Kevin Raber

Photography, Techniques and Whereabouts of Kevin Raber


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The Classic Post Card Shot

Classic Postcard, Scotland

Classic Postcard, Scotland

This was shot in Scotland on a lake that some rich Scottish guy made just so it would remind his wife of a lake back in America where she was from.  It’s one of those dream lakes.  Perfect in so many ways.  This shot was as if it was set up.  Row boat, fall colors, subtle clouds.  How could I go wrong?  I was very conscious though of the ones and composition as I made this image.  It works on many levels as a classic.


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Montgomery Reef

Montgomery Reef, Austrailia

Montgomery Reef, Austrailia

As you have seen from previous posts, i made a recent trip to the Kimberley region of Austrailia. Amazing doesn’t come close to describing what a great trip it was. we had a helicopter at our disposal (i wasn’t free) and it allowed us to go places and see things that weren’t possible without it. This is an image made from the helicopter of the Montgomery Reef and amazing place in the middle of the ocean off the coast of NW Austrailia.


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Magic Light In Tuscany

Magic Light On A Tuscany Hillside

Magic Light On A Tuscany Hillside

I am totally in love with Tuscany.  It’s a very different kind of landscape as it is big and broad and lacks a lot of foreground that I am so used to using in typical landscape shots.  So, I rely on light and the composition to keep the eye moving in the right direction.  This is some magic light.  After an early morning sunrise shoot we were driving down the road and there was great light lighting up the hillside through breaks in the clouds.  Made with the Phase One IQ160 camera with a 240mm lens.


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Antarctica Sunrise or Sunset

Antarctica Sunrise & Sunset - It was all the same

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.


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Lonely Fisherman

Newfoundland Fisherman

I love this shot.  This was done off the coast of Newfoundland while out whale watching.  We saw this guy in his dory like fishing boat and it just looked so cool.  I shot a number of images of this.  It was funny because we were not finding whales and we motored up this guy and he pointed in a direction and sure enough we found the whales where he pointed.  He was a crusty rough looking fellow.

Also, The blog may have fewer posts over the next three weeks.  I fly out to Austrailia tonight and then by this weekend to New Zealand to run a PODAS workshop there.  I’l post when I can.  www.podas.info if you’d like to follow the workshop.


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Sunset Over Marathon

Sunset Marathon, FL

Last evening i was visiting some friends in Marathon, FL.   This is one of my friends that I have stayed in touch with from High School and she has been working for years in keys with Dolphin.  On the way there the sun was setting and I had my oldest son Kevin Jr. with me.  And at his urging we pulled over and did a number of captures of a most magnificent sunset.  This one shot jazzed up a bit in SnapSpeed on my iPad.  IT was a very spectacular sunset!


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Chicago Dawn

Chicago Skyline at dawn

Good morning!  On PODAS workshops you can count on rising early to shoot the special light of dawn.  This shot was done a little over a week ago while we waited for a sunrise to illuminate the Chicago skyline.  It’s a pretty nice shot in color but I thought BW added some drama to it.  This was shot from the Shed aquarium area.   Good place to catch to city skyline.

 


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The Bean

The Chicago Bean

If you get up early enough you photograph the Chicago Bean without any other people messing up the shot.  Then get a little creative in post processing and you can get a cool image.  I am in Chicago doing a PODAS workshop on architecture.  You can follow the workshop here.


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Now In Hong Kong

Hong Kong Harbor at Sunrise

Wow…what a trip this has been.  A few weeks ago I was in Ireland.  This last 10 days I have visited 4 cities in China.  Now I am in Hong Kong to do my last presentation tonight.  I hear we have 150 people registered.  Should be fun.  The photographers in China are very passionate and take their photography seriously.  We have been promoting a photography workshop (PODAS) for the China market to be held in Death Valley this November.  Should be a great time.  Tomorrow I fly home, hopefully with an upgrade to business class.  I arrived in Hong Kong after a very civilized train ride for two hours from China.  I awoke this morning to the sunrise picture above.  Sorry, it was shot on the iPhone and may not be the best.  The weather is still 100 plus degrees.  Can’t wait to get back to a more moderate 87 degrees.  I get back with just a few recovery days before starting the PODAS Chicago workshop next week. This will be a workshop focused on Architectural photography.  Should be fun.  I’ll post again when I get home this weekend.


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Blog Post Will Be Sparse

Dome - San Miguel, Mexico

Hi, blog posts may be a bit sparse or non-existent until after July 8th.  Seems China doesn’t like Blogs and FaceBook and thus I have to work around things to make posts.  So, today is a picture I made in Mexico and I just like the balance and the feel.  As far as my trip in China goes it is great.  Super nice people, very fast paced schedule of interviews and programs.  I have three more cities to visit and leave tomorrow morning for Chengdu.  I’ll post images and details on my return.  If I can I will make more posts as time and networks allow.


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School House On A Bluff

School House On A Bluff, Ireland

The PODAS works shop is now over and oh what a workshop it was.  It was a week of a lot of photography, good classroom sessions and lots of fun and laughs.  It’s great when you can bring fifteen photographers together from all over the world and share a similar passion.  Bidding farewell was bittersweet, but I am sure we all will meet again on a future PODAS workshop.  This photo was made with a Phase One P65+ on an ALPA camera with an extreme wide angle lens (23mm).  It is a another view from the one published the other day.  If you ever get a chance to visit Ireland, you will find a beautiful country with very friendly people.  Put it on your bucket list.


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Ireland Is Fantastic

Minard Castle Beach - Ireland

I can’t even begin to tell everything that has happened on this trip to Ireland.  I am having a great time.  The attendees on the PODAS workshop are having a blast and all of us are taking and making great photos.  The image above is a 30 second exposure taken at Minard Castle Beach.  See the Phase One PODAS blog for more details.

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