One of my main goals for this year is to really work on some night photography and more specifically, nightscapes. There is just something so surreal about viewing a familiar landscape under the stars. Now, to me these dunes were not familiar. I had never photographed them before (at least got INTO a dune field). During my trip to death valley, I knew I wanted to take in the sand dunes, but not just any sand dunes. I wanted to find ones that were relatively untouched and tucked away. I did some research and found out about these dunes tucked away in the southern end of the park. On the second day after an incredible sunrise at Zabriskie point, my friend and I made our way out to these dunes two hours away from the heart of the park. Upon arrival, it looked as if we would get rained on once again with the dark gray clouds filling the sky. We quickly got situated for camp and decided to head out into the dune field. A few sprinkles here and there, but nothing that made us think of turning around. The thing with these dunes, is that you can't just drive up to the dune edge. You have to hike a mile or so to reach the base of the dunes which seems a lot longer when you are actually hiking out to them. Once we got to the edge of the dunes, we made sure to be careful and not trample over everything and leave footprints. We didn't see a single footprint out there, it was perfect. We scouted around and shot from various ridges as the storm passed by giving us some nice stormy light. Just around sunset, the skies began to clear. While it would have been nice for the clouds to stick around for sunset, I was even more excited for the clear skies to come. Death valley is known for it's dark skies, and it surely did not disappoint. The milky way began to rise over the dunes and andromeda shined brightly to the left. I got pretty lucky as a shooting star happened to fall on the right side, balancing the sky. This is a blend of three exposures. Two for the landscapes at a low ISO and to get greater depth of field, and a shot of the stars, at a very high ISO and fast aperture. It is a scene I won't forget, and perhaps one of the most technical and planned out shots I have.
Ibex dunes- Death Valley National Park, California.
"People find life entirely too time consuming" - Stanislaw J. Lec Unkempt Thoughts
Do you ever get that feeling that the internet is making you miss your own life? I think about how reliant we all are on social media today compared to just 10 years ago, and imagine where it's headed.
spent DAYS on this. *officially the most time I've ever put into one drawing* Sort of ironic that i drew it on the computer tho.. is that not wasted time too?
A great and brief scene witnessed two days ago at sunrise. I really enjoyed the strange cold hues in the shadows while the sun was casting warm sun rays in front of me. That mix of colors in the morning mist made for a great atmosphere.
One of my favorite natural-light red eyed tree frog shots.
This gorgeous wild female was incredibly beautiful, and even had blue "eyelashes" (not really eyelashes!) to complete the sexy look
If you've ever wanted to take spectacular frog shots (among tons of other wildlife species!), now you can do just that in my upcoming 'Macro and More' Costa Rica 2013 workshop, this July. The workshop presents the opportunity to improve your macro and nature photography skills in a stunning environment with endless beauty and photo opportunities, a mind-boggling abundance of wildlife, great fun and of course, yours truly as a dedicated guide Please click on the link for more details, and don't hesitate to contact me regarding any questions. I hope to see you there!
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Canon 7D Tamron 180mm macro natural light Boca del Drago, Panama
This is an idea for a chest tattoo, and also a very personal piece since it's a tattoo design I made for myself to perhaps use someday. Out of all my many personal tattoo designs, this is the one I like the most (except my paw print tattoo - I love that one, and it means so much to me that it will always be a favorite), I'm just not sure if I'll have the guts to actually get it tattooed... *sigh*
This was painted with watercolors, and then photographed and slightly edited in Photoshop (adjusting the colors and adding the watermark).
and also, please do NOT use this in any way. It's just that I'd hate to see someone else steal my idea.. It's probably not the most original concept, I know, but this is a very personal piece, so do not alter or use or steal or anything like that, please. (not accusing any of you for being thieves of course I just wanted to write it just in case, y'know? Seeing how many people actually go on DeviantART looking for art to use as their new tattoo... :-/ I've seen that happen more than once, so I'm just a little paranoid.. )
Amasya is the capital of the administrative district of Amasya Province in northern Turkey. Amasya stands in the mountains above the Black Sea coast, in a narrow valley along the banks of the Yeşilırmak River. Although near the Black Sea, this area is high above the coast and has an inland climate, well-suited to growing apples, for which the province of Amasya is famed. Amasya is set apart from the rest of Anatolia in its tight mountain valley and hides its beauty. Amasya is one of the provinces in north-central Anatolia Turkey which is distinct for its natural setup and historical values. It was the home of the geographer Strabo. Located in a narrow cleft of the Yesilirmak (Iris) river, it has a past of 7,500 years during which many civilizations left remains. PLEASE ENLARGE THIS PHOTO!
Hagia Sophia is a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. From the date of its dedication in 360 until 1453, it served as the Greek Patriarchal cathedral of Constantinople, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted to a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Empire. The building was a mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931, when it was secularized. It was opened as a museum on 1 February 1935.