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.

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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.

Barcelona Harbor Time-Laspe V.02

29 07 2011

This time-laspe has been improved by adding an exposure gradient filter to the lower half of all the 600+ images. This was done in Lightroom 3 which makes it very easy to do this correction with their synch function, all 600+ images corrected in minutes. I think this version is a lot better by brightening the foreground so that the activity can be seen in the harbor and along the shoreline.

More from Chautauqua Institution

24 07 2011

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These images were taken on July 21, 2011. It’s about some of the details you can find around the grounds at Chautauqua. I also tried to use my 10mm-20mm zoom lens on a couple of them, this lens doesn’t get a lot of use so it was an opportunity to force me to use it.

Also check out the images on the Chautauqua Institution flickr group at

Chautauqua Institution a morning that started real early

20 07 2011

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Photography by: Kurt A. Moore-, Moore Images Photographic Services

Westfield, Chautauqua County New York

Up at 4am to be on the lake front by the Miller Bell Tower before sunrise. The before sunrise color was better than the color after the sun cleared the mountain. I worked the area from about 5:20 am -8:00 and then shot a couple more images from 9:45-10:30 am.

Barcelona Harbor Sunset Timelaspe

14 07 2011

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

Westfield, Chautauqua County, New York

Go to the list on the right and click on Barcelona lighthouse New York to see more images of the lighthouse.

This is may second attempt at a timelaspe sequence. This sunset at Barcelona Harbor and Lighthouse was shot July 13, 2011 over about 1.5 hours and over 650 individual images combined at 15 frames a second to give you a 34 second finished video. Look for the ducks swimming and the two boats docking after a day out fishing.

Critique : There’s a couple of glitches in the video cause by me playing with the timer controller. Still learning the controller, I think I have it figured out now and the next timelaspe should be better.

Foggy morning and macro nature images

9 07 2011

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Photography by: Moore Images-Kurt A. Moore
Jamestown, Chautauqua County, New York.

A little slide show featuring a few of the nature/macro images I shot on Saturday July 9th 2011 at the Jamestown New York Audubon Nature Sanctuary.
Equipment used was a Canon 7d with a Sigma 100mm 2.8 1:1 macro lens on a 20yr old stroboframe macro Flash bracket with a single Canon 580 exll attached.
Mostly hand held but a few from a tripod.

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Rural Chautauqua County New York Postcard

25 10 2010

Photo by Kurt A. Moore
Westfield New York
This image was taken on the Hartfield-Stockton Rd looking towards and past Stockton. I think the photograph works as a full frame or as a panorama. The foliage color the color of the clouds work great to show off this rural photograph.
There is a little look at what I retouched out of the final version of the Post card photograph. Removed all the man made elements except the main farm and the road of course, I also took out the evergreen that you see on the left center of the image because it was competing with the farm image. The smaller pano image if you click on it will allow you see the man made elements that where removed in a larger images.

Photographing Fall Color in Western New York

22 10 2010

Photos By Kurt A. Moore-Moore Images Photographic Services
Westfield New York
I took a little drive around the north end of the county. Westfield, Mayville, Stockton, Dunkirk, Barcelona New York. I took a couple of images along the way. I hope you like them. I don’t seem to find a lot of free time to do little photo field trips like I did today. It’s always fun to rediscover how amazing this county really is in all seasons of the year. The fall colors in western New York can be great. On this day, a little towards the end of the color season, but how could I pass up this day with the blue sky’s and clouds. It was a nice drive you should do this every once in awhile. Chautauqua County New York and photography goes hand in hand.

Barcelona New York Harbor Sunset Panorama

30 09 2010

On this night I happened to look out the window while working on the computer. The entire sky and landscape had this great orange yellow glow to it so I grabbed the camera and headed out the door the see what the sunset looked like over lake erie at Barcelona Harbor in Westfield New York. The sunset over the lake was incredible. There were more people photographing this sunset than I have ever seen. The small size that I can produce here doesn’t do the panos any justice at all.

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