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Another image from yesterday's maiden voyage/hike.

This is the Upper Butte Creek Falls. I really missed getting out and shooting for the past six months.

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Finally got a chance to make it up to Lower Falls a couple of weeks ago. I have wanted to make an image the falls for quite awhile :)
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Thank you Clint. It was fun to finally be able to get there. Every time that I tried I would be turned back due to snow still on the ground. 
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For those of you that have enjoyed my photos in the past this is what, why and how it looks like it does.

+RC Concepcion is "phenomenal" in his teaching. Anyone looking to take your images to the next level should get this and the first edition. You will not be sorry.

If you get a chance to see him in person, Do It!

I already have it on order.
 
The HDR Book is in Stock!!!!
Oh Happy Day!!!  The book that i’ve been working- The HDR Book 2nd Edition  on is finally in stock and available to order! This has been a labor of love for me, and I am very thankful that the folks over at #Peachpit   for jumping in back with me on another run into the world of #HDR.  The first book did extremely well – but (as with anything software related) software changes, photoshop changes, technique changes.

I figured this would be a good spot for me to give you a couple of points on this book for those who may be considering it.  For those of you who have the first edition – I wanted to share how this book could also help:
 
A Step By Step Process in My HDR Workflow
This book takes you through a series of images and shows you how I come up with the HDR look that I love.  We explore ten different projects and take you through step by step until the project is completed.
 
You Can Download the Files for Yourself
All of the projects in the book are yours for you to download.  From single image HDR files to HDR Panoramics.  You can download the full resolution RAW files for you to work along with me.  You are free to do whatever you wish with these files.  I would appreciate you telling someone where you got them – perhaps theyd want to learn from the book too!
 
HDR is Not Hard.  Post Processing is the Pain
This book does cover the process of making an HDR file – but I got to be honest.  Making an HDR file is easy.  There are a couple of things you need to consider – but its really easy.  The harder part of all of it is really how to post process the file.  With the post processing skills you can take an HDR file and turn it into a great HDR file.
 
Using Photoshop CC and Photomatix 5
One of the things that I wanted to do in the book is focus on just the programs that I use to make images.  In the first version, I covered all three pieces of software – HDR Efex Pro, HDR Pro from Photoshop, and Photomatix.  As these pieces of software were revised, i found myself gravitating towards the look of #Photomatix   .  So much so – that its what I decided to cover in the book.  Photomatix is the software almost everyong using HDR uses – so we can really make this a more focused release.  The book does also use post processing plugins from people like +Nik Photography   and the companion website features videos on how to take it to the next level using plugins from +onone and +Macphun Software  .
 
Where to Order the Book From?

 
The book is now in stock available at Amazon. You can use this link: http://bit.ly/rchdrbook2
 

You can get a signed copy of the book. (While supplies last) here: http://bit.lyrchdrsigned

You can also get the book over on the Peachpit website here: http://bit.ly/rchdrpeachpit

I’m excited to hear what you think of it.  Make sure you drop me a line and let me know.    Thanks so much for considering it!!
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Take a few minutes to read this. +Help-Portrait is not just about homelessness and financially disadvantaged.

You never know what that portrait will mean to that person.

Thank you Jeremy!
 
I've never had a moment with a celebrity as powerful as this one. You must read this story about my photoshoot with John Schneider:

http://jcopho.to/schneider
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Felt like heading up the Gorge for a little falls shooting on Saturday. This is the base of Latourell Falls.

A real rarity since no one was there. At least at first no one was there then everyone started showing up. This was shot from the bridge crossing the creek. 

It seemed as if every Druid in Portland felt that they had to come out and dance on the bridge while I had my tripod set up :(
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In the immortal words of Arnold Schwarzenegger from Predator...

"Come, do it NOW!"

This is so good. Good for everyone. Well, maybe not for +Scott Kelby but good for us mere mortals :)

Thank you Scott Kelby and +Kalebra Kelby, et. al.

One Kelby to Rule Them All = KelbyOne
 
We just announced the biggest news in the history of our company, and an evolution in how people learn Photoshop, Photography, Lightroom & Lighting. http://scottkelby.com/2014/creatives-unite-at-kelbyone/
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Check out this video on YouTube: This is a great daughter!

A pleasure to see... and hear :)
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After seeing a post from +Brian Bonham I decided to see if I could do a hike after the surgery and find Butte Creek Falls.

This is a view of Lower Butte Creek Falls and the hike was just enough for me to feel it but not kill myself.

Thank you Brian for getting me off of my butt. 

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Yes, sometimes we do need that 'extra' motivation! Good shots, Ken.
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I got a chance to visit with family that I had not seen for a few years and got to meet this cutie. She is my "nephew's" daughter.

I could have left the lens cap on and her beauty would still have shown through. 
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+Chrystal McPherson thank you! She's just melts your heart. That is the most serious that I saw her that day. 
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Carolyn competed in NATS yesterday and WON! She even was invited to perform in the evening concert.

I am so proud of her!!
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that is so cool! give Carolyn a big hug from me... wish I had seen this before church this morning and I could congratulate her in person...
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Another of Latourell Falls from Saturday before the downpours started.
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Wondering what to get me? :)

Check out this week's episode of "The Grid" and then check out the next one... 'cause you never know if they might not have something else I would like!!
 
Spread the word: today it's our "Holiday Gift Guide for Photographers All Under $100" live on "The Grid"

Matt and I have lots of great gift ideas and stocking stuffers, so join-in the fun today (and please help us spread the word by sharing here on G+). See you today at 4:00 pm ET (7-1/2 hrs from now) at http://kelbytv.com/thegrid (If you miss the live show, we rebroadcast it starting tomorrow).
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