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on May 18, 2018 in Landscape Photography

Portrait Light

White Balance, the relationship of the light falling on the subject and how it is captured, sets the stage for so much that we communicate photographically. In its simplest use, creating a “gray day” or “warm moment” is only the difference of 3000k. But that can make all the difference in the story you want to tell! I went with a real simple portrait setting to make my point. The Boys as always were just hanging out and more than willing to be models. The photograph above was taken when we first arrived at Mt Rushmore. The bottom photo was taken 45min later just as the sun was disappearing. The mood set with the “cold” or “blue” light is dramatic compared to the “warm” or “orange” light. And this difference directly affects how the viewer of your photograph “feels” about the subject. And while this is easy and obvious, like anything in photography, White Balance tends to perplex photographers. I can pass along to you what I tell most...

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on May 15, 2018 in Landscape Photography

Spring Thunder

The Black Hills experienced a pretty big wildfire this past November. And while it was devasting, Mother Nature has turned it around this spring with the most amazing green carpet of spring grass I’ve ever seen! One of the magic ingredients to the green is the rain like what we had this afternoon. The past few days of heavy fog soaked the grasses and with the bit of warmth we had today, a spectacular thunderstorm belted us with pea size hail and gorgeous skies. It was one of those afternoons you could point your camera anywhere and come away with a sweet click. Capturing all the detail was easy with the D850 with the 8-15Fish, 18-35AFS and 70-200f4 attached. I did create a hole in the ground with the circles I made constantly turning to capture the show. Simply gorgeous spring...

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on May 11, 2018 in Landscape Photography

Where On The Earth?

I know one thing I won’t accomplish in my life, going into space. The earth though holds a humungous hold on my visual imagination after growing up with the images from Apollo. Getting a photograph of our planet from earth, I depend on my vivid imagination and the 8-15Fish. I point it up towards the heavens, trying to not tip over backward in the process, staring at the skies with their clouds looking for the “earth” in my viewfinder. I got one of my better ones yesterday. Just another split second of my...

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on Apr 30, 2018 in Landscape Photography

Ghost Hoops

Have you ever made plans to go shoot at a location, months in advance and then once you arrive on location, you can’t get to that spot? We ventured to The Palouse Falls last fall, it was gorgeous! I was soooo looking forward to photographing it with the winter runoff but sadly because of a tragedy, it was closed to the public. That meant finding something else to shoot and with a week of gorgeous, rolling hills and red barns, it was time for a change. I was told about a ghost town, Elberton, so decided to check it out. We all conjure up different mental images of a ghost town. With my decades at Bodie, that’s what came to my mind. Elberton is nothing like Bodie and certainly not The Palouse Falls. So when I parked, disappointment instantly set in. And with disappointment comes, yep, no desire to take photographs. This is especially true when you aren’t as a friend of mine would say, “Not feeling the love.”...

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on Apr 27, 2018 in Landscape Photography

Fishin on The Palouse

One of my favorites places on The Palouse is the Cordelia Church founded back in 1883 and is still in use. With the bald skies, there was no clouds to help bring drama to the “church on the knoll” so I turned to the D850 / 8-15Fish. The first two photos are strictly to provide you a sense of the walk up the hill to the church. It’s the last two photos here that tell the story I wanted to present on this incredibly beautiful, peaceful and tranquil place. And the gorgeous 8-15Fish did a marvelous job in the...

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on Apr 26, 2018 in Landscape Photography

Long & Short for Story?

It really is pretty cut & dry! You want to say, “Red Barn” or “Red Barn on the Palouse?” There is no right or wrong statement but knowing it determines what lens you’re going to use and where you stand to take the photography. The red barn assures your viewer can’t miss it in the frame. That makes the photographic work a snap because you then have the luxury of placement in the frame. I went with the D850 / 300PF to tell the story of place. And went with the D850 / 24-70VR to tell the story of romance. And since I took them both, one or just the other photograph wasn’t an option. I had to have them...

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