peter alexander photography: Blog http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog en-us (C) peter alexander photography palexander718@gmail.com (peter alexander photography) Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:20:00 GMT Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:20:00 GMT http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u1015178393-o259488003-50.jpg peter alexander photography: Blog http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog 90 120 The Thrill of Smart Phone Photography http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2018/1/the-thrill-of-smart-phone-photography I'm always amazed at how fast technology changes. In high school it was beepers that would alert you to go find a payphone to make a call. Today we can take high resolution still photos and video on a device that is smaller than those original beepers. And the compact size makes it great for being a fly on the wall or quickly moving it to new and interesting angles. The following images were made with my iPhone7+ over the past few weeks. While I love shooting with my Nikon DSLR, it's not always practical, especially when I want to fully interact with our 3-year-old son. 

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palexander718@gmail.com (peter alexander photography) cat emotion iphone 7+ life park photography photo-journalism play smart phone sunset toddler http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2018/1/the-thrill-of-smart-phone-photography Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:18:47 GMT
Fun Black and White Photography http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2018/1/fun-black-and-white-photography I love black and white photos, especially B/W silhouette's as cliche as the are. 

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palexander718@gmail.com (peter alexander photography) black and white photography photo-journalism play http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2018/1/fun-black-and-white-photography Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:42:37 GMT
Hanging out in the front yard http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2018/1/hanging-out-in-the-front-yard Loved the light and shallow depth of field on these images of my son playing in the front yard.

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palexander718@gmail.com (peter alexander photography) emotion photography photo-journalism play http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2018/1/hanging-out-in-the-front-yard Sun, 14 Jan 2018 21:45:45 GMT
Around the Yard: January 12, 2018 http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2018/1/around-the-yard-january-12-2018 Just some random images made in the backyard. Enjoy.

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palexander718@gmail.com (peter alexander photography) backyard d300 emotion macro nikon photography http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2018/1/around-the-yard-january-12-2018 Sat, 13 Jan 2018 23:29:47 GMT
Shallow Depth of Field http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2017/12/shallow-depth-of-field Many professional photographers use a Shallow Depth of Field (DoF) to get a subject to stand out in photograph and clean up the background from distracting content. They do this by using a wider aperture and longer focal range. The closer you get to your subject, the less DoF you get. I love using a 70-200 f/2.8 for this reason. See below for examples of my work using either a wider aperture and/or a longer lens. 

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palexander718@gmail.com (peter alexander photography) background f-stop photographic technique photographs photography photo-journalism shallow depth of field telephoto wide open http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2017/12/shallow-depth-of-field Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:37:11 GMT
Small Vegetation Fire in Newbury Park, CA on December 5, 2017 http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2017/12/small-vegetation-fire-in-newbury-park-ca-on-december-5-2017 Around noon today a fire broke out toward the end of Rancho Conejo Road in Newbury park (December 5, 2017). Here are a few of the photos I snapped as we evacuated from SAGE Publishing nearby. evacuated from SAGE Publishing nearby.

 

 

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palexander718@gmail.com (peter alexander photography) fire newbury park photography photo-journalism ventura county fire department http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2017/12/small-vegetation-fire-in-newbury-park-ca-on-december-5-2017 Tue, 05 Dec 2017 22:30:54 GMT
August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2017/8/august-21-2017-solar-eclipse The 2017 partial solar eclipse as seen from Newbury Park, California on August 21, 2017.

Top Photo: Image taken at 10:19 a.m. (pst) at about 62% coverage (max coverage for the Los Angeles area).

Bottom Photo: Composite of seven shots over about 30 minutes.

All images made using a green tinted welding filter (#10), 400mm (on a DX sensor), F/8 @1/4000 ISO 100. Equipment: Nikon D300, Bower 2X teleconverter, Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8, tripod, and remote trigger. 

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palexander718@gmail.com (peter alexander photography) #eclipsela eclipse los angeles partial eclipse photography photo-journalism solar eclipse http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2017/8/august-21-2017-solar-eclipse Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:24:47 GMT
Minimalism in Photography http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2017/7/minimalism-in-photography I think one of the hardest things to do in photography is to minimize your subject matter for more impact. These are some examples I came across in my archives of my attempts to do just that.

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palexander718@gmail.com (peter alexander photography) minimalism photography photo-journalism http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2017/7/minimalism-in-photography Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:15:00 GMT
Animals in Malibu Creek State Park http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2017/7/animals-in-malibu-creek-state-park Hiking with a camera has got to be one of the most fulfilling activities. Here area some shots from years past. 

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palexander718@gmail.com (peter alexander photography) animals photography photo-journalism http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2017/7/animals-in-malibu-creek-state-park Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:15:00 GMT
Cancun, Mexico http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2017/7/cancun-mexico Some random images from Cancun, Mexico from a number of years ago. Was fun trying to get some decent shots in the glass bottom submarine type boat! 

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palexander718@gmail.com (peter alexander photography) animals destination. photography photo-journalism resort vacation water http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2017/7/cancun-mexico Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:15:00 GMT
Swallowtail Butterly http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2017/7/swallowtail-butterly Nothing like hiking through the park with a long lens and a speedlight to get some nice butterfly shots. These images of a Swallowtail Butterfly on milk thistle were taken in Malibu Creek State Park near Calabasas, California. The park was the TV set for the M.A.S.H. series and a number of other movies.

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palexander718@gmail.com (peter alexander photography) animals butterfly insects macro nature photography photo-journalism swallowtail thistle http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2017/7/swallowtail-butterly Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:12:53 GMT
Black and White Street Photography http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2017/7/black-and-white-street-photography My favorite way to showcase random finds while shooting in the street is to process in black and white. Monochrome is a good way to isolate a subject and intensify the emotion of a scene. The below are some shots ranging from the Beach in Ventura to the street of downtown Los Angeles. 

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palexander718@gmail.com (peter alexander photography) angeles beach black and white city los monochrome photography photo-journalism ventura http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2017/7/black-and-white-street-photography Tue, 18 Jul 2017 06:44:01 GMT
From the Archives: September 18, 2010. http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2017/2/from-the-archives-september-18-2010 Random photos from around Mondos beach, Ventura, CA.

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palexander718@gmail.com (peter alexander photography) animals beach macro mondos photo-journalism photography play surf surfer water http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2017/2/from-the-archives-september-18-2010 Sat, 25 Feb 2017 21:41:58 GMT
From the Archives: December 27, 2010 http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2017/2/from-the-archives-december-27-2010 Snow Geese and other birds gather in the rice fields along highway 99 about 10 miles south of Chico, CA and 10 miles Northeast of Oroville, CA. Rice, Almonds, Figs and other agricultural areas are havens for birds and wildlife. I spotted this gaggle of geese on my way back to Southern CA from visiting my brother in Chico.

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palexander718@gmail.com (peter alexander photography) animals birds ducks feathers fly geese photo-journalism photography rice rice fields snow geese water http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2017/2/from-the-archives-december-27-2010 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:08:54 GMT
From the Archives: October 31, 2010 http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2017/2/from-the-archives-october-31-2010 I spotted this happy little dog playing in the surf while sitting on the beach near Surfer's Point in Ventura, CA on October 31, 2010. He ran back and forth so much I was getting out of breath for him! These are the wonderful things you come across while out in the world with a camera. 

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palexander718@gmail.com (peter alexander photography) animals beach dog photo-journalism photography play surf water http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2017/2/from-the-archives-october-31-2010 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:45:52 GMT
From the Archives: June 13, 2010 http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2017/2/from-the-archives-june-13-2010 Surprise! some more macro shots! This time from June 13th, 2010.

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palexander718@gmail.com (peter alexander photography) animals macro photo-journalism http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2017/2/from-the-archives-june-13-2010 Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:00:00 GMT
From the Archives: May 26, 2010 http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2017/2/from-the-archives-may-26-2010 Some more macro flies, spiders, and beetles, oh my!

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palexander718@gmail.com (peter alexander photography) macro photo-journalism photography http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2017/2/from-the-archives-may-26-2010 Sat, 11 Feb 2017 21:11:18 GMT
From the Archives: June 19, 2010 Trip to Santa Cruz Island http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2017/2/from-the-archives-june-19-2010-trip-to-santacruzisland A trip to the Channel Island's Santa Cruz island in 2010 was an amazing photo opportunity. So much going on from kayaking to hiking to whale watching with Island Packers. I definitely want to go out there again!

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palexander718@gmail.com (peter alexander photography) animals bee day trip dolphin hiking island island Packers kayaking macro photo-journalism photography sea lion seals water http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2017/2/from-the-archives-june-19-2010-trip-to-santacruzisland Fri, 10 Feb 2017 23:00:17 GMT
From the Archives: June 6, 2010 http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2017/2/from-the-archives-june-6-2010 Some more insect macro. I had no idea what I was doing with macro back then but every time I got a sharp image I remember getting so excited. Lot's of trial and error went into this. Playing around with artificial light and natural light. Different camera settings for exposure and those cool extension tubes that let you get just millimeters away from the subject. 

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palexander718@gmail.com (peter alexander photography) animals bumblebee fly grasshopper insects macro photo-journalism photography http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2017/2/from-the-archives-june-6-2010 Fri, 10 Feb 2017 06:11:18 GMT
From the Arichives: August 16, 2010 http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2017/2/from-the-arichives-august-16-2010 German Shepherds, mice, and chickens. All can be seen on my mom's property in Witter Springs, CA. Such a beautiful place.

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palexander718@gmail.com (peter alexander photography) animals artichoke birds chicken country emotion german mouse photo-journalism photography shepherd springs witter http://www.peteralexanderphotography.com/blog/2017/2/from-the-arichives-august-16-2010 Sat, 04 Feb 2017 22:59:47 GMT