Spent several days with friends in the Monterey area exploring the coastline for wildlife images. An excellent time with plenty of subjects and mornings full of mist…
You never know
There is something about lighthouses…I just love to photograph them in all types of weather. This summer the weather wasn’t cooperating in Maine when I shot four different lighthouses in one day along midcoast Maine. But with weather there are opportunities and Pemaquid Point Lighthouse presented one. While you can’t tell that lighthouse is on a bluff, the clouds that are drifting by below the structure certainly help create the visual sense that this lighthouse is overlooking something. Black and white was the way to go on this rainy, gray day.
Light, it doesn’t matter where you are
I was in Upstate NY and thought I would venture to check out Letchworth State Park near Buffalo. The forecast was for rain but my camera was out on the seat next to me as I drove through the countryside early in the morning. The clouds were definitely rolling in and reminded me of the Octoberfest trip to Munich a couple of years back. We had set out from Munich to photograph Neauschwanstein Castle and it was dark and looked like rain. At the base of the hill leading up to the castle, you also have a very good view of Hohenschwangau Castle, which was the summer residence of King Ludwig II. As we were walking past, the sun suddenly popped out from behind the clouds and lit the castle like a spotlight.
Multiple thousands of miles away, with a different subject, it happened again…
During the trip to Moab we ventured out to a remote area where there had once been a community of about 100 immigrants building a railroad. One of our subjects…
Balanced Rock in the afternoon in Arches National Park. Not a lot of clouds so went to Black and White…
We started out shooting at the North Window at Arches National Park at sunrise. Unfortunately no clouds. But another photographer departing early gave a chance to show the scale of what we were experiencing.
Why Another Workshop
I was at an event where Moose Peterson was asked, “Hey Moose, if you had a $1,000, which lens would you buy? (he always gets the equipment questions….)”. Not hesitating, Moose replied “I’d take a workshop”.
Workshops have been an integral part of my journey in photography. I can’t think of any workshop I’ve attended where I wasn’t able to make a list of things I learned or techniques that I was able to revisit or explore. In the recent K&M Adventure to the Moab region of Utah, I had the great pleasure of shooting with a number of outstanding photographers that I have come to know over several years. We all seem to show up on the same trips. Kevin Dobler and Moose Peterson set the tone for the trip from the time we set out. Very giving of their knowledge and experience, a fluid agenda that adjusts as weather conditions, light, clouds make themselves apparent as the trip progresses. So from ghost towns to arches to star trails to light painting, we shot our way through four days of Moab. Another great time.
Even leaving Key West on the fast ferry, the sunset didn’t disappoint
The fast ferry to Ft. Meyers left Key West at sunset. The sunset didn’t disappoint. Hand holding technique was key on the open stern of the ferry as the wind was buffeting the 80-400 so strongly that I had to shift my lens hand to push the lens into the wind while firing off bursts at high speed. A lot will be out of focus, but this strategy will usually provide a frame or two that are sharp within the burst…
Happy New Year from Key West….
Spent four nights in Key West and had four sunsets on par with this one. Our location was Sunset Pier and by arriving around an hour and a quarter before sunset, we easily found an unobstructed view at the tables built into the railings running around this outdoor bar/restaurant.