Huntington Beach

Snowy Egret in Flight

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An egret in flight at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach

Photograph by Robert Lachman © 2013

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

 

Paddling Out

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“Paddling Out”

Huntington Beach, CA

iPhone 4S photograph by Robert Lachman © 2013

Processed with Photoshop and Topaz Adjust software and Instagram app

 

One Gray Day

Photograph by Robert Lachman © 2012

iPhone 4S with a touch from Instagram

A cloudy day with lots of mud for a walk at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve.

 

At the Wetlands

An American Avocet photographed at the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. It was processed with Photoshop CS4, Topaz Labs Adjust and onOne’s Focal Point and PhotoFrame software. The neck and head of the bird are a brownish color during the spring and summer and gray in the winter.

Photograph by Robert Lachman © 2012

Fall Colors

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“Two Red Barns” and “Huntington Central Park Lake”

HDR meets Washington Island, Wisconsin last week and my walk this morning. Both were photographed with my Canon S95, three exposures, and processed with Photomatix and Photoshop CS4. One day I might even start carrying around a small tripod.


Kitesurfing in HB

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Photograph by Robert Lachman © 2011

Kitesurfing in Huntington Beach photographed with my Canon G-10 and processed with Photoshop and the Topaz Simplify plug-in to give it the painterly look.

Overcast in HB

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iPhone Photograph by Robert Lachman © 2010

I started the overcast day with a walk at the park with the dog. It’s the first time in weeks. I certainly need the exercise. I couldn’t resist one quick snap with a twist of the Hipstamatic app with my iPhone 3GS. Can you guess the film and lens? It’s pretty simple: Lens – John S and Film – Ina’s 1969. Ok, it may be a little to geeky, have a great day. 🙂 -RL

 

A Little Extreme HDR

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Photograph by Robert Lachman © 2010 – Huntington Beach, CA

It was full-tilt HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography during my walk this morning which included combining three image exposures taken with my Canon G10 camera without a tripod and processed with Photomatix software. Next, I imported the photo to Photoshop and pushed the envelope with a hit of Topaz Labs Adjust 4. Below is a photograph from a single correct exposure of the scene without any adjustments. Let me know what you think. -RL

hdrbeachbefore(BEFORE) A single correct exposure of the scene without any adjustments.

Cleaning my Hard Drive, Found Two Nice Beach Pics

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Huntington Beach – Photographs by Robert Lachman

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I’m trying to clean up desktop hard drive. My organization skills are horrible, a little of this here and there. I hope everyone is having a nice weekend, the weather really turned out nice here in HB. -RL

80 MPH Winds Hit HB

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iPhone Photographs by Robert Lachman © 2010

A few arty photo from the aftermath of the tornado hitting Huntington Beach. You can tell they’re artistic photographs because they’re square, have cool borders, horrible color balance and look like Polaroids. I’m back to work on the photo desk this afternoon. Have a nice day. -RL

Storm caused tornado, water spouts, 80-mph winds, National Weather Service says on LATimes,com

Click here for more storm photo on the LATimes.com website

 

Bridge at the Wetlands

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iPhone Photographs by Robert Lachman © 2010

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By Robert Lachman
Just a little difference in weather conditions can really make a huge difference in style and substance of your photographs. Are you going after the dramatic silhouette or a more informational style with subtle colors? Certainly shooting in overcast skies doesn’t compare to the dazzling flare of a fiery sunset.

Good photographs sometimes are just a matter of luck, but you can increase your odds by planning and research by figuring when the light will make the most impressive moment. Lighting conditions are one of the most important aspects of taking great photographs.

You can see from the photographs above, taken from same location, the Bosa Chica Wetlands in Huntington Beach, what a difference it can make.

It’s not always the camera, it’s the light. When you look at that next great photo, take a closer look and figure out what drives home the impact, it’s going to one of three elements: subject, composition or light.

Certainly, it’s not an exact science when you talk about planning for the weather. It looks like rain for the next five days in Southern California, so I’m not expecting any intense sunsets, maybe just a few raindrop photos on the windshield.

 

Got Coffee and Went to the Beach

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I decided I needed to check out the waves this morning after getting coffee at Donut Hut.  Ok, there was a donut thrown in there somewhere. It’s a great way to start the day. It looks like the weather should be perfect again for tomorrow’s Rose Parade and football game. I can’t really say I’m too fired up for the Oregon Ducks versus the Ohio State Buckeyes. That reminds me, I can never remember what a Buckeye is, besides the Ohio State nickname.

According to a Wiki on the internet a Buckeye is an, “Inedible nut-like seed of the horse chestnut tree.” I am going with the Ducks to beat the nut-like seeds. I really don’t know the teams that well, so it’s the best I can do when it comes to predictions. Seems like you should name your school after an edible nut something you can sink your teeth into like almonds or pecans. You can tell I’m not from Ohio.

I’ll be bringing in the new year on my drive home from work tonight so I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and all the best for 2010.. -RL