Thursday, December 31, 2009

Few Panos in Work

6 shots - @40 min after sunset 24mm, f/2.8, 20", ISO 200

Attached a few panos I am currently working.  All panos were shot with a Canon 5D Mk II, EF 24-70mm f/2.8L, Induro C213, Really Right Stuff (RRS) BH-55, and a RRS pano kit. Components were processed in Lightroom, stitched in Photoshop, and optimized with both programs.

9 shots - 24mm, f/16, 1/5", ISO 100

Speaking of panos, a new post on panorama tactics, techniques, and procedures may be found at the following link.  

Digital Photo Experience

If you haven't checked out the above site, there is some great information there.  I'll be contributing some pretty good stuff in the new year.

5 shots - 43mm, f/16, 1/3", ISO 100
Fiat Lux!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Last Minute MNL Cnx

MNL this evening will not broadcast as scheduled.  We are having an issue with the software and do not feel adequate transmission and training is possible tonight. 

Thank you for your patience with this process.  Hal always champions the wonders of the live, world wide broadcast but every now and again it bites him in the tail end. 

Have a great evening and see you back online soonest. 

The shot above is the Nabors 9ES rig on the North Slope of Alaska.  Single shot with the Canon 5D Mk II, EF 24-70 mm f/2.8L, Benro C269, and Really Right Stuff BH-40.  Faux HDR processing in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.  Still don't really know what the trails are in the sky.  Obtw, the temp was about -10 with a -35 wind chill.  Good living.

Fiat Lux!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

28 Dec Monday Night Light

Follow the attached link to register for Monday Night Light, our free, weekly, live web seminar.

See you online.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Monday Night Light goes Dark

We hope your holiday season is going well!
This Monday, MNL will be dark due to the holiday season. We will resume MNL on December 28th.
Our office hours are 10am-3pm and email is also a great way to get a hold of us with any questions or orders for your Volatus Wine and Gift Certificates.
Hal is still in Alaska in the -30 degree weather and enjoying every minute of it! He had his Polar Bear safety training since they like to dodge the weather by using their parked cars to shield the wind.
Hopefully we will see some great photos upon his return.
We hope to see you all here soon!
Merry Christmas!
Hal and Victoria Schmitt

Monday, December 14, 2009

Long Travel Day (But still went shooting)

Landed in Anchorage, AK around midnight.  Finally made it to the hotel and had to go do a little shooting.  Long travel day but amazing outside.  15 degrees and overcast but interesting shooting with the trees covered in half inch ice crystals. 

Shot with the Canon 5D Mk II, EF 24mm f/1.4L, RRS BH-40, and the Benro C-269 "travel angel" tripod.  This little tripod is awesome.  Folds up to 13", very steady, and under $375.

Fiat Lux!

Friday, December 11, 2009

MNL Link for 14 Dec

Follow the link below to join us for Monday Night Light, our weekly, live, free web seminar.  Hope to see you online.

Fiat Lux!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Coastal Discoveries Color

Canon 5D Mk II, EF 24-70mm f/2.8L, Induro C213, and RRS BH-55
ISO 100, f/16, 4"

Day one of Coastal Discoveries is finished and we were treated to an amazing sunset while out shooting this evening.

We spent most of the day in the lab discussing fundamental concepts and techniques before heading out to photograph and practice.  In the field we used live view composition and focusing, hyperfocal distance, panorama, macro, HDR, and slow shutter speed work.  Not bad for day one.

Out and about early tomorrow for sunrise and then Monarch's in Grover and Pismo.

Fiat Lux!

07 Dec Monday Night Light Link

Follow the link below to register for Monday Night Light, our weekly, free, live web seminar.  Light is back in California with class in session.

See you online.

Fiat Lux!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Light Video

src="" quality="high" allowfullscreen="true" bgcolor="#000000" allowscriptaccess="sameDomain" style="width: 426px; height: 262px;" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="" flashvars='config={"key":"#@da34d01747bd077f2e4","clip":{},"plugins":{"limelite":{"url":"","netConnectionUrl":"rtmp://"}},"playlist":[{"url":"","fit":"orig"},{"url":"mp4:affiliate/video/36017_thdirect.f4v","provider":"limelite","autoPlay":false}]}' >

From some local videographers working with Turn Here!