Sun kissed cascades, Great Falls National Park, Virginia. I made this image last summer at sunrise. I had to climb out across a section of rocks and boulders to get the perspective I wanted for this composition. The water was raging and made the journey out pretty dangerous. I was blessed with magnificient light in return for the work.
Summer sunrise at Great Falls National Park, Virginia.
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“Alone in the silence, I understand for a moment the dread which many feel in the presence of primeval desert, the unconscious fear which compels them to tame, alter or destroy what they cannot understand, to reduce the wild and prehuman to human dimensions. Anything rather than confront directly the antehuman, that other world which frightens not through danger or hostility but in something far worse—its implacable indifference.” Edward Abbey
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
After I returned from Scotland I didn't spend enough time editing the shots, and this one in particular was rushed...I was never happy with, so I've gone back and done it again. This has a darker foreground..in the last one it was much brighter which reduced the contrast and drama in the shapes of the landscape and the light, and I've also cropped it a little on the right.
A shot looking east into the rising sun from the Quiraing, Isle of Skye It's a very very common location, but the place we stayed was 5 minutes driving from here...so what are you going to do? NOT shoot it?
I had wonderful conditions that morning, the sun was mostly obscured, but as the cloud wasn't too heavy, there was still plenty of colour in the sky and breaks in the cloud for sun beams.
From the exact same spot I captured my last submission about 15 minutes later with a telephoto lens.
Taken from the Quiraing, Northern Skye, Scotland Nikon D3 w/ Nikkor 17-35mm f2.8 Gitzo GT2541 tripod w/ Gitzo GH1780QR ballhead Hoya ND400 9 stop ND | Lee 0.9 3 stop hard grad | 30 secs | f11 | 17mm
Workflow in Nikon Capture NX2. Resize for web PS CS3
This is a shot that I took on St Patrick’s day morning from off the great cliffs in Doolin, I had some decent light to work with but I was really drawn to the great textures and the colors in the FG. Thanks for looking and your comments.
An image from my last trip to Isle of Skye in september 2009... Dark stormy clouds over the Cuillins hills from the coast of Elgol. Between magical light and showers, it does remind me the strength of scottish landscapes.
Long exposure at dusk, over a small lake in the Cerces mountains, in French Alps. The clouds were moving in my direction pushed by a strong wind, creating this impression of movement with the long exposure.
EsiKhaleni is the Xhosa name for the Hole in the Wall and means 'place of thunder'...a name which this place has earned from the thundering clap caused by waves breaking through the hole in rough swell. I spent a magical 5 days there despite having bad weather it is an absolutely amazing place!
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Wild Coast, South Africa
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The classic scene associated with the Drakensberg - Cascades of the Tugela river with the Amphitheater in the background. If you don't have this shot, then you can't say you've photographed the Drakensberg!
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There's few experiences like the 45 degree heat of a Namibian Summer Day broken by isolated rain showers like these. This cloud built up in less than an hour and seemed to literally rain itself apart again in less than 20 minutes.
Up at about 10,000ft overlooking Sawtooth Lake, the biggest lake in the Sawtooths. The peak on the right is Mt. Regan (10190ft). On the left in the background is the small town of Stanley and the White Cloud Mountains.
This was one of the strangest displays of light. During the magic hour the mountains were completely shrouded in clouds and there was no chance of any color that evening, or so I thought. After I had taken some exposures and it had gotten very dark I packed up my camera and tripod and started to walk back to camp. All of a sudden I looked backed and noticed the clouds starting to lift and a really strange glow hitting the underside of the clouds. I quickly ran back to the creek and tried to recompose in almost complete darkness. Was able to capture this strange light which disappeared second after this was taken.