Sunrise over Onondaga Lake

After a night of attempting to image M13 (the wind did not cooperate with my endeavor) I decided to catch the sunrise. I brought my gear thinking perhaps I would get a decent sunrise shot. I decided this time to go with a 200mm prime as opposed to the 14-24mm that I usually prefer. Well low and behold the aperture on the 200mm was stuck wide open. On close inspection it appeared as if there was some congealed oil on the blades. I rolled with it and adjusted accordingly. I needed the lowest ISO and fastest SS possible for this shot to compensate for a wide open aperture. I wanted the outline of the Sun’s sphere. I also wanted the foreground in focus but that wasn’t going to happen. All in all I was quite pleased with the resulting image.

  • Camera: NIKON D750
  • Copyright: jprosephotography.com
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/4000s

Then end of a productive weekend

After finishing multiple projects over the weekend there seemed no better way for it to come to an end. A well maintained lawn, hot cup of coffee and a cozy fire. A modest ISO coupled with Higher aperture is just right for bringing out all of the detail in a 🔥 . I hope everyone was able to get out yesterday and enjoy the sun in Central NY.

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: NIKON D750
  • Copyright: jprosephotography.com
  • Focal length: 50mm
  • ISO: 640
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s

Unprecedented times

Please take a moment to remember those working the front lines in healthcare and other essential positions across the globe. These individuals that are putting themselves at risk to help others are the real heroes of these uncertain times. Thank you to all those out there weathering the storm.

  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Camera: NIKON D750
  • Copyright: jprosephotography.com
  • Focal length: 50mm
  • ISO: 1250
  • Shutter speed: 1/200s

Rainy day boredom

I woke up to thunderstorms today. While there is currently no place indoors to frequent due to economic shutdown I still managed to find a source of entertainment. Something as simple as stepping just outside the door managed to be rewarding. I captured this shot of water dripping off of the maple in my yard onto the walk. This type of photography is outside of my norm so it was a new challenge for me. It was taken with a vintage Nikkor 200mm prime. I chose B&W simply because it was a gray kind of day and the color was drab to begin with. I was quite pleased with the resulting image.

  • Camera: NIKON D750
  • Copyright: jprosephotography.com
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s

A new chapter

It’s been tough in recent months to find inspiration for anything new but warmer weather is finally upon Central NY and the skies have been clear. This has allowed me to get outdoors and find contentment in seeking out my next subject, the sky. Astrophotography is challenging and the subjects elusive but that is what makes the end result so satisfying. Trial and error rewarded me with one of my best lunar attempts to date. All it took was a bit of patience during the shoot and a lot of OCD during the subsequent workflow and final processing. This image was taken bracketed (5 shots) @ 1/400 SS, 100 ISO with HDR merge and processed in LR. Getting the contrast and highlights just right to correctly represent the lunar surface was the tough part. Sharpening the image while avoiding noise was challenging as well but it worked out in the end with a bit of tweaking. Getting down to the nuts and bolts of all post processing software is a must for any photographer, that’s a given. It’s the composition coupled with unique style and personal preferences applied to the final image that makes it your own.

  • Camera: NIKON D750
  • Copyright: jprosephotography.com
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/400s