Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Grand Haven and Holland 2-16-09

Despite the bitter cold temps, I had a strong urge to get out and shoot yesterday. I'm really glad I did too. My main mission for the day was to continue where I left off with my D40, experimenting with HDR. So I set my new D90 to bracket exposure.

I started at around 4 o clock in the afternoon at Holland State Park. I took lots of pictures of the lighthouse but sadly none of them turned out to my standards. The sky was too dark and cloudy. I need to get out there sometime at sunset and I'm sure the pics would turn out much better. Here's one of the exposure blends that I came up with. This was created from 3 different photos, one overexposed, one underexposed, and one even exposed.

holland lighthouse
(Holland Lighthouse)

When I was done in Holland I jumped on US-31 and headed North to Grand Haven. Usually I am all alone when I am shooting over there but on this night there were several other photographers that showed up. I met a very nice guy named John Dykstra, www.johndykstraphotography.com. I took probably about 100 pictures and I only liked a few of them, which is typical for me. So here they are. I will start with my favorite.

grand haven lighthouse
(Grand Haven Lighthouse)

grand haven lighthouse
(Grand Haven Lighthouse)

grand haven lighthouse
(Grand Haven Lighthouse)

grand haven lighthouse
(Grand Haven Lighthouse)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Grand Rapids 1-8-09

These are my most recent shots of Grand Rapids. I woke up very early and stood outside in the bitter cold for some sunrise pictures. These are taken from my favorite spot on the Western Pedestrian Bridge. The Grand River was really high when these were taken. The effect in the water was made by chunks of ice floating down and a slow shutter speed.

All of these pictures were made using HDR. HDR stands for high dynamic range. I took several different shots of the same scene, some underexposed, some overexposed. And they were all put together in an image editor. So each image was made from several different shots.

I will start with my favorite from the shoot.
grand rapids
(Grand Rapids)

I really like the way this one turned out also. There was a lot of color happening. I showed this one to a buddy and his reaction was something to the extent of "No way, that's not real, no camera could make a picture with those colors". But my D90 did. :)
grand rapids
(Grand Rapids)

I don't like this one as much as the other two but it's still a decent picture I think.
grand rapids
(Grand Rapids)

Grand Rapids 6-14-08

These are some pictures from a summer shoot I did in downtown Grand Rapids. These pics were taken around midnight.

This picture was taken from the Western pedestrian Bridge. I think this is the most flattering view from anywhere in the city. I've shot a lot of pictures from this same spot and they all turn out different.
grand rapids
(grand rapids)

This is a picture of the blue pedestrian bridge in downtown Grand Rapids. For this shot I was actually standing in the Grand River with flip flops on. I set up my tripod in the water and very carefully took some shots. This is a long exposure image taken over the span of 30 seconds. This is one of my favorite pictures I've taken downtown.
grand rapids pedestrian bridge
(Grand Rapids Pedestrian Bridge)

This is a picture of the Grand Rapids Museum. The picture was taken from the Pearl Street Bridge. The bridge in the picture is the blue pedestrian bridge.
grand rapids museum
(Grand Rapids Museum)

My Gear

If you are a geek like myself you may want to know a little about the equipment that I use. I am a diehard Nikon fan. Sorry Canon users :) I would highly recommend all of these products.

-Nikon D90 DSLR
nikon d90

-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5 - 5.6 VR lens
18-200mm VR

-Dolica ST-500 tripod
dolica st 500

-Lowepro Flipside 300 DSLR backpack
lowepro flipside 300


Hi and welcome to the blog. My name is Brian Duey. I am a professional artist working in most traditional media. I also have been getting into photography. I love going downtown on a hot summer night and taking pictures of the city. Sometimes I will stay out all night taking pics. This blog will be an outlet for me to promote my photography efforts. Most of the pictures I post will be of Downtown Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas.