Monthly Archives: January 2014

Let’s Think Spring

We are steadily marching towards springtime! It is almost hard to believe that January is over.

RRPT is gearing up for its Springtime in the Great Smoky Mountains Photo Tour.

This tour has something for everyone! From wildflowers to wild animals; macro to landscape; night photography to rushing rivers. Don’t miss this great opportunity to explore one of the Nation’s most beautiful National Parks!

Only a couple of spots left!

To learn more about and register for this trip, click here.

Untitled_HDR2 local




_DSC7141_HDR 2013-04-22

Morning at the Museum



This past Saturday we had a small but really nice meetup at the Smithsonian’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum.   It was small because the museum put a strict limit of 15 photographers on our group.  But the bonus was that we were able to shoot for an hour before the general public admission and we got to use tripods, which are usually forbidden.


As expected the hour really flew by (no pun intended), I know none of us were able to fully explore everything on display.  I think most of us had a couple favorites we tried to work.  I suspect the staff at the Smithsonian was pleased at our good behavior and hopefully we can setup another meetup in the future.


If you live in the Mid Atlantic area please consider joining our meetup.

Lake Panorama



Shooting a panorama properly should usually involve the proper equipment.   I’m referring to a nodal plate and some other gear that allows the optical center of the lens to pivot over the center of the tripod.  This allows your software to have a much easier time when it comes to stitching images.   But if you lack a foreground subject, you don’t have to be so precise.  In the case of this image I took 4 horizontal shots of the lake scene just using my tripod ball head.   Since there was no real foreground this was easily stitched in Photoshop.


We frequently shoot panos on our tours and Meetups, so if you need some help with this type of photography be sure to ask.