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on Oct 28, 2010 in Landscape Photography

ESA – Day4am5

This movie requires Flash Player 9 While we beat the storm for the morning, the clouds tell the story of what’s to come. High winds, bloody high winds of 89mph in town and 140+mph over the ridges. Seeing the clouds, I stopped with the light skimming over the sage figuring our shooting for the day was quickly coming to an end. Wanting a great starburst off the sun, I grabbed the 24PC-E. I then made a quick 7 iamge HDR exposure. This movie requires Flash Player 9 The sun was out, then it wasn’t, then it was, I wondered if the D3x 1.8fps could capture enough in 7 images to make a final image with the starburst I wanted. As it turned out the weather forecast in my head turned out accurate, we were literally blown out of our afternoon shoot by amazing high winds and raid. Later this night we had a “tornadic” like event where a large pine was snapped off and carried up and over a...

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on Oct 28, 2010 in Landscape Photography

ESA – Day4am3

This movie requires Flash Player 9 How can exposure, light and darks change the photographic message or story? Lights and darks along with color are kind of corner posts of my landscape photography. See that white cloud on the left….. This movie requires Flash Player 9 For some reason, while all the rest of the clouds were cranking on by, it sat still and I didn’t like where it was. So I moved up, down, left, right trying to get it in the place I would have preferred. But I never could get it where I wanted it behind the rocks on the left. This movie requires Flash Player 9 The reason I wanted it in a different place because of how I felt it would lead the eye around in the frame as well as bring a visual depth to the whole scene. Because in the end, rather then move, the winds just blew it apart and I ended up with nothing. I know I missed a couple...

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on Oct 28, 2010 in Landscape Photography

ESA – Day4am4

This movie requires Flash Player 9 Since the cloud wouldn’t play with me the way I wanted, I went and made do with what I had. Again, using lights and darks, I went vertical. I also went HDR for B&W, finished in color before going to B&W This movie requires Flash Player 9 One of the gang asked why I did HDR for this shot. My reasoning was simple, I wanted detail in the rock. With HDR, it was a solid black mass. It has so much character that I wanted that in the photo. To get that exposure info, I went HDR. Photo captured by D3x, 24PC-E on Lexar UDMA digital...

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on Oct 28, 2010 in Landscape Photography

ESA – Day4am2

This movie requires Flash Player 9 I feel pretty darn comfortable with Photomatic Pro 4.01 and 7 image HDR now. Both of these images which match what I saw and felt pretty damn close through the magic of really good math! This movie requires Flash Player 9 This movie requires Flash Player 9 Yeah, it would have been really easy to whack out the colors with HDR, I could have made the limited glow really dominate the photograph. I could have taken the foreground and made it look like it was lit with 50000 watts of flash but that’s just now how I see our landscape, especially this morning. And all of that doesn’t really mean dittly squat! No matter how you use any particular technique, HDR or anything else, make it match how YOU see and feel and it will have been done to perfections! Photos captured by D3x, 24-70AFS on Lexar UDMA digital...

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on Oct 28, 2010 in B&W Photography, Landscape Photography

ESA – Day4am

This movie requires Flash Player 9 We woke up to the start of a major storm, Mammoth had major winds and rain, not the best of conditions for photography. Definitely not the best conditions to have any fun. So we headed towards the east, away from the storm. I took the gang to a spot I’ve never taken folks before, a special locale when the clouds are talking to us, the photography is amazing! What you see in the distance are the White Mtns and Nevada. mtc Photo captured by D3x, 70-200VR2 on Lexar UDMA digital...

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