The Guardians

25 May
The Guardians :: OR

The Guardians :: OR

“We men and women are all in the same boat, upon a stormy sea. We owe to each other a terrible and tragic loyalty.” – G. K. Chesterton

These sea stacks were found along the Oregon coast on an overcast, not so sunset-y sunset.  But then, I’m a landscape photographer, and I enjoy the weather that no one else likes because it’s so darn photogenic! lol

I’m working on a new tutorial project to help supplement my teaching materials for the Members Area over at Light & Landscape.  You know….a few free videos to help you learn, my gift to you!  Can’t beat the price, right?😉

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Ponytail Falls

17 May
Tender Introductions :: OR

Tender Introductions :: OR

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. – Poe

This gem is called Ponytail Falls (located above Horsetail Falls) and it was our first stop in the Columbia River Gorge on a recent trip to Oregon.  It is a relatively easy, but steep, 0.3 miles from the trailhead, and definitely worth the effort to go see.  It was also one of the few falls we saw in the Gorge that didn’t immediately cover your lens in spray.  If you intend to go shooting anywhere in either the Columbia River Gorge or along the Oregon Coast, make sure to bring extra lens cloths!:-)

Many thanks to local photographer TJ Simon for taking time to show us around to his favorite spots in the state.  We definitely couldn’t have seen so many great spots without his input and company.  Do us a favor…make sure to check out his site and show him some love!

Exif data: f/11, 1/2 sec, iso 100, 10 mm

 

Caliche

9 May
Caliche :: OR

Caliche :: OR

 

Strange name for a photo, eh?  Well, it’s actually quite literal.  This was shot in the Alvord desert of Oregon (a stunning place, in my opinion) on a mostly dry lake bed.  I say mostly, because when we arrived, the northern end of the playa still had some water – not much, but enough that there was a thick mud along the water’s edge called “caliche”.  (At least according to the locals!  I am certainly no mud expert.)

Anyway, this whole set up was interesting in a few ways.  First, in the span of just a day, a slight wind caused the water on the northern end of the lake to migrate significantly south vastly changing the face of the damaged playa in just 24 hours.  Anyone who was silly enough to park / camp close to the migration area would have been in for a rude surprise.

Second, I have never seen such sticky mud before.  Our hike across it got progressively harder…and taller, as the caliche built up beneath the soles of our shoes.  According to some of the people living on the playa’s edge, visitors can easily bury their vehicles up to the axle if they don’t heed the subtle color changes that signify the transition from hard, dry earth to mud.

As for the actual image, this was our first sunrise at the desert and obviously, it was pretty dang stunning.  This was shot with a wide angle lens and a grad ND filter.

It was also taken as part of a series of images to be used in this month’s lesson, Hyperfocal Distance, that David and I are teaching over at Light & Landscape (a fun, online teaching and critiquing program that we helped launch in February….we have an online image review planned for later this month, so if you’re looking for some feedback and a taste of what we do in the L&L Member’s Area, definitely contact us for more information!)

The camera settings:  f/11, 1/8 sec, 10 mm, iso 100

Bastion Trickle

23 Mar
Bastion Trickle :: NY

Bastion Trickle :: NY

Below the more famous Kaaterskill Falls in NY resides this little guy, Bastion Falls.  This shot is from last fall, when we had gone through a bit of a dry spell an the falls were down to a trickle.  Still beautiful though.:-)

The photo info: f/11, 1/8 sec, 22 mm, ISO 100, circ polarizer

 

Defiance

21 Mar
Defiance :: CT

Defiance :: CT

“An island of calm in a sea of uncertainty…”

 

I spent a little time last week down at the shore, putting together example images for next month’s Light and Landscape Member’s Area lesson plan.  This photo was a happy little by-product of the trip.  And by happy, of course, I mean angry skies. haha  We’ve been having some strange weather lately.  This morning, the second day of spring, we woke up to 4+ inches of snow in the back yard…but that’s New England for ya!

If you’re interested in getting any info about our teaching program and photography community, you can contact us at support@availablelightmedia.com .  We’d be happy to give you the overview and answer your questions!  You can also check out a small sampling of some of our student’s work in the next issue of Light and Landscape Magazine, the number one landscape photography magazine on iTunes.:-)  You can find it in the newsstand app!

The settings, for those interested: 10 mm, 4 seconds, ISO 100, f/11, grad ND

Day Trippin’

10 Mar
The Road Less Travelled :: MA

The Road Less Travelled :: MA

Or…in this case…the path less travelled? Or, for those of us in the States, “traveled”?

Over the Fall, I had the opportunity to introduce one of my good friends to Parker River Wildlife Refuge in Massachusetts. It’s a lovely, diverse park with plenty of hiking trails (among many other activities, but hiking and photos are my thing. Lol)

 

You can read more about the park and see a few more pictures on my Outbound page here.:-)

Salt and Light

24 Feb
Salt and Light :: CA

Salt and Light :: CA

Not snow.  Salt!  (But honestly, our New England brains had a hard time with the concept.  We kept expecting to fall through a frozen lake the whole time….except it wasn’t water beneath our feet.)

This image was taken at Badwater Basin in Death Valley last December.  There had been some flooding in October, which affected the traditional salt patterns.  We did end up finding some famous hexagons, but not in time to catch this awesome sunset. (booooo!) Guess it’s a reason to go back someday.:-)

For those of you who like the camera settings: f/9 0.8 sec, 10 mm, ISO 100

Also, as a reminder, there is a crazy awesome deal going on for those of you looking to improve your photography experience with lessons at your own pace, feedback to help you improve your images, and a supportive community environment.  The 40% deal that the Light and Landscape Magazine is offering ends tomorrow though, so seriously, don’t wait! You can see more about it here: http://www.lightandlandscape.co/learn-with-light-and-landscape

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