Classic view of awesome. How I'd love to take this shot at sunrise one day.
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After photographing a brilliant sunrise in Yosemite from the river I headed up to hike the two waterfalls that were actually still gushing still (very dry year this 2012). While still much later in the morning than I would have normally gone I figured why not and off up the trail. Climbing a decently steep trail one eventually gets to the Vernal Fall bridge where a glimpse of this monster can be seen. Heading further up the trail there was a gap in the forest and down to the river to explore closer. BAM! What a sight to be seen. Rushing in to action I quickly set up and then moved closer to a rock that caught my eye. The backlit mist and the tree in the distance made for a powerful scene. Was just lucky to be there to catch this ephemeral scene!
still have plenty of pics to share from my wonderful and beautiful time in West Virginia. once i laid my eyes up on this fall i spotted the location i wanted to capture it from..of course that location was probably the hardest spot in this area to get to! after descending a good thirty feet below the fall..i climbed/crawled back up the wet mossy rocks to this view. in setting up my tripod i realized the small pool in front of me was not a pool..but a void under the rock i was standing on..meaning underneath me was a good 20 foot drop to massive boulders. needless to say, the experience was definitely worth the muddy, smelly climb. after i got my shot..stood for a few minutes to bask in the falls beauty and mist..and figure out how to get back up above!
elakala #3 on shays run in blackwater river state park, WV
spectacular capture by [link] showing the view of this fall from the right.. and my view from across the creek..
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after 1.5 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain of misty fog and wildflowers blooming..i arrived to this spot.unfortunately i took too many pictures of wildflowers and the sun had just crested the hills..blasting the main drop with harshness. decided to make the trek up to Van Trump Park above the falls to look out from the top. well the snow covered and hid the trail probably..50 yards from the falls! did make it too the top..making my own path. and wow..what a gorgeous area..and all to myself spent some time making my way through the snow to upper comet falls for a gander..unfortunately the glacier of Mt Rainier could not be seen due to clouds..saw just a glimpse.
by the time i had made it to the top of the falls..the clouds had made there way up the mountain and totally obstructed the views :/ did stand on the rim and could see the river after the drop but vertigo set in and decided to step back just a tad.
did try to wait out the rising clouds but they just became thicker and thicker. did make friends with some whistle pigs before i made the journey back down. i arrived back at this spot and the clouds had sat just perfectly for me
traveling around the mountain my decision to not wait out the clouds was wise..one cloud sat on this area through the evening.
thanks for following me on my hike and day at mt rainier..hope you enjoyed
1/1/2013 - My first seascape photo outing in forever, it's been well over 4 months since I took any coastal photos. It sure as hell felt great to get back out there doing what I first fell in love with when I picked up the camera. Emerald Beach - Mid North Coast - New South Wales, Australia.
Woolgoolga Cascades after the mighty falls - Coffs Coast of NSW, Australia.
This place is pretty magical! I've only visited twice and both those visits have been pretty crappy conditions to be shooting in the forest.. Fortunately I was able to get a few decent compositions while the cloud cover lurked above. This is my favourite photo from the day. This place is also known at 'Woopi Falls' which is what the locals like to call Woolgoolga...
Here is the Cerro Fitz Roy, and its vortex of steaming clouds, between two storms.
Also called Cherro Chalten, the smoking mountain... It seems so. It reaches 3405 meters high, and you probably recognize this shape because it is so well-known that you see it everywhere... But, the thing is... I think it is the craziest and most beautiful mountain I've ever seen... Actually, it is always changing... It is huge, colossal.
Here the framing is narrow, and sadly a bit classical, it is surrounded by some sort of fortress... Which we don't really spot here. All the violent disturbances coming in from the Pacific crash over here and overwhelm a bit all around in tumults to be remembered. It remains a mythic summit to climb, given the commitment and technique it requires...
Since I'm always looking for more evocative images while trying to disconnect from well-known visions... With this emblematic mountain right in front of me, I was somewhat trapped. If some more anonymous or unknown element allows creativity, a such famous summit, often photographed under this angle, makes it limited, I think.
The failure of the tour on the continental Hielo glacier which would have allowed us crazier alternative views... It quite blemished my moral for a while, that's true...
Yet we pretty well approached the mounts by sleeping this night at the Lago de Los Tres.
While climbing we suffered from an incredible wind, it shoved us sideways and violently threw snow all around... We did fear not to be able to plant the camp... And finally it all settled down. We were able to strengthen a wall by carrying many stones around the tent. It lasted at least two hours. In the meanwhile, the mountains were still steaming, it was quite fantastic to observe... The clouds come in from the back or appear at its level and rise on the summit's faces, it really looks like a volcano... And the cloud's speed is impressive. We could swear it was a real-time TimeLapse. I was a bit stressed, we had already seen that the wind here could move stones and also probably break the tent's lashes... But the night was exceptionally calm, still with those growing and swirling clouds among the summits.
Then came the full moon, which allowed so much brightness on this night picture.
Technically, I've used the 85 mm (proof that we aren't so far from the mountain itself), pretty crazy fixed focus because I can open to F/1.2 and keep a perfect detail. That's how I've been able to capture the peak and its starlit firmament... At full aperture, ISO 100 and a ten seconds pose, which almost shows a move on the stars and allows this fascinating clouds movement too. We can feel the motion, in the spirals in the centre. I had to take about twenty shots to get the most beautiful moves...
We all spent a good part of the night outside, with -10°C... It was probably the most beautiful night. Completely alone in front of a scene out of time and out of the real world.
Translation from french to english by : Adrien => thank you
Another place a bit too visited, but you soon realize why, when you get to face the mountains.
On this hill, we were in a very pleasant camp, rather deserted in this middle of autumn, and ideally placed in front of the mountains, near the shore of Lake Pehoe, full of islets and with its turquoise colour... Some rest for us after our travels in Argentina, toward Fitz Roy. We spent a few days there, hoping the conditions would be inspiring.
As soon as the first day here, I get my photo tripod stolen, within what little time I had left it in a corner... It seems crazy, but it's true. Manfrotto 190cxpro4 tripod, $500. I've still got a couple weeks to spend here, and I have a half- broken zoom, struck between F/11 and F/16, and no tripod. Uneasy. Given that I'm mostly here to take pictures. And I do love working on movements and night.
While looking for someone in the camp who could have found it, I find a big dome with scores of crazy equipment inside it, tripods (not mine, rather some monsters with the head of the tripod big as my skull)... I wonder what it is... It was the BBC ( ! ) doing a report on the puma. For me, they are a bit the gods of the impressive nature movie (Frozen planet, Planet earth... etc)... Well, of course, I didn't dare chatting too much, I just said "Wow, impressive" or some stupid thing of this kind, and I left...
So no tripod. For this image, Mathieu gave me his and I could quickly take about twenty shots but his awkward tripod head was hardly able to stabilize itself, and with the wind I had to be constantly holding the whole stuff during the five or ten seconds of the attempt. Many lack accuracy, even this one, there is no real detail. But in a way it contributes to a kind of broad rendering...
Yet, after a while I decided to choose this one, because there is this crack in the sky. We feel the clouds moving laterally, but there is this opening which, in the sky in fire, gives a bigger dimension to the frame. Always the same, we are more aware of that when standing "far" from it... There is also this shadow, on the left face, which slowly moves toward the lateral brightness.
It was during the sunrise, one of the most beautiful of our adventure.
What we see on the left, vaguely taken within the clouds with that shadow on the rock, these are the "Cuernos" (strange name) and strange shape too ! It reminded us of some sort of cake with an upper part of chocolate going in all directions... The smooth and golden rock down, then a visible crack and a quite different rock. The top is 2600m high.
First, I like to observe and realize what it does to me... It takes some time... And then comes a moment when I want to get closer, find details, turn around it...
That's what we did ; in the next days we will go trekking again for a few days in the inner valleys which rush down in this incomprehensible heap.
I will soon show you what we found there...
Oh... I am pretty likely to organize a photo trip around those mountains and forests in Chile. I am thinking about a project for two weeks at the same period. Beginning, middle of April, 2013. It would mix trekking in the inner valleys and the wild autumnal forests, as well as other more remote points for this type of views, for instance... You can already contact me to tell if you are interested.
An example of the musics which accompanied the adventure.
Photographed on a very quiet Autumn morning on the shores of Lake Estes, Estes Park, Colorado. My meetup/workshop group had some absolutely amazing conditions to work with. We were serenaded with the sound of the Elk bugling as the sun started to rise and paint the peaks with alpenglow. Needless to say we were all quite excited by the scene that was starting to unfold before our eyes. Some days you thank the heavens above that you are a photographer and get to see and experience the things which you do while most people are in bed sleeping. This was one of those days... ---John.
Photographed Friday evening at Sloan's Lake in Denver, Colorado I stood here basically yelling at the sky and the scene which was folding out in front of me. I was completely in awe at what I was witnessing with how it seemed like mother nature suddenly turned into the world greatest fine art painter and decided to make the world her canvas, painting the sky brilliant shades color and dabbing in a brilliant aqua and orange into the reflection of the lake. I have seen and witnessed amazing sunsets in my time however this was without a doubt one of the absolute best I have ever seen. No questions even asked.Stay tuned, more to come! ---John.
Photographed a few days ago. People think Fall is over in Colorado but it really isn't, you just need to know where to look. Photographed at Chatfield State Park, I studied this area for awhile and ultimately what caught my attention was the reflection and how the foothills and their lines were creating a wonderful sense of scale in the water. Add in some Autumn trees and you have the makings for something magical. I photographed this scene using my Tamrom 200-400mm lens which would give me the long reach I needed and create what I call "compression landscapes"; using a long lens to study the scene and to photograph what the human eye would normally miss. I was pretty much over the moon and very excited after taking this image. One of my favorite shots so far this year. ---John
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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This might be my favorite image so far of 2012.
I love the way the image came out but the experience is what puts it at or near the top of the list.
I was deep in this canyon for most of the day but I could see the wispy clouds hanging high in the atmosphere, I was trying to think of a shot where I could capitalize on the color of the clouds even down in the canyon. A friend of mine had taken a shot here during mid-day on his trip into the canyon a year prior and earlier in the day I noticed how the light was hitting under this enormous cliff. I came back to the spot at sunset, and right on cue the sky lit up, illuminating the underside of this staggering cliff with soft light providing the unique conditions for the image I was hoping for.
The walk up to Mount Roy from Lake Wanaka takes you more than 1km straight up along a 4WD track initially, then a steep and narrow ridgeline. The weather was very kind that evening for the walk down after dusk but well worth the view, the blisters and the takeout dinner afterward ! Lake Wanaka meanders off into the distance framed by the town of Wanaka on the right and Mount Aspiring National Park on the left. One of many memorable moments from our now distaant trip to New Zealand in May.
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!
Gunyah Dunes Coffin Bay National Park Eyre Peninsula South Australia
The Gunyah dunes are accessable by 4WD a few kilometres off the road to Coffin Bay National Park. The last section toward the beach is very sandy which meant that Marianne and I chose to walk it given the SUV we were driving and my limited 4X4 skills. This sunset was a portent to stormy weather which would hit the area for the next few days giving some incredible conditions for photography but conditions difficult to tolerate especially in the dunes. Eyre peninsula is a photographer's playground and we would love to return there again one day!
This photo of the Matterhorn taken on a cold evening in October conveys a mystic atmosphere. After the first snowfall, the Stelli Lake is slightly snow-covered but still ice-free. The long exposure captures the moving clouds above the mountain tops of the Valais Alps.
A brook carrying crystal-clear water runs through a mountain pasture that offers a panoramic view over the famous mountain peaks of the Bernese Oberland. Starting from left to right, the photo shows the last bit of daylight casting a fiery red glow on the mountain peaks Schreckhorn, Finsteraarhorn, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
With the aim of shooting some Scottish Landscapes in dynamic weather I started my trip to Great Britain in mid-November and traveled for about 5 weeks trough the country. My journey took me from the south coast of England via Northumberland to Scotland. In Scotland I traveled from the Isle of Skye to Caithness, Torridon and Assynt. As expected the weather conditions were very contrary (snow, sun, storm, rain). The exposed position at the Atlantic Ocean is responsible for the unpredictable weather in western Scotland. Often it’s possible to experience several seasons within one day. Although it often wasn’t very easy to keep my camera dry, I was rewarded with a variety of spectacular sunrises and sunsets.
In early December winter comes to northern Scotland. Ice covered the countless lakes and the frequently showers turn into snowfall. In the last part of my UK series I show the shots from Wester Ross. The photos were taken during several hikes in the spectacular mountainous regions An Teallach and Torridon. I'll upload them here on DA during the next days. English descriptions and more shoots will follow soon!
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