While photographing in Death Valley I visited the Artist Pallet are to shoot sunset. There on the side of the road was this motorcycle guy leaning back on his bike watching the mountains light up in all the magic they do. I went p to take pictures and I started talking to this guy. Turns out he has been cruising the highways for 17 years. everything he owns or needs is packed on the back of this bike. I asked if he would pose for some shots and he was more than cooperative. This is the result of the shot. I did some post work on this image in Photoshop to make it a bit different.
Alaska is a great frontier and such a beautiful state. I
was very fortunate on my last trip to Denali to have clear weather and I got some great shots go McKinley. This is a shot taken on one of side roads and it was just set up perfectly. Little cottage on a lake with reflection and mountains in the back ground.
One more image from today’s image edit session. While cruising on a Zodiac around the Iceberg Graveyard we happened to spy a leopard seal. Nasty animals. As we cruise by his iceberg island I saw another Iceberg in the distance. I waited for the shot to line up and bang, I got it.
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.
This is a shot made in Olympic National Park. One of my favorite National Parks, mainly because there is so much diverse landscape to shoot. I made this on Hurricane Ridge and off of a fire road I ventured to travel on. The sky was so blue that day and the color looked so incredible. Once I switched it over to BW though the image just jumped. Shot with a Phase One P65+.
I just got back at 3AM last night from Arizona doing the prep work for the November PODAS workshop – Monuments and Canyons. I’ll share more when we launch the details soon. On Monday I leave for a nary two week trip in Iceland. I am leading a PODAS workshop there and we will have a spectacular time and with 21 hours of daylight we’ll be shooting and not sleeping. Todays photo was made on a beach where icebergs wash up. It’s really quite a sight to see. Look for more and follow the workshop as we blog it at the link HERE.
The coastline of washington state is very beautiful. Much of it in the northern part of the state is part of the Olympic National Park. This is a shot done from one of the beaches. I believe this is Ruby beach. This past weekend when I was there it was raining and foggy for most of the time. I did get one good hour though and this is the shot. I am going to resurrect a shot done a few years ago and post it tomorrow from third beach. Stay tuned for that.
After my brief and fat trip through Olympic National Park I came away thinking that this place has the coolest trees. This is another moss covered tree. The light was hitting it just right. Finding these trees is like hunting. You walk through a wooded area looking for a good tree and good light and hope you find them both at the same time. I was lucky on this one and the fallen the on the ground also helps set a horizontal line in the shot. I like it.
I have been doing scouting for an upcoming workshop for PODAS in the fall this weekend. I have traveled most of Olympic National Park in a fast find and time it trip. This means I drive the routes we will take and time the drives so we can fit these excursions into what is a usually tight PODAS workshop schedule. I did find some time to make some exposures. Here’s one of some waterfalls near Lake Quinault. More to come. Heading back to Seattle today and then home on Tuesday for a few days before heading off to Denmark. It’s going to be a very year of travel and picture taking.
Zion National Park, a short drive (sort of) from LasVegas is such a wonderful place to visit. I usually go in the fall, winter and spring. At these times you can drive in the park. During the summer you must take a bus. There are many good walk and vistas. One part of the park is a valley with large canyon walls and very pretty and another part is carved sandstone and almost desert like. A must see trip. This image was made right after you go through the tunnel from the valley part. Park the car and take a hike. Lots of great shots like this are available.
Antarctica offers a an environment of great photographs. Dynamic, changing and never cliched. You can be on shore or the deck of the ship and see and shoot just beautiful images. This one was made one morning when I was on the deck all by myself. And, I was presented with this shot of clouds, distant icebergs and the rising sun peeking through cracks in the sky. Makes for some dynamic photos. It then got darker and an hour later it was blue skies. Things happen fast there and they are unpredictable.
I love shooting in the city. Any city will do. What’s fun is that it is a dynamic environment. Weather, wind, light, people are always changing it. I am like a hunter as I am always looking up and down and behind me. I can see people I want to shoot or a building. I love coming bak and editing images. This image is one I like because it is of steel or maybe even old iron and it shows the city in the background. Kind of symbolizes the whole thing. The shot has a strong vertical and it balances the buildings in the background.