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Thomas Streiff’s Neon Cityscapes and Laser Fountains

  by M. Gertz       Category Night Photography, Featured Photographer       Tags Thomas Streiff, MeFOTO RoadTrip, HDR, cityscape

 © Thomas Streiff

 © Thomas Streiff

 © Thomas Streiff

Thomas Streiff was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is proud of it! Much of his photography showcases his hometown, including a couple of ultra colorful nighttime cityscapes we found on his flickr stream.

Thomas had an on-and-off interest in photography until recently when it became, he says, “an addiction, a passion of mine, a serious hobby and part-time business venture.” He often finds himself shooting for friends, but for fun and relaxation he goes for landscapes and cityscapes.

The photo above is of the view up the Allegheny River towards Pittsburgh and was actually the result of a weather impaired super moon shot. When the clouds rolled in, obscuring the sky, Thomas didn’t just give up and go home. Instead, he aimed his Nikon D700, mounted on his titanium MeFOTO RoadTrip tripod, downriver to capture this 7 shot HDR image of the city at blue hour.


 © Thomas Streiff

 © Thomas Streiff

 © Thomas Streiff

This next one’s got lasers! As part of the Three River Arts Festival, the city was celebrating the reopening of the Point Park Fountain with a spectacular laser show. From the West End Overlook, Thomas set up his camera and tripod and caught this shot of the colorful lasers shooting up out of the top of the fountain. The MeFOTO performed admirably!”, he says. “It started to get a little breezy, and I had the center column of the tripod up. To prevent a little camera shake, I placed my bag strap on the hook of the tripod in the center column and it was rock solid. After coming home I adjusted the photos to my liking in Lightoom 5 and viola!”

To wrap up, here’re some words from Thomas on why photography is his passion:

I think the best thing about photography is to be able to tell your story. To capture a moment in time. To be able to go back and view and experience that special "slice of life", Whether it be a wedding, a birth, an event, a simple hug, a certain look, or just a majestic landscape. If you can recreate that lost time through photography, suck the viewer in, make them experience and feel that moment, you have achieved the nirvana of being a true photographer, not merely one who takes pictures. That is what I strive for.

I feel the strong NEED to take pictures. It is in my psyche. It is my soul. It transforms and shapes my stream of consciousness.

See more of Thomas’ work on and on flickr.

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Matthew Cooper's Beasts of the Castle: MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Giveaway, Night Photography, HDR Photography       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, Instagram giveaway, HDR, HDR photography, Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom

Last Friday's BackPacker winner, Matthew Cooper, specializes in HDR images of Walt Disney World.

For those new to the term, HDR or High Dynamic Range photography is a popular technique used to capture photos with a greater range between the lightest and darkest areas than a regular camera can usually capture. As you've probably experienced, cameras have a hard time with contrasty scenes, like big landscapes with bright skies or portraits in sunlight. HDR allows us to create images that look more like what our eyes actually see.

When shooting for HDR, multiple images are taken at different exposures and then combined in an image editing software. The final image highlights the best part of each photo.

"I took this photo at the entrance to the Be Our Guest restaurant in the Magic Kingdom. I framed the gargoyle to help create foreground interest and bring depth to the photo leading up to the castle in the back. It's a 5 exposure bracket blended in Photomatix and processed in Photoshop." - Matthew