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California

California/Colorado

Wow, it’s been awhile!  I wouldn’t know where to start on excuses for not posting pictures in such a long time.  I guess the main reason being busyness but also I lost a lot of photographic inspiration during the winter.  Not much to take pictures of when everything is dead in a flat place like OKC, at least for newbies like me. I’m really just trying to get back into the practice of having a photographic eye, which can be really tough to do.

This was taken from the balcony of the room Zane, Hayley, and I stayed in the Hotel Colorado in the President’s Suite.  According to Zane, the room we stayed in was the one Theodore Roosevelt used to always stay at when he vacationed here.  This was an awesome birthday present from the both of them:

One of the staircases at the hotel.  The hotel reminded me of “The Shining”:

These are a few pictures I took while in San Diego with Hayley’s family.  We got to drive over to La Jolla, which I highly recommend doing if you ever get the chance.  The picture below is using a technique called the Orton Effect, which gives the photograph a “painterly” feel.

the sunset on the beach was beautiful. I liked how the rocks where all facing the same direction, also green is my favorite color to photograph. If I had my filters, I would have stacked them and made this like a 5 sec. shot to smooth out the water, but alas they were stolen:

Couldn’t resist taking a picture of this beauty:

The Alpha male of the group:

Later,

Cody


The Orton Effect

Thanks to one of my favorite landscape photographers, Darwin Wiggett, I’ve learned a new concept called “The Orton Effect”, which is a method used for creating photographs with a “painterly” feel to them. I re-edited a couple photos from California last summer that I felt would benefit greatly from this method:

Both of these shots were right behind the hotel we were staying at. 🙂 We were really roughing it:

This Next shot is one of my favorite beaches in Cali:

I’m really excited to use this technique once the fall colors start hitting the trees. Could definitely make for some interesting stuff! If you are a photographer, be sure and check out the link I included to “The Orton Effect” as I truly believe this opens up a whole new realm of possibilities for photography.

-Cody