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Belinda Shi
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Photographer. Traveler.
Photographer. Traveler.

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Another July 4th fireworks photo taken last night that was among my favorites.  It looks more "normal" without the fog reflection as I have captured in other photos which were quite unique in San Francisco.  Nevertheless, given I am a first time mom of a young baby and have limited time to do landscape photography, I think it's worthwhile to share my 15 minutes effort to go out between bedtime feedings to document this year's firework colors.  It was quite a bit effort to select which photos to post and share so I decided to post a few of my favorites here http://belindashi.com/july-4th-fireworks-in-2015/  

I'd be happy to hear from you which one you like the most.  Hope you all had a great July 4th weekend!

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner 

#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner

#BTPLandscapePro +BTP Landscape Pro +Nancy Dempsey +Rinus Bakker

#showyourbestwork and +ShowYourBestWork +Britta Rogge 
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July 4th fireworks in San Francisco, photographed last night. This is not my typical landscape photo but just want to share the foggy fireworks that was kind of special in San Francisco. For more foggy fireworks photos I took last year, and some tips on photograph fireworks, please see my article: http://belindashi.com/photograph-fireworks/

Technical details of the following photo: ISO200, 145mm, f/9, 1.6sec. Equipment used: Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS lens, Gitzo travel tripod, Really Right Stuff BH-40 ballhead, Phottix Aion Wireless Timer and Shutter Release. (The timer and shutter release are not essential but my personal preference).

#fireworks   #july4th   #sanfrancisco   #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner 
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner
#BTPLandscapePro +BTP Landscape Pro +Nancy Dempsey +Rinus Bakker
#showyourbestwork and +ShowYourBestWork +Britta Rogge 
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Paradise Ridge Winery sunset.  This is the first landscape photoshoot I did after having the baby.  It was taken two days ago in Sonoma, California.  I have taken a photo at exactly the same spot two years ago, which was used in the marketing brochure of a non-profit fundraiser.  In return, I was invited back to the event and enjoyed another great sunset and photoshoot.  The only difference this time was that my little baby was with us as well - he seemed to be completely content and had a great potential to be a perfect travel companion.

Here is more detail about this photo and the comparison with the last one, as well as my photo tips.  http://belindashi.com/paradise-ridge-winery-sunset/

ISO100, 24mm, f/18, 4 sec.  Two Lee neutral density filters (2 stop and 3 stop) stacked together to cover the sky.  Taken 8 minutes before sunset.  

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner 
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner
#BTPLandscapePro +BTP Landscape Pro +Nancy Dempsey +Rinus Bakker
#showyourbestwork and +ShowYourBestWork +Britta Rogge 
+Coastal Thursday curated by  +David Polzine +Jon Kahn #CoastalThursday
+Leading Lines Monday curated by  +Pam Boling +Michael B. Stuart +* +David Murphy +Simos Xenakis +Andreas Levi #leadinglinesmonday
+NatureMonday curated by  +Rolf Hicker +Jen Baptist #NatureMonday
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One of the many reasons I like G+ is to get to know so many talented photographers.  +Debashis Talukdar is among one of them.  I really enjoy his timelapse photography.  See below video of his latest New Zealand trip, which inspires me so much that I even want to move there.  Please check out his works and website http://debashistalukdar.com/, like and/or share his works.  I know you'll enjoy it as much as I do.  

Please share more great work with me +Debashis Talukdar and hope our photography paths will cross someday!

#landscapephotography   #newzealand   #timelapse  https://youtu.be/T6nI6TU8mj4

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On way to Vatnajökull, Iceland.  Vatnajökull is Europe's largest glacier outside the arctic.  Vatnajökull National Park covers almost 14% of Iceland and is where my ice cave tour is located.  We drove along the ring road for a couple hours in the middle of nowhere in this icy world, I was completely blown away by its serenity and had to step out of the car a few times to take a snapshot.  The original photo in the color version has only one color tone - grey.  So my BW version looks very similar to what you'll see in the real world.

Here's some of a simple tip on how I retouch sky using Adobe Lightroom http://belindashi.com/adobe-lightroom-5-retouching-sky-and-clouds/

Technical details: ISO100, 30mm, f/8, 1/125 sec, aperture priority mode, handheld position.  Equipment used includes Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II wide angle lens.  No tripod, filters used.  For a complete list of my photo gear, you can find it in the "About" page on my website.

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner 

#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner

#BTPLandscapePro +BTP Landscape Pro +Nancy Dempsey +Rinus Bakker

#showyourbestwork and +ShowYourBestWork +Britta Rogge

+Earth Pattern Saturday curated by  +Annette Gretler +Beat Gretler #EarthPatternSaturday
 
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Iceberg in sunrise at Jökulsárlón, Iceland.  One of the most unforgettable photo experiences I had.  This was photographed in my last trip to Iceland.  The beach at Jökulsárlón is very popular for serious photographers, whether professional or amateur.  So I got up super early and wanted to make sure to pick a good spot.  I was only the second one on the beach - apparently someone was more diligent than me!  I was so amazed by the number of icebergs and couldn't really decide which one was my favorite.  So I picked a few and clicked away.  By the time I wrapped up my work, I realized I had stood in the icy cold water for about two hours and my waterproof boots were soaking wet.  I have stayed more than another week in Iceland afterwards and didn't get sick.  This must be the power of passion and photography!  

Here's some of my tips on outdoor clothing for photo trips http://belindashi.com/outdoor-clothing-for-photo-trips/

Technical details: ISO100, 16mm, f/13, 1 sec, aperture priority mode.  Equipment used includes Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II wide angle lens, Gitzo traveler tripod plus Really Right Stuff BH-40 ball head, Phottix Aion Wireless Timer and Shutter Release.  If I remember correctly, I used one of the 3 Lee graduated ND filters.  For a complete list of my photo gear, you can find it in the "About" page on my website.

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner 
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner
#BTPLandscapePro +BTP Landscape Pro +Nancy Dempsey +Rinus Bakker
#showyourbestwork and +ShowYourBestWork +Britta Rogge 
+Coastal Thursday curated by  +David Polzine +Jon Kahn #CoastalThursday
+Travel Thursday curated by  +Laura Mitchum #TravelThursday
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Alcatraz at dusk, one of the many neighborhood photos I took in San Francisco.  This one was taken exactly today one year ago.  

I have taken a break from the busy online world the past few months due to the exciting transition to becoming a new parent.  While it is absolutely rewarding my landscape photo time in the past few months has limited to almost zero.  Fortunately, I have quite a large database of unpublished photos from past trips, and this gives me the perfect opportunity to review those photos, and even re-invent my creative retouching process.  

Here's a latest article I have shared about how to master timing to capture the best landscape photos. http://belindashi.com/master-timing-for-best-landscape-photos/

The technical details of this photo is ISO100, 32mm, f/11, 187 sec, Bulb mode.  Equipment used includes Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II wide angle lens, Lee big stopper filter, Gitzo traveler tripod plus Really Right Stuff BH-40 ball head, Phottix Aion Wireless Timer and Shutter Release.  For a complete list of my photo gear, you can find it in the "About" page on my website.

Have a great day!

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner 
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner
#BTPLandscapePro +BTP Landscape Pro +Nancy Dempsey +Rinus Bakker
#10000photographers by +Robert SKREINER 
+10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS
#showyourbestwork and +ShowYourBestWork +Britta Rogge
+PixelWorld curated by  +Alberto Carreras #pixelworld  
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Beautiful photo from +Ronald Varley .  Thank you and I'm so glad my presets were useful in your post processing!  Here's the link to my presets specifically designed by, and for, landscape photographers.  http://shop.belindashi.com/products/magic-light-landscape-workflow-creative-collection

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Happy Chinese New Year everyone!  Today is the start of the year of Goat!  I know I'm slow on G+ posting and new landscape works due to all the feedings and diaper changes as a new parent, but still wanted to share my new abundance of joy with you.  Wish all of you a new year of Health, Happiness and Prosperity.  

The following photo was taken yesterday at Apollo's one month birthday.  He's a tall (at 99 percentile), healthy (at 95 percentile of weight), and most importantly, happy baby.  He smiles every day - usually after feeding - and grows fast!  

ISO800, 55mm, f/3.5, 1/200sec, handheld, window light.  Portrait photography in natural light could be a lot easier with less gear (eg. no tripod, nor lighting gear needed), but the same principle applies when we want to get the right exposure, and composition.  Here's an article I wrote earlier:

Less Is More – 7 Approaches To Create Simple Yet Strong Composition
http://belindashi.com/7-approaches-to-create-simple-yet-strong-composition/

 #hqspportraits +HQSP Portraits curated by +Heiko Köster  +Ryan Ottaway Martin
+Portrait gallery,  +Aamir Shahzad
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Birth Announcement from the sunny San Francisco.  I’m delighted to announce that our baby - Apollo Moon - debuted in this world on Jan 18, 2015.  He weighed 8lb 6oz at birth as a super healthy and loud boy, and continues to bring us lots of joy despite the sleep deprivation, the pain after surgery, and the steep learning curve to be new parents.  

Here's a picture of Apollo when he's 10 days old.  ISO320, 50mm, f/1.8, 1/100sec in manual mode, handheld position. Window light and no flash.  

Although taking baby portrait is quite different from landscape photos, here's the common tool you still need to use in order to get the right exposure.  Check out my article/video on Histogram if you are interested 
http://belindashi.com/what-is-histogram-and-why-you-have-to-use-it/

+HQSP Portraits curated by  +Anja Wessels +Heiko Köster +Ryan Ottaway Martin #HQSPPortraits
+Portrait gallery curated by  +Aamir Shahzad
+PixelWorld curated by  +Alberto Carreras #pixelworld
+Prime Lenses curated by  +Tim Bray
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