The wind dies down in the evening, allowing for a nice reflection
Location: Upper Lake, Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, Beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Equipment: Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm + Tiffen Polarizer. Technique: 3 RAW files processed with Photomatix Pro 4.1 and Photoshop CS5. Follow me on Facebook:West Coast Scapes
This week I'm participating in a workshop with Andy Cook in Moab, Utah. When we woke up this morning, it was raining. However, the forecast said it would clear up for sunrise, so we went out and hoped for the best. It did indeed clear up an hour or so before the sun came up, but then some clouds started popping back up right as the sun was rising. It really did turn out well for us.
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Sunrise at Courthouse Towers after an evening of rain.
Arches National Park 3 November 2014
This is an HDR image consisting of 5 exposures merged in Photomatix Pro. Additional processing in Lightroom and Photoshop.
PENTAX K-3, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC ISO 100 10 mm ⅙ sec at ƒ / 11
one of the inherent beauties of photography is taking the image you taking on a time trip of the length of exposure. Affects of that are often a great time trip in a single frame. This one was only 1/3 sec.
The Atacama desert in Chile, commonly known as the driest place on earth, stretches for 1 000 km between the Pacific Coast and the Andes mountain range. It total it occupies a bit more than 100 000 km2. It is a nitrate and metallic minerals rich area, so it explains the Chilean conquest of it at the end of the 19th century during the war of the Pacific. The area comprises many valleys, salt lakes and lava formations. Here you have a view over the Moon Valley, which is located in a national park and "easy" to access by bicicle. On the left there is a view over the volcanoes Licancabur and Juriques. These volcanoes are close to the Bolivian border where it snows more often, which explains the glaciers. In the whole area of the Atacama there are weather stations that never had rain since they started measurements. There is almost no humidity in the air, so it makes this desert the perfect place to spot stars, hence why there are so many observatories.
When the above deviation was uploaded, I mentioned there was a panoramic version I would upload later sometime. Well, here it is. I'm not totally sure how I ended up with two...But I probably did two different stitches.
I did a more thorough process on this one, polishing it closer to where it was meant to be viewed. I think I overdid the NR here but I still like how it came out. I also did a crop, so it is now a true panorama.
I remember when I would never post something like this at this size - Please enjoy a nice big 1300 pixels!
After a few attempts, and no real lighting of any significance, my photo buddy and I made the decision to stay after hours and work on a star lit shot for this location. While access to the spot is slightly off limits, just slightly, the photographs I've seen of the area, and especially here, were too tempting to pass up.
This image took many attempts to get "perfect" in post edit (obviously that is in the eye of the beholder) but with this one, I am quite pleased. I learned a lot about editing twilight shots from this photo and feel rather capable of attempting more in the future. A better camera and lens would be much more suitable for these types of shoots, but ultimately, I'm happy.
The entire area surround these falls is just breathtaking, however. My return trip to the park will strictly be on foot with my tent and pack. There is too much of the park that is missed with sticking around the heart of it.
EDIT: fhgdasdjfhfjddsjhajkfd DEVIANTART CHANGES THE SATURATION ;A;
And suddenly this appeared ._. I was really surprised. I haven't drawn anything since the Azul deviation I uploaded.. like... nothing... So this was supposed to be a painting practice but I ended up loving it :T (im sure that in a few days I'll hate it again xD) so I posted it here.
I think it looks pretty much like a female version of Peter Pan xD
" Il n'y a que la Patagonie qui convienne à mon immense tristesse " Blaise Cendrars
Swiss writer .
You can translate his words and this image shows a dark vision from Cerro Espada . One of my favorite peaks I beheld in Torres Del Paine.
This is a small crop of a 200 mm vision , so you can imagine how far it is and how big it can be .
I have used two graduated filters to render the overwhelming darkness from around and the soft opalescent light ,lightening the side .. And making this vision alive .
' In my vision of Photography, I can say that it often depends the atmosphere, how the LIGHT evolve and the Vision you have of all this .. The part of your own soul .. you put into it .. And by selecting only a part of a landscape, focusing only on what is needed .. A detail that just shows what you want to express, it has to be simple to be expressive. '
This is shot I took this morning during my visit to Lower Antelope Canyon. Typically people go for those fancy light beam shots, but this is not the best time of year for that, so I focused more on the stone formations and the way the light colored the rocks. This is my favorite shot from the various ones I took there, and I hope you enjoy it too. Definitely go check this place out if you're ever in Northern Arizona!
Taking a different way to the waters edge, my timing was perfect. I was able to get a few shots just when the colors were at their peak. The warm colors made the water look deceivingly warm, but I wasn't about to test it.
I focused on this rock under the water, allowing my nd grad to subdue the sky while maintaining the reflection.
On a side note, the colors were so vibrant, I actually reduced the saturation and vibrancy. Quite a bit might I add.
Just before work ends, I glance at the sky. I see if the clouds look like they are gonna show some light, and if I'll get lucky or not with a photo op.
Well, for the second night in a row, the sky looked like it was about to unleash a flurry of colors, however. After work ended, I needed to help my sister-in-law out for a bit with some moving. So, in a mad dash I did my chores with just enough time to go grab my gear.
Right when the early signs of color started to dance on the clouds, I was finding a new spot with all new sites along Horsetooth.
Just enough spare time to give me a chance to capture the beauty.
Once I processed this image I couldn't stop thinking about this song, In the Big Rock Candy Mountains
One evening as the sun went down And the jungle fires were burning, Down the track came a hobo hiking, And he said, "Boys, I'm not turning I'm headed for a land that's far away Besides the crystal fountains So come with me, we'll go and see The Big Rock Candy Mountains
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains, There's a land that's fair and bright, Where the handouts grow on bushes And you sleep out every night. Where the boxcars all are empty And the sun shines every day And the birds and the bees And the cigarette trees The lemonade springs Where the bluebird sings In the Big Rock Candy Mountains.
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains All the cops have wooden legs And the bulldogs all have rubber teeth And the hens lay soft-boiled eggs The farmers' trees are full of fruit And the barns are full of hay Oh I'm bound to go Where there ain't no snow Where the rain don't fall The winds don't blow In the Big Rock Candy Mountains.
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains You never change your socks And the little streams of alcohol Come trickling down the rocks The brakemen have to tip their hats And the railway bulls are blind There's a lake of stew And of whiskey too You can paddle all around it In a big canoe In the Big Rock Candy Mountains
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains, The jails are made of tin. And you can walk right out again, As soon as you are in. There ain't no short-handled shovels, No axes, saws nor picks, I'm bound to stay Where you sleep all day, Where they hung the jerk That invented work In the Big Rock Candy Mountains. .... I'll see you all this coming fall In the Big Rock Candy Mountains