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on Mar 27, 2015 in Landscape Photography

Callaway Cherries

Another location at Callaway Gardens we shot at was at Sibley Gardens. This is a marvelous place to shoot with so many options and besides the gardner, I was totally entranced with the blooming Cherry Trees. It started off shooting wide with the 14-24AFS but soon abandoned it and its perspective. Why? I wanted that oriental feel to the photo, what you might see in a painting but with that wide lens, while I got the sweep of the branches, there was simply to much other junk in the photo taking the eye away from that sweep. Had to go to plan B. What was plan B? Go the opposite direction from wide, go long! I went with the Df / 300PF because it permitted isolating those elements of the Cherries I liked while excluding those elements I found distracting. What made it all work were the overcast skies. That flat light kept the blossoms from blowing out and use the natural topography of the trees to create lights...

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on Mar 27, 2015 in Landscape Photography

Callaway Azaleas

Sharon & I are down in Georgia at the Georgia Nature Photographers Association meeting having such a grand time! What a gang of really nice folks, truly the definition of southern hospitality. We were invited down and amongst other things, lead a couple of walks at the gorgeous Callaway Gardens. We’d never been here and sadly, never heard of the place which is a shame … it’s great! It’s known for many things and top on the list are the Azaleas. Now its 6500 acres have a lot more than that, but the fields and hillsides when they are in full bloom are legendary. Sadly, they are a couple of weeks late with the hard winter the south had this winter. And not at the top of Moose’s list to photograph are azaleas because as many of your know, I’m just not a macro kinda guy. Lucky for me, the plants are high and there was little wind so I didn’t have to stick my butt in the air...

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on Mar 24, 2015 in Landscape Photography

My Bud Harry

You just never know who might just become a dear friend, I would never have thought it would be Harry. It’s not that he’s a Canon shooter, but we come from life at two different directions. He’s got an amazing sense of humor, a great storyteller, a mind boggling view on life, great laugh and is a most excellent photographer. I’ve lost track how many times we’ve gone shooting together but as all photographers can relate to, there is no lack of “Nikon / Canon” banter between us and Harry takes as well as he gives. Like when we were in Costa Rica last month where Harry arrived with his new 800mm lens (gorgeous glass). Screwing with him, I acted as if with my 800mm lens, I could focus on something really close. He looked through his lens and he couldn’t focus that close so he backed up, backed up, backed up and backed up until finally he could. At which time, all were laughing because they knew I...

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on Mar 23, 2015 in Landscape Photography

Romance at the Shore

I dunno but every time I’m standing at the seashore with my sweetheart and there is a lighthouse, I’ve just gotta have that light in the shot. To me, a lighthouse is either getting the lost mariners in safely from the brutal sea or, is the warm and safe shelter where they are having hot chocolate after the storm. On this morning with the gorgeous sunrise, it was hot chocolate time for the mariners and my sweetie. The capture is pretty straight forward, D750 / 24-70AFS with the light produced in post. And the rest, well that up to your romantic...

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on Mar 23, 2015 in Landscape Photography

Issue With Wides

Chuck had that sad, puppy dog big eye look when he answered my question what’s wrong. “I still have issues with wide,” he said. We had just got onto Bandon Beach, a favorite locale that has a different face every time you walk it. I stopped right then, grabbed Chuck and walked over to the scene you see above. Now just standing there, it wasn’t obvious there was a photo to be made. But once I pointed his D810 / 18-35AFS down, got close physically to the rock and zoomed out to 18mm and said to Chuck, “Get close, shoot across the top, shoot wide” and had him look through the viewfinder, he said, “Ahhhhhhh.” We talked a little further and off he went down the beach with a smile in his hop. I went back to exploring the beach with the D750 / 14-24AFS when after a while, I looked up to see Chuck bouncing from rock to rock to rock to rock across the beach, shooting the...

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on Mar 19, 2015 in Landscape Photography

Trees from the Forest

Had a marvelous day with some really nice folks going back to my landscape roots. The first place I really tried to apply myself as a landscape photographer were the Coastal Redwoods of No. Cali. I painfully remember throwing roll after roll after roll of film away after trying to shoot the huge range of light of the redwoods with film and its three stops. Oh, the pain! Today, it is Soooooo bloody easy to do it, it makes wondering amongst these giants a sheer delight. Been a long day so just wanted to get up a favorite click from this afternoon to share the view. Shot with the D750 (In Flat) with the 14-24AFS lens and in this case, @f/22 and pinched the light to get the starburst. Flat gives us so much range we can get shadow and highlight detail in one click. The redwoods are so majestic, just good for the soul to shoot and only think and photograph the trees from the...

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