The Wright Blog

A Man Enjoying Nature With A Camera & A Quadcopter

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A Simple Reflection

Aug 27, 2018

After The Storm

Aug 20, 2018

Rain Rain Go Away

Aug 13, 2018

There has been a lot of rain these past two month, record breaking even.Times like these are the perfect opportunity for moody images. I have to get better at looking at the weather for wind, rain, and lightning. It poses a bit of a challenge because it happiness at the most inopportune times. But who does not like a challenge. :)

Stay in a warm bed or get up and chase light?

Aug 6, 2018

I still struggle to get out of bed at 3 am. As many times, I do it a year you think it would be natural form me. It’s just something about the body leaving a warm conformable place that makes it hard. Would you rather stay in a warm bed or get up and chase light? Well I tend to choose the latter, but there are plenty of time where I have stayed in my comfort zone and have missed the most amazingly beautiful light.

It’s those moments when I push myself to get out of bed in the early hours; I walk away with beautiful images like this. Don’t get me wrong not every time I go chasing light this happens. Those times where it’s a bust I have the satisfaction of knowing, I didn’t miss something amazing. One of the worst feelings is staying in my comfort zone not getting up in the morning to find out later that I missed something great.

This image was taken with a canon 5Dii at 70mm, 100 ISO, Aperture of f6.3, shutter open for 3 seconds and as alway on a tripod. 

Two Nights, One Image

July 30, 2018

I was surprised at how may people were still out after dark. The monuments and the Tidal Basin were still pretty crowed after 9PM. Totally different than in the mornings where you may see 7 people max.

I went out Friday and Saturday, both nights I was able to capture the moon. Friday the moon was really high is the sky before it came out behind the clouds, by that time it was already white. So I decided to to try again Saturday. There were still lower clouds covering the moon so I was not able to capture the red moon, but I did catch it before it turned white. 

I was able to get half the red moon in clouds but its a touch overexposed.  Maybe one day I will release it.

Full disclosure this is two shots. Believe it or not I actually had to shrink the moon in this image. I shot the moon at 1000mm. 

That's Bright

July 23, 2018

This image was taken last autumn. Looking at old images shows me how I have grown as a photographer.

Normally I try not to shoot directly into the sun unless I know for sure I can balance the foreground and the background of the image. Im not sure what happened here. The sun and the sky are exposed great, but I did not expose for the foreground of this image. 

All in all this image is fine, its understandable that the sun would wash out part of the image, but imaged if you will the fall colors in the trees below. If I had thought about exposing for the fall colors in the foreground this image would be totally different and tell a different story; because I did not see a final image before I took the photo I shot what I thought would be the best image at the time.

Sorry, because this is an old image I do not have the settings it was shot on. If I had to guess I would say ISO 100, Aperture f11 or f16(based off of the sun spike), shutter 10 seconds(There is some movement in the clouds and in the tree). This images was shot on a Canon 5Dii 

Almost Missed It

July 16, 2018

This image was taken 4th of July morning. This was a morning that was just problematic from start to finish. However I was able to walk away with this lovely beauty. 

So what went wrong; lets see where do I begin. I woke up late causing me to rush and leave the house later than I would of liked. Not thinking I put my camera gear in the back seat instead of the trunk. Normally placing gear in the car with me is not a problem, but its summer and in the summer time I like to use my AC. Well "Pro Tip", when you take camera gear from a cold environment to a warm environment the lenses camera mirror, and sensor fog up. (So if you look really close at this image you will see the fog in the image from the sensor.) 

Before I could even think about this I have to find parking and walk to where I am taking the shot. Did I mention it was 4th ofJuly morning. Typically because of this particular holiday most of the roads will be closed or about to close, for the nights firework. So Im maneuvering from street to street to see whats open and how close I can park before all the roads close. 

Finally somehow I maybe four minutes into this beautiful sunrise start to set up. Checking settings ISO 100 fast shutter to freeze the geese, I take a shot rushing and all I see is white. Im confused "Why am I seeing white" whats going on, Im thinking maybe I am letting to much light in some how. I double check the settings and everything looks good. I take another shot and its still nothing but white with a hint of red sky. Then When I turn the camera around and the lens is totally fogged up. I wipe it down with a cleaning cloth and it just keeps coming back. HAHA!     

Around this time Park Police walks up to me and says, "Its a beautiful morning, hope you're getting good photos. We will be closing this street in 10 minutes" Im thinking this guy sees me struggling here. Its no way this sunrise will last 10 more minutes for my equipment to get acclimated to the warm weather and before I get kicked out.

At this point Im Im calling it quits, blaming myself for not leaving on time, not thinking about the AC. So I at least take a phone photo and a little video for Instagram. (Why not document my failures too)     

Before I start to pack up I decide to try my 5D mark ii instead. It was also sitting in the bag and I did not touch it yet. (At this point my bag was laying on the ground for about 5 minutes wide open, so it was taking in that warm air)  I popped it on the tripod and was able to get this image as the light was fading. The mark ii still had a little fog but not as bad as the mark iv. 

I don't know if there is a moral to this story, maybe leave the house on time; always have spare equipment; or just be patient and don't give up. Either way Im glad it worked out. 

This image was shot on a Canon 5D Mark ii, and ISO 100, Shutter 1/2 sec, Aperture f/11 at 25mm. As always on a tripod.



The Morning Glow

July 9, 2018

One of the reasons I love shooting sunrise in Washington DC is that morning glow. When the sun rises in the morning the monuments catch the beautiful golden light from the sun changing the color of the monument and sometimes even the landscape.

I have seen the sky turn completely pink for 40  seconds, making the monuments and the water also look pink. Its a cool thing to see but a hard photo to take. There is to much pink. HaHa. (I might go back and take a look, this happened about 4 years ago)

This image was taken on a tripod at 126mm, f11, ISO 100, 1 sec shutter.  

Unexpected Beauty

July 2, 2018

This was an unexpected beauty; weather reports were  calling for clear blue skies. Hey, Im not complaining this was a beautiful sunrise. The color was so intense and lasted for more than 20 minutes. I don't think I have ever seen a colorful sunrise last that long, at most the burst of color happens for maybe 7 minutes.

This was shot on a Canon 5D4 with a tripod and a 10 stop ND filter. ISO 100, Shutter 1 minute and 18 seconds, Aperture f 8.0, 70mm.   I also took a fast shutter shot for the flag and merged the two images together. 

One Step Closer

June 25, 2018

I have been trying to to shoot 6 particular shots of Washington DC since I started. This happens to be one of those shots I have always been chasing.

Although this shot is similar to my vision its not the shot I have been actively chasing for all these years. However it does help to see the potential in the shot I am seeking.

The game of chasing light as a photographer is never ending, full of ups and downs, happiness and disappointment. But you never give up on chasing that perfect image.

This Image what shot on a Canon 5d4, at 70mm, ISO 100, Aperture f8, shutter of 71 seconds. As always this was taken on a tripod, and I was using a 3 stop neutral density filter. 

Still Training My Eye

June 18, 2018

This was a beautiful surprise, I wish I could do this waterfall more justice. This particular falls is well of 40 feet, and its literally on the side of the road. How awesome is that.

I still struggle at studying a scene and choosing the right composition. I tend to just jump right in and start shooting. Not that there is anything wrong with that style of shooting.  I would like to train my eye to visualize a final shot/finished product before even taking a shot. 

This photo was taken with a Canon 5d m4. ISO 100, Shutter 0.6sec, Aperture f22, at 21mm. I can not remember the stop but I did have an ND filter and a polarizer on the lens. (I was competing with the sun) As all ways this was shot on a tripod. (Two combined images) 

Bittersweet Goodbye (To New Beginnings)

June 11, 2018

First let me say thank you for all the support and concern. Because of that I was determined to not miss a step. 

For those of you who may not know last week Tuesday my original Blog site was hacked beyond recovery. All past blogs have been lost, I have made the decision not  to revive the old blog site with the backups. I have chosen to start fresh and move my blog  to my photography website. (All under one roof)

Also with new beginnings I will start sharing more information about how I've taken the photos I share. People have been asking for a while and I never share. There is no particular reason I just don't want to bore you with technical stuff.  Now that I am sharing settings you will see just how unprepared I am sometimes when it comes to getting the shot. 

This image was taken with a Canon 5D Mark iv, at f8.0, 200mm lens with a 10 stop neutral density filter for 3 minutes and iso 100 on tripod  (I over exposed a touch when shooting but I was able to bring it back in post) 

  • Tom Aquilone

    on June 12, 2018

    Sorry to hear you were hacked... Glad you're back with more great photography

The Sun's Here

June 5, 2018

In my opinion one of the most annoying things about shouting waterfalls is a sporadic sun. One moment it’s there the next it’s not, that’s not even the bad part. The worst part is when the sun comes out and only covers part of the waterfall, that’s what…

Sorry I do not remember the rest. Unfortunately I did not have a backup of this post. My original blog site was hacked. 

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