This is the first vlog collaboration with photographer. In this vlog we leave San Francisco for the Alabama Hills in the Eastern Sierras and try to catch some sunrise timelapses. This was our first attempt at vlogging. We have a lot to learn. But it was been a ton of fun to make these so far.
Eastern Sierra Adventure Part 1 - YouTube
We also created a new trailer for our vlog series, you can check that out here! It has a mix of timelapse, aerial, slow motion and underwater shots.
I had the opportunity to shoot the rare Super Blue Moon Lunar Eclipse this morning in San Francisco. It was quite a beautiful sight and I snapped two photos that I hope you enjoy!
Here is the first image from the night. This is a single exposure taken with the Sony A7RII and Canon 70-200 lens. Settings for this shot were 2.0 seconds F4 ISO1000. For this photo I did some light color correction, noise reduction and sharpening. I love the way you can see the stars shine over the city as the moon goes into shadow. I was also surprised by the clarity of the stars, given how much light pollution exists in the San Francisco Bay Area. The second image is just a cropped view of the same photograph, so that you can see the detail in totality. To buy a print of this photograph, click here.
Lunar Eclipse over San Francisco California
This photo is an even closer view of the moon during totality. Taken with my friend Raphy’s 600 millimeter lens. Which he generously allowed me to use for a shot. To buy a print of this photograph, click here.
Overall this was a really wonderful event. I tried not to worry so much about getting a great shot and instead experienced the moment with some good people! Did you get a chance to see the eclipse? Let me know what your experience was like!
Michael Shainblum | Tips & tricks in Landscape Photography & a harrowing Milky Way adventure | Ep 59 - SoundCloud (4006 secs long, 1540 plays)Play in SoundCloud
Photog Adventures crew and I have a conversation on landscape photography, milky way photography, timelapse photography and aerial photography. I also talk a little bit about the process behind shooting some of my favorite seascape photos and give some tricks/tips.
Here are the two seascape photos that we discuss in the landscape photography podcast. The first image is called Phoenix and the second photos is called Rapture.
The Eastern Sierra Mountain Range offers an extremely diverse range of unique natural features, from some of the oldest living trees in the world to extraordinary desert arches. Beyond its incredible terrain, this area of California also offers stunning, vivid views of the Milky Way and the Night Sky.
Its crazy to think that the Galaxy can be captured with this much detail, only a few hours away from Los Angeles and San Francisco. I hope that seeing some of this footage with influence more people to get out there any witness the magic of the night sky. I have met people in SF and LA that have never seen the Milky Way in their entire life. Why not?! Its within such a close reach!
Having been born and raised in California, I have a special affinity for the Eastern Sierra region. It was one of the first areas that I featured in my early photography projects. I wanted to re-visit this beautiful region and showcase some of my favorite views through Timelapse photography.
How to Process Drone Photos in Lightroom - YouTube
How to Process Drone Photos in Adobe Lightroom
In this quick tutorial I explain my process for editing drone aerial photography in Adobe Lightroom. I cover basic sliders, color correction using the HSL Sliders, noise reduction, exposure control and vignettes. While for many of my images I do enjoy using Photoshop. I think its a great challenge to process certain images using just Lightroom. The HSL slider is one of my favorite panels in Lightroom that offers full control over the hue, saturation or luminance of any individual color.
Check out Andrew Studer’s behind the scenes Dolomites video! Serena Ho, Andrew and I spent days/nights capturing as much as we could. It was a great first trip capturing the area. But I can not wait to get back out there and explore more of the mountains.
Dolomites behind the scenes photo.
If you enjoyed the behind the scenes video. Check out the full video and my new “Breath of the Dolomites” collection here. You can also check out the full timelapse video below.
Some new Landscape Photography and Cityscape Images!
Lately I have been feeling a little lost creatively. I have head some deadlines that I didn’t feel certain about and I did not have the drive to edit landscapes/cityscapes. Three days ago I starting going through some old hard drive and I found the inspiration to go through and edit some new photos. It feels good to process some new photos, I hope you all enjoy them!
Downtown Los Angeles aerial at sunset.
Here’s an aerial photo from a helicopter ride over Los Angeles, back in 2015. I went back and processed this one with a really dark mood. Focusing mostly on the freeway, sun, and highlights on the buildings.
Slot Canyon, Landscape Photography
Antalope Canyon in Arizona is absolutely amazing. The beautiful walls full of colors and textures are like a landscape photography paradise. Walking through these canyons is a surreal experience with or without a camera.
Slot Canyon, Landscape Photography
There are few moments where I feel like a selfie is necessary, this was one of those moment. Taken in a slot canyon in Arizona.
My trip to Shanghai was one I will never forget. Getting to explore such an incredible city, straight out of a science fiction movie. Here’s one of my favorite photos of the Shanghai skyline. This is actually a frame from one of my timelapse sequences. If you would like to check out the film you can watch it here.
Mount Hood Oregon under the starlight.
Another memorable night under the stars in Oregon. This image was taken during moonset at Lost Lake. I stayed up all night shooting timelapse photography and capturing milky way photos.
Sunrise landscape photography taken in the Dolomites.
Ok so this image isn’t from an old hard drive. I actually shot this landscape photo in the Dolomites this year. It ended up becoming one of my favorite photos from the trip. It is hard to explain just how amazing these peaks are in person.
Timelapse Tutorial: How To Edit A Timelapse Using Lightroom After Effects or Premiere.
How To Edit A Timelapse Using Lightroom After Effects or Premiere. - YouTube
How to turn RAW still images into a basic fluid timelapse video clip using Adobe Lightroom and After Effects/ or Adobe Premiere. There are so many great ways to create timelapses. This is just the process that I use for my own work and the workflow that is the most efficient for myself.
Lightroom: I use Lightroom to edit my RAW timelapse stills and color correct the photos. Then I export those as JPEG files.
After Effects: I use After Effects to create the video clip by importing the JPEG exports as an image sequence. I also use After Effects to apply effects and crop.
Premiere: I mainly use Premiere to edit montages or videos with music. But you can also create image sequences in Premiere as a replacement for After Effects.
This is the first of many timelapse tutorials I will be creating. This video covers editing a basic timelapse clip. The next tutorial will cover how to edit a sunset or Day-To-Night timelapse scene. If you would like to get more advanced with timelapse editing consider checking out LR Timelapse. LR Timelapse is a program allowing you to gradate your timelapses scenes and control the changing light in the timelapse. If you would like to see more tutorials please click here. If there are any timelapse tutorial you would like to see in the future, please leave your ideas in the comments. I hope you enjoy the video, thanks for watching!
The total solar eclipse in Oregon was an incredible thing to witness. I can easily say that watching totality was one of the most amazing scenes I have ever seen and experienced. It is hard to explain and put into words. But almost just as hard to show as photographs. The images I took barely do justice to the moment, but I really hope you enjoy them.
This image was taken right before totality. I was lucky enough to join my friend Andrew Studer and stay at his camp while he was out there working with Columbia Sports and planning out his Eclipse Shot. We met up with Ted Hesser a talented climbing/adventure photographer the morning of the Eclipse. Ted, his girlfriend Martina Tibell and their friend Tommy Van Smith did a lot of planning and coordinated a climbing pose to take place during totality. We all met up at the spot fairly early and had some time to kill before the event. There were many filming and photography groups around the area all looking to capture some eclipse silhouette magic. The partial eclipse was quite a long period of time, every few minutes we would put on our glasses and see the sun with different ratios cut out. The sun looked cool through the glasses. But it was hard to fully appreciate what was happening. Once sun was almost completely blocked, we noticed the sky get darker and darker. Everything around us looked almost polarized. We were all in positions ready to shoot and then it happened. I took off my glasses and I was not prepared for the scene that unfolded.
This video clip shows the moment right before I took the image above. I can not tell you how surreal it was to experience this moment. You can hear Ted Hesser on the walkie talkie, coordinating with the climber. To get the right position for his shot. As well as tons of camera clicks and people cheering from on top of the rocks.
Here is an image from full totality, Showing a bit more of the rock formation.
This is another image of full totality. For this image I cropped in and added a bit of contrast so the corona could be more visible. The glow was completely unreal.
After full totality, the sun peaked back out and washed out the contrast quite a bit. You can see the crescent sun start to show on the edge of the moon.
Before the total solar eclipse, I spent some time walking around to different spots, getting some angles of the climbers and sun. I believe the slackliners name is Ryan Robinson, who was being photographed by Chris Burkard. Another talented adventure photographer.
One Night in San Francisco: Mini Photography and Timelapse Vlog Video
One Night In San Francisco - YouTube
Heres a quick mini vlog without the actual talking part. Just a quick behind-the-scenes edit with some timelapses at the end. I will be doing some new tutorials and actual vlogs soon. I hope you guys enjoy it! Let me know what types of videos you would like to see from my in the future.
Music: Vanilla – DSR
Filmed on the Sony RX100 V and all of the Timelapses were done with a Canon 6D.
Here are two still photographs from the timelapses shown in the video.
After the timelapses were done, I switched one of my cameras to a vertical composition and created this long exposure photo of the scene. I did a bit more post production to this image and gave it a darker, dreamier look.