Tuesday, May 17, 2011

2011 TECH Banquet

I had the privilege to photograph the 2011 TECH Homeschool Banquet last week.  I really enjoyed interacting with all the parents and students.  You can view the images by going to my webpage, www.radiantviewphotography.com, and click on "event photos" on the left hand column.  Here are a couple images and a few more after the jump.

Monday, May 9, 2011


Back in January, I did a photo walk during the early morning hours in Leesburg, VA.   One of the images I captured was of this window in Market Station off Harrison Street.  You can see the original image in my January post.  

I really like the lines and texture of the image, so I entered it into the Loudoun Photo Club's "Doors and Windows" competition in April.  To my delight, it won 1st place in the Advanced Monochrome category and Best in Show overall.  Roy Sewall, a local photographer specialize in the Great Falls and Mather Gorge area, was the competition judge.

I processed the raw image through Adobe Camera Raw to bring out the texture of the wood, then used a couple curve adjustment layers in multiply blending mode to further enhance the texture and bring out detail in the background shadows.  Finally I used a Photoshop black and white adjustment layer to covert the image to monochrome.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods Park
I recently visited Garden of the Gods park in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  The park has some wonderful photographic opportunities.   I hope you enjoy a selection of the photos I captured.
Siamese Twins Rock Formation

Balanced Rock

A hard existence for this tree

Garden of the Gods Park

Garden of the Gods Park
I saw this view of Pike's Peak on my 1st day at the park while exploring the Siamese Twins Formation.  I visualized a shot with the morning's red sun lighting up Pike's Peak in the background as well as the rock's face in the foreground.  As it turns out, the sun wasn't quite as red on Pike's Peak as I hoped, but it still made a neat shot.  You can see the shadow on the lower part of the rock face that indicates how far the sun had risen.  This is a composite (focus stack) of two images, one focused on the rock face and the other on Pike's Peak.
Siamese Twin Rock window view towards Pike's Peak