Monday, March 24, 2014

How I Create An Image.

Bonneville Salt Flats by Nick Oman Photography.

First and most important is capturing the image in camera. I shot this with my Tokina 16-28 and with the bulbous front element I didn't use a ND filter. I knew then that I would manually blend the final image in Photoshop from at least two images and possibly three. Bracketing with minus two stops and plus two stops to get the full dynamic range was all that I needed. My settings were 18mm at f16 for .3, 1.0, and 3.0 seconds. My camera was about a foot off of the salt and that is why I needed the larger depth of field that f16 provided. For those scared of using f16, having the greater depth of field will yield a sharper image even with diffraction than a shot with too shallow of a depth of field. Trust me.

Saturday, March 8, 2014


Hiking during winter in the remote deserts of Utah can leave you with an impression of "What's the big deal!" The cool winter temperatures and relatively flat terrain make mile after mile of long hikes seemingly fly by. Easy! That is until something catches your eye, something unmistakably once alive.

One of many reasons why I love the desert is the ability to seek solitude unlike anywhere else on the planet. Being out in the great vastness, feeling that you are the only person on the planet, alone yet peaceful. During the winter months the solitude is even easier to find. Away from the crowds of summer and free to wander anywhere you want without a care. At least for the most part.

Hiking to one of many slot canyons in Southern Utah the mild weather aloud for a quick pace and time to stop and look at whatever caught my interest. Amazing rock formations, gnarly junipers, and then this completely stopped me in my tracks. The skull of a cow left as a reminder that given the right conditions this place is an inhospitable and unforgiving place, not to be taken for granted!

Nature photography by Nick Oman Photography

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Bryce Canyon Compostition

Landscape photography by Nick Oman Photography.

Bryce Canyon National Park is an exceptionally beautiful place. The tall pines surround you and lead you to Sunrise Point, Sunset Point and Bryce Point, where the awe-inspiring views are seemingly everywhere. Standing on any of the points along the rim trail taking it all in, it's obvious to see why the most popular images of Bryce are at sunrise above the famous amphitheater(similar to the one above or usually with a sunstar added in). Don't get me wrong it is a stunning view, but waiting just 10-20 minutes provides a great soft light on the fins and spires that in my opinion is even better!