The View is Grand!

Yellowstone North Entrance, 2 image pano captured by Z 9 / Z24-120

Yellowstone in winter is spectacular, and the new North Entrance road provides grand perches to take it all in! I just love the new road (the old road is at the bottom of the image) and they built some pullouts with me in mind it would seem. The storm was just on its way out when we pulled over bringing more drama to an already perfect location. It’s just wow, the view is grand!

Oh The Power!

Two Image pano of Philmont Scout Ranch captured by Z 9 / Z24-120

While we were high and dry, someone was going to get really drenched this evening! Standing out on the point, the view looking over Philmont Scout Ranch is simply gorgeous! It is never, ever the same to the point that, we went up there three times to shoot over five days. The pano does a good job expressing the vast and gorgeous view and a pano I’ve taken a number of times over the years. On this evening though, the power that was before us truly caught my imagination. While the Z 9 was still set in B&W, I switched out the Z24-120 (love this lens!) to the Z400f4.5 w/Z1.4x (just love this combo) to capture the power in that thunderhead. I simply love that raw, natural power!


Big City Landscape

Sydney Skyline captured by Z 9 / Z24-120, B&W out of the camera (A Gallery of image here click on arrow to see them all)

There was a time back in the ’70s when I flirted with the idea of going into architecture photography. It’s probably because of the math, all the lines, engineering, and symmetry that grabbed my imagination. While I didn’t pursue it, when I’m in a big city (they are all big compared to where we live) I tend to indulge those old flames by pointing my lens up. So was the case when we were in Sydney a few weeks back. There is no doubt the clouds are what made me look up and after that, it was just fun. I’ve already posted some of my photos of the Opera House, but I saved a couple for here because the Sydney skyline wouldn’t be complete without including them. Is there a “trick” to this stuff? I think that if you don’t feel it, it won’t come out in the photo. The it? A bit of passion for the lines, I think it’s all about the lines. A couple of the shots, the lines were squared up in ACR, otherwise they are as they lead. And after this, where did I go to shoot? Why, back to the forest of course. It would seem I can only take a few days of the big city landscape.

Whata View!

Chugash State Park, AK captured by Z 9 / Z24-120

Up in AK waiting for the annual family reunion to begin. There I sat in my chair wrapped up snug as a bug watching clouds go by as behind me passed a Black Bear Family and in front a lone Griz. Off to a great start. Yep, life if mighty good!

The Picture that Takes Itself

Sydney Opera House captured by Z 9 / Z24-120

Built over seventy years ago, the Sydney Opera House is this iconic structure that sucks me in over and over and over again. I shot it our first time here sixteen years ago and I’ve shot it every time since. It takes no talent, just being able to change the Z 9 to B&W and go click. It’s so gorgeous, it’s the picture that takes itself!

View from the Top

Queensland AUS Lowlands captured by Z 9 / Z400f4.5

Perched at the top of the mountain in the rainforest of Lamington Nat’l Park, looking down and across the lowlands can be quite spectacular! It had been a marvelous day of photography the birds of the rainforest. When we emerged from that mysterious and darkened world we were looking out at this splendor. With the long lens already attached, it was real easy to make the click!

Queensland AUS Lowlands captured by Z 9 / Z400f4.5

When the light first broke through the breaking rain, the drama to me was all B&W so that’s what I shot. Then as the opening in the clouds got bigger, the light warmed and it then became a full spectrum shot. Then from the treetop bar as the sun set, it became a very rosey photo. At that point though, the camera was put to rest. But I can tell you that it was splendid, the view from the top!

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