MATTHEW NORDHAGEN :: PHOTOGRAPHY

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May 8th, 2019

Difficult Run, Virginia

Water always makes for good abstracts and once you've found something you like the key is choosing the right shutter speed. Even a second or two on the high or low side makes a big difference. This particular spot on the Difficult Run River had a slight change in topography to disrupt the otherwise smooth flowing water. A shutter speed of 1/15" preserved just enough motion in the water without too much blur and in black and white reminded me of a pencil drawing.


BLOG | REVIEW - ACRATECH NOMAD BALL HEAD

May 5th, 2019

Acratech Ballhead

The Benro ball head that I had been using regularly for the past few years started to develop a substantial drift when locked into place. I would have to compensate for the drift by aiming slightly above my composition and let the ball head settle into place. While the ball head is still functional that drift is only going to get worse with time so it was time to find a replacement. Continue Reading.


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April 30th, 2019

Great Falls Park, Virginia

The number of photos that I have specifically of leaves would be enough to fill a moderately sized book at this point. Which I have actually considered making, by the way. I always thought that a photo book dedicated to leaves would make for an interesting project if the photos were carefully chosen and arranged. On days where there doesn't seem to be much compositionally it's worth paying attention to the details as you never know what you might find.


BLOG | SUNRISE OVER SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK

April 22nd, 2019

Shenandoah National Park

Sunrise photography always take a little bit of planning to get right. While you can't necessarily control everything what you can control is how early you get up in the morning. Earlier is always better. Continue Reading.


BLOG | A YEAR LATER

April 17th, 2019

It has been one year, and a couple days, since I started this website. Time flies. I have written 21 blog posts and featured 31 Recent Images. After countless attempts, this is the first website that I have started for myself where I have kept the content current. So what makes this attempt different from all of the others? Continue Reading.


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April 9th, 2019

Great Falls Park, Virginia

Between the Cherry Blossom Festival and the warm weather over the weekend the National Mall in D.C. was completely packed with people. So much so that I quit my afternoon trip and went home early. The cherry blossoms are certainly worth a visit and I would recommend it to anyone who is going to be in D.C. around this time of year. However, make your visit as early in the morning as possible. So many people end up in the Tidal Basin that it makes it difficult to even move around which takes all of the fun out of it. While walking back to the Metro the mid-afternoon sun had nice shadows on the Smithsonian National Museum of American History which I thought made for a nice B&W composition, so at least it wasn't a completely wasted afternoon.


BLOG | TWO OF THE SAME, BUT DIFFERENT

April 3rd, 2019

National Gallery of Arts, Washington D.C.

The west-facing panoramic windows of the National Gallery of Arts East is a great location because it can offer opportunities for different variations on the same composition. Continue Reading.


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March 31st, 2019

Great Falls Park, Virginia

The colors of the geology of Mather Gorge at Great Falls National Park can pop depending on the kind of light during the day. The soft-box like light from the thinning afternoon clouds really made the blue stand out more than usual, contrasting nicely with the typical tans and grays and other earthen colors.


BLOG | NATIONAL GALLERY OF ARTS - EAST BUILDING

March 21st, 2019

Scott's Run, McLean, Virginia

There is no other building in Washington D.C. that I have photographed more than the East Building of the National Gallery of Arts. Continue Reading.


BLOG | YOU'RE (PROBABLY) BACKING UP TOO MUCH DATA: A SIMPLIFIED BACKUP STRATEGY FOR YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS

March 13th, 2019

The internet is spoiled with options for ways to backup your data. There's Backblaze, CrashPlane, Dropbox, Google Drive, iDrive, Amazon Prime, Carbonite, just to name a few. Most offer unlimited while some offer tiered ranges of limited data. The ideal backup solution is one that is painless, or as pain free as possible, and reliable without costing a fortune. Continue Reading.


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February 18th, 2019

Scott's Run, McLean, Virginia

I was cataloging some photos from a month ago and forgot about this photograph. At the time of capture I was unsure what to make of it but after processing it the details and colors came through to really bring things together. Returning to a photograph after some time away can help determine whether you're satisfied with a photograph or not.


BLOG | QUICK TAKE: ADOBE UPDATE FIXES FUJI X-TRANS ISSUE

February 12th, 2019

With Adobe's most recent update to the Creative Cloud ecosystem, the long-standing issue of rendering Fuji X-Trans RAW files has been corrected via the new Enhance Image tool. For Fuji users, this will come as good news, especially for those whose workflow is reliant on Adobe products. Continue Reading.


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January 28th, 2019

Scott's Run, McLean, Virginia

The lower temperatures lately have started to partially freeze some of the local streams and slightly higher temperatures during the day begin to melt what was frozen the night before to create interesting icicles and a glaze of ice over stream surfaces. Both scenarios came through nicely in this composition with the hanging icicles on the right and the iced surfaces of the foreground. With the color palette, the whole scene reminds me of a painting.


BLOG | FUJIFILM XT3: A NONTECHNICAL REVIEW

January 27th, 2019

A month ago, I traded all of my Nikon gear and bought the Fujifilm XT3. As a landscape photographer, the mirrorless camera system was always an attractive option and the near-unanimous praise of the XT3 made it a system difficult to ignore. With a month's worth of regular use, I thought I would offer a few of my thoughts on the camera for those who might be considering switching as well. Continue Reading.


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January 13th, 2019

Scott's Run, McLean, Virginia

Snow has finally arrived here on the East Coast. I was looking forward to it simply because of the change in color palette and new opportunities for photographs. The bland, brown scenery is not terrible inspiring otherwise. Scott's Run was particularly nice this morning and the colder overnight temperatures were enough to create a skim of ice in some places. In this photograph the ice was thicker towards the bottom of the frame and thinning towards deeper water; the graduated filter like effect of the ice over the leaves gave the composition a nice transition of colors that I quite liked.


BLOG | UPDATE: BUILDING AN ONLINE PORTFOLIO FROM SCRATCH

January 8th, 2019

Since publishing last May, several sections of Building An Online Portfolio From Scratch have changed due to updates made to the workflow that I use to maintain this website. Continue Reading.


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January 6th, 2019

Scott's Run, McLean, Virginia

First image of the new year. The weather has felt more like spring then it does winter and despite the rain there have been a few good days of sunny weather. Saying the local trails were busy over the weekend is an understatement. Everyone, and their literal dog, were out. I choose Scott's Run this morning and took a fork in the trail that followed the river and eventually stumbled across this composition. I know nothing about geology but I'm assuming it's some kind of mineral that's responsible for the Orange color. Either way, it made for a nice pop of color against the neutral surroundings.