Category Archives: Landscapes

In search of light …

Light is key.

I was photographing around Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon National Recreational area in December 2012.  This image was made one evening.  The light was not spectacular.

Glen Canyon National Recreational Area, Arizona, USA

Glen Canyon National Recreational Area, Arizona, USA

I came back the next morning and this is what I was able to make.

 

Silhouetted rock and warm morning sky, Glen Canyon National Recreational Area, Arizona, USA

Silhouetted rock and warm morning sky, Glen Canyon National Recreational Area, Arizona, USA

Light matters.

Three Palm Trees

After photographing the hills at Lake Havasu in Arizona, at sunrise, I turned around to return. I was struck by these palm trees, freshly lit by the morning sun. I instantly made this composition with three of them forming a triangle. Bracketed several exposures and combined them using HDR Efex Pro 2 to give it this tone-mapped look. This is one of my favorites from my December shoot – an unplanned image … Hope you like it.

Palm Trees at Lake Havasu

Palm Trees, Lake Havasu, Arizona, USA

Best time to shoot landscapes

June Lake and Sierra Crest at dawn

June Lake and Sierra Crest at dawn, Mammoth Lakes area, Eastern Sierra, California, USA  (6:57AM)

June Lake and Sierra Crest at dawn

June Lake and Sierra Crest at dawn, Mammoth Lakes area, Eastern Sierra, California, USA (7:19AM)

June Lake and Sierra Crest at dawn

June Lake and Sierra Crest at dawn, Mammoth Lakes area, Eastern Sierra, California, USA (7:21AM)

I made the first image at 6:57 AM.  I made the second image at 7:19AM.  I made the last image at 7:21AM.  All on the same day.

I am reminded of a lesson that John Shaw taught us in his January 2011 seminar in Santa Clara, CA.  “Don’t be late to work”.