Kevin Raber

Photography, Techniques and Whereabouts of Kevin Raber


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Fun With The iPhone

Performing Arts Center, Carmel, IN

This image was shot yesterday.  The building is the Carmel (indiana) Perform Arts Center or Palladium as it is known.  It’s a big new building that is quite nice and very expensive.  None the less I have fun shooting it.  On the way back from the store I pulled in and did a quick pano with my iPhone.  Assembled it and like magic with PhotoStream it was on my iPad.  I then worked the image a bit in a couple of apps to come up with this.  Just a fun day and a bit of fun time messing around.


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Bryce

Bryce National Park, UT

A very picture worthy National Park is Bryce where this image was taken.  It’s not an overly large park and there aren’t a lot of places to shoot compared to other parks but there places there are at the right time of the year will reward you greatly.  There are numerous overlooks where you can get terrific sunrise and sunset shots.  Shooting mid-day there is pointless.  Also, if you come at the time of year when it is cold enough and you awake to a light dusting of snow the park just turns into a fairytale land.  Be sure to take hikes and find places where the normal tourist won’t venture.  Your images will be different and much more rewarding. LINK TO BRYCE NPS


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Canyonland

Canyonland, Moab Area UT

I love the Moab area as it has many location for photography and a few great parks nearby.  If you want arches or canyons you can find both in Moab.  This shot is from n overlook in Canyonlands with a storm coming.  Shot with a Phase One P65+ it just has amazing detail.

 


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Merry Christmas – Delicate LIght

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.

Trees In Olympic National Park

I’ll keep this entry short as there is so much to do to get ready for the Raber Christmas Morning.  All of my boys are here with one wife and one significant other.  Going to be a fun day.  After gifts and a brunch I will start preparing the traditional (Raber) dinner of Beef Wellingtom, Potatoes, Waldorf Salad, String Bean Almonde, with a beautiful chocolate chip cake for dessert.

Todays picture was made in the Olympic National Park which is just beautiful.  Deep in the woods I found this tree and it was catching just a hint of the sunlight coming through.  Simple and works.  Shot with a Phase One P65+


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Simple IS Better….Happy Christmas Eve

Simple - Palouse, WA

Sometimes when you photograph things you may find simple is better.  This is  classic cue of simple.  Grass, sky and a cloud.  Shot it the Palouse one of my favorite places for doing landscapes with a P65+ camera.  Amazing detail and simple composition.

 


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Deception Bay – Antarctica

Deception Island - Antarctica

Good day, hope you are ready for Holiday cheer.  Two of my bus and their wive and girlfriend arrived last night.  My third son will be here today.  Going to be  a great weekend and Christmas.  This shot was made on one of my three trips to Antarctica.  It is in Deception BAy.  THis is actually a collapsded volcano and it is really hard to get into.  The place is huge and beautiful with an old whaling station on it.  Very seldom do you find a crystal clear day like the one I did this picture on.  I just love Antarctica and I am working on organizing a Photo expedition there in 2013.


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Jagged Ice

Jagged Ice, Iceland

This shot was made in Iceland at the Glacier Lagoon.  I used a long lens on my 5dII to shoot elements of the ice.  Tight shots of ice using the telephoto to compress the perspective together.  It was amazing what you saw as a frame when doing this vs. what the overall scene looked like.  I enjoy using the camera frame to isolate images.  I do this both with the telephoto lens and macro lens doing close ups.


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Man In Window

Man In Window, Queenstown, New Zealand

I love doing what is called street photography.  This is a form of photography where you walk the streets and shoot pictures of things that are happening.   while in new Zealand I received a NEW Fuji x100 which is kind of the old classic rangefinder camera in digital.  This makes absolute no noise so it is easy to walk down the street and see something and shoot it with out a lot of fuss.  Here is one of the street shot images from Queenstown, NZ.  Just a man in the window with a glass of wine.

 


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Heavy Metal

TRain Restoration, Noblesville, IN

Close by to where I live there is a transportation museum.  This museum is mainly focused on trains.  There are a lot there.  Most of them rusty and falling apart.  I just love that.  They do a fair amount of restoration on these trains and have a special building just for that.  It is fun to shoot there and catch restorations in progress which is what this shot is all about.  Made with a Canon 5dII in multi expose mode then using an HDR program I made it the gritty look.  Then on the iPad using SnapSeed I worked on focus and some selective color to come out with this image.


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Ice Everywhere

Iceberg and Glacier, Iceland

No matter where you look there is ice.  I guess Iceland gets the name with ice in it for a reason.  In certain parts of Iceland there are many glaciers and I am talking really big glaciers.  And these Glaciers loose Ice all the time.  This is a shot of an iceberg with a big glacier behind it.  I believe the glaciers is called Steinholtsjökull, good luck on pronouncing it.  This glacier like a lot of others has a lake at the bottom of it that icebergs break off into and float around.  With all good landscape shots it is good to have a foreground and the iceberg did a great job of providing the foreground against this large glacier.


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Church In Iceland

Bible in church in Iceland

While in Iceland last year I kept driving a route along the coast and I kept seeing this church way on top of a hill.  I shot images of the church with long lens as clouds descended on it and birds flew around it.  Finally one day I decided to find the church and searched for the roads leading to the church.  It was a small church and I found my way to the top of the hill it sat on.  From its vantage point you could see the ocean and coast for miles and the beautiful landscape all around.  Of course I expected the doors to be locked but I was surprised to see them open.  Inside was a warm cozy beautifully maintained interior.  I had to shoot pictures so I shot the interior of the church and the organ, pews and alter as well as todays shot of the church bible.  I was using a P65+ so detail was something I knew could be captured.  I really liked this image because of the way the light came though and hit the awl and bible.  Maybe I should have lit the candles, but I had no matches.   Anyway the detail is so good that on the 30×40 print you can read all the works on the bible’s open pages.  Maybe I’ll post the organ form the church in a future blog. I actually did a four exposure stitch of that one.

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