Quite a tricky one. This isn´t a long exposure, don´t be surprised, sometimes I do quick exposures too! Anyway, the sun was extremely strong, and even with 5 stop reduction for the sky I couldn´t manage to properly expose the intense sun. A cloudy day would have worked wonders here. Still, even though the sun is a bit overpowering, in the end it faithfully transmits the light intensity of that day, so I decided to publish it. One more, rules are meant to be broken.
Camera and lens: Pentax K10d + Sigma 10-20mm ISO: 100 Aperture: f8 Exposure: 1/125 seconds Handheld 3 stop ND grad filter + 2 stop ND Grad filter
And while I was looking to the lighthouse in the infinity peer, an angel exploded right in front of me. Thousands of feathers flew towards the coast, and covered the earth. They were streaked with glowing blood, and in each of them a message:
"Even while looking from above, this is too much to handle"
Quite a difficult shot to expose. Had to use a 3 stop soft ND Grad filter (Hitech), overlaying a part of the dark portion of the filter over the water, to control the exposure. I also used a 4 stop non-grad ND to achieve the long exposure.
Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm ISO 50 f/11 30 seconds 3 stop ND Grad soft Hitech + 4 stop ND Hitech Tripod Remote shutter
Shot during the last day of a wonderful vacation in Vila Nova de Milfontes, in September 2012. Seven days filled with light seeking and wild beaches. This specific beach wasn't chosen until the last day, when Nature greeted us with a visual feast that I still can remember as if it happened yesterday. The light acted as a magnet during that afternoon end, and dozens of people rushed to see the gorgeous sunset. I feel blessed for having witnessed this. Needless to say that this is one of the most fantastic beaches I've ever visited.
Stilt fishermen on the south-western shore of Sri Lanka, near Galle, between Ahangama and Weligama.
Stilt fishermen have an interesting way of catching fish. They perch wooden poles in the shallow waters near the coast, they walk or swim to those poles every day, climb on the benches and stand there for hours to catch fish by casting out their lines. Sometimes their feet get seriously wounded by the reef rocks.
Although tips from tourists became the rule of the game, I had the impression they still earn their lives thru fishing.
There are two versions of this photo. One that is longer and this one. I THOUGHT they were the same photo but apparently they are not. Either only the long one is a stitch, or they both are (I usually do 2-3 sweeps, especially for night time panoramas) and I suspect different software parameters partly played a role in the difference (I may have stitched only 2-3 images for one and 3-5 for the other. Maybe when I dig deep enough into my photo backups I will uncover the exact truth, because the truth right now is I just don't know!
I used a tripod and cable release. The EXIF data is missing because I now tend to save in .PNG format for web. If you have any questions about the processing or shooting techniques used here, ask!
The other version is now posted. I will link it here eventually. The NR is a little strong on the other version which partly contributes to the difference but you can see big differences between the two especially in some of the aurora shapes.
Where is this?
About 40km from a small town called Fort Smith near the Alberta/Northwest Territories border. The waterscape is a bend of the gargantuan Slave River (a mile across on average), which runs from mid Alberta all the way into the Great Slave Lake.
The water empties from the Slave Lake and becomes the Mackenzie River, feeding into more separate lakes and rivers and underground waterways than you might imagine. Most of Canada's water, and a large portion of the worlds fresh water, can be found in this region and Canada's north in general. The Mackenzie continues northward, where it empties out into the Arctic Ocean.
The waterscape is not an ocean A few have made the mistake of thinking the shapes near the shore are waves. If you look closely you can see cracks in the "waves." It is just irregular shapes created on the spring ice because our melt takes several months.
Are there really that many (viewable) stars where I live in the night sky?
Technically, for the most part, yes. I estimate the image is around a couple stops brighter than visible with the naked eye. In complete darkness (in the absence of light from the blue spectrum), a protein called rhodopsin begins to accumulate in the rods of your eye, put simply. After about 40 minutes it reaches its peak and could be compared to raising the ISO sensitivity of a camera. This process is called dark adapting your eyes.
Combined with fully dilated pupils, the swath of the milky way and thousands of stars are visible. It is absolutely, insanely beautiful. I have been fascinated with it since I was young. I can't wait to buy a deep sky telescope.
Wind spiraled around this cirque while the lake froze, trapping waves at their crest.
The ice was only about 2 inches thick, but my friend assured me that it was enough to hold us. I wasn't so sure though when pings and other noises like sonar started echoing under us. Then my friend slipped and cracked the ice and his head. Luckily, the ice didn't give!
This is a composite of 7 f 2.8 exposures. Like my previous aurora image, this is one exposure for the aurora and mountains and 6 at different focal points for the foreground blended in post.
"Sailing down behind the sun, Waiting for my prince to come. Praying for the healing rain To restore my soul again.
Just a toerag on the run. How did I get here? What have I done? When will all my hopes arise? How will I know him? When I look in my father's eyes. My father's eyes. When I look in my father's eyes. My father's eyes."
This shot is a part of the 2013 landscape calendar, which is now available! Go check it out
It is one of the coolest things I've ever seen. There is nothing to understand the tremendous scale of this cave, but consider the fact that I was able to stand in the little crack between the two lighter pieces of ice seen in the upper middle of the photo. The cave itself is 4-5 floors high, and probably 30-40 meters deep. The ice is indeed blue. Rarely do you ever get a chance to get close to something like this, and it's completely overwhelming.
I can go on and on about the crazy weird types of ice and snow around there. The snow is embedded with the finest silt, and isn't slippery. The red parts are partially due to watermelon snow (an algae). There are solid blocks of ice embedded with rocks like chocolate chip cookies. There is extremely fine silt, which is like quicksand if you step in it. There are icebergs floating in the melt pool just to the right of the visible area. The concentration of amazing stuff per unit area is off the charts.
Location: Wedgemount Glacier just above Wedgemount Lake, Garibaldi 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. Follow me on Facebook:WestCoastScapes
It's the glacier you see in the distance here, from under which this creek flows out -
Before anyone says "cool tornado" I want to make mention that this is not a tornado photo. What you see in the distance is a rain/hail shaft from a storm that was south of the Campo Colorado tornado.
This image was taken as I was just starting to hit the storm clouds that were a distant part of the tornado storm. I still had a good 15 miles to travel before seeing the funnel emerge from the cloud base off to my distant right and then another 30 miles after that to actually reach the storm.
This was the moment that I realized that these clouds might just do something. The orange glow along the horizon in mid-day sun was a huge clue. Lets just say that from this point on I might have broken a speed law or two…
A study on shapes and contrasts. No foreground object this time, just a sense of flow and movement. I used a very long exposure (90 seconds) to capture the flow of the water back to the ocean. This was made possible with a 10 stop ND filter and a 3 stop ND grad filter for the sky. Also added a warming filter to the sky to enhance the color contrast between the top and bottom.
Camera and lens: Pentax K10d + Sigma 10-20mm ISO: 100 Aperture: f9.5 Exposure: 90 seconds Manfrotto tripod and remote shutter release 10 stop ND filter, 3 stop ND grad filter, warming filter
Yesterday I decided to hit up Red Rocks Park (home of the world famous amphitheater) for sunrise, a place which I haven't been to awhile and figured it would be a nice change of pace. I was simply stunned by how green and lush it was. I don't recall the Colorado landscape looking so deeply colored. It really made for some nice added atmosphere against a prehistoric looking landscape. I had a really nice sunrise to greet me and keep me company which made it all the worthwhile waking up at 3am for. I hope you like it as much as I do. ---John
There's many reasons why photographers wake up at ungodly hours to photograph a scenic be it the light, the color, the absolute tranquility of being there alone with nobody else around and then there is the whole experience of it all; seeing something which nobody else does. In many ways I think I am addicted to it all but one the things is certainly the experience of it and being able to click the shutter. I'm definitely a morning shooter as compared to an evening light sort of photographer. The air is so much more pure then with the lack of pollution not to mention you generally have nobody else around that can cause issues when photographing a landscape. It's hard to describe but there is a certain sort of tinge of freshness in the air then, it's invigorating. So it was on this morning when I was photographing Lake Ladora at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Denver, Colorado. very chilly out to say the least but arms with gloves and a huge mug of coffee, I was ok mostly. I stood here photographing this as Coyotes were singing and howling literally over my right shoulder incredibly loud and I pondered and thought "wow, I am lucky!" Sometimes, it really is all about the experience. ---John