I miss traveling so much. For someone like myself who has been traveling at least a month for years and years, being stuck at home is devastating. So, the images I am sharing now are from past trips. This image is from one of my favorite places, the Palouse. Specifically Palouse FAlls at the State Park. This is showing the spot I use most to cover both the falls and canyon. If you are lucky when photographing here you can catch cloudy and stormy skies or the sunset. I usually use a 16mm lens here. Put on a neutral density filter and I can then do 20- 50-second exposures and get that cool looking smooth waterfall look. The picture below is a group shot from one of my workshops in the Palouse. The 2021 workshops in the Palouse are sold out.
Any long time reader here knows that Antarctica is my favorite place. I have been there over 20 times and do a trip or two a year. We were lucky to get the trip this year in February before everything shut down. One of the favorite locations in Antarctica to experience is the Lemaire channel. This a narrow channel between two large mountains is a highlight of Antarctica travel. On a trip a few years ago I did a 30 exposure pano of the channel showing both ends. as the ship was moving forward I set up my camera in a vertical position and turned the drive to low. I then set my first exposure at the end of the channel from where we began and then panned right while the camera was on auto-drive. This made a lot of exposures to blend but assured I would have enough for good overlaps and creating the pano. The pano was made in photoshop. I think this a unique image of a popular location, thus accomplishing what I always like to do is finding a different way to see something that so many people photograph.
I have been to Death Valley at least a dozen times. Each time is different and I am always discovering new locations to take photos from. The shot above was made late one day a few winters ago while on my way back from visiting Bodie. Bodie is one of the strangest towns you can visit. A few hours there feels like a day and it’s kind of one of those oddball towns with oddball people. I highly recommend a visit there. Anyway on my way back from the visit I came over the mountain and the whole valley had a spectacular set of clouds over it. And, the sun was going down. So I drove downhill to a location that gave a clear view of the valley and let the magic happen. It was like the whole sky was on fire. I used a wide-angle lens to get as much sky as I could. The photo below was one of the workshop attendees silhouetted against the sky.
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One of the earths big mystery is the Race Track at Death Valley National Park. I have visited this location a few times. It’s not easy to get there and you need to make sure you have a vehicle that can you get there. The race track is a playa that stretches for miles and is usually dry and cracked (like everything else in DV). The mystery here is that the stone magically moves on the playa and leave their tracks in the dried up mud. There are many theories about how this happens but no one really has witnessed this. I believe like many that after a rainstorm the playa fills with a few inches of water and then the crazy winds come in and the wind pushes the rock around and the rock leaves a path of where it came from. In any case, it makes for some great photos. These are two for my large collection. I think you will agree they are pretty cool.