I love going to all the great places that I can to photography. What I don’t like is airports and airplanes and the process of getting there. Today I start out my journey to New Zealand to host a Phase One PODAS workshop there. I start my journey in Indinapolis and fly to Detroit, from there to Los Angeles and then to Sydney and from sydney to Queenstown, NZ. That’s a lot of hours in planes and airports. I have done it before and will do it many times again. the iPad is loaded with books, magazines and TV shows I can catch up on. I have special drugs mixed with a view glasses of wine that will make time travel faster. And, fortunately I usually get off the plane and forget that I juts took the trip. It’s all worth it especially in NZ because I’ll shoot so many great places. So stay tuned, I’ll update the images here as often as I can.
So, I am back from an amazing weekend of visiting old friends and attending the 40th reunion of my high school graduation. It was so good to see everyone. Today’s image was made at Stalker castle in Scotland. I used the art effects on my Olympus OMD camera to produce this image.
This shot was made in Lower Antelope and depending on the time of year and time of day you may be lucky enough to get these beautiful rays of light that come through from the top of the canyon to the floor. Throw some sand in the air let things settle and shoot. This si what you get. If you are lucky. I have a lot of great beam shots in the slot canyons and here is one f them. Warning if you visit the crowds can be huge, especially Japanese tourists so let your guides hold back traffic and be ready to shoot quick. A tripod is a must. This was shot with a Phase One IQ180 camera and a 55mm lens.
I am excited because I leave in a few hours for my 40th class reunion back in Wayne, PA. HArd to believe it has been 40 years. I’ll be meeting up with some old firefighting buddies and visiting some people I haven’t seen in a very long tome. Best of all I’ll be eating breakfast at my all time favorite breakfast place Joe’s Place. Three mornings of breakfasts there should do me for a while. Today’s image is from a glacier in Norway. Light and the color of the ice make it a beautiful image.
I work for a great company Phase One and we make the best cameras and software in the world. Recently we released a new version of our RAW image processor Capture On 7. This new software is so good ( and I am not kidding) that I am going back and re-working some of the tougher images I have. And, C1 7 is kicking ass with these images. Here is one taken in the Palouse last year with an Iq180. I have another from the same morning I’ll post tomorrow. I can see a long winter ahead re-working many images. That is also equal to a lot of wine drinking.
While in Scotland we witnessed an incredible sunset. I spent my time continually moving for different views during the tie we were there. This is an image converted to B&W for effect during the sunset. This may not be the last image you see of this castle.
A number of years ago I decided to head out for a weekend adventure up the west coast of Michigan. I thought I would shoot sleepy little villages and lighthouses. As I was driving up the Blue Star Highway I saw this ship off to my left. I stopped and shot it and have been doing so until last Summer when they took the ship to Canada to refurbish it and make it a museum. I also discovered a wonderfully peaceful town there Saugutuck. This is an artsy village with bed and breakfasts places, galleries and a unique charm. Put it on your must visit list.
This image was made in Monument Valley in Magic Valley at an indian ruin. I saw this stick and liked how it contrasted with the wall. Simple and a bit different. Changing it to BW made all the difference.
I love penguins, who doesn’t? This image was made in Antarctica on an island. There was just this one lost should penguin taking a walk. Kind of gives a feel for the loneliness of the place and the beauty.
For the next few days I’ll be posting images from my previous three trips to Antarctica. It’s the ultimate adventure and I will be making a trip there in 2013 and 2014. People ask if there is one place I like the most in all my travels where would it be. Simple answer – Antarctica. There is truly no place like it anywhere. The images I have taken there and sites I have seen will be with me to the day I die. Truly an amazing place to visit. This shot was made in the Gullet. Usually Ice choked we were able to navigate it on one of the most incredible bright days and still days ever. The water was as smooth as a mirror. The sky a deep blue that was astonishing. And the ice and reflections were so fantastic. I will post more from the Gullet and elsewhere. Hope you enjoy this.
I am home until the day after Thanksgiving them off to Philadelphia area for a 40th reunion. The years are stacking up. I am home for a day after that then catch a flight to New Zealand. The trip to NZ is along. But I have methods to deal with 28 hours of flying. Hope my iPad can make it. I can charge it on the plane. This image is one of many from Scotland. Castle Stalker done with some artistic flare.
As you can tell from previous posts I was leading a PODAS workshop in Monument Valley and the Slot Canyons last wee. We had a great time and great images. To do photography in remote areas we needed to use Indian guides. We had 4 really great guides in Monument Valley. The guide who was driving the 4WD drive I was in had many of his own secret spots. Seems all the Indian guides have locations that they consider theirs. This was one of those spots. Very nice at sunrise.