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NEW Quadcopter Photo – Flying Above Carter’s Lake

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Carter’s Lake In Autumn

Carter’s Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes I have ever visited. The color of the water is such a nice tone of blue, and the entire lake is surrounded by huge mountains and chiseled rock walls.

This particular day was below freezing outside with a very uncomfortable breeze cutting through my winter clothes like a knife. Even though the lake was so beautiful, there was almost no interesting photo opportunities from the ground. I decided to take the quadcopter up to get my bearings, and that is when I saw this composition with the huge rock wall, autumn colors, golden light, and distant mountains. 

This photo was captured with a DJI Phantom 3 Professional with bracketed exposures.


 

Digital Blending Your HDR Photography

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Blending Your Brackets WITHOUT HDR Software…

HDR(High Dynamic Range)is one of those styles of photography that some people love, some people hate, and some people just don’t understand.

This fun style of photography is nothing more than capturing multiple photos of a scene at different light values in order to blend the best part of each photo into “one photo to rule them all.”

I made a very detailed digital blending tutorial that you can follow along with by downloading my PSD with the RAW files from this project below. I hope this helps everyone, and you can always find more free tutorials on my YouTube channel!


 

Christmas At Opryland Resort

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Opryland Hotel And Resort

December of 2015 was my first visit to the Opryland Hotel, and it definitely took me by surprise.  The hotel had tons of waterfalls, around 20 restaurants, offered riverboat rides, and was within walking distance of the historic Grand Ole Opry.  Needless to say, it was very hard to fit all of this beauty and excitement into one photograph.  As a matter of fact, I went out of my way to make sure I didn’t fit it all into one photograph.  I believe that one of the biggest mistakes people make when documenting cool places is zooming their lens to the widest angle and trying to fit everything into one “crowded” looking image.  

In my opinion, one of the most important things a photographer can give to his/her viewers is a feeling.  Yes, it might sound strange.  However, think about why you have certain framed photographs or paintings throughout your home.  It had to have given you a feeling or made you think of a meaningful memory.  Now you’re starting to see what goes into making a great photograph or piece of art.  We do a lot of work to make sure that the way we compose the photograph expresses the feeling of the scene that made us so happy to take our camera out of the bag to begin with.  Let that sink in for a bit 🙂

Have a wonderful week!

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – Christmas At Opryland Resort