This week I choose an image from my latest trip to the White Mountains in New Hampshire, enjoy!
Porphyry Basin Falls at sunset, San Juan Mountains, Colorado.
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I just returnd home from a 14 day trip to Acadia National Park on the rugged coast of Maine. I worked the light and the weather every day from before sunrise at 3;30am until well after sunset each night. While many of the days were socked in with rain and fog, those rare moments when the weather and light came together made all my long hours and work worth the while. You can view a selection of my top 20 images from the trip on my website. Just follow the link below to have a look! Thanks in advance, Joe.
Now that summer is pretty much over and I am ready for fall color, cold temps and the changing of the seasons, I thought I would share some of my favorite images from this past summer. Enjoy!
Here is a list of a few upcoming events:
Sept. 26: I will be giving a lecture at the Claude Moore Photo Expo , Virginia
Nov. 2nd: Presentation at the Tidewater Camera Club, Maryland
Dec. 02: Presentation w/ Ian Plant at the Vienna Photographis Society, Virginia
Dec. 07: Presentation at the Delaware Photographis Society, Delaware
Dec.11: Presentation at the West Chester Photographic Society, New York
I managed to make it through 16 days of camping, shooting 14 – 16 hours a day, hiking well above 12,000 feet and leading a group workshop and a private one-on-one workshop in the mountains of Colorado. I have been back home for only a couple of days and really have not had any down time from the moment I stepped of the plane in BWI till writing this blog. On Monday morning I had to be out at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens at first light for a photo workshop and this morning at Brookside Gardens for a One Day Macro workshop with 10 students. On top of all of that, I have had a few magazine submissions to complete as well as catching up on about 100+ emails from my time away. I am just beginning to process all the images from the trip as well as launching a new section of my website called “Photo Journal where I will be adding new entries each month from various location shoots with images and stories on the area. You can click here to read my first entry Bisti Badlands: Land of Enchanted Rock from a quick overnight in this amazing area of badlands and sculpted rock in the desert of northwest New Mexico.
All in all, it was an amazing trip with some really amazing light. We ended up shooting in Rocky Mountain National Park, the Indian Peaks Wilderness, Crested Butte, the Bisti Badlands, Great Sand Dunes National Park and the San Juan Mountains. We covered alot of areas and I came back with some really exciting images to add to the portfolio. Over the next few weeks, I will be adding journal entries on the various locations listed above, so make sure to check back often.
Here are my Top Selects from the trip. You can also visit the portfolios section of my website for more images from the trip!
Just checking in from the Colorado high country after 14 days of camping and working the Colorado landscape with fellow photographer Ian Plant. Its been an amazing trip so far with some amazing light. The monsoon season is in full effect and the clouds each afternoon have been absolutely amazing. We have been working hard spending almost 16 hours a day in the field. We’ve been to Rocky Mountain National Park, Indian Peaks Wilderness, the mountains around Crested Butte, the Bisti Badlands, San Juan Mountains and Great Sand Dunes National Park. Tomorrow afternoon we need to be at Denver International Airport to pick up my client who is flying in from Virginia for a private workshop/tour in the San Juan Mountains and Great Sand Dunes National Park.
I will be writing a series of “Photo Journals” that will be posted on my new website when I return next week. The image above is from Great Sand Dunes National Park. Great Sand Dunes boosts the title of tallest dunes in the continental United States. We climbed almost 600 feet at an elevation of 8,600 feet to reach the dune crest for sunset. As you can see, the monsoon was in full effect providing some stunning light and cloud conditions.
Just a note, I still have spaces available for my Lotus Blooms and aquatic Gardens workshop next Monday, July 20th. Click here for more information.
This is an image that took me by complete surprise. I was driving a dirt forest road behind North Fork Mountain in search of a trail head I wanted to explore for a possible entry point to the central section of the North Fork Mountain trail system. When I came across this abandoned truck in the middle of a farm field I knew it would be perfect for HDR. I parked the car and walked up to the nearest house to ask for permission to shoot on the property. I always gain permission when shooting on private land. A young boy answered the door and told me that it was his grandfathers farm and if I drove down the road just a bit I would see his house on the far end of the farm. So I did. I ended up meeting the owner of the property who was at first very reluctant to allow me to shoot on his property in fear of me working for the National Forest Service. He told me the NFS has been trying to purchase or possess his property for the past 20 years. After talking a bit and showing him my portfolio, business cards and promos, he finally loosened up and we had a great conversation on the history of the area and life in general. i always enjoys meeting such interesting and strong characters in my travels. For the image above I choose my wide angle lens to include the entire truck against the farm, hills and interesting cloud formations in the sky. I shot this image at 5 frames at 1ev intervals and processed the shot in Photomatix HDR with finishing touches applied in Adobe Lightroom V2.
While hiking through in the vicinity of the Otter Creek Wilderness earlier in the day when the sun was still low in the sky and the forest in deep shade, I came across this wonderful scene in the forest. The 3 trees were a perfect fit and the yellow flowers and green foliage just jumped out at me. Using my 80-200mm allowed me to perfectly line up a simple and intimate composition. It was important to not have the 3 trees merge togehter, so I moved to the left and right until all picture elements were properly seperated. The light was soft and very blue in the hollow of the woods, so I bumped up my Kelvin Temperture to K7100 to kill the strong blue cast. This is essentially the same as using a 81 series warming filter which is something we had to use in the good old days of film. I took my first shot and checked the histogram and composition on the back of my camera. All looked good, but some of the areas in the background where in a deeper shade and recorded a bit to dark for my taste. I decided to shoot 3 frames a 1ev intervals. It was important to shoot a bunch of shots over and over as a slight breeze was blowing and I wanted to make sure all of the picture elements ( leaves, flowers and branches) lined up perfectly for post processing. This image was cooked in Photomatix HDR and once again finishing touches such as tone, contrast and saturation were applied in Lightroom V2.