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on Feb 13, 2014 in B&W Photography, Gear Just Introed!

35f1.8 AFS – 1st Impressions – Oh Ya!

Yeap, B&H put the new 35f1.8AFS in my hands PDQ and I like! Sharp lens especially at f/1.8. Autofocusing – fast and responsive. Really sick MFD with outstanding corner to corner performance. Physically small and compact, slightly odd fitler size but for the price, it’s a screamer. First impressions … blows away my old 35f2! As far as these photos go, top one is looking north and the bottom one is driving 45 miles north and looking south on the same clouds. Finishing was a simple single click using Nik Silver Efex...

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on Dec 3, 2013 in B&W Photography, Landscape Photography

You’re In There Somewhere

The entire gang from our Yosemite Adventure wanted the shot of the tree over the rock. I said Olmstead Point was the place to go. Once there, they said, “Where’s the tree?” so i turned and pointed up, up the mountain. And before you could say Half Dome (which we shot at sunrise), up the hill we went. Two folks unknown to me until we got down, had sever fear of heights. But when it comes to getting the photo, even that didn’t stop them from climbing to the top as well. I went up with minimal gear, D4, 18-35AFS & 16Fish knowing two things, I wanted the big vista and was shooting B&W (also, I was going up so less was more!). In the background is Clouds Rest & Half Dome, so this is the lang of big vistas and B&W! The dome behind Olmstead Point itself is a picture rich area so we shot all the way up and all the way down. With the sun just...

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on Nov 5, 2013 in B&W Photography, WRP Ed Zone

K&M Oregon Coast ’14

K&M Adventures is taking on the the elements with a winter Oregon Coast Adv, 19-23 March, 2014! This magnificent region is one Kevin & I have journeyed to and photographed many, many times. The coast in the winter is a spectacular photographic playground as Mother Nature chisels away at the rock! As you might notice, I think it’s a great place for B&W and is the same region featured in my Kelby Training Black and White Landscape Class. You’ll wanna fly into Portland on the afternoon of the 19th (by noon) and fly out on the 24th (after 2pm). We’ll pick you up from the airport and escort your around until we take you back to the airport. That, along with instruction are all included for the price of $2195 (limited to 7). We spend from breakfast until last up together shooting, eating, shooting, digital darkroom, laughing and other things you just can’t imagine! Which means you might find yourself in front of a subject you never imagined. (Unlike...

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on Oct 11, 2013 in B&W Photography

Grand Tetons – How Grand!

Yeap, the Nat’l Parks are closed but they are still OUR lands to enjoy and love, even if behind closed gates. That’s what we did today and the Tetons put on one helluva show for us! Yeap, we have clouds and you all know how I love them. Sunrise was a fin shoot and really with what was provided for us, darn simple. This is a simple click, D4 / 18-35 pointing up to have just a mere slice of foreground and letting the clouds suck you in, down and around. Post processing was no more than ACR and Perfect Suite 7 B&W. Even if the park were open, I would have ended up at the same locale because the Tetons and the clouds with a whole bunch of passion determined where we shut, not a...

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on Sep 9, 2013 in B&W Photography, Landscape Photography

Drive with the Camera

The desert is such a magical place especially when you look, I mean really look. When the monsoons are blowing through, they take on a kaleidoscope of colors as the miracle of water brings new life as summer takes its last bite at heat. Photoshop World is held in Las Vegas in September which is a drive from our home due east and then when coming home, directly due west. The route covers some amazing desert and desert ranges and it never fails to produce memorable images. Of course, they are memorable to us because we love the desert and the drive. The trick, to make the photo to help you fall in love with it. There are a couple of critical elements needs to make this happen. The first are brakes, that means not that they are working on your vehicle (which is required no matter what) but that you have the time to use them. When traveling, stopping to take a photo takes time and that fact...

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