Mike Millar

About Light's Destiny

I love photography and I love talking about it and learning about it even more. My pictures have been sitting in a virtual box forever. It is time to get them out and talk about them. I hope you like what you see and please comment if you have something to add.

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Flowers for Helen

Thursday, March 15th, 2012


I visited¬†California¬†for my grandmother’s 93rd birthday. She had received a couple bouquets of assorted flowers and orchids. She asked me to photograph the flowers so that she could remember them after they wilted away.


I shot these orchids in the backyard in bright sunlight. I used a Canon 60D with a 50mm f/1.8 for a wide open aperture for a shallow depth of field. I’m pleased with this shot but, I wish I had used a reflector on some of my other shots. There really wasn’t a whole lot of post-processing on this one. A little vibrance, some saturation and I increased the black levels to darken the background a tiny bit.


Watson Lake Panorama

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Took a trip up to Prescott to scout out some fishing spots and try to capture a few good shots. I took this six-image pano when I got there. This WordPress theme doesn’t play well with wide images so I cropped it a bit for this post. The full image can be seen on my Flickr page HERE.

Watson lake is quite small. The center of this image looks across the widest point. If you click to the larger image you can see several people kayaking in the middle. The contrast of the water rising up amongst the rocks is beautiful. The rock formations are the Southernmost part of (more…)

Chihuly Sculpture, Desert Botanical Gardens

Monday, May 30th, 2011
Chihuly Sculpture

Chihuly sculpture scene, Desert Botanical Gardens 2009


This shot is of one of many of the scenes of the exhibit Chihuly: The Nature of Glass. The exhibit was on display at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, AZ from Nov. 22nd 2008 to May 31st 2009.

In this shot I did a lot of dodging and burning within the plants and also on the glass itself. This HDR result was from 3 bracketed exposures. I was trying to just ever-so-slightly add a painted look to the shot. I pushed the HDR effect a bit to bring out the clouds in the sky which appeared very bland in the source exposures.
Out of the camera the glass just didn’t have the shine and luster that it did in person. It was mid-afternoon and I wish i could have been there earlier in the morning for better light. I don’t recall what cast that shadow on the saguaro in the foreground.


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