Marianne and I have been travelling scotland for the last week or so. Our travels took us recently to the town of Ratagan which is a great area to explore the 5 sisters of kintail. This view was taken from the summit of Sgurr na Ciste-Diubhe. The view is of Ratagan at loch Duich below with the next 2 sisters along the ridge line in view. The clouds were flying in at our eye level which makes for a disorienting experience of motion.
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.
In the far North West of Yunnan province lies the Kawakarpo Mountain range which straddles the border of Yunnan and Tibet. It also goes by the name of Kawagebo, Meilixueshan just to confuse matters. One of the reasons for its fame is that every clear dawn, the tips of the mountains catch the dawn light in breath taking fashion. This mountain, Miancimu is 700m shorter than Kawakarpo but probably more attractive to photograph. I took this shot about 200m down from the tourist platform where the view was just as good and free. -5 degrees outside made for alot of pushups and squats to keep warm while waiting. The image is 2 shots stitched in photoshop.
On our last dawn shoot in Iceland we woke up at 5am and looked outside... nothing but fog. We packed our bags and drove towards Jokulsarlon anyway, hoping that it would lift. As we headed there it surely did disappear, and there were clear skies overhead.
As the sun started to come up there was just one other photographer braving the cold with us. The top of the Vatnajokull icecap began to turn pink with the dawn light and the lagoon remained magically still.
It was one of the best moments of my Iceland trip.
I just returned home after leading a weekend photo tour/seminar based out of Canaan Valley, West Virginia. We had a big group of 18 talented and enthusiastic photographers and we worked it hard over the weekend. This is a shot from sunrise on the Sunday from the summit of Bear Rocks Preserve, Dolly Sods Wilderness, West Virginia. Enjoy and stay tuned for more images to come!
I have just released a brand new eBook, 10 Tips for Amazing Autumn Images, just in time for the fall color season! - [link]
Caught some amazing light under the Court of the Patriarchs the other morning in Zion National Park. I will be in the park for another 2 days and then heading over to Page for 5 days of shooting on the sandstone and in the slots!
This one is from a truly insane evening late in may. I shot this around half an hour after midnight. The whole evening had already proven to be extraordinary. A blanket of pitch black clouds had created the most magnificent display of colour and drama you can immagine.
I knew that the midnight sun would appear in this spot at exactly this time and i wasnt disappointed. The dark clouds darkened the whole scene and the sun was intense in the gap between sea & sky. An extremely difficult shot to pull off because of the enormous dynamic range.
This may not seem real, but this is as close to reality as i was able to come... I just love how the sunlight is showing through the blueish water over the rocks.
I wish i had a reverse grad for this scene, but i still managed to get some detail out of the sky. It was a sick night...
Another shot from the secret falls. After having a conversation with =Alex37 I've decided to give this a warmer saturation which creates a more magical atmosphere, a lot like it was with my own eyes when I was taking this shot. This place has so much potential, I have one shot in particular that I'm yet to capture. I'm just waiting for the perfect conditions, early morning mist and sunlight coming in through the trees, hopefully I can get some sun rays.
*re-edit* Gave the golds some more punch, increased saturation and contrast slightly. Also corrected white balance in the water and gave it a slight cyan cast to suit the mystical atmosphere.
I have this printed 12 x 18 in the Bellingen photography/art competition. For sale $350 - if interested note me.
Second day of Spring and the weather is absolutely stunning. Beautiful clear days, warm temperatures and lots of colour. There's something about the smell of the fresh air and warm sun that soothes the soul.
Anyway here's a shot of the last few minutes of light before the sun disperses beyond the horizon, Wellington Bay - Nambucca Valley, NSW Australia.
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.