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Infrared Light in the Forest

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This time of year I sometimes have a chance to go through some of my past images. Sometimes an image jumps out at you and you wonder why you didn’t see it the first time you went through the images after the shoot. This is one of those images. I think the feeling evoked by this image is what it’s all about.

reflectedpixel: Landscapes &emdash; Beam
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Sony A7r - The Future


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The new Sony A7r and A7 - I have one of these on order. I’m excited to get my hands on this camera.


Framed Art

New! Frames are now available in the Fine Art Galleries

Click here to open up the gallery

This is something I’ve wanted to make happen for a long time now. Finally you can order fine art prints with frames! Here’s a quick guide on how to add a frame to your print order.
First, Go ahead and click on one of your favorite images. (I know, it’s hard to choose just one)
On the right hand side of the screen, you’ll see a quick list of products, and a “View all Products” link. Click this.
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Now click on a category, in this case we’ll click “Prints”

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Now you can see the list of available print sizes. (Just a quick note, some of the available sizes require the print to be cropped, you’ll see a preview before you’re done.) Go ahead and select a print size, and click add to cart. You can also select from two different finishes, Luster is a nice textured finish, my favorite for most of my images is the Fuji Pearl, it’s a glossy pearly metallic looking finish.
Now click “Add to Cart”

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Now you’ve arrived at this screen. You can click the “Preview and Configure” your print button to see the framing options and a preview of each.

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Look again to the right hand side of the screen. There’s a Framing and Mounting Button. Click it

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The list of available frames will drop down. Go ahead and click on these frames to try them out on your print! Isn’t this wonderful?

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As you can see, the frame preview looks great!

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Another option, just for fun.

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OK, Just one more to try.

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That’s it, you can add more item to your cart, or check out now. See below for just a couple more notes.

This is the shopping cart. You’ll notice there’s also a “Frame it” option here to be taken to the frame selection interface.

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This is what your preview will look like if you select a print size that needs to be cropped to fit. You can move the crop box around to make it fit the way you like. Note that not all the photographs have room to crop so please make sure it looks the way you like before making your order.

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Thanks for viewing this quick how to post. I’m very excited to have these frames available on my website for you to decorate your homes with. These amazing framed art pieces will ship right to you wherever you are. They look great on your wall.
Jon Adams
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Our Praise Ascends – Bountiful Utah LDS Temple

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Our Praise Ascends



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Logan Utah Temple – In Every Footstep

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Logan Utah LDS Temple

I am amazed by the pioneer temples. When I think about the dedication of time and materials it would have taken to build something like this magnificent building, I’m humbled by the relative easiness I live and breath and stay warm. These buildings truly stand as a witness to the faith of those early pioneers and their love for their savior.

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Jon Adams





Sony Nex-5n ISO Access

This is a really quick video on how to customize the buttons on your Nex-5n. There is one setting that eluded me for a week or two. It's really easy the way the camera is setup from the factory to change aperture and shutter speed. But the ISO setting was buried deep in the menu structure. I was wishing there was a quick way to get at it. Well, there is. It's in the setup menu call customize buttons. Here's a video.









Sony Nex Accessories

Whenever you change a camera or in my case a camera system there's a ripple effect that goes through much of your gear. Most things can be repurposed. Sometimes they need to be sold as they are camera specific. But getting the right accessories for the images you want to make can be a lot of fun. Here are a couple videos of the first things I've added to my Sony Cameras.

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Salt Lake LDS Temple Billboards are up!

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Hello everyone!
I have some exciting news! First the back story. I was at work one day and I got an email from my contact page on my website. It was from a Bonneville Communications. The company that takes care of the broadcasting of conference and I'm sure a lot of other things for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He told me they were interested in licensing one of my images for church use on a billboard along I-15. We were able to agree on the terms and it all came together quite quickly. Those folks over at Bonneville Communications run a class act and do a fantastic job. Not only that, they are very considerate of the people they work with, Like me. For instance today, (The day I'm writing this) just to make sure everything went well for me and to let me know the billboard is now up.

I was curious how they would utilize this image on a billboard. It being a vertical tall shot. I think they did a wonderful job and it's not something I've seen done before with something like this.

This image of the Salt Lake Temple I think conveys many of the things I try to communicate through my images. There are a lot of amazing images and paintings of the temples, especially the Salt Lake Temple. It's a major icon of the LDS Church. What I'm looking for when capturing the images isn't just a clean capture, a great shot. I'm hoping that whoever sees my images can feel something, something of the joy of the eternities, or the peace that comes with knowing truth, or the glory and majesty of creation. It's the emotional connection that really makes an image work.

I'd like to thank Bonneville Communications, Ken and John over there are wonderful people. I'd also like to thank all of you who read this blog or follow me on social networks. You Rock! So folks get out there and go see the billboard and visit Temple Square, take in the history and be amazed.
rPix
Jon Adams

If you'd like to hang this image in your home or gift it to someone, please check out the gallery here.

If you'd like to sell these prints in your store or if you'd like to sell them as a fundraiser please contact me for wholesale buying options.

One last thing, I've got a YouTube Channel with a bunch of photography related videos. Check it out Here.















Pixel King Flash Controller for Sony. Nex-7

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Pocket Wizard for Sony Nex-7
I've been wanting a pocket wizard TTL for my Nex-7 for a while now. Well, still waiting for the Wizards. There is an alternative and for me, they work just as good. They are much less expensive too. They're made by a company called Pixel. They are the King wireless transmitters. They make them for Sony, Nikon, and Canon. At first I though the high speed sync didn't work on the Nex-7, but now, thanks to one of my readers, I know that high speed sync does work if everything is setup right. With my Nikon and Wizards it pretty much always worked assuming the camera was in auto FP mode. With the Sony you have to have the flash head forward and you cannot have your camera in rear curtain sync mode. I have always just left my cameras in rear curtain sync mode in case I wanted to slow down the shutter speed. With these you'll have to make the choice, do I want rear sync or fast sync. It does work in slow sync mode which seems maybe a little funny, But I'll have to test this particular camera to see when the flash fires in it's slow mode, front, rear, or in the middle somewhere. If slow fires at the end of the exposure, I'll put my camera in that mode most of the time.

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The King transmitters and receivers seem to be built very well, they feel about the same as the wizards. Both transmitter and receiver take AA batteries, a plus in my opinion. The receiver has a 1/4-20 metal thread in it for easy mounting to stands and monopods. They also come with a small tether, very useful if you're firing non hotshoe strobes. They each have a PC port included for this purpose. You can select channels and groups right on the unit itself. I had to do a firmware update for these to work with the Nex-7, it's a windows only program. I ran it through parallels desktop and didn't have any issues at all. I'm hoping to get one more flash unit soon, we'll see how the groups work.

Overall I'm impressed with the capabilities, build quality, and price of these units. Very much a Pocket Wizard alternative and if you're a Sony shooter, there are no wizards. So a great little product for a good price.

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Sony RX100 Worth the Hype?

The camera to rule them.
Recently the super portable yet amazing Sony RX100 Digital Camera climbed to the very top of all camera sales on Amazon US. Truly this is a camera people want. Tiny footprint, Big sensor, Nice Fast 1.8 glass, Amazing image quality, Huge Megapixel Count, Full 1080p Video, and a good price. I'm somewhat smitten by the little beauty myself.

You can find the technical details anywhere, Here's my take on what's hot with this camera

It's like a Nex camera. It seems like camera manufacturers hold back when putting out the camera. I know I feel this way with my Nex-7 often. Why is the bracketing so dumb? anyway, This camera does more than nearly all the other cameras in it's category.

True Full Manual and pro Modes P,S,A,M – The most amazing hardware in the world becomes useless if you don't have control.

Fast lens – 1.8 when zoomed out shortens depth of field and opens up the world of indoor shooting.

ISO 6400 – Did I mention people want to use their cameras indoors at parties and other events

1080p 60 Video – Don't settle for less, the video looks great from what I've seen.

Megapixels to spare or to crop – Having plenty of room to crop in can make a short lens long

RAW Files – Must have for any serious shooter

Speed – Fast AF and up to 10 Frames Per Second. You don't always need the speed but when you do, it's sure nice to have

Steady Shot – Sony's rendition of stabilization works very well and helps get you sharp shots.

Metal Body – I love the feel of a good solid camera, big or small.




If you're looking for a very portable camera with professional features, this is for you. These will be hard to come by for a while yet with the demand being off the charts.

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Arise and Shine Forth Oquirrh Mountain Temple Art


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Click image to see in gallery

I always love the feeling of publishing a new image to my
gallery. I captured this image in the summer of 2011. I’ve just now been doing some file organization and noticed the potential in this image. Being inspired a little by the LDS Youth theme for 2012 “Arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations” (Doctrine and Covenants 115:5). The Oquirrh Mountain Temple really rises out of it’s surroundings and seems very tall and stalwart. The way the sun is shining so brightly in this image portrays how brightly we can shine when we rise up and be the people God knows we can be.

This particular day was great for shooting largely due to the great clouds soaring overhead. These clouds were moving very quickly. Shooting HDR sets was a challenge even on high speed mode because of so much movement in the sky. This image started in Lightroom 4, where it was tone mapped in Nik HDR FX Pro 2 and then into Photoshop for some dodging and burning.

Click the image to see this image in the gallery.
Thanks
rPix