Before finally setting behind the peaks of the Sierra de Guadarrama, the sun casts again its warm light on the mountain range of central Spain. However, temperatures in the Alpine Mountains are already at around zero degrees at the beginning of October.
The first sunlight reaches the Bastei Bridge and the mountain tops of the Elbe Sandstone Massif on a wonderful morning in autumn (mountains from left to right: Papenstein, Gorisch, Lilienstein, Pfaffenstein, Königstein).
A chase trying to photograph Mule Deer led me to this spot, I took some images looking to the East and captured great light there, turned around and saw the peak shrouded by the glow of clouds at dusk. I grabbed my gear and ran about 1/4 mile to this overlook before the light faded. This was a great evening spent hiking, exploring new locations, and taking pictures, one of those nights that everything falls into place and you realize you'll probably never stop chasing moments like these.
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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.
Beautiful golden light piercing through some "heavy" november sky a bit before sunset. Still some autumn colors in the trees and relatively warm air, quite disturbing as we had huge snow falls at the same period last year.
Title because we came to this spot with a bit of late and a few seconds later the light disappeared. Just had the time to do the several exposures needed for this image.
This shot was taken yesterday's morning in a magnificient valley.
We planned this trip just the day before as we knew there could be fog and cirrus clouds at sunrise time... indeed there was a sea of mist, and the cirrus clouds made a wonderful glowing light at dawn which tinted the mist, while the land was still dark. A magic moment spent in a preserved wild landscape.
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That was shot 3 days ago in the volcanoes. First "good day" since a long time. Many days with warm air coming from south west have rang the end of a harsh winter period. The snow that remains created nice patterns on the ground, while the sky took various beautiful colors in the dusk time. I liked the colors of the volcanic rock in foreground as well. That was a beautiful scene to end the main part of winter, and a nice opportunity to capture the "Puy de Dôme" volcano with interesting conditions.
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Even if the sun is not present any more in the sky, his lights reflect on the distant high altitude clouds, providing this very particular and enchanting lighting for a few instants. To complete the scene, the sky displays an interesting variety of colors from blue to orange going through cyan, pink and yellow. This photo was taken in the " Monts-Dore " mountains, France.
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This is another image we took during a magical weekend at probably the best place on earth we have visited thus far for photography. After fishing up some ice blocks which were floating around close to the shore, we placed them for foreground interest where they weren't affected by movement. This was taken just on dusk. It is also the last image in the movie I have linked below which shows how much (or little) Marianne and manipulate our images for the final product:
First of all, sorry for the lack of posting but Marianne, Charlotte and I were busy preparing and then finally enjoying our trip in New Zealand from which we just returned. About this shot.....
The location is 13km into the Routeburn track from the Divide in Fiordland National Park. The conditions when I started the trek could only be described as wet.......pouring rain, small rivers became streams to splash across along the trail, little visibility, a roaring 174m waterfall (Earland falls) requiring a detour at its base. All of us who arrived at the Lake Mackenzie hut that evening were sodden through despite our waterproof gear. As such, it was hard to get the motivation to sit lakeside at sunset, but the rain had stopped as we arrived so a little hope turned into smiles as this scene evolved over the still green waters of the lake. A moment to savour ! ps. Charlotte and Marianne were down in Milford sound enjoying similarly spectacular conditions!
This is another image taken from Petrel Cove on a beautiful humid and sultry Christmas dawn. To welcome in the new year. I thought I'd post something vibrant Thank you to everyone here who has continued to support by viewing and commenting on my work. It has been a real pleasure and great to know that these morning trips on weekends have been providing a source of pleasure to someone other than myself !
Cydonia Sunrise, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada. An incoming low pressure system gave us incredible clouds this morning in Valley of Fire. We were lucky to have a nice big gap on the eastern horizon to light the sky on fire. I love my job!!!
An extremely windy sunrise on our 3 day backpacking trip to Thousand Island Lake, California in the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Low, fast -moving clouds obscured the peak of Banner but still offered a beautiful display of light. Thank you for taking a look!
A storm moving over the Sierra at North Lake during fall. Seconds after this photo was taken it started to snow on me. It continued to storm for the next two days and dropped about 8 inches of snow here in the beggining of October. Stay tuned for the sunrise photo two mornings later.
So much to see and name in this photo. The web version really doesnt do the details justice. Looking into my hometown of Bishop. You can also see from left to right Mt. Haeckle, Darwin, Emerson, Humphreys, Basin, Tom. You can also see the Owens River on the right.
Cathedral Rock National Park, NSW Australia. Huge granite boulders balancing on top of the New England Tablelands make striking subjects for photography. The diversity of flowering plants and mosses which thrive in the boggy heathland make this place diverse for bush-walkers and photographers. In the late afternoon you may see grey kangaroos and swamp wallabies feeding. The birdlife is prolific, with the large variety of eucalypts and wildflowers attracting small woodland birds such as rose robins, flycatchers and pardalotes.
The presence of weak dawn sunlight from the top of Cathedral Rock as the full moon set in the west over the township of Armidale. The duration of the twilight period between dawn and sunrise varies greatly depending on the latitude, so from this latitude I furnished with this gorgeous light which gave me plenty of time to scope out a composition before the sunrise light burst into the sky!
Note: The moon is a composite at 70mm and the landscape at 17mm. Shooting landscapes with the moon in frame is tricky because the moon only looks like a tiny spec in the sky, so compositing a shot at 70mm I was able to capture a more accurate scale of the moon with the landscape. I'm thinking of making the moon slightly smaller though, probably a 50mm composite instead of 70mm.