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on Aug 31, 2010 in Landscape Photography

We LOVE to Explore new Places!

This movie requires Flash Player 9 We came out of Valley of the Gods and the road sign which predicts nothing short of death if you drive it, just begged us to explore. So of we went. This movie requires Flash Player 9 After this wicked drive up the side of a mesa, we cruised along this long stretch of Cedar Mesa taking us to Natural Bridges Nat’l Monument. This movie requires Flash Player 9 As the name suggests, the bridges were formed by water erosion creating some really cool formation. Whie Russell huffed it down to the bottom of the canyon for the first bridge, the rest of us just hiked down to the vista point. You climb down a wood ladder (as in tree trunks) at one point but it was well worth the effort. We all walked down to the last bridge and just in time to get some clouds floating by. This is another locale I would love comeback to and camp and do stat...

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on Aug 31, 2010 in B&W Photography, Landscape Photography

Old Friend, Still Gorgeous!

This movie requires Flash Player 9 The Valley of the Gods is an amazing location that I just love to visit. I’m making plans to spend a whole bunch more time there, but that requires different travel plans. This movie requires Flash Player 9 This incredibly small slice of UT when the storms are rolling through is simple, without a doubt, hands down one of the most romantic landscapes in the southwest. There’s a ton of red here, not a issue. I wanted to do a little exploring in B&W and was happy with my results. I can do better but that requires days of on foot exploration. I always love having to have to return to a location Photos captured by D3x, 18AF, 16Fish on Lexar UDMA digital...

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on Aug 31, 2010 in Landscape Photography

The Highnoon Challenge

This movie requires Flash Player 9 There are times when despite your best efforts, you find yourself in an interesting place in the worst light. Highnoon! Ever been in that position, I sure have and was again the other day. What do you do? This movie requires Flash Player 9 I tend to work with the contrast and underexpose to make more of this abundant element. That means you have to think of black as a design element so with these massive mesas in Monument Valley, you use the black to speak of the natural design of the rock. The underexposure also pumps the blue sky and red in the rock. So then it’s just back to the basics of arranging the elements and going click. So, highnoon isn’t that bad once you think through the problem and come up with a solution. And those folks joining us shortly on the NAPP Safari at PSW, you might need this thought process for the first moments of our safari. Photos...

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on Aug 30, 2010 in Landscape Photography

And When the Storm Breaks?!

When you are incredibly fortunate, the storm breaks at sunset and performs the magic only Mother Nature can produce. With the opening in the clouds, the pedal hits the metal to get into place. This movie requires Flash Player 9 I mean, we’re talking illegal speeds because for me, a gorgeous sunset works ONLY when you have something interesting with it from the landscape. Just pretty colors in the clouds just doesn’t cut it for me. On the western horizon I saw an opening in the clouds, that means a brief beam of light was going to make it through. Watchout cars…crazy Moose comin through! This movie requires Flash Player 9 With the dust in the air, you knew the light would be blood red. What do you want in that kind of light in Monument Valley? Monument Valley! This movie requires Flash Player 9 And here’s the gold and the end of the rainbow! As simple a click as one can make. Just got in place, dialed in...

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on Aug 30, 2010 in Landscape Photography

Looking for that Storm

This movie requires Flash Player 9 Atmosphere is so important to landscape photography. I’d rather have an overcast sky to a bald blue sky. Give me a storm breaking up though and I’m in pig heaven! This movie requires Flash Player 9 Why a breaking storm? Well a storm that is forming means the solid gray skies are coming so my hopes are dashed on the rocks for any drama in the sky. This movie requires Flash Player 9 But a thunderstorm breaking up, which typically happens near sunset, means the drama is coming and the pixels are going to be burnt. The trick is to have an open mind, a number of focal lengths handy and be flexible between color & B&W photography. With that, you look for the drama which in a nutshell are changes from light to dark in combination with interesting shapes in the landscape. And with that, you’re now ready to chase the light! Photos captured by D3x, 70-200VR2, 24PC-E, 18AF on Lexar UDMA...

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