Tag Archives: black and white

Path of Least Resistance :: CT

4 Aug
Path of Least Resistance :: CT

Path of Least Resistance :: CT

Access to clean water is something most Americans take for granted. However, globally there are approximately 783 million people without clean water and approximately 2.5 billion without adequate sanitation. This results in death and disease, impacts food yield, causes conflicts, reduces available time spent on education, promotes gender inequality and holds impoverished communities back. In other words, clean water is LIFE. What are you doing to protect it? ūüí¶

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Serenity :: NY

12 Apr
Serenity :: NY

Serenity :: NY

Sometimes you drive two hours for a sunset, and end up wading through spring runoff to photograph a waterfall instead. Life, right?

But there is a lesson there (besides a reminder to buy waterproof boots)… Opportunity is all around us, we just have to be open to it.

This shot is a single exposure, taken after the sun went down in a rapidly darkening forest. ( 14mm, 55 second, f/8, ISO 100 ) It was very blue…because blue hour…and color correcting made it look natural, but not better, so I opted for B&W instead!

Minim :: CT

16 Aug
Minim :: CT

Minim :: CT

This month we are talking about minimalism with our students. I figured I can’t ask them to do something I’m not willing to do myself, right? ūüôā

Believe it or not, this was a sunrise but it seemed like it translated better as a monochrome!

We are reaching the 6 month mark for this new teaching program over at L&L and to celebrate, I think I’ll probably give something away. ¬†A print maybe? ¬†Yeah…an 11×16 print! ¬†Want a shot to win? ¬†Sign up for the newsletter and boom! ¬†Your name will be entered in the drawing.

Name will be picked on September 1, so don’t wait. ¬†Maybe I’ll even announce it in the next newsletter. :-p

Radiance Wild

6 Jul
Radiance Wild :: OR

Radiance Wild :: OR

 

This waterfall, known locally as Sawmill Falls, is part of the Opal Creek Wilderness in Oregon. ¬†It started as a “side stop” along the way to the Alvord Desert, but it ended up winning me over within just a few short minutes of stepping foot beneath the trees. ¬†The whole forest was lush, the light was diffuse, and the waterfalls…well…as you can see, they weren’t bad. ūüėČ ¬†This water was actually a spectacular shade of blue-green, but when I started the edit, because of the overcast skies it seemed to work best in black and white.

This shot is actually a composite – one exposure for the trees, and one exposure for the sky and water using a 10 stop ND filter.

Also (earmuffs, Mom!) this particular vantage point involved a narrow crest of rock with a…um….steep decent behind me. ¬†While it wasn’t the most comfortable of seats, you couldn’t beat the view. ūüôā

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. ūüôā ¬†You can find it in the newsstand app!

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

The Plunge

25 Jan
The Plunge :: VT

The Plunge :: VT

“Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

The settings: 1 sec, f/9, 10 mm, ISO 100

Into the Light

20 Oct
Cavern Cascades :: NY

Cavern Cascades :: NY

Because clearly, I don’t have enough waterfall photos in my portfolio yet….. ūüėČ

This photo was taken almost 2 weeks back on a photo trip with Derek Kind (an awesome guy, who wrote a schnazzy review for our book), Ron Clifford and A.D. Wheeler to Watkins Glen in NY. ¬†I had originally planned to drive up to the finger lakes and stay a night or two, to maximize my time with those guys (all incredible photographers, check ’em out) but two things happened. ¬†First, I picked up an event photography gig the night I intended to leave. ¬†Second, we had a family emergency involving broken bones and surgery (not my bones!) and I had to be home earlier than expected. ¬†All told, I drove the 5 hours to upstate NY, and then 5 hours back on the same day. ¬†Because landscape photographers are crazy. ¬†And apparently, we also hate sleep.

Despite my extreme tiredness, we really had a great time creating together.  It was definitely worth the travel time.  When the idea of the trip first came up, I thought I would find some foliage shots.  Instead, I ended up creating black and white waterfall images. haha  Funny how life works out, sometimes, right?

Just going with the flow, I guess. ¬†(Get it?? ¬†Waterfall….? ¬†Flow….? Ha!)

Speaking of¬†fall foliage, leaf season is just about done in northern New England, but we still have some rad colors in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and upper Pennsylvania. ¬†If you’re looking for a private session over the next few weeks, to help you improve your fall foliage (or whatever) photos, contact me and we will set something up!

For those of you interested in such things, the settings for the photo above are: f/9, 2 seconds, iso 100, 22mm, with a circular polarizer