The Story Behind The Picture
This image was made on rainy and windy January afternoon on the south central coast of Iceland, near Vik. This location is also known as Reynisdranger. I used a 10 stop filter to slow down the rough ocean ( a 71 second exposure) to create the dreamy effect on the water. I was after simplicity when composing this image. After processing this image I used Nik Software’s Silver eFex Pro for the black and white conversion.
Tech Data: Nikon D700/ Nikon 28-70mm F 2.8 / ISO 200 at F16 / shutter speed 71 seconds
Getting up to Hunt’s Mesa is half the fun. It’s a long bumpy and sometimes treacherous ride over red rock, through washes and deep sand. A good Navajo Guide is important. Both sunrise and sunset can offer some breathtaking views of Monument Valley that many photographers overlook. This morning we had some interesting cloud patterns caused by the high winds. A building sandstorm in the distance added to the drama. Luckily, we returned to the valley just before the sandstorm began.
Tech Data: Nikon D700 / Nikon 17+-35mm F 2.8 at 35mm / .6 sec at F16 /ISO 200 / Matrix Metering , Gitzo 3541 Tripod, Really Right Stuff BH55 Ball head
Aside from the Landscape, macro and the occasional bird and animal, I love to photograph old cars, machinery and buildings. I came upon this old Nash ( Hydromatic), probably vintage early 1950’s. The car was a red and cream color. I thought this might look good using a sort of art-deco effect. I processed this for B&W using Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro and a slight Orton effect to add a bit of blur to the image, giving it that 1950-60’s art deco effect.
Tech Data: Nikon D700 / Nikon 300mm / 1/25sec at F4.5 /ISO 200 / Matrix Metering , Gitzo 3541 Tripod, Really Right Stuff BH55 Ball head
Not far from Cape Blanco Lighthouse is Blackpoint Beach. The only way to try to tell the story of this location in this light was to use the foreground of wildflowers and green to frame the ocean and approaching storm. I chose to make a Panorama using 2 images. The challenge here was how to deal with the wind. Late spring is a wonderful time to be here.
Tech Data: Nikon D700 / Nikon 28-70 F 2.8 at 35mm /ISO 800 / 1/20 sec at F14,/ Matrix Metering Polarizer, Gitzo 3541 Tripod
For many years I walked past this location in the Hoh Rainforest deep in Olympic National Park, WA. I always thought it to be too cluttered to make an interesting image. This time the light was perfect and I imagined this processed using the “Orton” effect. I actually ended up using the glamor glow filter in Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro. The recent rain made the greens extra vibrant. Little processing was used here, other than Glamor Glow, to create the mysterious looking image.
Tech Data: Nikon D700 / Nikon 17-35 F 2.8 at 35mm /ISO 200 / 2 sec at F16,/ Matrix Metering Polarizer, Gitzo 3541 Tripod
After spending early morning in the opposite end of Grand Teton NP, I evaluated the fog over the Snake River and thought that Oxbow Bend could offer some dramatic light. After waiting a few minutes after arriving, the fog lifted producing a dramatic sky, but left a pipeline of fog over the river, bisecting Mt Moran in the distance. I immediately though this would produce an interesting Black & White photograph.
Tech Data: Nikon D700 / Nikon 28-300 F 2.4.5 at 62mm / ISO 200 / 1/100th at F16, -2/3 / Matrix Metering
Gitzo 3541LS Tripod / really Right Stuff BH 55 Ball Head
Driving past this solitary barn in the Palouse area of Eastern Washington, I was struck by the simplicity, the rolling fields of wheat in the spring and the simple cloud patterns. I returned when the light was right to make this image. Many travelers, as as well many photographers, probably drive by this barn and not see the beauty. I know ... because I did that for many years until this time, I looked a bit closer.
Tech Data: Nikon D700 / Nikon 80-200 F 2.8 at 80mm /ISO 800 / 1/200th at F14, -2/3 / Matrix Metering
Gitzo 3541 Tripod Really Right Stuff BH 55 Ball Head
This image was made in Apri 2012, looking down on Monument Valley AZ from Hunt's Mesa. This morning was very cold and windy, however we had some very dramatic light. Getting up to Hunt's Mesa is a long and bumpy ride. You must use a Navajo Guide to visit this location. Hunt's Mesa is a good location for sunrises as well as sunsets however, unless you want to leave really early, and drive over dangerous rocks, washes and deep sand, you should plan on camping out as we do overnight. I'll be back there doing a workshop in April. I can't wait!
TECH DATA: Nikon D700, Nikon 17-35mm F2.8 Lens 0.6 seconds at F16, Matrix Metering. Processed using Adobe LR4/ Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Nik Software