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on Apr 26, 2011 in Landscape Photography

Alabama Hills Morning to the West

Yeah, looking to the west when you’re in the Hills at sunrise is a wise thing! This was a spectacular morning showing off the reward of hitting the road at 4AM to be in place at the right time. The other trick to this whole venture is being in the right place as well. The Hills are pretty long and vary greatly from locale to locale. You might recognize this since it was the backdrop for IronMan. Nearly all of the Hills have been used by Hollywood since the 1930s. The trick this morning was to get high! If you were to stand down on the ground or be close to the rock formations, you would not have seen the narrow band of light squeezing in under the cloud cover lighting up the slope of the Sierra. I ran from locale to locale chasing the band of light as it moved ending up finally on the tallest rock formation I could reach. It was just a glorious sunrise in...

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on Apr 26, 2011 in Landscape Photography

Alabama Hills Morning

The Alabama Hills is a favorite location of mine that is helped me with my year goal of shooting a whole lot more. I’ve been here every hour of the day with none being the same, none being better then the other. This morning I raced down to the hills when I saw the weather. Storms racing over the Sierra make for amazing mornings at the Hills and this day was no different! The one thing the uninitiated wouldn’t know about shooting in these kinds of storms is the light changes FAST! The sun started to pop far off in the east which is the top frame. The storm was dropping moisture but it wasn’t reaching the ground giving the light a great prism to spread its warmth. But within minutes with the earth’s rotation the color was gone (bottom image). Knowing this was coming, I was shooting with two bodies. One D3x had the 14-24AFS and the other the 24-70AFS (with 2 stop circular split grad attached). I...

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on Apr 25, 2011 in Landscape Photography

Mono Lake – The Sun Cracks the Horizon

The sun comes up and lights up the Sierra in the background but it’s not hit the tufas yet. It’s an interesting time to shoot as the light has not yet committed it’s power to our photographs. The things all these images have in common is I lit the tufas myself, in post. There were dark silhouettes when I took the photos but I arranged them in the frame as if they were lit. Why not use a flash? That would have been the smart thing but I’m not one who usually does the smart thing. This was an easy light job using a curve and a warming filter, took ten seconds in Photoshop. Now these two were finished two totally different ways. One was completely finished in ACR. The other is a single image HDR done in Nik’s HDR Pro. I think the final image will be the two combined. But what’s the challenge here? It’s seeing the light before there is light, when there is no light,...

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on Apr 25, 2011 in Landscape Photography

Mono Lake – My Invitation to You

OK, here’s how I went about inviting you, the viewer into my morning experience at Mono Lake. The question is, do you wanna shoot there now? The technical side of making the click is bloody easy. Arranging the elements just like wording an invitation, that’s the challenge. Are you up to it? I think you...

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