The first snows had fallen in the mountains and the autumn colors down the valley were at their peak, creating a great color contrast with the blue sky... At the end of the valley stands proudly the mount Olan, with its 3500m. Despite the cloudless sky, the beautiful colors and the snow in mountains allowed me to realize some pictures that couldn't be done in another place in my country. It was a very good experience to be in such a place at this precious time of the year!
While the amount of flowers was exhilarating, the number of insects was highly disturbing
Location: Whistler Mountain, Garibaldi Provincial Park, Beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Equipment: Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm + Tiffen Polarizer. Technique: Photomatix Pro 4.1 and Photoshop CS5 from 3 RAW shot with AEB +1.5 EV, 0, -1.5 EV exposures.
The daisy is the great dissident amongst the throngs of ... does anyone know what these flowers are called? I almost wiped out getting to this spot from the impromptu trail because I was so excited. The amazing thing is that there are two more lakes just behind that forest, but they are not visible from this flowery spot. I'll post a photo from a spot where all three lakes line up perfectly into the distance
I'd be hiding just behind the tree line on the mountain visible from here -
Location: Upper Lake, Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, Beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Equipment: Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm + Tiffen Polarizer. Processing: Photomatix Pro 4.1 and Photoshop CS5 from 3 RAW exposures.
A play of light as showers pass through the mountains while the sun illuminates them at the same time. Hanalei Bay can be seen on the right. At full size you can see 4 or 5 waterfalls coming down the mountains. 2 horizontal images stitched.
From back in May '11 during a great sunset session at Secrets Beach. The late season swell combined with the sand that had been returning to the beach made for plenty of interesting effects. I loved the way the water was peeling around the corner and wanted to bring out the streaking effect. Subtle but good sunset
Techy stuff: 1 exposure with 3stop RGND + 1 for sky (darker w/ rgnd)...this helps me control the range of light. Fg was shot at around 1/2s (sweet spot for water usually).
Composition wise I generally tend to not leave so much open space in photographs, however here I feel that the moving water acts as enough interest to balance out the rocks on the right side and the curving lines of the water bring the eye through the image toward the sunset.
It's always good to have spots in one's mind that we can run to close by for sunrise and sunsets. I am extraordinarily lucky that this is that close to my house. Some friends asked me to head down here for sunset about 20 min before the sun was to depart so hurrying to the trail and mostly running/sliding down it, got down to the bottom and was greeted by this scene.
From a technical standpoint these shots are always tricky. Camera's are not good at capturing the range of light in scenes like this. The main exposure is taken with a 3stop Reverse GND to control the light but that leaves us with an ugly dark line across the landscape in this case so I took 2 other exposures to be able to blend it away. Then the normal dodge/burn.
Oh yea...then the sunset went cotton candy nuclear. More soon!
There are times when photographing that I get lucky and the light and the whole scene just comes together...lucky to be standing witnessing that most people either pay no attention to at all or are to busy inside their homes to notice. Such was this scene at the Sunflower fields here on Colorado. Photographed at sunset, there was some outflow going on from a storm over the mountains and as it flowed eastward it created what is known as "verga" (rain that dissipates before hitting the ground) setting up an incredible sunset with some crazy dynamic range. The dynamic range was so insane that I actually had to use my Sony a550s in camera HDR set to +2.5 combined with a 2 stop GND and CPL to get it all. I also decided to capture it using a panorama setting.
Yeah it was a productive year for Sunflowers! I hope you all enjoy it
Captured at a massive sunflower field along the Colorado eastern plains…where every August means one thing in Colorado…Sunflowers! This August has been utterly incredible with some of the most amazing sunsets I have seen and all backed by massive fields that are literally millions full of them. Captured on my Sony a550 using a Minolta 18-200mm lens, Grad ND, CPL and in camera HDR …all backed by my tripod. I hope you all like it John
As often happens with nature photography great light is coupled with foul weather. This scene was a calm and relaxing prelude to the oncoming storm that blew up and over this exposed ridge. To hear more about that read the story with this photo: [link]
Twin Peaks Wilderness, Utah.
Canon 5D. 17-40 L. CPL. 3SS and 2HS GND filter's stacked.
I finally had chance to get out for some proper Autumn photography in my local area. I had staked this patch of aspens previously and returned in the morning for what I hoped would be a memorable sunrise.
An image from earlier this year on a wild winter morning where the tide was high and the clouds ominous. In the distance, the bottom of a crimson rainbow shone opposite the sunrise. One of the most spectacular dawns I've seen at one of my favourite coastal locations close to home. I hope once baby settles down, I'll be able to head out to the coast again as you never know what you're going to get even at a location you know like the back of your hand.
Another composition from the remarkable location of Elgol in the south of Skye. We visited this area for an evening and morning shoot and were blessed with good weather (though the previous three days were spent wandering around in murky fog and rain!). The Black Cuillins are a fantastic backdrop to a rugged coastline that provides opportunity for endless different compositions. Despite the popularity of this location, there isn't really a 'the shot' of this spot and that's a testament to the coast itself.
Oh, and I think this might be last post as before baby arrives
During the last days of our trip to Scotland last year, we based ourselves at Ullapool SYHA. After a day shooting around the Lochinver area (Old man of Stoer), we had planned to shoot sunset on Loch Assynt with Ardvreck Castle being the primary interest. As it turned out, the late afternoon rain turned into a golden sunset resulting in this amazing rainbow of which I have posted one previous image. ( I ended up snapping quite a few from this spot due to the duration and intensity of the rainbow). This one suffers from jpeg compression more so that the others for some reason but I like its composition more than the dead central one I think.