Olympus 300mm lens for Birds… or for the Birds???

Since I own the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera . I thought it would be fun to try out the M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO Lens ($2499.00 retail)as a loaner from B&H. I wanted to see how it would perform (combined with the new Olympus body) …

Creative Edits

Image © 2017/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ Bald Cypress Trees with Topaz applied The very top featured image is the file that I started with to create my Topaz Impression and Topaz Glow combo edit of the Bald Cypress Trees directly above. I liked the lines that Glow added and the softness that Impression added. Together …

Mangroves & More

Image © 2017/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ CLICK ON THE IMAGES TO SEE THE LARGER SHARPER VERSIONS My workshop in Florida was over on Tuesday February 14th-Valentine’s Day. For the most part we were very lucky…why lucky? When working with wildlife you will be at the mercy of the weather, wind, local conditions and the actual …

Florida Photos

Image © 2017/Denise Ippolito Photography So far my time in Florida has been wonderful. The weather has cooperated and to some degree so have the birds. I was fortunate enough to have had one early morning sunrise and one incredible sunset during my scouting time before my group arrived. The sunrise silhouette of a Great …

Topaz Impression & Glow Combo

I arrived in Florida a couple of days ago and my first trip was out to a lake to look for birds…what else? Well, instead of birds we found these beautiful moss filled trees. The lighting was nice and portions of the background were backlit. I took advantage of the sweet light and created these …

The Wall Street Journal & Can You Be More Specific??

Those of you that saw my blog post the other day, saw that I mentioned some lighting tweak adjustments. Since posting the blog, I have received numerous emails and private messages on FB asking for me to elaborate. And so I will… but first I want to share with you all some fantastic news. My …

Morning & Moody Favorites

Image © 2017/Denise Ippolito Photography The image directly above shows the backlit edge of the neck with early morning light reflected off the bill. The first two images were captured moments apart. The very top image is a composite image that I added the birds to. The pink area at the bottom edge of the …

Topaz Impression

I added the Impasto Filter in Topaz Impression to this Dalmatian Pelican image. Before running the image through Topaz I needed to prep it first. I added a touch of canvas (via Content Aware) on top and to the left. It was simply too tight in the frame (see original capture and prepped images below). …

Dalmatian Pelicans

Image © 2017/Denise Ippolito Photography CLICK ON THE IMAGES TO SEE THE LARGER SHARPER VERSIONS Canon 5D III, Canon 100-400mm lens, 1/1600sec. at f/5.6,ISO 800 The Dalmatian Pelican in my opinion is one of the most beautiful birds to photograph. I love the white feathers, they are very intricate when viewed close-up. Their crazy faces …

Lake Kerkini, Greece ~ Trip Report

Image © 2017/Denise Ippolito Photography CLICK ON THE IMAGES TO SEE THE LARGER SHARPER VERSIONS My Dalmatian Pelican photo tour is almost over. We have one more boat session with the pelicans before heading to the airport in the morning. This year, like last we were blessed with wonderful weather and conditions. My group and …

Mono Lake

While we were out at Death Valley we decided to take a trip to Mono Lake. It was near blizzard conditions the day before we had decided to go and 4×4’s and chains were a must. The roads were covered with snow and ice. But that did not stop the adventurers. Cars and trucks were …

Death Valley Workshop Announced!!

January 22-26, 2018 with Denise Ippolito ~ 5 Full Days $1699.00Limit 10 participants/ FULL WAIT Join me for what will be 5 incredible days of photography at Death Valley National Park in California. The scenery can be almost unbelievable at first. As we will unfold the park’s inner beauty we will at the same time …

Black and White

I’ve seen lots of images of sand dunes captured at Death Valley and for the most part I have enjoyed both the B&W and color versions, so I could go either way with them, depending on the light and color tones. In general, high contrast shots do look better in B&W. But then again, I …

Death Valley

Image © 2017/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ The Hikers CLICK ON THE IMAGES TO SEE THE LARGER SHARPER VERSIONS I just returned home from Death Valley National Park located in California. My good friend Michael Zajac helped me re-scout the park for a workshop that I am planning to do next winter. My first visit to …