A shot from a couple of years ago of the iconic cipresso trees near San Quirico d'Orcia, Tuscany. This is the "classic" view of the trees, where they are sidelit from the right. I was initially reluctant to shoot from this angle because, as it was so early in the year the grass wasn't all that long and there are the various bald patches where the earth shows through. I countered this in my original submission (below) by shooting from a different angle and keeping the camera really low (something that can't be done from this side because of the nature of the terrain), but it's this view that really captures the undulating nature of the location. It looks peaceful, but anyone who's been here will recognize that to shoot from this angle you have to be standing pretty much underneath a concrete flyover for a major road.
I've got plenty of new stuff to submit, but most of them are waterscapes, and I like to keep my submissions varied if I can, so I'm mixing up more recent shots with older ones I never got around to submitting here.
My other shot from the same location
Taken near San Quirico d'Orcia, Tuscany, Italy Nikon D3 | Nikkor 28-105mm f3.5-4.5 D Gitzo GT2541 tripod w/ Gitzo GH1780QR ballhead Lee 0.6 (2 stop) soft edged neutral density filter 1/30 | f9.5 | 28mm
Another shot from an evening on the western coast of Algarve last month.
The sky and light were lovely, the tide and light were receding from the long, flat beach of Castelejo, and to capture shots like this I was waiting for waves to come up the beach, then as they receded, running after them and setting up the tripod and camera before the next wave came in. As the waves rolled back up the beach, I tripped the shutter, waited for the exposure to finish and quickly lifted the camera and tripod up and out of the water before the waves came over it.
I got very wet. It was a lot of fun
A shot from later the same evening:
Taken at Praia do Castelejo, Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal Nikon D3 w/ Nikkor 17-35mm 2.8 Gitzo GT2541 tripod w/ Gitzo GH1780QR ballhead Lee 0.6 (2 stop) hard NDG 1/3 sec | f22 | | ISO200 | 17mm
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Looking up the valley towards 14,130 ft Capitol Peak, it's evident that this landscape is in transition. It's late September in the Elk Mountains. Lush, green aspens are beginning to turn their famous shade of gold. The summit of this fourteener has just received its first dusting of snow. Day turns to night.
Capitol Peak - White River National Forest - Colorado
The oft - photographed River Etive in front of the Stob Dearg peak of Buachaille Etive Mor, the gateway to Glen Coe and the Scottish Highlands.
I got up at dawn on consecutive days to try and get this at sunrise, but on both days just got torrential rain and low cloud, so in the end, this is yet another shot from Scotland taken in mid afternoon light, and the only day I had in Glen Coe when the sun managed to break through the cloud at some point.
It's a lovely location though, almost impossible to not photograph it, and for this I was standing in my wellingtons in a little run off of the main river, with the tripod perched on a rock in front of me. The previous week had seen the whole valley covered in snow, and then the temperatures rose, the rain came and all the snow on the peaks started to rush down the mountains in fast streams and rivulets, flooding the rivers below. At sunrise, the noise of water rushing off the mountains was incredible, and many of the streams burst their banks.
This is a blend of two exposures. One of three seconds for the water, and another of a minute for the clouds
Taken at Glen Coe, Scotland Nikon D3 w/ Nikkor 17-35mm 2.8 Gitzo GT2541 tripod w/ Gitzo GH1780QR ballhead Lee 0.6 (3 stop) hard NDG | Hoya ND400 3 secs & f9.5 and 60 secs @ f22
Workflow in Nikon Capture NX2. Blend and resize for web PS CS3
Godafoss in the north of Iceland is undoubtedly one of the highlights of a photographic trip. Marianne and I were very fortunate to encounter this waterfall with the prevailing wind blowing back into the falls which allowed us the rare freedom of shooting without spray interfering. I shot this one with an ND500 and found out that later, Marianne took a vertical shot of the same scene .