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on Jan 21, 2020 in Landscape Photography

The 10x Magic

Bringing movement to a still image, I simply love that challenge. I’ve explored many methods of accomplishing this and now I’m exploring to me a new one. Recently I decided to explore the long exposure afforded by the 10x Neutral Density ND filter to see what it might bring to my quest. My goal is not just to blur everything because, I can. I want to bring movement to just some elements in the photo, those elements I “feel” moving as I stand there that the story. This means that the subject is not the blur. The blur tells the story of the subject. Braving the elements (it poured and haled taking these images), I relied on the elements to bring a mood and romance to the photo along WITH the blur. I LOVE the Breakthrough 10x ND (I got at Bedfords) and used it for these images. I shot with the Z7 / Z24-70f2.8 which performed perfectly in these elements. I relied on ND Timer to determine my...

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on Jan 17, 2020 in Landscape Photography

Moon Lit Night

The lighthouse, the lone sentinel protecting seafarers from dashing on the rugged rocks and reefs of the coast. This incredibly romantic symbol of our coastline draws me in over and over again. Just how do we tell the lighthouse’s story to draw our viewer in when they have seen lighthouses over and over? If the moon is going to be part of your story, that’s a major challenge. If you want the light from the lighthouse and its path never reaches the land, that’s a problem. The way I went about capturing this scene was to shoot at 10am (not PM) and underexpose once the sun was behind a cloud. I used a cooler WB to suggest night. I waited until a wave was in the foreground to provide some visual depth. And finally, added the lighthouse beam in post. And if I did my job right, you look at the photo and feel a little of the romance of the...

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on Jan 14, 2020 in Landscape Photography

Angry Seas

Just how mad were those seas? How angry were those skies? For a fact, you don’t really know. You only have what my photo communicates to you. Was the exposure at 0, + or – comp? That anger and I feel the emotion in the photo, comes from not just the elements and how they are arranged in the scene, but the exposure I choose to tell the story. Was the storm brewing, raging or on its way out? Underexposure makes the drama come out in the photo, the anger of a raging storm appears and that’s the romance I wanted to bring. It’s such a simple thing and then again, it’s a big...

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on Jan 10, 2020 in Landscape Photography

Fisheye Bay

There are some places where hanging for sunset is just cool, sunset or not. Neahkahnie Beach is one of those locales, at least the cliff overlooking it. I sat there for about an hour loving the view, watching the crab boats and the incoming storm move into position. It was a spot made for the 8-15Fish as it not only took in the whole view, but also the symmetry of the view. Because of that perfect fit, in my mind I named it, Fisheye...

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on Dec 27, 2019 in Wildlife Photography

What Happened to Those Canoes?

“What happened to those canoes?” If you’re looking at a bull moose with no antlers, it looks like a cow moose and this time of year, that’s what you’ll see. You can tell it’s a bull without its antlers because you will see the buttons, base of the antler (like in the above photo). If you want that bull moose shot in deep snow with its canoes, you gotta be in the right place in late fall, early winter where there is snow and the bull moose still have their antlers. They shed them during late fall/early winter to get rid of that extra weight so they don’t have to fight them and the deep snow. Moose, deer, elk have antlers and shed them (they are called sheds) and Bighorn Sheep, Mtn Goat, Bison have horns because they don’t shed them. In the late fall, the Bull Moose needs those big racks, or canoes, to better hear with. While they do use them in “battle” (the clashing a sound...

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on Dec 20, 2019 in Wildlife Photography

Nature’s Beautiful Chaos

The sun has just hinted it’s going to appear over the horizon when the calm and quiet is shattered with a sonic boom of flapping wings! The Snow Geese who had just landed in the pond just minutes before had barely begun to mill around before lifting off again in an explosion of life. In fact, that’s what I’ve come to call it, an explosion as that best describes the chaos that seems to insue. One has to wonder how there aren’t a bunch of casualties left from midair collisions as a thousand Snow Geese dash for the heavens in less than a second! Within a heartbeat or two, the geese in all that chaos have a path up and out. They form up their flocks to fly to their next destination. The sight and sound have drawn me back to Bosque for nearly forty years, it’s a spectacular wonder that is brand new every time I witness it. It brings warmth back to the heart and soul, nature’s...

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