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Don Pash at WorkFirst I would like to thank you for visiting “Focus to Frame” and my new blog.  This is the first of many blog posts to come.  I will be posting articles to include photography how to and photo shooting hints, photo locations, latest photography equipment, all future updates to my web site and anything else related to photography.  Please feel free to send me comments and contact me if you have any questions related to photography.  I am on Facebook @ “facebook.com/donaldpash” and Twitter @ “Twitter.com/donaldpash1”.  Please feel free to subscribe to my blog and get automatic email notices when ever I place new content on my site.

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Create Stunning photos with Pro HDR on Your iPhone

Pro HDR is my first of a series of sophisticated apps that will expand your creativity and make wall-worthy pictures from your iPhone.

Simply put, HDR is a photographic technique that takes photos exposed for both the highlight detail (bright areas) and shadow detail (dark areas) and blends them together pixel by pixel into a composite image that is exposed properly for both highlight and shadows. Back in the days, photographers used darkroom techniques during the development process to do this. Today your iPhone can do it at the time of the click! My image of “Big Sur Beach” is an example of an HDR processed photo.

Go to the iTunes App Store and get the Pro HDR or Pro HDR X based on your current iOS. Once installed it is easy, you just turn it on! Right there, under Options. Yep, that’s it. Once you have it enabled, every time you take a photo, your iPhone will actually take several photos at varying exposures, apply some fancy mathematics to blend them together, and produce a single beautifully exposed image.

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How to get Fine-Art Camera Photography using Your iPhone

There are a number of sophisticated apps that will expand your creativity and make wall-worthy pictures from an iPhone. I will be running a series of weekly posts introducing a few of these new apps. Some of the apps I will be presenting are ProHDR, Hipstamatic, Pic Grunger, Perfect Photo, Impression and Autostitch. To receive email notifications, please feel free to subscribe to my newsletter and latest posts at http://www.focustoframe.com/blog-2. Stay tuned for my first post about ProHDR. I will overview the app and give a short explanation about the HDR process.

 

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Recently Posted Images of Columbia River Gorge

 

I just added 10 images I captured of the waterfalls and streams of the Columbia River Gorge to my Landscape Gallery. The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area protects the spectacular canyon where the Columbia River cuts through the Cascade Mountains – with cliffs and overlooks of Washington to the north and Oregon’s mountains and waterfalls to the south. The Gorge is unique in its natural and cultural history, as well as its designation as a National Scenic Area.  I highly recommend you add this destination to your travel itinerary.

 

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Newly Posted Images of Joshua tree National Park

I recently visited Joshua tree National Park in the Southern California Desert. It was springtime wildflower bloom. This is a unique desert setting filled with Joshua trees at the upper elevation

Two deserts, two large ecosystems primarily determined by elevation, come together in the park. Few areas more vividly illustrate the contrast between “high” and “low” desert. Below 3,000 feet (910 m), the Colorado Desert (part of the Sonoran Desert), occupying the eastern half of the park, is dominated by the abundant creosote bush. Adding interest to this arid land are small stands of spidery ocotillo and cholla cactus.

The higher, slightly cooler, and wetter Mojave is the special habitat of the undisciplined Joshua tree, extensive stands of which occur throughout the western half of the park. According to legend, Mormon pioneers considered the limbs of the Joshua trees to resemble the upstretched arms of Joshua leading them to the Promised Land.

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The Monarch Butterflies Are Back

I added two Monarch Butterfly images to my Macro Gallery that I captured in our back yard today. I caught him on the flowers of our Carolina Jasmine hedge. This is a good sign, having them show up this early in the season. That tells me we will have a great display of these beautiful creatures in southern California this year.   Monarch butterflies are the most beautiful of all butterflies, some say, and are considered the “king” of the butterflies, hence the name “monarch”. They migrate north and east into the USA from Central Mexico in order to find a place to lay their eggs. This starts stage one and generation one of the new year for the monarch butterfly.

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