On a trip to Antarctica a few years ago we were sailing in a channel between two large mountains photographing feeding humpback whales. It was a wonderful evening with photo opportunities of the starboard and port bows. I was at the stern of the ship and heard a lot of shouts coming from the bow. Something must be happening. A few seconds later, as we moved forward, we got the glimpse of the moon rising next to this mountain. The sky was pink, magenta and the snow had a special color to it. It was a great look, and I got great shots. You know it’s good when the captain of the ship comes out and turns the ship in a circle so he can take a picture with his point and shoot.
A month ago from this post I revisited my images. I loved this shot and decided I needed to see it in BW. Thus, I worked on the BW conversion. This is what I got. I tuned it for dark sky’s and subtle grays. It kind of reminds me of an Ansel Adams photo.
Iceland is a land of beauty in so many ways. One of the special things is the horses in Iceland. They are unique to Iceland and they are just plain cool. They are sturdy little horses that can put up with the harshest weather. Their tales and mains are long and flowing. You see horses all over Iceland and if you stop and visit with them, they will come right up to you and show signs of affection, especially if you have an apple or carrot in your pocket.
You cannot import any horses into Iceland. If you export an Iceland horse that is fine, but that horse and/or offspring will not be allowed back into Iceland. They are doing their best to keep the breed pure.
Over the Thanksgiving Holiday, I shut myself in my office, asked Siri to play some classic rock and I started to explore my old files and refine them using the new tools in Capture One 22. I started with Iceland in 2010. I did two trips to Iceland in 2010 and, as always came back with way too many keepers. Iceland is magic and a photographer’s paradise. It serves as therapy for many of us as in surrounds us with its ever-changing beauty.
These two images are a good example of the specialness that this land gives us. The one image was taken at sunset – dawn. I was there at a time where it never gets dark. The sun goes down and in 15 minutes it’s coming back up. As it dips below the horizon, the warm and sometimes odd light reflects onto the clouds and, in this case, the water of the Iceberg Lagoon. (please don’t ask me to spell the name. ). The second shot was made in the Highlands and once again nature and light played a big part in obtaining an incredible image of this canyon with waterfalls and a river that flows out to the horizon.
One of the things I like doing when visiting Chicago, one of my favorite cities is to take the architecture tour. This is a boat tour that takes you up and down the river then out to Lake Michigan. The photo ops on the trip are numerous, especially you take the tour at different times of the say. I wanted to share on a picture I took on the trip. Essentially I took an image that looked of (below) and then using Capture One made adjustments to the image you see above. The main tools were level, color temp, contrast, clarity, saturation. I’ll be doing tutorials on photoPXL.com to show how all this is done. But, you need to have confidence that if you take a photo that you might question, that in the end, you can use your software to bring it to life.
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Every year that I go to Antarctica I arrive in the city of Punta Arenas, Chile a day early so I can spend some time at the cemetery there photographing the incredible location. National Geographic lists this cemetery as one of the most beautiful in the world. It’s very different, spooking and yet a gorgeous place to visit. This image is one of many I will share. It’s of the tomb of one of the regional leaders and has been descritated with red paint as part of a nationwide protest against the government of Chile. This is very visible around the country no matter where you go.
Nature has patience. And, with all my travels I have seen many times how nature reclaims what is here. Whether it be a Forrest devastated by. fire, an abandoned house or rusty and rotting machines. Mother nature always wins. She has immense patience. In this image, I was walking through a train yeard looking for abstract photo opportunities. I stopped at this one train car and found this. A small but of a plant of some kind growing in the rusty dust form the boxcar door of this train. Nature always finds a way.
I have been shooting this property for years. It’s in the heart of the Palouse. A very friendly man lives by himself in the house and takes great pride in this barn. In the barn are a number of old cars and hot rods. When we stop by to take photographs he usually sees us and comes out to welcome us on his property. He is constantly shifting the cars in the yard around. He must think like a photographer as he always has them arranged as if he was taking photos of them. You’ll find other variations of this location throughout this blog.
I spend a lot of my time looking for new and interesting images by framing things we see every day and putting a frame around them. On my trip to the Palouse last June, I spent a lot of time looking at abandoned things and especially cars and trucks. This image was taken through a driver’s side window of an old truck and then I did a little post-processing magic. I love the texture and that it takes a minute to figure out what you are looking at. I have a few more like this that I will publish soon.
One of the most picturesque areas of Italy is the dolomites. The mountains and villages are straight out of a storybook. This little valley is just one of those places. Not too many places have a view that lloks like thgis. I have been to the Dolomites a few times and each time find new locations that make the area so special.
If there is one thing I teach while doing workshops is that you must always be looking. You need to look behind you, around you and even what’s at your feet. Too often photographers get so engaged with what is in front of them, tat they miss the real shot that may be actually behind them. This image is one of those. I was shooting at the grand canyon looking at this beautiful overlook being lit by the sun set. I was so engrossed in what I was doing that I forgot to look behind me. When I did this is the image I saw. So, always be looking.