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Part of the reason behind starting this blog was to motivate myself to get out more and practice my photography. So, when my girlfriend and I decided to head up to the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park for the weekend, I knew that we would make our way to Rocky Mountain National Park.
In preparation, I rented a Nikon 12-24mm f/4 lens (the renowned NIkon 14-24 f/2.8 wasn’t available). My goal was to focus on really wide angle landscapes. I had actually never used such a wide lens before and I have to say, it’s incredible to play around with. Given time constraints, I didn’t have time to set up a tripod at each location and really think about the shots I wanted to get. It was more a case of quickly pulling the car over, jumping out, and snapping a quick picture. Although, for each shot, I did carefully try to frame the picture, think about my desired aperture, and then adjust in manual to get a good exposure. (TIP - when it’s bright outside and you are trying to take a lanscape on a clear day, expose off the blue sky) Here, I did that for the majority of the shots and it worked incredibly well, especially where I didn’t have time to really play with exposure levels. Also, I ran most of these images through and pretty basic HDR preset in Lightroom 4. I am really happy with the results. What do you think?
Hope you enjoy the photos. More to come from the Stanley Hotel in a later post.
I’ve always said there are – to oversimplify it – two kinds of writers. There are architects and gardeners. The architects do blueprints before they drive the first nail, they design the entire house, where the pipes are running, and how many rooms there are going to be, how high the roof will be. But the gardeners just dig a hole and plant the seed and see what comes up. I think all writers are partly architects and partly gardeners, but they tend to one side or another, and I am definitely more of a gardener. In my Hollywood years when everything does work on outlines, I had to put on my architect’s clothes and pretend to be an architect. But my natural inclinations, the way I work, is to give my characters the head and to follow them.
That being said, I do know where I’m going. I do have the broad outlines of the story worked out in my head, but that’s not to say I know all the small details and every twist and turn in the road that will get me there."
A conversation with Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin. Pair with Susan Sontag on the 4 people a great writer must be, then wash down with the collected wisdom of great writers on writing.
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