Morning light on the south face of Mont Blanc in Alps, after a cold night near this unnamed lake... Unfortunately, the sky was a bit empty, with no clouds, but there was also no wind so I could get this reflection...
Canon EOS 5D mkII - EF 16-35f2.8 L - Lee nd grad filter - tripod
I spent Earth Day yesterday on an 8 mile hike in White Oak Canyon, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. I have worked this area extensively in the past and choose to focus on many of the small cascades and waterfalls in the canyon instead of going after the big drops. The weather was pleasant all day, but the water was freezing cold and I spent most of my time in it getting the best looks and angles for the images.
That was the sunrise of the 23 September, the first day of autumn... and that was a very good beginning! Magnificent clouds and fog down the valleys... Here I was into a swamp and as I wanted, I had the orange sunrise light through the mist.
Since a few days, there's a lot of mist every morning, as often in this period of the year. The light is very good now we are in autumn, and creates huge sunrays through the morning mist... a very magic and peaceful atmosphere, I really enjoy these mornings.
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I doubt there is a landscape in Southern African that has been photographed as much as the trees of Deadvlei and if something has been photographed that much then I have no desire to photograph it. Despite that, I found myself heading for deadvlei in January of 2011. Gate times at Sesriem aren't exactly accommodating towards photographers. They open 45-60 minutes before sunrise and then you have a 60 minute drive and a 20 minute walk to get to the dead trees...if you adhere to the speed limit within the park that is. If you don't then you can make it in time for first light on the Western Dunes, as we did on this morning. My two travel companions immediately started shooting the iconic trees, while I wandered further into the pan and found these water drainage patterns along the Eastern boundary. There were many patterns that resembled different shapes, but I liked this tree the most for it's symbolism of photographing a tree at deadvlei that no one had photographed before...
This is from my crazy cloud day last week at the St Regis Princeville beach. When I was thinking of places to catch the clouds I realized I had never shot seriously from down here...well. Time to give it a shot. I saw these rocks and the receding triangle caught me. I feel there is a lot to compose in this spot alone but started simple here. Also steered away from including water motion, which I almost always do, as I feel this gives a more peaceful mood than the energy of the splashing fg water would have.
The clouds and light were definitely special that evening! Much thanks for your c/c (that's comments and/or critique).
6" to the ground. Sit and wait for wave to wash over hill. click click click. Positioned the camera low enough that the water would come out of the clouds. Unfortunately couldnt recover some highlights on the very left edge of the clouds. Think it's ok though...