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Classic Dolomites

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.

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Chicago Skyline

Chicago Skyline

This a pano I did a few years ago of the Chicago Skyline from a jetty at the beach where all the Volleyball games are held. The original was printed to be 8 feet long. Shot with a Phase One IQ 180 you can see details like people standing in windows.  I did this by determining the proper exposure by doing some trial shots.  Then I placed the camera on the tripod for vertical photos.  I then shot 10 images.  The camera movement was from left to right and had about 30% overlap per frame.  When I got back home I loaded these into Capture One and processed and adjusted the images and then made sure each had the same settings.  Then I opened them in Photoshop.  I had Capture One output full-size tiffs.  These were then stitched in Photoshop using Photomerge.  I printed the print using 24-inch roll paper so the height is 24 inches and the length was almost 8 feet.

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Arches

I love Arches National Park.  This park is close to Moab and the park and region around it offers great photo opportunities.  I Usually arrive at the park before sunrise and shoot for several hours during the morning light.  I return to town for breakfast and day excursions and then return late afternoon for sunset.  This shoot was made a few years ago.  Sadly on my last visit, much of the scrub like what I used in the foreground had been removed.  Even a tree I used in the past as a foreground was gone.  This, I am happy to have an image like this.  This was made with a Phase One IQ180 with a 28mm stopped down to f/22 for depth of field.  Luckily it worked or I would have had to do some focus stacking.  I can’t wait to go back to Moab, hopefully sometime this year.

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Iceland In The Winter

I know a lot of people like to sit on a beach in winter and go someplace war.  Me, I love the cold places and you’ll find me in Antarctica and Iceland.  This is the kind of image you can expect from Iceland in the winter.  And, believe it or not, it’s not that cold.  Iceland is best in winter and thus you get ice shots in Iceland.  This is a pano made at one of the iceberg lagoons.   There are a lot of other really incredible places in icealnd to be seen in winter.  Imagine beautiful frozen waterfalls with gorgeous sunsets.  If you are interested than consider traveling with me this MArch as I take photographers on an Icealnd Winter Workshop.

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Lonely Tree

Tuscany, Italy

I always like this image.  I have been going through my files of the last few years prepping images for an online store.  It’s a good exercise and every photographer should do it.  This is one from one og=f my Italy trips.  It tells its own story.  Lonely trees, big field and giant sky with magnificent clouds.  Shot with a long lens from a distance only makes it stand out even more.

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A Foggy Start Of A Day In Tuscany

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I really love Italy and especially Tuscany.  The Dolomites are another favorite part of Italy I visit often.  This was shot one morning early as the sun was coming up and I caught the fog in the valley.  Made with a Phase One camera and an IQ180 camera, it’s kind of an iconic shot of Tuscany.  I softened it a little bit to add to the feel of the picture.

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Tuscany Sunrise

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There are few things better than standing on a hill in Tuscany, Italy and watching the sun come up.  Tuscany is a magical place with a charm and feel all its own.  Small villages and magnificent landscapes are everywhere.  I enjoy sunrises when you get the low fog in the valley showing up.  It adds depth and layers to the landscape and the photograph.

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Church On A Hill

Church On A Hill, Dolomites, Italy
Church On A Hill, Dolomites, Italy

The Dolomites in Italy is an amazing area for a wide range of photography.  Majestic mountains, incredible sunrises and sunsets and beautiful villages tucked away in little mountain hideaways.  This image was made at sunrise and the Phase One IQ 180 back allowed the wide dynamic range to be captured.  What an amazing location!