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on Oct 11, 2018 in Landscape Photography, B&W Photography

Targeted Landscape

The story of the Grand Tetons to me is often best told in B&W. Their size, majesty, and sheer beauty fly off the page in those tones. And when you add fresh snow, well I just gotta express that all in B&W. And if there is one thing the Z7 does extremely well, it’s B&W! It’s then no surprise that I’ve spent my week in the Grand Tetons with the Z7 shooting B&W, and I’m loving my results! Playing dodge with the snow front, the Tetons pop in and out. And when they do that at the same time with the sun, I’ve got the 180-400VR trained on those spots. Since I want to use the Z7, I’m connecting the two with the FTZ and the combo as you can see works out beautifully! The best part as far as I’m concerned is the post-processing, that because there is none! If you’ve followed my blog for years, it seems about every six months I find a better way to...

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on Oct 10, 2018 in Landscape Photography

Grand Beauty

Wow, just wow! That doesn’t even really sum up our time so far in the Grand Tetons. The sun found us at The Oxbow watching as the snow started to settle in for the day. Before it closed in, the sun squeaked through to light up the peaks and fall color for a spectacular sunrise. I shot with just the Z7 / Z24-70 until the light was squeezed out then I turned to longer to capture some gorgeous B&W. Shooting hand-held at 1/25 was pretty darn easy with the captured by Z7 / Z24-70 which made the shooting not only fun, but successful....

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on Oct 3, 2018 in Landscape Photography

Z7 Macro In The Rain

You know that for me to think about, let alone actually do, macro photography, it must have been easy and fun. Well, it was just that! Fall color in one corner of our property is blazing so with the rain we were having and its soft light, I went out to see what I could find. So I grabbed the Z7 / FTZ / 60f2.8macro and explored. With the leaves at eyelevel and the lightweight rig (and almost no breeze!), it was fun looking for raindrops suspended on the leaves. The FTZ, 60f2.8macro combo worked great! That extra length added to the 60f2.8macro by the FTZ made it easier to hand-hold. So then it was just getting on my artsy fastsy funk to find the photo. I personally like shooting the Z7 in Continuous H (extended) because I don’t loose site of the subject while shooting. I was shooting in Dynamic-area AF and with the Z7‘s 493 AF Sensors, I was able to select the AF sensor at the...

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on Sep 28, 2018 in Landscape Photography

Roosevelt is Fall!

My total enchantment with Roosevelt Nat’l Park just grows and grows! There isn’t really a corner you turn in the road that isn’t a new visual symphony of color, shapes, and textures. And with the coming of fall sprinkles yellows amongst the tan sandstone. There are two units of Roosevelt, southern and northern. These photos are from the Northern which as a single, fourteen mile round winding through its landscape. It’s just gorgeous!...

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on Sep 27, 2018 in Landscape Photography

Roosevelt Nat’l Park – What a Jewel!

I’m up in North Dakota for the first time shooting in Roosevelt Nat’l Park. This place is such a jewel! On my list since the 70s, I’m so glad I made it here and really wish I’d been here decades before! The rolling tapestry of hills, grasses, big skies, and critters at Roosevelt is truly stunning! In just 24 hours I’ve used everything from 8-15Fish to 180-400 working the landscape and critters. And that’s with the first day being mostly rain! In fact, this is going to be a real short post as I have today’s images to still get through before sunrise lights up the day....

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on Sep 18, 2018 in Landscape Photography

Fall Help

The light is making that move towards lusciousness as we approach the first day of fall. I love this time of year as I talked about on my Podcast yesterday. And that brought up some questions in folks, in the form of … help! My first recommendation is to watch my class on KelbyOne on Fall color. This class goes through everything from gear, tactics, finishing and to answer a number of your questions including places to go on the Eastside for fall color. The most important thing to think about when shooting fall color is looking for color contrast. Now color contrast can be the yellow leaves against the blue sky, red against yellow and the one I think is essential, red+yellow against green. What’s important is making that fall color pop in the viewfinder not depending on post-production so when you do go into post, you need just a touch to finish it all off. In this process, the polarizer can be an incredibly useful tool. It...

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