String Lake Milky Way at Grand Teton National Park

Of all the times I have photographed the night sky, shooting the Milky Way at String Lake in Grand Teton National Park has to be one of my top highlights.

Words alone can’t describe the peacefulness encountered that evening as I was sitting on a rock at the edge of the lake in complete darkness, watching the stars and Milky Way reflected in the still water at 2am.

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I had photographed in this location a number of times in the daytime and as such I had a pretty good feeling this spot would pay off in the nighttime as well. Getting there at night sure is a little harrowing driving along roads in complete darkness looking out for any elk, deer, foxes, or any other animals that might want to dart out in front of you. I kept my speed at 35-40mph, even though the limit was 45mph, just to be safe (as I usually do while driving through the Tetons and Yellowstone at night).

One other safety tip if you decide to go photograph there especially at night – don’t forget to bring your bear spray!

How I Photographed This

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Streaking Clouds at Sunset at the Tetons

“Streaking Clouds at Sunset at the Tetons”
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

This was photographed at Schwabachers Landing – a popular place to photograph sunsets and sunrises at Grand Teton National Park. Beavers have dammed the Snake River here providing photographers with a mirror-like surface when there is no wind.

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I photographed this scene just as the sun was setting behind the Tetons while out scouting for an upcoming photo workshop I was teaching there. I was experimenting with a new filter I purchased from Singh-Ray (use coupon code Matt10 to save 10% on their filters).

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The colors of fall in Santa Fe

The leaves are starting to change in the mountains above Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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This was photographed with my Sony a7 and Sony FE 35mm lens. It was photographed in RAW and processed with a beta version of onOne’s upcoming Perfect Photo Suite 9 which is set to be released to the public in late October.

I never processed my RAW’s in Perfect Photo Suite before because the speed was way too slow for my liking, but Suite 9 has sped things up tremendously!!

Here is how the photo looked with no adjustments made – straight out of the camera:

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Editing screencast video recordings now for upcoming Lightroom online course

UPDATE: The online course is now available here at http://learn.mattsuess.com

Here is a screenshot as I edit the screencast video for one of the RAW photos you will be working on alongside me during my upcoming online class, “Better Landscape Photos with Lightroom”.

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In this particular video recording I will be showing you how to use the Upright tool, the adjustment brush to mask one of the saguaro cacti to selectively fix a color cast, as well as showing you how to enhance the tone and color of the image globally and selectively.

Much better than a webinar, my course will include 9 of my RAW landscape photos that you will be able to download yourself to work on and practice as you watch the pre-recorded videos at your own pace. You will feel like I am there with you as I go into detail explaining the corrections and adjustments I make to the photos. You will benefit from working on the exact same files as I am, accelerating your learning pace. Five Lightroom presets that I created will also be available. The online course should be available for purchase by this upcoming weekend.

New Lightroom online course update

UPDATE: The online course is now available here at http://learn.mattsuess.com

Work continues on my upcoming “Better Landscape Photos with Lightroom” online course that will soon be available.

Here is a before and after of one of the RAW files you will be able to work on and learn how to enhance.

A before and after of one of the 9 RAW files you will learn how to process and enhance.

A before and after of one of the 9 RAW files you will learn how to process and enhance.

A total of 9 RAW landscape photos showcasing the most common photo enhancing problems and solutions will be available to you to practice with, in addition to 5 Lightroom presets that I created.

All of the screencast videos of the 9 photos have now been recording. Now I have over 3 hours of video content to edit and a couple more recordings to go. Still on track for release towards the end of the coming week.

The making of my blood moon lunar eclipse photo Part 2 of 2

This is part 2 of how I photographed the blood moon lunar eclipse on April 15th.
For info on how I photographed it with camera settings visit part 1. Here in part 2 I talk about how I enhanced it on the computer.

Following the 5 hours or so of sleep I got after photographing the lunar eclipse till 2:45 in the morning I began to create the final image on my 15″ MacBook Pro laptop.

The saguaro cactus scene that was photographed with my Sony a7 and Sony FE 35mm f2.8 lens was processed in the RAW converter Capture One Pro.

Looking at a before and after photo of the enhancements made in Capture One Pro.

Looking at a before and after photo of the enhancements made in Capture One Pro.

In the above screen shot you can see a before (bottom photo) and an after photo in C1. I made a number of slight tonal adjustments and color/saturation adjustments. I also corrected the perspective of the photo to remove distortion brought on by the wide angle lens, and corrected some lens vignetting. Notice the shadow detail I was able to bring out of the original photo. I have found I can pull out a great deal of shadow detail from the Sony a7/a7R cameras and Capture One Pro.

I exported the processed file as a tiff file to my computer, then opened it up in Perfect Layers in Perfect Photo Suite 8. While Perfect Photo can be opened as a plugin from Photoshop, I prefer to use it as a standalone program.

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