Daniel Forster Photography: Blog https://www.danielforster.photography/blog en-us (C) Daniel Forster Photography daniel@forster.cloud (Daniel Forster Photography) Mon, 14 Sep 2020 23:54:00 GMT Mon, 14 Sep 2020 23:54:00 GMT https://www.danielforster.photography/img/s/v-12/u29976399-o153214645-50.jpg Daniel Forster Photography: Blog https://www.danielforster.photography/blog 120 99 Background and Wallpaper Photos https://www.danielforster.photography/blog/2020/9/backgrounds If you are like the many other people in the world right now, you probably have had at least one or possibly many virtual meetings lately. Meeting virtually is not my favorite, but one feature I actually do like about virtual meetings is that some of the virtual meeting applications let you change your personal background for the meeting.  I enjoy having a different background, but it is also nice because no one on the meeting gets to see inside my messy office ;)

So, I'm sharing some my photos to use as backgrounds.  These photos have been cropped and saved in the format suggested for Zoom meetings.  But can also be used for Microsoft Teams, your desktop background and even you mobile phone wallpaper.

To access the photos:

1) Go to my web site here: https://www.danielforster.photography/backgrounds

2) Click on the photo you want to download

3) Hover your mouse curser over the photo and navigate to the "menu" in the top left corner. 

4) Click "DOWNLOAD" and then "Original (1920 x 1080)"

Download as many photos as you'd like to use.  And while you are there, let me know the photos you like by using the share buttons for sharing on social media and leaving a comment below.

The photos should have downloaded to your "Downloads" folder.  Once downloaded, you can follow the instructions for Zoom, Teams, Windows or your phone to setup your new background.

For Zoom:

  1. Sign in to the Zoom desktop client.
  2. Click your profile picture, then click Settings.
  3. Select Virtual Background.
    Note: If you do not have the Virtual Background tab and you have enabled it on the web portal, sign out of the Zoom Desktop Client and sign in again.
  4. Check I have a green screen if you have a physical green screen set up. You can then click on your video to select the correct color for the green screen.
  5. Click on an image to select the desired virtual background or add your own image by clicking and choosing if you want to upload an image or a video. 


For Teams, the instructions can be found here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/change-your-background-for-a-teams-meeting-f77a2381-443a-499d-825e-509a140f4780

Please note, all of the photos are copyright protected. Blue LakesBlue Lakes

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Overview of Shooting Neowise Comet https://www.danielforster.photography/blog/2020/7/overview-of-shooting-neowise-comet I've received a bunch of questions about my photo of the Neowise comet over the sand dunes.  So I wanted to write up some quick details about the shot.  This is not meant to be a step-by-step.  Just a capture of some of my settings and the process.  Also, this is meant for photographers who understand how to use manual mode on their camera.

To start with, my gear.  I was using a full frame digital camera.  For the lens, I wanted to use a fast aperture and I don't have many options. So I choose an 85mm f/1.8 lens.  Which would help also with the size of the comet.  For instance, at 100mm, I wasn't able to get the dunes in the same frame with the comet.  And with my wide-angle options, the comet would look too small.

For the photos, I took three primary sets of photos while I was at the location.  The sky frames, foreground and "dark" frames.  Besides the primary photos, I took a ton of test shots.  I really needed to spend time dialing in how long I could expose for and what the ISO needed to be for the exposure length.

I landed at f/1.8, ISO 4000 and seven seconds of exposure for the sky photos.  I took eight of the exact same photos with no time gap between them. The primary reason for seven seconds, was that I didn't want star trails.  I took eight photos so I could stack them to reduce noise.  Ten photos would have been better though.

Foregrounds that are too dark, blurry or noisy don't look good to me.  So, I wanted to be able to see the foreground as clear as possible, even though it was completely dark out.  The dunes were roughly 300 feet away, so lighting them up with a flashlight was not an option.  I took more photos, but I ended up using six of them.  The settings were f/1.8, ISO 2500 and 91 seconds.  To achieve 91 seconds of exposure, I set the camera in bulb mode and used a timing device.

The dark frames are required for stacking in star stacking programs.  They help reduce noise.  The settings for dark frames should be exactly the same at the light frames (or the sky in this case).  However, you put the lens cap on and make sure no light can get into the lens while taking the frames.  Also, this needs to be done right after the light frames, and preferably on location so the sensor temperature is the same.

There are a lot of details that going into processing, maybe I will get into that another time.  But basically, I stacked the foreground photos and edited the resulting TIF for just the foreground of the photo.  Then I used a program to stack the sky photos and edited the resulting TIF.  Finally, I blended the two TIF files so the good foreground and the good sky were in one photo.

My last piece of advice is that every camera and lens combo will be different.  And every situation, lighting, scenery, foreground, time of night, etc, will be different.  So you should expect to experiment a bunch with your camera settings in order to get the shot you want.

The final result is below.

Until next time, clear skies!

Comet-sequator with darks2 - blendedComet-sequator with darks2 - blended

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Summer Hike in Palmer Park https://www.danielforster.photography/blog/2020/5/summer-hike-in-palmer-park The summer storm season in Colorado Springs is really something to see.  The storm usually blow throw with a vengeance in the late afternoon. Fore me, the best part comes later after the storm has passed.  I'm no meteorologist, but it seems like there is something special that happens to the atmosphere during or after these storms.  Like maybe the air is cleaned of the dust and pollution, so the air is more clear or something.  Whatever the reason, the skies are usually prepped and ready for stunning sunsets.  Like this day last August.  I went for a hike in Palmer Park in Colorado Springs.  The park is full of hoodoos and other neat rock formations.  The west sides of the the park also have nice views of Pike's Peak.  I wasn't already setup for a photo, but I was thankfully in a great location when the sky started to start popping with and explosion of color.  

DSC02331-with DF logoDSC02331-with DF logo I had this photo printed because I loved the sunset colors, but also because this scene reminds me so much I love living in Colorado Springs.  The photo is printed on metallic paper to emphasize the brilliance of the colors in the sky and gives a cool 3D effect.  I think the unfinished wood frame fits the scene perfectly also.


If you are interested in this photo, you can get it on canvas, a metallic print, or multiple other options here:


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Mount Sopris Fall 2019 https://www.danielforster.photography/blog/2020/3/mount-sopris-last-fall I had few early starts to fall color hunting last year.  I had even made trip up through northern Colorado into Wyoming, and just about everything was still green.  So early in October I was seeing reports of fall colors popping in western Colorado and I really wanted to take the drive down Highway 550.  I didn't have any time off work planned, so I needed to be strategic so I could get out there without missing work.  One of the perks of working from home is that you can eat lunch at your desk and hit the road at 4pm.  

The plan was to drive that night a few hours and work in a hotel the next day. I made it through Twin Lakes, over the Independence Pass, and down through Aspen Colorado.  I woke up Friday morning in the hotel in Basalt and looked out the window.  It was still a bit dark out, but I could see the very tip of Mount Sopris over the foothills in Basalt.  And it looked like a storm was blowing in.  The cool part is that I was there over the summer and I knew a beautiful scene with a big red barn that was in view of the mountain. My first work call wasn't until 9am.  I mapped out the route.  I figured I could get out to watch the sunrise and get back in time for my call. It was a quick drive and I arrived at the scene and...just wow!! This was a God moment for me.  There was rainbow just up the road!
Rainbow at the end of the roadRainbow at the end of the road

And look what was at the end of the rainbow!

Mount Sopris and rainbowMount Sopris and rainbow

After pulling up to the barn I was able to get a photos of Mount Sopris, the red barn and the forest that was full of fall colors.

Morning Sunrise on Mount SoprisMorning Sunrise on Mount SoprisIt's fall in Colorado. The sun was rising and casting a beautiful glow on Mt Sopris, the fall foliage and this giant red barn.

I really liked how the clouds were rolling in from the west and the sunrise light was illuminating the peaks and forest.  Such a fun morning!

Autumn Sunrise on Mount SoprisAutumn Sunrise on Mount SoprisAutumn Sunrise on Mount Sopris and Colorado mountain ranch with red barn

The short trip took a little longer that expected, but I was able to get back into cell reception and was able to make my call.

I recently had one of the photos printed on metallic paper and framed.  The metallic print really makes the colors pop, really cool!  


If you are interested in either of the Mount Sopris photos, you can find them at these links:



Thanks for reading.  And until next time, I hope you get out and see the amazing planet we live on!

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Introduction post https://www.danielforster.photography/blog/2020/3/introduction Hi, thanks for stopping my photography page and my new blog.  This is just a little introduction me and my photography passion.

Last year I had some time on my hands and wanted to explore some hobbies from my past.  So I bought an old motorcycle.  The riding season in Colorado is short and the bike broke down all the time.  So I sold the bike.  I like woodworking and building my own furniture.  So I made some nice furniture, but I don't like being stuck in the dark cold garage on nights and weekends.  

I know that I feel a drive to create.   But util last year, I really didn't understand the 'creator' part of myself.   I've had many other outlets in the past, but none seem to fit me like photography does. Photography has give me an outlet to create.  I also really enjoy traveling and exploring.  And also capturing moments and telling a story through my photos. So for me, it all just goes together. with photography  And looking back at years of photos I've taken, it all makes sense now.  

That's all for now.  I hope you enjoy my photography and thanks for reading.  Please leave me a comment to let you know you stopped by.


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