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Been Busy Times

Monument Valley
Monument Valley

Wow, it’s been a little bit of time since I have had a chance to post on the blog.  Sorry about that.  A lot of things going on and other things had taken priorities.  All good stuff, just been very busy.  So let’s get caught up.

Todays image is part of a fun series I did in Monument Valley a while back when testing the Olympus OMD 5.  I used art more and selected a variety of setting to make artsy BWs and Color images in addition to the standard RAWS.  This is a BW of Monument Valley. One of the really pretty spots to visit in this country.

 

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Monument Valley, Sunset
Monument Valley, Sunset

When I shoot somewhere I always try to se things different and avoid trying to shoot postcard type images.  This is a classic landscape image.  It includes a good foreground, sunset and a beautiful landscape.  This was made in Monument VAlley and shot with a Phase One IQ180 at sunset.  Gotta love the dynamic range.

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Another What Is It

This is the side of a mountain near Chamonix, France
This is the side of a mountain near Chamonix, France

Sometimes if you don’t see the whole you are wondering what you are looking at.  I shot this from the top of the alps above a small village of Chamonix.  The Alps are incredible and I’ll be shooting some more this fall in the Dolomites, Italy.  WHat you are looking at is a side of a mountain loaded with snow.  Some of the snow has broken off and some has suited to make a most amazing pattern and design.  This is what I would call a dynamic landscape as it is always changing.  I might have the only image of this as avalanches and melting or additional snow could have changed its look.

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The Sky Is Bigger Out West

Big Sky in Monument Valley
Big Sky in Monument Valley

I travel many places as you probably know.  I am always amazed how the sky looks so much bigger out west.  Why is that?  Here’s proof.  Shot in Monument Valley.  We were shooting for a while with beautiful blue skies.  This is notwhat a photographer wants, we want nice puffy clouds.  Then within ten minutes this cloud shows up.  Our Indian guides said the called up the cloud god just for us.  Is there such a god?  The guides took credit for the clouds and I’ll take credit for this photo.

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Clint’s Secret Spot

Clint’s Secret Spot, Monument Valley, AZ

As you can tell from previous posts I was leading a PODAS workshop in Monument Valley and the Slot Canyons last wee. We had a great time and great images. To do photography in remote areas we needed to use Indian guides. We had 4 really  great guides in Monument Valley. The guide who was driving the 4WD drive I was in had many of his own secret spots.  Seems all the Indian guides have locations that they consider theirs. This was one of those spots. Very nice at sunrise.

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Monument Valley

Monument Valley from Hunts Mesa

It’s been very hard posting the last few weeks. I have been leading PODAS Photography workshops in Scotland and now in Monument Valley and also did some family things in between. For now I am going full speed at the PODAS Monument Valley workshop and oh what a workshop it has been. Amazing photography. I have a lot of images to post here in the weeks to come. For now you’ll have to settle for this shot from Hunts Messa.