Archive for the ‘Lanscapes’ Category

Addicted to panos

March 28, 2012

Lately I have been addicted to make panoramas, wether it be cropping one image or merging multiple frames, I just love them.

Here are a couple 10 frame merged panos.

As always let me know if you are interested in some prints.

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Moab Trip

March 31, 2011


Capturing Lightning

August 5, 2010

Shooting lightning can seem very daunting at times, but with the right equipment and technique it easy.

DSLR with a bulb setting  this is somethings its own setting, like on my 5d, on its in the manual setting like my xt rebel.
Sturdy Tripiod
Remote Shutter Release .  You don’t have to use the name brand one, I bought mine of ebay for like $8
When Raining
A Rain Sleeve for the camera
Rain gear for your self


First off understand bulb mode.
Bulb mode is where the shutter is open as long as you are holding the shutter release and you choose the aperture.
When selecting an aperture pay attention to how close the lightning is.  The further way the lightning the bigger the aperture you wan, the closer it is a smaller aperture you want.  I usually just start at f/4 then adjust from there.  After you set the aperture press in the shutter release and lock it until you see lightning, after lightning is finished release it.  Now this is where you are going to have to be patient it may take some time but you will capture a good one.  If you don’t see any lightning for like a minute or so just release it and try again.

If you dont have a remote it’s possible to do it with out but defiantly harder .  Just set in on manual. But on a long shutter speed like 15″ or 30″ and close down that aperture. Just keep shooting until you capture something.

Make sure to pay attention to your surroundings, the lightning is not the whole pic.
Which one is more interesting the one by the house or the one with reflection in the water? 

Hope you have fun trying this out and be safe. 

The Blog of Torsten

January 4, 2010

For 2010 I have decided to have two blogs.  This blog will be focused on my professional work.  My other blog will be focused on my personal work including Landscapes, Nature, and Artsyfartsy stuff.

Come by and give it a visit. Http://

Here is an example of some personal work

Slow moving water

December 7, 2009

You know I am a sucker for moving water shots.  Here we are again at AF Canyon.  It was really cool to see ice in the river.


Another Awesome Sunset

December 6, 2009

Today while coming out of AF canyon a caught this awesome sunset.  Busted out the lensbaby again.


AF Canyon Visit

December 5, 2009

Yesterday I went scouting up AF Canyon for some family picture that I am taking.  The canyon looks so different when frozen.  It was super cold a whooping 24°.  I busted out the lens baby again.  I love to look it creates, and of course got some normal lens shots too.


Black Friday Landscape

November 28, 2009

Instead of going Black Friday shopping I went to the Johnson Space Center in Houston.  I caught this picture will riding the tram on a tour.


Photo of the day 11/24/09

November 24, 2009

Here is a photo from my trip to texas.  My sister liked it the most out of the ones I took today.


You may think it takes mad skill to get the most awesome night shot.  Often it does, but with some practice and after reading about my mad skills it will be a breeze.

Some Tips to get the best shots ever

1. Have a sturdy tripod.
Having a nice sturdy tripod can make or break a shoot.  These things are absolutely vital  especially for long exposures.

2. Use the lowest ISO possible
When we use the lowest ISO that you can get away with then we will have less grain, which i like

3. Use bulb mode
Bulb mode is a crazy mode.  You press the shutter release and it stays open until you let go.  For using this I like to use a remote so I can lock it down for really long exposures.  It takes a little practice but you can get it down

4. Go somewhere crazy dark
If you go where it is crazy dark then you will not have as much light pollution.  It is also good to shoot during the new moon.

5. Dress Warm
It gets crazy cold at night you know bring more than you think you will need and you can always take off a layer.