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Truck and Farm In The Palouse

The Palouse is filled with surprises.  This was one of those surprises.  Along one of the main drags a farmer set up a great shot.  An old symbolic truck set against his barn.  I shot this with a Sony a7riii and then imported it into iPhoto where I then applied a couple of effects using the Snapseed app.  The sad thing is because of all the traffic-stopping and some abusive people the farmer has since removed this setup.

Please if you are driving along and find a shot remember that you are not entitled to trespass on someone’s property. Because this is becoming such an issue many of the good places to photograph in the Palouse are being blocked to photographers.

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Missing Fun In Antarctic

Well, it looks like it won’t be until 2022 until I can return to Antarctica again.  I found these two photos that I think sum up what a day in Antarctica is all about.  This is my wife Debra having the time of her life.

Dancing in Antarctica. Ocean Nova is in the background.

 

South Georgia Sky

 

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Happy New Year

Under the rainbow in Iceland
Under the rainbow in Iceland
Happy New Year. It is time to forget 2020 and move forward with optimism, hope and especially love. Like many of you 2020 is a year I hope I never have to repeat it’s a year like we never could have imagined. All I know now is that I want to move forward, travel again and look through the viewfinder and take more pictures than I ever have before.
I wish all of you a great year moving forward and that we can all find a way to come together again, put differences aside, and realize that we are best when were united I am looking and seeing the love that is around us.
Stay safe and Happy New Year.
Thanks for visiting this site.
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A Bit More Palouse

Grain Silo in the Palouse
Grain Silo in the Palouse

I continuallly go through my images and find new ones to work on.  These two images are from the Plaouse region.  I picked these two images and did some special post processing on them.  I wasn’t heavy handed but wanted to add texture and a contrastly BW look to the silo photo.  On the truck door photo I played with some color grading to give it a look that I thought made it look like it was sort of old.  Always be playing.  Go through your images and find the hidden treasures you bypassed before and work on making them something special.

A special find in the Palouse
A special find in the Palouse
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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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Making The Best Chicago Skyline

The final image after adjustment in Capture One and adding a sky from Luminar 4
The final image after adjustment in Capture One and adding a sky from Luminar 4

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.

Image before the one above
Image before the one above

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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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Polar Bear In Svalbard

I have made at least six trips to Svalbard.  Svalbard is a territory of Norway in the polar circle.  We normally board a ship there and spend at least ten days exploring the area.  Part of the mission on the trip is to photograph polar bears.  This is one Polar Bear we tracked for a while.  You can search this site for Polar Bear and find more photographs of thse magnificent creatures.

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Gems On The Beach

Everyone knows about how beautiful Iceland is.  If there is a god then this is the place on earth where all the art school graduates display their work.  Almost anyplace you int your camera you will find incredible photo opportunities.  I have traveling to Iceland since 2005 and I have still so much to see and discover.

One place that yields new winning images every time I visit is the iceberg beach.  This is a beach not too far from a giant glacier.  The icebergs calving off the glacier float out to sea and then low tide washes them on the beach.  This usually produces under the right conditions hundreds of small icebergs.  It’s heaven for photographers.  These two images I produced in a couple of hours there.  The background also lends to great images and as you can see in these, what I call the Arctic Yellow shines though along with such beautiful clouds.

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