Very unusual for me to make what I consider to be a successful image around midday. Usually on a sunny day the light is too harsh. I guess in this case the haze and thin cloud managed to soften the light sufficiently that detail was retained in the shadows.
Sunrise on Suilven with Meall Meadonach on the right. It was a moderately clear morning but the haze softened the light from the rising sun. *Orca76 has a particularly good (and different) shot taken around the same time [link]
I have just returned from a trip to Assynt and Coigach with *Orca76
The greatest part of the trip was a summit wild camp on one of Scotlands finisest mountains, Suilven. The hike is not for the feint hearted. A 6 mile hike followed by a climb to 731m might not sound that hard, but try taking camping and photography gear to the summit and it's a slightly different ball game. I basically had to force Jake up the mountain, but he made it in the end!
The night was very rough indeed, we were in a totally exposed location, literally on the summit and overnight the wind changed from a 10mph easterly to a 30 gusting 50 southerly. My tent got absolutely hammered, but stood up well in the end. I certainly spent the coldest 5 minutes of my life resetting the guy lines at 12.30. It was soooooo cold!
This was taken around 4.45 am on the back of 3 hours of sleep! This is Meall Meadonach, the south eastern peak of Suilven.
A place ive been to many times but never with any success...
Staple Tor is incredibly accessible and one of the most photogenic tors geologically so getting it to yourself can be difficult...
Pretty much everything fitted into place for this shot, there had been thick cloud all day that seemed to break readily in the high wind so the chance of some good cloud at sunset and a gap in the clouds was promising. I headed to the western side of the moor watching the weather as i drove. After looking at a few different locations i decided that the rocks at Staple tor would frame the setting sun best.. The contrast of the light was difficult to balance i used a .9 soft grad and also bracketed shots to blend later.
Shot on the western side of dartmoor at Staple Tor
Blessed with that gap in the cloud at sunset that draws this wonderful contrast and life to the landscape. this is shot looking down the valley from corn du the town of Brecon is just out of frame to the right. I was woken at four by the sound of bass emanating from this valley...the welsh like their free parties! i love the constable-esque (if that makes sense) feel to this shot, i've always thought that this is the type of light that constable had in mind when he painted many of his landscapes. The Brecon Beacons Wales.
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.
The Bay of Fires area in Northeast Tasmania has remarkable coastal rock with lichen glowing orange just above the water line. Binalong Bay is the town at the southernmost end of the Bay with enough rocks there to keep photographers busy for days! There just isn't too much to do during the day but we went walking in the nearby mountains before settling and dawn and dusk for the rocks themselves.
This was one of the last shots of a beautiful evening just outside Grundarfjordur when the weather finally began to clear. The previous 2 days had been washed out with solid rain. I used manual blending of 4 exposures and a photomatix produced image in this one. In coming weeks, I hope to present a video on Iceland flicking through every picture I took there in 2010 case people were curious!
Over Easter 2011, ~marianne-lim and travelled the north of Tasmania for 10 days. We focused on staying a few nights at certain locations rather than squeeze too much in to the itinerary (also because Marianne was 25 weeks pregnant at the time). This location on the Northwest coast of Tasmania begged for more time but we were unfortunately located at Burnie - 1-2 hours drive away. The sunset evolved rapidly from a boring blue sky afternoon to a sudden surge of cloud and pure red sunset. This image was taken with 3 stop reverse GND and 3 stop soft GND.
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]
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
A long promised dedication to *KaitlynGrenier A little late for her birthday and recuperation, but for a fantastic long time friend and all-round star, it's here anyway.
This will be the first of (no doubt) many images I'll submit from a recent trip down through Morocco to the edge of the Sahara desert in Erg Chebbi.
We spent 2 and a half days there, and for most of that time we had overcast, hazy conditions, or sandstorms. As it turned out, this wasn't really the problem it would have been with other kinds of landscapes because dunes are just great big light reflectors. I'm just as happy with the shots that I took under diffuse lighting like this as I am with the ones that I took under direct early morning side light.
This particular shot was taken in the afternoon just after a sandstorm was clearing. It's handheld at 185mm, and I didn't use any filters as the range of contrast was really low, and the washed out white of the sky, which wouldn't work with most landscapes, I find here actually complements the soft colours and textures of the dunes.
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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.
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