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Sunrise at Mono Lake, CA.

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Featured as Earth Shot's Photo of the Day on 7/2/09 ([link]) as well as Photo of the Day on Aperture Academy on 7/9/09 ([link])

This was one of the hardest 1.5 mile hikes I've ever made. You start from the lake down there and hike up this steep, crumbly mountain until you get to this ridge. I damn near killed myself stepping on unstable rocks over and over.

I loved the view here and set up for sunset. It took me about an hour to find a spot and composition I really liked. I really liked this shot more than later ones I took from the same spot, because the sun is falling scross those trees in the front and adds a lot the depth of the image by having a nice middleground subject. Later, those trees were dark and it didn't seem as strong of an image.

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Beautiful place. You would guess somewhere tropical, but this is actually up in the Mt. Shasta area of Northern California. I love where I live :)

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Seljalandsfoss
Iceland

I have no words to describe the feeling of being under, behind or level with this waterfall in southern Iceland. Even though this was our second trip to Iceland , we actually stopped by here a few times (as we were heading to and from Jokulsarlon and earlier when we were heading to the Westman Islands). There is a muddy path leading higher than the usual vantage point which I climbed to get this shot. Sady, no blue sky images for this trip at Seljalandsfoss. The "Kata" rain cover worked very well and the cameras survived this time without damage.
Image was taken with 7D + Sigma 10-20, 2 stop hard and 3 stop soft GNDs and plenty of wiping!
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Godafoss,
Iceland

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 .
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Lomagnupur
Iceland

This shot was taken just before our penultimate weekend in Iceland in 2010. The whole night had been washed out with rain and most of the morning. But toward the end of the stormy weather, the sun peeked through the clouds giving rise to this rainbow which lasted for several hours as we made our way with Orvar to Jokulsarlon. This specific mountain is located in the south east of Iceland nearing the approach to Skaftafell National Park.

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Another shot from the evening in November at Cabo Raso with ~arqhugo
Same composition as my previous shot, but later when the sky was at it's peak, and with a shorter exposure.

The other shot:



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Taken at Cabo Raso, Guincho, Portugal
Nikon D3 w/ Nikkor 17-35mm 2.8
Gitzo GT2541 tripod w/ Gitzo GH1780QR ballhead
Singh Ray 4 Stop Reverse ND Grad | Lee 0.6 2 stop ND
1.5 secs | f16 | ISO 400 | 17mm

Workflow in Nikon Capture NX2. Title in PS

Thanks in advance for any comments or faves.
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The Photo

Old shot taken at Praia do Guincho in April 2008. I haven't been doing much landscape work over the last 4 months, so here's an old waterscape from last year to keep my gallery ticking over.

As summer passes I'm hoping to get out and shoot more land/waterscape photos...it's really been too long and I can't wait to get back into it.

You'll know where the title comes from if you were an angst-ridden teenager in 80s Britain. Classic song [link]

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Taken on Praia do Guincho, Sintra National Park, Portugal
Nikon D80 | Sigma 10-20mm | Nikon Cable release
Manfrotto 190XProB w/ 322RC2 ballhead
Lee 0.9 (3 stop) hard GND
1/5 | f22 | 10mm

Workflow in Apple Aperture 2. Title in PS

Thanks in advance for any comments or faves. Sadly, I no longer have time to reply to individual comments, but I do appreciate people taking the time to look.
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The Photo

One of the first photography books I ever bought, and one that had a huge influence on my landscape photography, was Joe Cornish's "First Light". It's still one of my favourite books, and one I regularly flick through for inspiration.

On the cover of that book is a magical beach, rocks in a raging sea with harsh mountain peaks rising out of the water across the bay. I've wanted to visit the place pretty much since I first bought the book.

So when I was in Skye for 3 days recently, making the long trip around the south east of the island to get to Elgol ("Ealaghol" in the local Gaelic) beach was pretty high up on the list of things I wanted to do. It's a long trek to get there (especially considering we were staying in the northern most part of the island) but the journey is beautiful, and Elgol, with it's views across the water of the Cuillin mountains, is absolutely stunning.

Of course, I'd hoped for a beautiful blast from the last rays of the sun to pick out the mountain sides before sunset. I'd hoped for colourful clouds...but in the end I got neither. Thick cloud cover obscured the sun and removed any chance of colourful skies....but the place still has an incredible atmosphere, and there was no way I was going to leave without getting one shot that I was happy with.

I took 7 exposures that evening (I take far fewer shots now than I used to), and this was the very first.
Elgol, like many places in Skye and the Highlands, is pretty high up on my "Really have to get back there one day and try and shoot it better" list.

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Taken at Elgol Beach, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Nikon D3 w/ Nikkor 17-35mm f2.8
Gitzo GT2541 tripod w/ Gitzo GH1780QR ballhead
Hoya ND400 9 stop ND | Lee 0.6 2 stop hard grad |
30 secs | f11 | 17mm

Workflow in Nikon Capture NX2. Resize for web PS CS3

Thanks in advance for any comments or faves.

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An incredibly bright rainbow in the plains of Black Bridge...

Scotland
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Ice blocks near the Hoffelsjökull in the south of Iceland, under a dark and light sky... Stunning contrast between these huge blocks of ice and the brown water...

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The last light of a warm sunset at the summit of Mount Thabor in french alps... A great moment looking at these growing shadows over the cliffs... The night was clear and quite cold at 3178m high...

Canon EOS 5DmkII - EF 70-200f4
Xavier Jamonet
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The incoming tide creates spectacular motion washing in and out of the rocks, at Valla beach. I got wet taking this, had to walk through waist deep water to get the perfect composition.

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Serenity Bay - Emerald Beach, Mid North Coast Australia.

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Coastline enveloped by sea spray during the golden hour, after an afternoon shower.

Golden hour (sometimes known as magic hour) is the first and last hour of sunlight during the day. Typically the lighting is more diffused because the sun is near the horizon, so the sunlight travels through more of the atmosphere, reducing its intensity.

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Mirror Lake

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Location: Italy
Date: June, 2010

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Camera: Canon 400D
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm
Flash: No
Tripod: Yes
Filters: Yes

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Path on Water

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Location: Portugal
Date: June, 2009

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Camera: Canon 400D
Lens: Sigma 10-20
Flash: No
Tripod: Yes
Filters: Yes

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Photo Processing:
Levels | Curves | Saturation | Brightness | Sharp

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Bulky Rock

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Location: Portugal
Date: November, 2010

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Camera: Canon 400D
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm
Flash: No
Tripod: Yes
Filters: Yes

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Horizontal Waterscapes 2011 Calendar:



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from a photo trip to the mountains today, my first in a while since being in school.
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An older shot, taken in January 2010 of Mount Rundle in near the town of Banff.

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Photo taken in Kananaskis Country, Alberta.

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The most beautiful mountain of the Alpes, the mount Matterhorn (or Cervin in french words). Here, I had photographied it at dusk, from Stellisee Lake.

[Valais - SWITZERLAND]
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[Méditerranée - FRANCE]

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[Col de la Croix de Fer - Alpes - FRANCE]
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Klafferkessel Morning

The unique and exciting Klafferkessel with a view to the closeby peak of the Placken.

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Location: Klafferkessel, Austria [link]
Date: August 18th, 2011
Light Conditions: Sunrise
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Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 35-70mm f/3.4
Focal Length: 35 mm

Shutter Speed: 1/4 sec
Aperture: 16
ISO: 100

Tripod: Feisol CT-3402
Tripod Head: Acratech Ultimate Ballhead

Filters: Hoya HD Circular Polarizer

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Plitvice NP - Veliki Slap

The view from close to the first entrance point down onto "Veliki Slap" (Big Waterfall) right after sunset.

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Location: Plitvice National Park, Croatia [link]
Date: February 13th, 2010
Light Conditions: Sunset
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Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 35-70mm f/3.4
Focal Length: 35 mm

Shutter Speed: 1.6 sec
Aperture: 16
ISO: 100

Tripod: Feisol CT-3402
Tripod Head: Acratech Ultimate Ballhead

Filters: Hoya HD Circular Polarizer

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Liechtensteinklamm

Finally I found some time to get out again after all the moving and packing.
Within two days I visited seven gorges here in Austria - six of them were new to me and each of them had their little surprises for me. All in all they are amongst the most beautiful in Austria and I will visit them again when I'm in that area.
The "Liechtensteinklamm" here is considered the most beautiful gorge of Austria - each year over 100.000 people come to see this lovely gorge. I was expecting much and was not overwhelmed to be honest. Don't get me wrong, it's an impressive place but not the best thing for photographers. As the canyon is very steep and narrow you have to stay on the bridges almost all of the time which limits your compositional flexibility and you almost always have the bridges themselves in the shot. This here is a great example. I was already on the other side of the railing on a little rock and the camera was over the edge as much as possible (the center of gravity of the tripod was very questionable). I took one shot without the bridge but the composition is out of balance like that so I had to get the bridge in there and this is as good as I got it. It definitely gives you an idea about the place and its accessibility. I hope you like it anyway.


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Location: Liechtensteinklamm, Salzburg, Austria [link]
Date: May 24th, 2011
Light Conditions: Sunny
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Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 35-70mm f/3.4
Focal Length: 35 mm

Shutter Speed: 15.0 sec
Aperture: 11
ISO: 200

Tripod: Feisol CT-3402
Tripod Head: Acratech Ultimate Ballhead

Filters: Hoya HD Circular Polarizer

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Hidden Mirrors


Mirrors hidden in life,
Waiting silently to be found
Listen carefully
And watch closely
Find them
And then ask:
"Which one is real?"


José Ramos ©

Shot while I was doing this video, on my birthday - [link]

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Location: Praia do Caniço - Portugal


This one is not a long exposure! :-D

Camera and lens: Sony a55 + Sigma 10-20mm
ISO: 100
Aperture: f8
Exposure: 1/80 seconds
Tripod
3 stop ND grad filter

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Cut me loose


Cut me loose, self-imposed faith, and just let me be...



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Technical info:


Quite a tricky photo. The boat was slowly moving, so I couldn´t use too long exposures. The problem was that there was not much ambient light, so I had to use exposures >10seconds to properly expose the image. As this was not an option (as the boat would be totally blurry), I had to increase the ISO to 400. With my pentax K10d this would be a total no-no, due to extreme noise, but it worked very nicely with the Sony a55 and the Adobe Camera RAW 6.3 amazing noise reduction algorithm.

Besides that, and since it was already night, I had a yellow light coming from behind, which got caught in the long exposure, as you can see in the back of the boat and the bottom part of the photo. Still, I think it adds something different to the image.


Location: Alvor - Algarve - Portugal


Camera and lens: Sony a55 + Sigma 10-20mm
ISO: 400
Aperture: f8
Exposure: 4 seconds
Tripod
3 stop ND grad filter


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The Domino Effect



We shatter the Earth...
And Earth will shatter us...



José Ramos
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Costa Vicentina - Portugal


Pentax K10d + Sigma 10-20mm
3stop ND Grad
Manfrotto tripod + head

f9.5
4 second exposure
ISO 100

Post-processing - raw conversion (colour balance, fill light, black, highlights, sharpness, vibrance and clarity) and photoshop (colour balance, dodge, burn, final sharpening)
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