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Lemaire Channel Pano

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.

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Death Valley Race Track

Race Track, Death Valley
Race Track, Death Valley

 

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.

Race Track, Death Valley
Race Track, Death Valley
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I Love Ice

Svlabard Iceberg
Svalbard Iceberg

Ice and more Ice.  why do I like ice so much?  This little ice formation I gound three years ago while photographing in Svalbard, Norway.  We were cruising in our Zodiacs shooting glaciers when we came upon this piece of ice which was most likely from the glacier itself.  I used a wide-angle lens and lower the camera close to the water to capture this image.   I was supposed to go back to Svalbard this August for a workshop but that has now been canceled due to COVID.

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If you are interested in seeing more work by Kevin Raber and purchasing his work for your own, please visit RaberEYES.com

Kevin also runs workshops for photographers all over the world at Rockhopper Workshops

Kevin also has. a major website for all photography enthusiasts with articles, forums, tutorials, community and more at photoPXL.com

Kevin also shares his work daily on Facebook and Instagram

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The Dolomites

About ten years ago I found the Dolomites.  I looked at a lot of photos online and these beautiful images of grand mountain vistas were continuing to show up.  So with a bit of investigation I learned about the Dolomites.  I found a photographer that was familiar with the region and had him join us as a leader for the area. The workshop was a success.  I have now made several trips there and plan to do more as well as possibly another workshop in the next year.  These images are just a few that one can expect from this region, otherwise known as the Italian side of the alps.

Please Visit . . .

If you are interested in seeing more work by Kevin Raber and purchasing his work for your own, please visit RaberEYES.com

Kevin also runs workshops for photographers all over the world at Rockhopper Workshops

Kevin also has. a major website for all photography enthusiasts with articles, forums, tutorials, community and more at photoPXL.com

Kevin also shares his work daily on Facebook and Instagram

You may also visit his photography blog at kevinraber.com

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Scotty’s Castle

Scottys castle
Scottys Castle Death Valley

This image was made at Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley National Park a few years ago.  Scottys Castle is a kind of strange place as a lot of things are out in the desert.   Essentially it is a giant mansion built in the early 20th century out in the middle of nowhere. You can read about Scottys HERE.  Please note that a little over a year ago Scottys was almost wiped out by a torrential flood and still remains closed and will not reopen until mid-2020.

This image was made lying on the floor of one of the circular cases.  I shot directly upwards and then did some post-processing to add the gritty effect.

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On The Street

Street
Las Vegas Sidewalk

I love doing may kinds of photography.  I am most happy doing landscape photography, where I can take my time to compose the image and wait for just the right moment of light.  I enjoy doing portraits, where I can try different posing and lighting to come out with unique images.  Street photography is different altogether and in many cases not understood by many.  I love wandering the streets of my hometown as well as the cities I visit.  For me, street photography catches the moment, light and life on the street.

I am excited because this coming week I receive the new Fuji X Pro 3 camera which should be ideal for working the streets.  I’ll report back after I have some time with this app.  These images today were taken in various locations The photo of the couple in front of the sphere was done in Chicago.  The man with the violin was made in Copenhagen.  This guy is such a good violin player and he strolls the streets in Copenhagen playing at restaurants and parks.  He always has a violin case of cash that people donated to him. The image with the man and woman walking was made in Las Vegas.  LasVegas, by the way, is a very rich city to shoot street work.  I love the shadows, the seriousness of their walk and then the little upside-down plywood cutout behind them.

I hope you like these.  Look for more soon.

 

 

 

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Big Pipes

Inside the Buffalo Water Works

I love industrial; landscapes.  It’s just one more way to stretch my creativity and way of seeing.  So many photographers limit themselves to one specialty, and while that is fine, in my mind, it promotes the lack of seeing.  It doesn’t allow someone to get out of the woods and see the trees.  I enjoy mixing it up.  Every time I do I come back to thinks I like better not only refreshed but with a new vision.  These industrial landscapes are an example.  You need to see different to find good composition and lighting.  This was made at the Buffalo, NY waterworks.

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Zion 1

A few months ago I was in Zion National Park.  Zion is one of my favorite parks to photograph in.  It’s also one of the hadrest.  I went the first week of November and was surprised at how crowded the park was.  I understand you don’t even want to visit in the summer.  The only way around the park is by bus.  So, you are the mercy of bus schedules as well as bus stops.  At one time when you could drive a car in the park you could stop at all the great location, work from the car and then move to the next location.

These two shots were shot from the infamous Zion bridge.  I usually avoid the bridge as it is a very iconic photo that I have shot many times.  However, crossing the bridge this time I couldn’t help but see how nice the light was.  It was different. So, I jumped on the bridge found a spot amonst about 40 photogaphers caught my shot and looked behind me to see another.  I walk across the brdge and did another shot.  I followed my rule in the field.  Always be looking around, especially behind you.  Many on the bridge that night did not see the second shot.