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on Jul 23, 2015 in Landscape Photography

The Great Hall

In April, we had the opportunity to spend some time on Ellis Island. Really a fascinating place with intriguing history. We spent hours wondering around, reading, listening, learning about a very special part of our history. Looking at all the old B&W photos with all those faces took hours. Wonder where they all went, what they did and who they became? You can’t help while you’re exploring The Island not ending up in the Great Hall! The hall is aptly named, it really is great! We were lucky to be in the hall when an overcast floated in really giving the hall a glow. It was dark enough that the lights in the hall were able to cast their warm glow over all the tile. I was cruising with the Df / 14-24AFS which was perfect, I looked like just another tourist. The light in the hall was killer so I shoot it all nice and squared up. Loved that shot. Then I looked up, actually, I did that...

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on Jul 22, 2015 in Landscape Photography

You Running out of Gas?

Ever since I posted Creativity in the Lost & Found, I’ve had more emails stating, help! One person said, “I feel like I’m running out of gas!” That made me think of this photo, a two image pano I took a little while back and something else to give a try when the clicks just aren’t coming. Give something in the computer a try you’ve not tried before. This pano is an idea. With it so easy to assemble in ACR, take a pano of your room and assemble it. You have no idea where that might lead. You might need to try some extra lighting. You might need to use a different lens. You might need to learn something you simply don’t know and that might shake the cob webs loose. You might shoot a pano and need to reshoot it. For example I shot this scene the first time with a Df / 24-70, three image pano but after assembling, went back with the 80-400 to get...

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on Jul 14, 2015 in Landscape Photography

When The Rain Breaks

The paint is still sitting in the garage, sandpaper in its wrapper as I wait for the rains to go by. Lord knows we need the rain, it’s knocked down our fire danger and that’s a blessing. But nine days later, no painting. But that doesn’t mean I’m not watching the skies for other opportunities. I have the Df / 24-120VR on the counter because each night as the sun sets, it’s a little bit different. Most nights it’s been just gray until it’s dark. But a couple of nights, there has been some color but just not in the right place at the right time. But the camera sits there just in case. Then last night, while the color was brief before the clouds closed back in again, there was the addition of a rainbow. Na, none of these are great photos when it comes to the sharing category, but they are when put under the memories category. I think at times, photographers confuse these two categories and...

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on Jul 9, 2015 in Landscape Photography

A Different Kind of Scale

How big is that cloud? Often when we photograph clouds, it’s with a wide angle with just a sliver of landscape. At least, that’s one of my favorite ways on incorporating them. While this works really well and brings a whole other level of drama to a photo, the actual size of those clouds gets lost. Not that’s important, but there are times when how high the clouds soar is the story, not just that they are pretty. When the opportunity affords itself, I love to show the size of the heavens. Shooting with the 80-400VR3 on the D4s, I waited for the sliver of light I saw racing for the ridge line to go click. The down pour was centered by design, the light, it was a prayer. And by standing, waiting imagining, the click came to be. And you can now tell visually how big that could...

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on Jul 9, 2015 in Landscape Photography

Scale With An iPad

There we were, partially up Hidden Lake Trail, Glacier Nat’l Park. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s behind the visitor center at Logan Pass. It’s a gorgeous walk up to some spectacular scenery that always has a critter or two. On this trip, the snow hadn’t melted yet so the trail was for the adventurous and I wasn’t felling, adventurous. When going after landscape images, I tend to either go wide or long so when I walked partially up the trail, I had the 18-35AFS in my pocket and 80-400VR3 on the D4s. The clouds were racing across the heavens and as such, constantly changing the landscape with light and shadow. It’s one of the most beautiful ways to see our wild heritage in person, letting our imaginations run with the light over the land. So I’m watching this living painting in front of me and saw the light bring out the unique topography up slope. As I scanned it with my imagination, I saw two climbers up...

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on Jul 1, 2015 in Landscape Photography

Little House on The …

I’ve gone past this house on the ridge for decades and not once, have I stopped to photograph it. Oh, I’ve looked at it but it’s never caught my attention, until this time. The storm was passing pretty quickly and as it did so, the light would paint the landscape and that’s what caught my attention. Shooting with the D4s / 80-400VR3, I walked up to the fence line and waited. The first thing I know many of you will say is, “That bright pole on the right bugs me.” OK, I like it and in fact, that was central to the way I set up the frame, obviously since that’s what you see. The subject though, the house, you can’t help but see EVEN with that pole. So, that pole isn’t that big a deal, just a matter of taste. But if you cover up that pole with your hand, the photo looses it’s sense of depth and place. Now if the rest of the telephone poles had...

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