I'll Drive

Hey everyone, happy Monday! Before I continue, I want to congratulate Neil Payne for winning last weeks Layers Blog contest! The image that you see above is from the bridge of the USS Sterett. While Dave Cross and I were heading out to San Diego to do the CS4 Unleashed tour, we were contacted by one of our members, Stephen Zeller. Stephen is a First Class Petty Officer with the United States Navy aboard the Destroyer USS Sterett and offered to take us on a tour of it. I really dig (and am truly grateful of) our members in the military so I was ecstatic at the chance to do so. Dave Cross even got to bring up a model to the destroyer and do some shooting there as well.

Now, for me I was excited to do an HDR shot of the Bridge. This picture took several HDR shots and merged them with Photomerge. Add some cleanup and we were all set. I think that once i finish cleaning it up a little bit more, i’ll send it over to Artistic Photo Canvas and have them make a pano out of it. Im telling ya.. i’m on canvas overload.. it just looks great!! Again, another big thank you to Stephen for taking us around, and a thank you to all of the members of the Armed Forces reading this. We owe all of you a big debt of gratitude!

1Reflections With Moose
As I was traveling back and went to catch up on some of the blogs I like to read I was struck with a recent blog post
Moose Peterson had up on his blog. Aside from being an amazing Wildlife and Landscape shooter, Moose keeps very busy at his website – posting images and musings on his photography. One of the things that struck me about the post was how introspective it actually was. You can really hear the insides of a photographic legend working here – with all of the concerns and considerations that one of his stature would experience. Moose is reflecting on one of those things that’s most elusive to us.. and that’s time:

From Moose’s Blog Post:
“Faster than a heartbeat, a photograph is born. And if done correctly and if the stars are all aligned, that moment in time frozen by the shutter affects lives for time unending. If that is the possibility, and it has been proven over and over again, then why isn’t time reported as one of the most important aspects of photography?

I’m all too aware of the importance of 1/60, 1/500, 8sec and all the rest of the “times” that most associate with photographic time. And while they are important for communicating the emotion that exposure brings to life, I’m referring to an even more important measure of time. I’m talking about the time behind the camera. You could look at the time behind the camera for one image, one shoot, one day, one week, one month or more what I’m thinking about, one lifetime being the measure of time!”

Read more of this great blog post over at Moose Peterson’s blog. Great Job man!

bk_digphoto_bundleContest Time
Go to the Contact page, select the Layers Blog drop-down, then fill in your name, email address and answer to this week’s following question. Remember, the contest will end Thursday 5PM,. and the winner will be announced Friday morning.

The Contest Question:
What is the name and author of the most recent Fireworks tutorial we have on the website!

The Prize:
A copy of The Scott Kelby Digital Photography Library Bundle! Digital Photograhy Books 1, 2, and 3 AND a box for them! You can’t beat that!

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  1. Steve (Reply) on Monday November 23, 2009

    Rc, Cross… you guys make a good teaching team! I had a blast with you guys in San Diego and learned a ton.

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