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on Oct 3, 2014 in Landscape Photography, B&W Photography

Tapping the Creative Eye

Again today, one of the folks with us, Tony, found a really cool subject. And again today, they shared it with the rest of us. And again today we started with their original concept and refined it to what you see here. The “refines” were no more than to not shoot at eyelevel and to finish the photo as a black and white. Shooting still with the D750 and 20f1.8AFS, I had the luxury of simply popping open the LCD monitor, turn on the LiveView and put the camera on the ground and shoot. I so love that feature! And by going low, we were able to bring in the moon that even though small, will look cool in a big print. That took care of changing the angle of view. The going to black and white was easy and in fact, even better than before. That’s because I’m using the new OnOne Perfect Suite 9 B&W! All I can say about it, is, freakin WOW! Just look at...

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on Mar 21, 2014 in Landscape Photography, B&W Photography

When The Sun Don’t Rise …

at least the way you planned the night before, you punt! In this case, there were no clouds, no fog, no color so when working the romance of the shore, you do B&W. Now, I tend to go B&W at the shore alot in any case, but this morning I was actually wanting color. It’s OK, it was a gorgeous place to get skunked! Shooting the D4s / 24-70AFS (top image) along with the Big Stopper (using one no longer manufactured) 18-35AFS (bottom image), the images were processed in ACR and then processed additionally in Silver Efex Pro. Dodging waves, watching birds and looking for the “silver” in the sand was a great way to spend the...

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on Mar 11, 2014 in B&W Photography

Hittin Hwy 163

My bumper sticker states it simply: I Brake for Light! And I mean literally! We came over the rise and I saw the light on the spire and hit the brakes! Cruising up Hwy 163 towards Monument Vly, you can’t help but be inspired by the play of light on the landscape. I grabbed the D4 / 80-400 and shooting at 105mm, took what you see here. Everything about the photo is pretty straight forward except you might be wondering why I left the power pole in the photo. There are many reasons, scale, man encroachment on the landscape, detail, take your pick. It might disappear with time, literally and in my photo but for right now, it was a marvelous start to what I know will be a great adventure in this beautiful land, even if I don’t another...

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on Feb 19, 2014 in Landscape Photography, B&W Photography

Cowboys & Aliens, 310 to Yuma & More

What does Costner’s Wyatt Earp, City Slickers, 310 to Yuma and Cowboys & Aliens all have in common? They were all shot in part at Plaza Blanka. I’ve seen those white rock cliffs and often wondered if the location was only good for Hollywood. So finding that Plaza Blanca is not far from Santa Fe, we decided to see if we could find it and check it out for ourselves. Now, it is not easy to find unless you know the key, and that’s to find the pizzeria on 284 where you make the turn into the hills. The first day we went looking for it, we ended up in Taos which turned out great. But not wanting to fail, we looked for it the second day and had success finding it. We arrived at the cliffs a bit early for the light but just at the right time for B&W photography. What’s the difference? Well, the light was still a little on the hard side. That’s to say...

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