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on Nov 8, 2017 in Landscape Photography

The Worst Wx can …

I have many sayings, this one is one of my originals. The Worst weather can make for the best photography! I’ll admit I’m really odd but shooting in bad weather is something I actually seek. There are lots of reasons for this, the main one is I love the mood, drama and romance mother nature creates without our having to do anything other than witness it. And in that process, connect with the light, the romance so we bring that into our photographs. This is where it gets difficult for some because there is first the fear for their camera gear and second, the discomfort for themselves. I have a really simple rule of thumb I use when making this all work. If I can tolerate the rain, so can my gear. So it all starts with ourselves. My go-to jacket in this scenario is the Carhartt Shoreline Jacket because it is bulletproof and has giant pockets. After that, it’s up to gear and shooting. It’s really quite simple...

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on Nov 2, 2017 in Landscape Photography

Back on The Coast

The pulse of the sea, it’s so romantic it constantly draws me back! How to bring its sea spray, coolness, sounds, and smells to my photograph? That is always the challenge I feel. I think I got closer this morning. I started with the D850 / 70-200f4 / WR-R10 on a tripod. I then turned to an old friend, Multiple Exposure. I shot about fifteen images to get one with the “life” I wanted in the waves. Then I ran the image through ACR, Luminar 2018 and Tonality (using my own Presets) and boom, I got an image I really love. I can smell it...

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on Oct 27, 2017 in Landscape Photography

Love Warm & Cool

The photo was all T’d up, all I had to do was get down the slippery boardwalk to make the click. The warm colors of the thermal set against the cold blue sky just suck me in. Not the most powerful of photos, I still love it because in one click the warmth that comes from being in Yellowstone inside your heart hits the reality of the cold air freezing your finger tips. Perfect...

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on Oct 11, 2017 in Landscape Photography

Dehaze for Fall … Say What?

So we were shooting at Kent Pond at this hillside across the pond that had great color and texture but the light was, nasty! Not only the light was high in the sky, it was shooting through the thinnest of cloud cover. It had a haze to it so I took the shot wondering if, if since it had a “haze” if Dehaze in ACR might not help. Whenever I have an “if” moment in photography, I tend to follow it until it blows up in my face, or has a promising outcome to move forward. Well … Above you can see the outcome and it ain’t too bad! The bottom photo is what was captured and the top is the Dehaze afterwards. Like normal, whenever I use Dehaze I move the Blue Saturation slider down to desaturate the blur (HSL Panel ACR). But with this kind of light hitting the fall color, the Dehaze slider did a nice job. Who would have thunk...

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on Oct 3, 2017 in Landscape Photography

Scale by Focal Length

Clouds are such an easy subject to bring wow to your photograph. Now because clouds are so universal, everyone can relate to them. This can be a good or bad thing depending on how you bring them to life in your photograph. This is because we’ve all seen amazing cloud formations sometime in our life. The key here that many miss in their photographs are the relationship of the clouds with the earth. Remove the earth and they are just big white cotton balls and a lot of their drama and wow evaporates. So therein lies our photographic challenge. This is where the landscape becomes so important to our clouds! The clouds need a visual anchor, a means to compare their size with something that we can relate to yet be so insignificant that visually we don’t give them any importance. This is where lens selection plays such a huge role in the photograph. Capturing the right slice of the earth and at the same time bring drama and...

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on Sep 20, 2017 in Landscape Photography

The Heritage of the Landscape

Ever since I arrived on The Palouse, the one overwhelming feeling I have is, “How do they do it?” The love and dedication the generations of farmers have had to have to make this landscape what it is and produce the grain they do is staggering! And they are only the 5th largest wheat producer in the USA! It’s on a scale that is beyond my comprehension. Even more is just how infrequently you see a home, barn, farm machine. We came around a corner and found this old barn all by itself in the hills and with the clouds, just had to stop and make its portrait. Looking through the D850 / 14-24 I so wondered its story, the good and bad times it’s seen, the snowstorms and blistering summer heat. If only it could talk, I’d sit and listen...

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