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2015/12/30

Photography of Plane Wreckage in Nevada

plane wreckage movie
I vaguely remember seeing the movie 3000 Miles to Graceland quite some time ago. It was not a movie that stuck out in my mind as anything memorable, even though I do enjoy both Kurt Russell and Kevin Costner in films.  I say this because I did not set out to go and find a scene from the movie.  In fact I just recently learned about the ghost town/old mining town in Nelson, Nevada from a couple of courses I watched on KelbyOne training.

airplane wreckage from movie
As I began to wander around the property at Nelson I came across the crash site. The sun was already low in the sky (because of the mountain range the lighting got to be tricky) but I managed to get a couple of pictures. Both images were shot with my iPhone 6s.

The scene from the movie is not an actual plane crash, but rather an explosion at a gas station. You can watch it here on YouTube.



Jeff Jones is a freelance photographer based in Gallup, New Mexico, and available for weddings, portraits and sports event throughout New Mexico, Northeastern Arizona and beyond.




2015/12/25

Golden Hour Skies

 For ages photographers have called the time near sunset the "Golden Hour". The light comes through the atmosphere and turns a warm yellow. The harsh shadows of midday vanish and we get to enjoy the complimentary colors of blue and orange.  Here are a few of the images shot during that special time of day - all with an iPhone.




2015/12/08

Unfair Comparison or reality of life?

I spend a lot of time each week on the Internet.  I look at trends in photography, and am constantly looking for new material in terms of tutorials to improve my shooting and to keep my classroom instruction up to date and fresh for my high school students.

One of the things that continues to amaze me is despite how important images are in American culture and the advances in camera technology, there are still an awful lot of people who accept mediocre (being generous with that label) photographs.  It is  becoming even more of an issue now with so many people relying entirely on the default apps on their mobile devices (smart phones are the most common culprit).

As my recent exploration into my photo a day project has been largely done with my iPhone I can say that the camera in the phone can do a lot if you understand how to work with it.  There are certainly times that a phone camera is simply not going to work. Theses are the times that you need to know the limitations of your equipment and how to cope with them - or else get better equipment.

Today I discovered a slightly dated, but still very relevant, blog about why a professional photographer is better.  The author did not stand on a soapbox and proclaim that a pro is better. Instead he set up a scenario where he let people on the street shoot with a point-and-shoot camera their way until they said they were happy with the results. Then he shot it his way.  The blog post has comparisons that are so vastly different in quality that no other explanation was needed. The pictures tell the story.

So, if you want to see some really good comparisons between an average person versus a pro with a camera, take a visit to Adam Sternberg's Las Vegas photography blog.