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Moe Chen
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Taking a look at this picture in full daylight, It does look a bit dark so I lightened it just a click.  Here is a link to the final image. Tip of the day, never edit in a dark room at night!

http://www.moechenphotography.com/Black-and-White/i-zJcKqJC/A

Taken at blue hour this was the last composition I shot on a trip to the southwest earlier this year. Shot at Lost Dutchman State Park in Apache Junction, AZ with +Chris Lazzery and +Brian Matiash  . I always find it interesting when you find locations like these situated just a couple miles from strip malls and mini golf courses. It can be like that up here in Maine too. I stepped on some of those little Cholla cactus and ended up with a few nice barbed needles in my shoe which I managed to impale in the bottom of my foot on the flight out of Phoenix later in the day. Good times. 

Yeah I know this ones dark, and maybe too dark depending on what kind of screen you're looking at. Keeping a nice spooky look in honor of Halloween. Plus these are the Superstition Mountains after all. I just like the way the highlights in the image look when the whole picture is kept on the dark side. 

Click to view it bigger and it gets better I promise and go full screen for the best view! This one looks pretty horrible as a thumbnail. On a side note, I loaded this up on my desktop after editing on my laptop to do final corrections. Retina displays are starting to spoil me and my trusty 27" iMac is starting to make me think everything looks fuzzy.
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Whaaat? Whose this guy posting a photo...??? As summer season winds down and my available time can be measured in more than brief moments it's time to start processing some pics! Here's an oldie from back in February. More a documentary pic than a true landscape. From the Toadstools in Utah with +Brian Matiash (photographer pictured) and +Chris Lazzery  (tiny head poking over rock) one early early full moon morning. 
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Oh man - freaking epic capture, dude! Suuuuuch good times. Especially when Chris' tent blew away. 
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Hi All! I am selling some equipment and will give my social media friends first crack if anybody is interested. These will be going up on eBay Friday night so message me asap if you are interested in either one. Any sale will be invoiced through PayPal. 

First one up is Nikon 24-70 2.8. Pretty much a staple in any pros bag if you are considering one you already know what it is! This one has a broken filter ring as you can see in the images. Also the zoom is very stiff from 24-28mm. This is the result of a short drop off an ottoman during a shoot about a year ago. Optically I see absolutely no defect whatsoever but you will have a difficult time threading on a filter if that is your plan. 

This is full USA retail version not grey market. 

That being said I am selling this one at a discount. 

Price is $1350 with free shipping to U.S. Thanks! 
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Hi +Jay Cruz Rosado ! I'm in Maine. Puerto Rico is fine, I think shipping rates are pretty much the same. The 24-70 I am selling for $1350. You may want to read through the description for some additional details.  Let me know if you are interested.  Thanks!
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There's lots and lots of Nubble shots out there but I think this take by +Michael Blanchette is the best I have seen to date.  I need to get out and shoot me a seascape!
 
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This is from this morning at Nubble Lighthouse. The place is very heavily photographed so it takes unique conditions to create something a bit different. When I arrived at 4:45am, the sky looked clear and boring. But 30 minutes later, the light fog, backlight, clouds, and high tide produced a scene that made it all worthwhile. I love it when that happens!

#landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #lighthouse   #lighthousephotography   #sunrisephotography   #sunrisephotos   #maine   #fog   #seacoast   #seascapephotography   #seascape  
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Wow. That IS a great Nubble capture. Epic, even?
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OK photographer friends and non photographer friends alike.  I have an equipment question for anybody.  I spent last night in my driveway taking pics of my super hot 2006 mint green Toyota Corolla in preparation for an upcoming photo project.  I was using a Speedlight lashed to a broomstick (ok an actual broom) with a clothesline. 

 I need something that is a bit more permanent, a lot more secure and allows me to access the controls on the back of the Speedlight.  The hot shoe of the Speedlight is occupied by my remote trigger so I can't attach any Speedlight accessory clamps or brackets that utilize the hotshoe.

Can anybody tell me of a product that attaches to a pole or boom and has a clamp that will allow me to secure the Speedlight while keeping the back open.  I am fine with a commercial product or even a decent DIY solution. I have done an exhaustive search (I googled it) and have come up with nothing. Thanks for any thoughts!
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I've got a remote shoe that interfaces with my speedlite and it also has a hotshoe on the bottom. So I use a light stand to hold my light (and or umbrella) You should be able to find these at B&H or Adorama etc...
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Here is take two on the Watchman in Zion. This is my preferred comp of the two but I held off on working on this one initially for two reasons. One, my buddy +Chris Lazzery  who was standing directly to my left here had just published an almost identical composition (pretty much unavoidable if you are going to shoot from the bridge). 

Two, there are definitely times where I will delay processing my favorite composition. Sometimes a little time and perspective lets you figure out exactly where you want to go with an image. In this case, I received a test print of the last photo I posted from Zion and decided it came out a little bit too unnatural for my tastes. Despite the fact that the cliffs were really blazing away in the moonlight I felt like a slightly more subtle processing treatment captures the feel of the night better in my eyes. 

Check out how much a single vehicle driving by in the distance can change a scene. In the little valley on the right you can see what the headlights from a single car driving the other direction a mile away can do to a scene. I don't feel like it detracts from the overall image here but there have been plenty of compositions ruined by seemingly trivial lights on the horizon or from passing boats, planes, trains and automobiles.

With +Chris Lazzery and +Brian Matiash on a cold Utah night. 
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OK time to clear out some of the processed images from my hard drive. This one has been sitting there for a while. 

From the White Pocket area in Vermillion Cliffs National Monument area in Arizona with +Brian Matiash and +Chris Lazzery . 
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Wow! Great location, perfect background/foreground composition.
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Hi All! I am selling some equipment and will give my social media friends first crack if anybody is interested. These will be going up on eBay Friday night so message me asap if you are interested in either one. Any sale will be invoiced through PayPal. 

Second one up is Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 vrii. Again, if you are in the market for this lens you will know what it is. This is newest model of the 70-200 2.8. Also full USA version not grey market. The lens hood has one petal broken off but otherwise everything is in great condition. 

Price on the 70-200 is $1750 with free shipping to the U.S. Thanks! 
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Here is a final version of an image that I have been working on for a project with +Yegor Malinovskii  and the Berlin City Auto Group www.berlincity.com that over the coming months will be showcasing local New England Artists combining some awesome rides (including this ridiculous 2015 Nissan GT-R Black Edition) and local New England scenes and landscapes. I'll post more info on that soon! In the meantime here is a shot from the Old Port downtown Portland, Maine from a shoot the other morning with +Charlie Widdis .  

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Nice Moe!  Nice car and Wharf Street is my favorite in Portland.
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A few days back I posted a call out asking for some advice on rigging up a makeshift boom arm. In the end I disassembled an old broken Manfrotto tripod I had laying around the house (it pays to be a pack rat) and used the parts to manufacture this. Total cost ended up being about $8 for a locking hotshot adapter. It's a bit top heavy because I have a 3 lb ballhead stuck to the top but if I velcro my trigger to the handle I can use two hands to maneuver and aim. 

Here's a single frame BTS look at the project I'm working on from the PHL.
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Time to put the Southwest photos to bed for a while. As fun a it was taking and editing these pics from Utah and Arizona I feel the need to turn my attention back to my home state of Maine. Look forward to getting out there and creating some new images. 

Let's just hope this weather takes a turn for the warmer soon...
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I don't usually like to publish a pic online until I have seen it on a few different screens.  My laptop screen is a little sharper and more contrasty than my desktop so the results always vary.  I won't be near my desktop for a little while so I'll pop this one up anyway. 

This is from the morning after the amazing light we had at sunset in White Pocket.  The sunrise wasn't nearly as dramatic as the night's sunset but it did provide some nice wrap around color (in this case the sun was coming up over my left shoulder, allowing me to get capture some glow on the rocks while still getting color in the sky.  

When I'm out shooting I am generally happy if I can walk away with one frame per shoot or location that I consider a keeper.  White Pocket was almost embarrassing in what it has provided.  I think this is the 4th pic I have posted from the location and I probably have another 2 or 3 including one of my favorite compositions of the trip to go.  

A note here.  I will often blend images or double process my RAW files to maintain detail in both sky and foreground.  In this event the light in the sky and the light on the rocks was so perfectly balanced I didn't make a single selective adjustment to either one.  One of the easiest images to process ever!
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Fantastic image.   I would love to shoot this place some time.
I bet that balance of light didn't last for more than a few minutes,   it seems to change so rapidly at this point.
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