Photos of Panama Rocks, Panama New York

30 07 2013

Pano1Photography by Kurt A. Moore / Moore Images Photographic Services / Chautauqua County, Westfield New York

I spent a couple of hours walking around the Panama Rocks nature preserve in Panama New York. Equipment used was the Canon 5D mark iii and a Really Right Stuff nodal bracket for the panoramas shot during my little hike. Panama Rocks is a private nature preserve with about a mile of hiking trail taking you through some interesting rock out croppings and forested area. Take a tripod if your planning a photo trip to the rocks.

Barn window Panama Rocks

Barn window Panama Rocks

Flower Barn Panama Rocks, N.Y.

Panama Rocks, Panama N.Y.

Panama Rocks, Panama N.Y.

Panama Rocks Panorama


Spring Flowers

12 10 2011
Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

Looking at the file of old images and reworking them. Processing pretty basic, Lightrooms adjustment brush to darken down background along with the vignette on the edges. The red border and border drop shadow was done in PS5.

Sunrise on Chautauqua Lake N.Y.

1 10 2011

Chautauqua Inst. Bell Tower, Chautauqua Lake Sunrise


Sunrise picture of the Chautauqua Institution’s Miller Bell Tower and Chautauqua Lake N.Y. which is in the western part of New York State in Chautauqua County. Sitting at the computer with 40 degree temps outside and just figured a nice summer time sunrise images would make people feel a little warmer. Hope it worked.

Hawk in flight

15 09 2011
Hawk in flight

Hawk in flight


A lucky capture. All I had with me was the 7D with a 18-135mm, not long enough to get a full frame image. This is cropped a bit in Lightroom. It’s great to have the 18 mega pixels to allow the cropping. Just a little (very little) adjustment brush to lighten the under side and head of the bird.

Photograph of a Turkey Vulture and his Dinner

16 08 2011

Photography by: Kurt A. Moore – Moore Images Photographic Services

Westfield, Chautauqua County New York

Came upon this scene on Saturday evening of a Turkey Vulture having dinner. The image was taken using my car as a blind, the window and a towel as a camera support and a Sigma 120mm-500mm zoom the lens was set at 500mm f8 @ 500th of second with an ISO of 1600 on the canon 7D. A bit of post processing in Lightroom 3.

Barcelona Harbor Westfield, New York HDR Sunsets

11 08 2011

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Photography by: Kurt A. Moore – Moore Images Photographic Services

Westfield, Chautauqua County New York

This slideshow is highlighting some of the images taken last night of the sunset at the Barcelona harbor in Westfield, New York. The slideshow has both the straight out of the camera image and the processed image out of nik software’s HDR efex. Some I feel are over processed, but I’m starting to like the look a little more each time I do it. The straight out of the camera image looks flat and just doesn’t have the pop that the HDR’s have but maybe I’m over doing the processing and getting to much pop, texture, contrast. What do you think? The barn image was also taken yesterday when we had such great clouds so I just included it along with the sunsets.

Chautauqua Institution Lake Front Image Deconstructed

29 07 2011

I’m hoping to start a series of how I came up with the final images that you see on this blog. I would like you to believe that every image that you view here is straight out of the camera but most have at least a little bit of post processing done to them. I am under the belief that you should use all the resources you have available to use. In the old days of photography before digital, we used different film to get different looks, we dodge and burned the image while printing, we composited and retouch or paid someone else to do it.  Today when I go out the door to shoot I am thinking about how I can get the best image in the camera, but I’m also thinking what new resources I have at my disposal. Resources like dedicated Flashes, Photoshop, Lightroom, and all the plug-ins that are available. I don’t think “PHOTOSHOPING” an image is a bad thing. I think it’s just a tool to help you produce the artistic vision you have as a photographer.

Click on the thumbnails to see larger images.




Image No#1 -Canon 7D at 24mm @F22 and 1/200 of sec

This is the first shot I took. The Exposure Comp was still set from previous shot.





Image No#2-Canon 7D at 18mm@F22 and 1/50th of a sec

This is the next image taken as you can see I dropped the shutter speed to 1/50th of a sec. That’s +2 stops from the previous frame and I zoomed the lens out to its widest setting.





Image No#3-Canon 7D at 18mm@F22 and 1/25th of a sec

I opened up another stop to end up at my final exposure 1/25th of a sec




Image No#4- Same camera and camera settings

With the same camera settings I added a flash to bring some detail into the flowers and building. The flash was on manual and full power.




Image No#5-Same camera and camera settings

The only difference is that I turned down the flash by 1stop to 1/2 power




Image No#6-Same camera and camera settings

Once again I turned down the flash power by 1stop to 1/4 power which ended up being the right combination of camera setting and flash power setting.

The final image that appears above is the result of the trial and error from above and some post processing in Lightroom 3 and a Lightroom plug-in from Nik software called Viveza 2. In Lightroom 3 I used the adjustment brush to darken the lower edge of the image, removed some bird from the sky with the spot removal tool and put a slight vignette around the entire image. In Viveza 2 I added the warm tones you see in the sky and front of the building. I also used Viveza 2 to open up the shadows in the flowers.

I hope you like this new series of how I come up with the final images that I post and print.

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