This is a tree I shot in a gorger in Austrailia. Austrailia has lots of surprises. Many photographers would by this tree and not shoot it as it is just a tree. However, if you know your camera and know how to post process and image you can take a shot like this and make it a good final image. I used Capture One Pro to make this image and a number of tools available in it. First started with color balance. Then I worked contrast and saturation. This was followed by some local adjustments and the use of color editor to fine tune certain colors. Then I vignetted the shot as well as used local adjustments to darken parts of the image. I tried this in Lightroom too and I am pretty good with both, but LR couldn’t come close to the color and detail that Capture One made.
I have visited Austrailia a number of time and just love the country. So many beautiful things and some of the nicest people on the planet. This shot was made while waiting for a sunset at Ayers Rock. We got one of the local girls to pose for us. This is Austrailia.
I leave tomorrow for another adventure This time to Kimberley, Austrailia where I will be hosting 30 plus photographers on the True North cruise ship to do a photographic expedition into this amazing part of the world. Read about what we have planned by CLICKING HERE. Of course preparing for a trip like this takes lots of planning not to mention high end gear. Read about what is my bag at the LUMINOUS-LANDCAPE web site. Once I return I’ll have a ton of images to share. In the mean time please keep visiting. I’ll set posting up to be done automatically for a while.
I am in Tuscany now and before I start posting what I am sure will be a ton of great Tuscany images, I wanted to share an image from what I consider to be America’s Tuscany, the Palouse. This was made on one of those morning at sunrise with storms rolling in. The scene changed every few minutes and I feel this image has just so much going on in it.
I have been re-working some of my images using the update Capture One software 7.. I basically take images I worked on previously and run them back through the processor and they now come out even better. This is one of those images. It was shot on an IQ180 in New Zealand last December. I love the greens and details I was able to pull out of this shot. This was magical location.
About two years ago visited Olympic National Park for a week of photography with some very close friends. It was great week with a lot on nice images. This picture is indicative of the week. Lots of waterfalls and lots of green.
I’ll switch gears from my typical landscape images and return to my rust and decay series. This is a shot of a handle on a boxcar at a railroad yard. I liked the color and geometry as well as the hint of rust.
This image was made in December 2012 showing one of my favorite places on the planet, Erarnslaw Burn, New Zealand. Very hard area to reach so it’s not visited by many. Very magical as there are hundreds of waterfalls pouring off glaciers thousands of feet in the air. Just to be present there is an incredible feeling.
I am heading off to Iceland for my fourth trip tomorrow. This is one of my favorite places to photograph. As a fine art landscape photographer I know of no place that offers such stunning beauty no mater what season it is. This trip will be nice as it is the first one where I won’t be going in summer months. It will be cold, maybe snowy and best of all there will be darkness. In June and during the summer there is 24 hours of light. This also means I’ll be able to shoot the northern lights with the NEW Phase One IQ260 camera. So stay tuned. I”ll update the blog as often as internet connections allow. This shot is from one of the many waterfalls that I converted to B&W. After the many trips I have made there I try to make things look different.
As I have mentioned in my previous posts there are a lot of ruins in the San Miguel area. Not to far out of town are the ruins of an old silver mine. The building are amazing and I have made a series of great looking images there. This one is titled Door, Door Wall as that is what you see. Enjoy!
Nature has a way of claiming what is hers. So many times in my travels I see nature taking back what was hers. This was very evident in this shot. I stumbled upon an old box car and it was rusting away. Out of the rust was the beginnings of a new plant. Maybe in 50 years there won’t be anything but a pile of rust and dirt and a lot of new plants. Made with an IQ180 camera from Phase One.
This is a location I have photographed many times in Iceland. On each visit I shoot at this wonderful place. It’s right by the road and has an easy pull off. I shoot with different lenses and from different angles. Combine this with different light and every time I leave this great place I walk away with a great image. Here is one version from a year ago. I’ll be visiting Iceland again in a few weeks and I am sure going to shoot here again.