I have had so many great experiences on my three trips to Antarctica. Each trip has been life changing. It’s not hard to point a camera in any direction and get a great shot. It becomes overwhelming at some points. But I’ll take overwhelming and I’ll take 24 hour days. Because in the end you end up with images like this. Today’s image was shot with a Canon 1DS Mark II with a long lens at one of those 3 hour sunset – sunrises that happens in Antarctica. I have been working on a ton of images from Antarctica and a dozen other places. With all my travels I have a large backlog but you can count on and endless number of images to be viewed on this blog.
This week I am in Death Valley leading a Phase One PODAS photo workshop. We have had non-stop days and incredible good luck with our photo excursions. Tonight was no exception. We were coming back from an afternoon of photography in Rhyolite and Beatty when a front started to move in. We quickly hustled our way over the mountain pass and set up at the top of valley. Our view encompassed Death Valley and as you can see from the photo the light and clouds were exceptional. I love it when a plan all comes together. Tonight was one of those nights that defined why we love taking photos so much.
Every year I spend a week with a group of fellow photographers and friends. We go to a special location, shoot a lot of photos, talk photography and drink fine wine. Last year we visited Olympic National park and had perfect weather and shot lots of good images. One evening were photographing the sunset on the Pacific Ocean and it was tough scene. It was a classic case where HDR was needed. But to shoot multiple exposures with water that is in continuous motion is near impossible. Lucky for me I was shooting with a Phase One P65+ and this amazing camera has a huge dynamic range. So what I did was find an exposure I like, processed it out by setting exposure sliders in capture One to 2 stops over and 2 stops under and then normal. I took the three images and used Photomatix to handle the HDR. I made several varieties of HDR some very natural looking and a few like this are best described as nuclear. So, enjoy my nuclear sunset.