....the Dutchman lazes near his fire in the Superstitions soaking up the sunset and thinking about that little redhaired girl with the fat butt at the bar. Tomorrow he'll roll around in the dirt a little, and then dig up his bag of ore that he highgraded from the Vulture.
By nightfall he'll be livin' high and partyin' hard......everyone should have an imaginary gold mine he muses as he reaches for the bottle........
I had set out to shoot an image of the famous S AZ landmark, but I'd always seen it from the other side, from the Baboquivari Tribal Park.
Since this was before google earth, I spent the better part of a day finding my way in. I was determined to stay until i got something worthwhile. (translated: until I ran out of beer). I found a place to point my camera for sunset. I waited. For clouds. Of. Any. Sort. And I waited. (some of that time I further wasted by by alternately cursing and then imploring the gods to intervene. Like the rhino gives a crap).
While still waiting and pondering the futility of all the above mentioned rantings, some clouds blew in and formed a wagonwheel sunset with Baboquivari as the hub. It is my 2nd most successful image historically in terms of publishing profits. I have shared it with 5th grade classes on the Tohono O'doham reservation (it was used somehow in their curiculum. I'm not sure how.)
This of course is the reason for my ambivolence in future dealings with the deities in matters related to my photographic endeavors. That is, i still can't tell if they responded to the cursing or the praying.
Just returned late last night from a 9 day trip to Arizona. I spent much of my time deep in the sandstone on the Navajo Reservation as well as the wastelands around Page and Lake Powell.
This is a shot from the last evening of the trip from Lost Dutchman State Park, just east of Phoenix. The park rests below the western flank of the Superstition Mountains and is one of the most beautiful state parks I have ever visited!
I wasn't even going to get up this morning after a long night of star trails, but, on 2 1/2 hours rest, I saw some epic clouds racing towards the sun. Apparently, a coyote saw them too and decided he would follow.
60 mph winds scraped the land and ripped red dust into the sky. My teeth were covered, my eyes, shut to slivers, screamed from the grit. After ascending the rise, a blood sun sent his minions at me, but I was sheltered by the Totem.
I think that is how Paul Atreides felt during his exile to the desert.
Nothing makes standing in the wind and rain for an hour to get the shot more worth it than having the clouds break and getting the shot. Of course the people next to me who had just showed up had it easy . Rainbow lasted about 2 min and was gone. 4 stitched images
Ok...so maybe I'll edit from March '09 now :-P Editing ADD.
I was lucky enough to be up in Waimea canyon during a wet stretch. This is the same location as "climate contradiction" (which I just realized I never posted here and will later today). When comparing the two images you can see the difference the rain makes. Usually this hillside is drrrryyyyyy. The early morning cloudy light helped pop the colors. I have a whole set both in color and bw from this area that will be coming online soon!
Thanks for the c/c. (be sure to notice the cactus...yes cactus in the lower left)
Another from Waimea Canyon back in March '09. I had never seen the canyon like this as it is usually red/brown dirt throughout except the far side by the falls. The early morning filter light really popped the colors something crazy.
Coyote Gulch is a true oasis in the desert. The creek runs year-round meandering and cascading through some of the most beautiful red rock country out there. We backpacked for 3 nights here and it was an experience I hold high on the list.
The Owens River and the Eastern Sierras by Moonlight. There is nothing like fumbling around with your gear at night trying to get your composition right, freezing your butt off, and cursing under your breathe because your remote wont work. All in a nights work. Hahaha!
For me this is one of my better done nightscape photos using only moonlight. Shooting the nightscape or landscape by moonlight is extremely difficult and takes alot of trial and error. Nailing your exposure can be extremely difficult as the amount of light the moon emits changes every night which also changes the length of your exposure and how far the stars will "streak" in the image. But, for me at least, color has always been the biggest problem with these types of shots. Often they can look extremely similar to really diffused daylight. So getting the color at a point where you can really get that light blueish soft light color requires experimentation both in the camera and in post processing. I feel that this is the best job I have done so far in capturing the mood that the landscape exudes under the moonlight. So far
You can purchase this photograph at Fine Art America here: [link]
My wife and I have finally finished our trip in Iceland. On our last morning there, we had to drive back to Reykjavik and so, we planned this shoot on our way back from the farm Hali since we had been in the area for 2 days already. When we woke, it was thick mist all around and we were resigning ourselves to a long drive . However, 5 minutes from the lagoon, the mist lifted for this sight! Vatnajokull icecap being lit by the rising sun opposite and the mist clearing. We couldn't decide which side of the lagoon to go but marianne chose the better (see her image marianne~lim) location than mine.
Marianne and I are leaving for a 3 month holiday as of tomorrow morning. As a farewell post, another image from last year's trip to Iceland. This was taken from a bridge over the Skeidararsandur region looking back toward the cloud shrouded mountain of Lomagnupur. I wonder if the scenery has changed since the recent eruptions!
When I get time on the road, I might try to upload some images as we go.
Jokulsarlon in Iceland's southeast is surely one of the must not miss locations in a country of superlative natural wonder. Most people visit the lagoon but I found it just as interesting on the beach where fragments of icebergs are washed up on the black sand. The wonderful thing about icelandic summers is how long the poost-sunset light goes on for. We thought we were too late after shooting at the lagoon but stayed here until just before dark. The movement is visible in the more distant icebergs still in the sea
I had hoped for something like this for a long time.... I had walked around in the mountains the whole day just enjoying the weather and looking for decent compositions. The clear sky really bothered me throughout the day, i HATE clear skies when i`m shooting. And it even bothered me more when i found several compositions that really made me happy...A dramatic sky for some of those shots would have been something. Perhaps i`ll upload them later...if i feel like it.
This particular composition made me smile. I came walking down towards the lake and was getting ready for the 3 hour walk back to my car, when i saw these fascinating sheets of ice. They really made an ultimate foreground for this scenario. They were located on a spot that doesnt get any sunlight at all at this time of the year. This valley is surrounded by steep mountains all around and this side of the valley never gets the pleasure of sunlight in late october...
On the other side of the lake the mountainsides were bathing in glowing light from the setting sun. It really was glowing...
So i was able to shoot an icecold foreground against a glowing background in a way that i had visioned for a long time. It really made my day...