The best mantra for photographers....never leave til dark. About 20 minutes after sunset the sky exploded in purples and pinks. This area of rock only accessible during small surf as the waves wash over this location most of the winter.
Techy stuff: 3stop RGND + 2 pieces of other photos to help blend the grad line out and get more detail (little bit) out of the far rock and hillside.
Nikon D90 Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM Hoya HD UV filter Tripod RAW, Manual mode, f/10, 1/500s, ISO 200, 50mm (DX), processed in 16bit Panorama composed from 6 vertical shots, then cropped and downsized for web presentation
Incessant rain plagued the day; pressed for time, we hiked it anyway, and this is the result. The composition isn't bad, but technical issues, due to the rain, prevented this from being as good as my camera wanted it to be. The rain was coming down so hard, it was impossible to keep the lens dry. After a few minutes of trying, my dry cloth was saturated, as well. As such, there are numerous blurry spots where water had collected on the lens. Not a lot could be done, unfortunately.
On the way back from the falls, we lost the trail and trekked across a moss-covered boulder field. My sense of direction was good; unfortunately, my footing was not. I slipped, and ended up embedding my "rather expensive" Swiss watch into my forearm. Fun. Fortunately, that was the only mishap, and I was able to get to the trail shortly thereafter.
Soaked, cold, and bleeding, we decided to pass on visiting Upper Proxy Falls. Having seen it in the past, anyway, I really didn't feel too badly about this. The watch, my arm, the hypothermia, and the dozen or so botched pictures, however, were all good reason for me to feel less-than-awesome. On the whole, the sheer beauty of this hike/falls outweighed the less-awesome side of the cold rain. Definitely worth seeing, regardless of the weather.
Phase One 645DF Leaf Aptus-II 12 Phase One 28mm f/4.5D
Dylan and I recently came back from a 3-week trip to New Zealand's South Island. It was our first real holiday since Charlotte arrived and we were quite looking forward to it. I was a bit nervous about travelling with an 8-month old baby, but she turned out to be absolutely fantastic as we dragged her out for sunrise and sunset almost everyday.
On this night Dylan was not with us as he did an overnight trek on the Routeburn Track. It had been raining all day until suddenly at 4pm it ceased. The rain caused a multitude of small waterfalls to magically appear, cascading off the mountains around us. I was trying to feed Charlotte dinner in our accommodation and watching the sky very closely. As soon as she finished I rushed out with her and tried to capture what was left of the light - seems that I misjudged how long it takes to get a child fed, strapped into a carrier, covered with mesh (so sandflies don't bite her) and then lugging all the photographic gear to the right location.
Thankfully there was just enough interesting clouds catching the light to make my efforts worthwhile. Bowen Falls on the right hand side of the image is not normally so visible but there was so much water from the rain it was roaring.
Thanks to my hubby for helping me process the image!
This is a picture from my last trip in Patagonia... We were here in the deep valley of Rio Electrico, near the roofs of mount Fitz Roy. We were planning to reach the circo de Los Altares on the Hielo Continental icefield.
This morning we ad an amazing sunrise on this place called "La Playita", on the shore of Lago Electrico. The weather was amazingly quite, with no wind. Some really rare conditions in this area. These conditions offered us a great reflection of the Fitz Roy peak, in the morning glow...
These mountains are really different from what we know in France with the Alps... they're really impressive and I'll keep great remembers of this trip.
Fitz Roy area, Patagonia, Argentina
Canon EOS 5D mkII - EF 16-35f2.8 L - Lee nd grad filter
The limestone rock formations at the end of Cape Dombey at Robe are jagged and quite surreal in part. Their delicate and jagged outlines looks as though they could crumble until you accidentally brush against them and come to realise how hard and sharp those rocks are! This particular formation and the water motion perhaps reminded me of the chinese lunar calendar year of the dragon ; a water dragon at that which won't occur for a few lunar cycles yet.
Arriving at night, the conditions that greeted us on our first morning in Inverpolly/Assynt certainly weren't welcoming but there was plenty of drama. The prevalent rock type of the area is Torridonian sandstone, it formed more than a billion years ago.
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
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An easy one-mile hike leads to 100 foot Upper Kentucky Falls, located in the Siuslaw National Forest near Mapleton, Oregon. There are two more waterfalls along this trail, so it is well worth doing the entire hike. I try to visit at least once a year.
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2. Apparently some people think that the green in this photograph is artificial (i.e., added in post-processing). I refer to this as my "Oregon filter"... it really is that green. I am too lazy to do much, if any, post-processing, other than sharpening to recapture detail lost in the file reduction process.
Came up with this last night; I started making this scene based on a reference pic but I ended up following my own imagination ....I named it Appenzellerstatt, because it's a kind of mix of Appenzellerland (in Switzerland) and Hallstatt, but if anybody has a normal title idea, please help me
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