I just got back from leading one of many SW tours lined up this spring and my client and I scored with stormy lighting on this trip. It was actually snowing at this location which was immensely beautiful and very peaceful. After shooting a wide array of compositions during sunset, we decided to go back to this tree to shoot it under the lighting of the full moon, at night. It is rare but I recognized the excellent conditions as high altitude clouds were ripping by, yet the air was mainly calm where we were and the full moon lit everything up almost like day (no head lamp needed). Our goal was a hint of tact sharp stars (no more than 20-25 seconds) to shoot at an ideally sharp f/stop (near or at f/5.6 on the 16-35L2) yet have the cloud streaking maximized. We shot side by side until near midnight when the storm finally passed. This is one of my favorites.
Next was a raging campfire and gourmet dinner watching the stars in the remote wilderness with coyotes howling in the, not so far, ...
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As I am getting prepped to both move back to the great NW (in less than a week) and do another SW workshop I thought I'd take a break and indulge a little in enjoyable recollection of past events. I hated living in Vegas and will never look back as I hurry across the boarder of Nevada into beloved Oregon, but I certainly loved shooting the SW and I think, at times, will miss easy access to the weird and wild places it affords.
Experimenting in Lightroom 4 beta, on this image, I was really impressed with the new level of control we have in Raw! I can't wait until the same comes out in CS6 (ACR). This image was nearly complete in raw and more notably I was able to squeeze the dynamic range necessary out of the single raw file like never before. And we can soft proof for print in raw now!
Canon 5D Mark2
hand held (low) as I was hurrying to another location for the real sunset show
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My video guy keeps advising me “You need to keep telling people what you are up to, what your strategy is for capturing images". So, since he has ingrained these statements and the word "strategy" into my head, I thought it would be a good idea to blog about the strategy I used to capture my new image ‘Fantasy Falls’ from beautiful Proxy Falls, Oregon.
My goal with this first blog is to share my strategic thinking when in the field; and to share how I got this particular image. I hope it is a help and aid to up and coming or struggling landscape photographers. I know how hard it is to work your way up in your skill sets without a teacher to work with you side by side. Landscape Photography, unlike some art forms, is a solitary man or woman’s endeavor. Sure you can take classes, but the real learning and perfecting of one’s shills happens in the field. I hope this blog site will be a teacher and help to you.
I don’t know but I sometimes think photographers might be too competitive, t ...
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