of my Nikon D5100 tips).

Book (Passage) Inspiration

"The riches he (Bilbo Baggins) had brought back from his travels had now become a local legend, and it was popularly believed, whatever the old folk might say, that the Hill at Bag End was full of tunnels stuffed with treasure."
- Chapter 1, The Fellowship Of The Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien

Read more about why I chose this particular passage to represent this image on my photo-blog, Gentleman Explorer.

Music Inspiration

Concerning Hobbits by Howard Shore

Art Inspiration

Hills by Hamanic on DeviantArt