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on Nov 7, 2018 in Landscape Photography

The “Fishy” Arch

Mesa Arch is a gorgeous locale and when empty of folks, really good for the soul! Been coming to the “Arch” for one heck of a long time. Those who have never been to the “Arch”, the bottom photo gives a general idea of what the “Arch” looks like. It’s not really arch like in shape so long ago, I started shooting it with a fisheye lens. So this trip, I shot nearly entirely with the 8-15Fish(such a gorgeous Fish!). The big variance with the “Arch” over the year is the placement of the sun on the horizon, this time of year it’s nearly dead center. I personally like shooting the “Arch” long after the sun is up (and most of the folks have left) and then “pinch” the sun to get the flare. The top photo is my favorite shot from this year shooting at 14mm literally right at the edge of the rim. But it’s not my favorite “Arch” photo. That I took this morning but from...

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on Nov 6, 2018 in Landscape Photography

Light of the Silvery Moon

There we were on a leisurely drive to Turret Arch for sunrise when we came around the corner to … surprise! I had in my mind rocks and red, not the slightest hint of a moon in the slightest amount of light in the sky. We’re still scrubbing off the rubber I left on the road for hours! It was simply gorgeous! The photography was easier than the stopping actually. I hopped out and grabbed the Z7 / 180-400VR, threw it on a tripod, dialed in -2 and shot. Then I ran up the road (fast walk) and “set” the moon again and then ran up the road further to “set” the moon one last time (bottom photo) before it disappeared for the day in the rising sunlight. What a spectacular day to start at day, by the light of the silvery...

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on Oct 19, 2018 in Landscape Photography

My Weekend Challenge

Fall in the Eastern Sierra is fading quickly. The Aspens in our meadow are meer silver trunks testament to a great year. While the hillside might not be carpeted in yellows and oranges, there are still patches of color calling us and our cameras to immortalize them. It’s a challenge I take up every fall, shooting fall color when there really isn’t any fall color. I love the walks I have to take to find that last vestige of fall. This year I’m going real light in search of fall color. I’m just carrying with me this weekend the Z7 / Z24-70 along with the 60f2.8micro attached to the FTZ. I tend to walk toward the sun in search of the photograph because I prefer backlit fall color. The light is a large part of the photograph. Once I find a grove with a hint of color, I’ll take my original photos and then make a circle looking for those hidden treasures. That’s how I came across the frost-crusted...

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on Oct 18, 2018 in Landscape Photography, B&W Photography

B&W, The Art and the Z7

B&W is such a romantic, complicated and magical way to tell our visual story no matter the subject. The colors of black, white and all the shades of gray in between intice our imagination to explore and ponder. The drama light can bring to our photography is heightened, intensified and brought to life by all of this. That’s if-if we have all of those colors in our B&W photo. So along with everything else we have to do as photographers, B&W complicates it all by requiring that clean black, that clean white and everything in between. Going back through the blog here, you’ll find a minimum of nine methods of turning our color images to B&W in post. I’ve constantly been in search of the fastest, cleanest and best method to bring B&W to my digital world. At the same time, have fun doing it! With every new camera body, one of the first things I do is shot the Monochrome or B&W Picture Control. I then take the...

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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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