I just spent a week in Yosemite National PArk working on new Landscape Photography Tutorial for Luminous-Landscape. It was a tough week to shoot there because we had perfect seater fro tourists and not so for photographers. Sunny, bright and hardly any clouds. Never the less with William Neill’s help we made some good images. Here is one. I converted it to Black and white because it looked best. Shot with a 14mm lens to include foreground.
I just love the Olympus OM E1 camera. This is an image made while doing some camera testing in Zion National Park last weekend. This was shot with a 100-300mm zoom Panasonic lens. I have so many nice images from this park.
Somewhere deep in Mexico Michael Reichmann, Lars Svanstrom and myself wandered around for a few days this past week seeking out new and unusual locations that not too many gringos probably ever visit. We think we hit pay dirt. we are coming back with some magnificent images and we’re very excited about what we found. It was a cultural adventure too. We saw ow many people in the very rural areas live. What was so amazing is how nice everyone was and how well they treated us. Handshakes and smiles were the norm. So for the next few days enjoy some of my images from Mexico. This image was made along a lake from a high angle. I loved the look, reflections and birds.
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.
The Palouse region, in Southeast Washington is all rolling hills and manicured fields. But a little ways way is an area of flat lands where this image was made. I ike the look of the trees and fields as well as the sky. It just works.
I just got back from a week in Canada. During this week I have been working hard with my business partner Michael Reichmann on our web site Luminous-Landscape. We are planning all sorts of new and enhanced things for this site. It is one of the most heavily visited photography websites on the internet. every day after we accomplished what we had on our agenda we rewarded ourselves by going out shooting. We would aim the car and just go and with no specific place in mind we would just find stuff. Always a lot of fun not only shooting but having a great conversation while seeing the countryside. While we were driving we both saw at the same time this one tree on the hill with these great clouds behind it. We stopped set up our gear and shot. We both have different interpretations of the shot. This is mine. Shot with a Nikon D800e and 80-400mm zoom lens. Tis was 5 exposures combined in HDG then converted to BW image.
New Zealand is full of surprises and most of them make great photography opportunities. This was just on of those cases. We were exploring a valley and came across this old stone wall with a tree at the end. This image was made with a 28mm lens on a Phase One IQ180.
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.
Tuscany landscapes have building in them. Stone elegant buildings. You actually figure ways to use these building in your images. This is a shot done at sunset where the buildings do a lot to make the image. All I can say are the sunsets are so colorful and the light just begs to be photographed. I shot this with a Phase One IQ260 that has a lot of dynamic range capability and allowed me to keep detail in highlights and shadows. It would have been hard to make this shot with a DSLR camera.
Seems that one thing that is very noticeable in Tuscany are the trees. These in most cases are Cedar trees that dot property borders and hillside peaks. These trees are sometimes group as in this picture. This set of trees is very iconic in Tuscany and at almost any time of day you can find tourists shooting this location. The trick is to get there at the right time of day and catch it at sunset or sunrise with soft warm light and hopefully as in this image some nice clouds.
I have been and will be in Tuscany all week. I am leading a Phase One PODAS worksop tour. The weather has been excellent, the group great and the photography fantastic. I’ll be posting a lot of images over the coming weeks, but for now please enjoy this image of trees.
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.