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on Feb 28, 2017 in Landscape Photography

The Color of Light?

It’s a simple question … know the answer for your photography? It’s a serious question that I don’t think I can help you answer in a blog post. It’s a question you must explore and answer for your own photography. And there lies the...

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on Feb 28, 2017 in Landscape Photography

‘What Kind of Light is This?”

When I asked the question of the group, Eric instantly said, “B&W!” Now how do you get to that point in your photography? That’s really a damn good question! Eric has shot with me for years and gone through my MLP so he’s really, really good at seeing light. Now what is B&H light? Here’s two examples from the scene we were seeing when I asked the question. The qualities I was seeing in the light that I shot B&W are: mood, texture, detail, story and romance. One is on the “darkish” side of life and the other is on the “bright” side so that’s not part of the formula I see when making the call. Rather, I some it all up in the “romance” of the light that first, makes me stop and then what to share it with you. One hint when you’ve struck it right is in the finishing, it was a simple two click, ACR & then Luminar. Does this come quickly to one, seeing...

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on Feb 9, 2017 in Landscape Photography

The Whites

When a storm breaks in the Sierra, it’s a gorgeous thing! The question is, where to the point the lens. The moon made it a pretty simple answer. I grabbed the D5 / 70-200f4 AFS and made the click above. I liked it but it just didn’t seem complete. Then I took a simple two image pano putting the moon dead center (below) and I knew it that was the answer. It was easy after that, Photoshop to make the pano and Luminar for the B&W. I love it when making the story is so...

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on Feb 8, 2017 in Wildlife Photography

Tread with Care

For the last 24hrs, we’ve had rain here in the Sierra. Our snow is slowly melting under the 3+ inches we’ve received at the house. As I look out at the slush, I’ve been watching our critters. It might be blowin a storm out, snowing like mad and they tend to just go about their business of getting food and staying warm. But with the rain, they hunker down and try to wait it out. But as the day goes on and the need for food for calories to stay warm grows, they venture out grudgingly. And that’s how most spend their winter, seeking those precious calories for mere survival. And as wildlife photographers, we need to recognize this basic yet vital biology and not get in the way of this activity. You can summarize their daily life simply with, calories in – calories out, basic survival. In the winter time when food is not as plentiful in snow bound habitats makes this basic biology a challenge. If photographers...

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on Jan 26, 2017 in Wildlife Photography

Why Flash with Snow?

I had a couple of folks ask why I’m using flash when photographing birds in snow. The reason has to do with the same reason anytime you need to pull out flash, light. In this case, it’s the quality of the color of light that is most important to me. The bottom photo was taken with no flash. Notice not only the down nature of the light, but the lack of life to the light? The perch the female White-headed Woodpecker is a stick I’ve screwed to the railing of our deck. Above her is the suet she came in for and she’s waiting in line to get her bite. The dull texture on the perch, the white head and black body all bring us to a dull photo. The flash is literally in the snow in fact, out the door and right next to the perch. Using the Hexi 24 Speedlight Softbox with the SB-5000 inside, brings a big light just eighteen inches away from the birds. This...

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