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Sunset Redemption

Being a rookie photographer I often make mistakes with my camera settings. Most of the time I don’t let it bother me and I adjust and  retake the shot. There are occasions where I do get a bit upset with my bungled settings because I know I likely won’t be back to that spot again in the near future or they have caused me to miss a candid/action shot. Below is an example of one of those moments. It is a sunset shot from our trip to Massachusetts where I had the settings all wrong. After looking through my photos from the trip I was frustrated that I didn’t try a bit harder to create a better image.

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Shot with my Canon 7d Mark II and Canon 18-55 kit lens

Thankfully all was not lost and smarter people than me were able to create programs that can help beginners create a usable end result even when we fail with our camera settings. Below is the image after some work in Adobe Lightroom. It is certainly not perfect and I won’t be printing it large due to the noise in the lower half of the image but it is presentable and provides me with a decent image to remember the trip by. It is amazing how much detail I was able to recover. This also shows my improving skills with Lightroom. There is no way I would have ended up with this result when I first started with the program. I am enjoying finding and learning how to use all the tools Lightroom offers. Now I just need to get everything right in camera so that I don’t have to work so hard in post.

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Thank God for photo editing software!

The North East, Fall and a Wedding.

So I have finally decided it is about time to make another post. I have felt rather uninspired lately and haven’t been taking many photos. We have also been very busy. We recently made a 14 hour drive to northern Massachusetts for my oldest brothers wedding. Naturally Oshie came along for the ride. He was not entirely thrilled to be in the car for that long but he did well.

It was amazing to make it up North for Autumn again. I grew up in New Hampshire and have missed the brilliant fall colors and this was the first time I had made it back to see them in many years. It was also amazing to spend almost a full week with my parents and siblings (all except for one who is currently stationed in Japan). We had so much fun trying to kill ourselves on a dirt bike the best man brought. The dirt bike was bought by my brother Ethan (the best man) for the manly bachelor party we had at my brother’s house. This party consisted of almost no alcohol consumption, yard work, garden tilling and dirt bike riding ha-ha. Surprisingly we had  a lot of fun. It was nice just to hang with my brothers again. There were a few close calls on the dirt bike for me but in my defense I have never really been on one before.

The wedding was beautiful and held at the historic Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield Massachusetts. My brothers and I made up the majority of the groomsmen and my wife and two of my younger sisters were bridesmaids along with a few of the brides relatives. I have to admit my wife looked gorgeous.

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Nancy and I after the Ceremony.
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The Wedding Party

Unfortunately time went by too quickly, as it always seems to do when you are having fun. The day after the wedding we made the long drive back to North Carolina. Thanks to traffic in New York, DC and Alexandria Virginia and also some pretty serious flooding in North Carolina thanks to Hurricane Matthew, what should have been a 14 hour drive took 20+ hours. we left around 8:30 in the morning and made it back to North Carolina around 5 AM. It was not fun. We spent a few hours trying to navigate flooded roads in the middle of nowhere North Carolina and almost ran out of gas while out there. GPS was of little to no help at that point. Eventually we found gas and a clear path. After 2 hours of sleep we were both up and headed off to work.

Despite all the traveling we had an amazing time that we wish would have lasted just a bit longer. Spending time with family you don’t get to see often enough is always a blessing.

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Taken right before we hit the road back to NC. Mt. Monadnock in background.
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Beautiful New England fall foliage.

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