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.
While at the Harpa Opera House in Reykjavik, Iceland my friend Steve Gosling and I spent some time shooting various things. In a previous post, I shared my building abstracts. Today I share some images from a spot I found and I photographed people on or near the escalator in the Opera House. I shot these with the Sony RX100 vii and converted them to BW images. They were RAW files and I made adjustments to them in Capture One. These will never be considered art but more on the level of street photography where I document what I see in what is going on around me. They are different and I do like the one with the person going up the escalator.
One of the cool things about the Palouse is you just don’t know what you will find around the next corner. One day while shooting on our workshop we turned a bend in the road and we saw this crop duster do amazing low flights over fields of wheat. So, naturally we stopped and took photos. This is one of them.
If you are interested in photographing the Palouse, let me know as an opening just became available on our June Workshop.
I love shooting rust and industrial landscapes. It breaks up the routine of shooting nature and allows me a set of fresh eyes on different types of subjects. This image and tomorrows image was made in Silo City in Buffalo. This one location has provided me with an extraordinary amount of photographic opportunities. What I try to do in situations like this is to find symmetry and balance in the industrial components and then play with the light to take the image even further. I decided that black and white worked best for these.
As a photographer, one of the most frustrating things, especially in the social media times we are in is coming up with an image of an iconic place that hasn’t been done before. This challenge is also a good one for our everyday photography endeavors. On a trip to London, I spent a day walking the city. This is one of the images that I made to show an iconic location differently. I looked up and thought it would compose well as a square and then used the square format to compose the image.
In post-processing, I converted the image to BW and then added the frame using Topaz Studio.
I always have my camera with me. When visiting a hotel in Iceland I went to the elevator bank and while waiting looked down the stairway there. This is what I saw. what a great abstract. I shot it and then converted it into BW for this image.
In Buffalo, NY there is a cool old turn of the 20th-century water plant. It’s ana amazing structure and a privilege to shoot inside it. I have been there many time and find all sorts of things to shoot as well as interesting compositions. This image was made with my iPhone using an app that does double exposures. Lots of fun to shoot this way. Sometimes it works and sometimes not. That is also the fun. This one I like a lot. I made a sepia tone image and a regular one. Which one do you like best?
Iceland is so beautiful in the winter. This image was made at Stockness. It’s different on every visit. I’m leading a workshop there March 20-30. 2017 (this March) and still have room for a few attendees. I will not be doing a winter workshop there in 2018. So, jump on board and see Iceland the way it was meant to be seen. Visit my Rockhopper Workshops for more information. Guaranteed fun plus amazing photos. Hope to see you there. If you have any questions, email me.