Niagara Falls! Another hidden gem among my thousands of images captured throughout the world. My wife and I were visiting the Niagara Falls on the Canadian side and I captured this image as we were contemplating a boat ride. There are two companies that load you, dress you in rain gear, and take out to the falls. after a few boats made the trip, we decided that it wasn’t for us. The view from our side of the falls was pretty dynamic. I composed this image placing the boat on the bottom third of the photograph and included the falls in the upper left corner to show the dynamics of the shot. The rough water of the river shows how challenging it was for these boat captains to get their clients in place. The mist hides the majority of the falls and yet adds to the image in a way that sparks mystery and the unknown.
As a photographer I strive to compose my images to tell a story. One that I have to tell my viewers even though I am not there when they see them. This Blog allows me to tell you about the experience and the lighting around a certain image. This isn’t always the case. I hope that when you view this image you can feel the force of the water moving over the top of the falls, feel the mist as you watch this adventure, and get a sense of awe from those on the boat as they anticipate there move closer to the water. I wish I could share with you my thoughts about the boat in the mist, but I opted to stay on the sidelines and tell my own story by a different kind of adventure. Enjoy!
Island Sunset. I often find time to scan through many of the 4 Terabytes of Images I have captured over the years looking for what I call hidden gems. We are preparing for our annual trip to the island of St. Maarten in the Caribbean in a few weeks and I was looking at some of the images from my last visit. I saw this one and immediately wondered why it took me almost 11 months to finish and post it. This was a simple snapshot off the back of our patio during the third week of the month of January. Our resort faces the west and every night about 5 an amazing sunset occurs right outside of our Condo. If the cloud cover isn’t too bad, we get to see some amazing sunsets. I had my micro four thirds camera with me on this trip as I was trying to travel light. The Olympus OM D EM 5 gives me as much versatility as my large frame Digital Nikons. In carry a small tripod with me and a few lenses and accessories. Its small size is great for travel and takes up very little room in our travel baggage. I used a very slow shutter speed (30 sec) to smooth out the water and the colors of the blue water and the orange in the sky compliment each other quite well. Adding the rocks in the foreground gives me an anchor where your eye starts and then moves into the scene to view the sunset. Its magical when all things come together to make a great composition with perfect lighting and a cold Carib just nearby on the back patio. Enjoy!
Its Clean Up Time! I have taken some time in recent weeks to update my web site including new galleries, updated image files, as well as cover photos for my social media. A quick review will show you three additional featured galleries on the home page, a new November Featured Gallery, as well as many new images posted in several galleries. I enjoyed going back through some images from years ago and refinishing them in post processing in Photoshop to renovate my galleries using updated Photoshop skills that I have developed recently. Some of my die hard visionary photography friends argue that the new digital technology is bad for the medium and stick to the tried and true processing methodology of the past. I have always argued that the advent of digital photography and the many programs, plug ins, and digital enhancements that the computer gives us allows us to enhance our vision and expand the creative juices. High Dynamic Range photography, image enhancement Plug in programs, and graphic cards that assist us opens the door for many new and exciting techniques as photographers or just visual artists in general. Take a moment and give me a look. Pay attention to the November Featured Gallery, Bears Gallery, and Snowy Owls. All have been update and enhanced for your viewing pleasure.
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Malabar Farms, Ohio! Last month I was able to travel all of about two hours to Mid Ohio for some photography in the Mohican State Park near Mansfield. The above image was captured from Mount Jeez overlooking the state park that includes Malabar Farm. Originally a privately held farming community, now a state park, Malabar Farms provided a great morning shoot. The sun was rising to the East and we were focusing our cameras on the sunrise waiting for that perfect shot. All the while we were doing this, the sun was casting its morning light on the farmlands behind us giving us a better look than we would have later in the day. Turning around we saw that the light had settled on this beautiful scene. I liked the way the road moved to the right of the image in the foreground so I added it for a extra dynamic to an already spectacular image. Often times we get taken up by what is in front of us and do not pay attention to how the light is changing around us. Students often put down their tripods, attach their cameras, and shoot away. More times than not, the best way to find a composition that suits your vision, it to take the camera off the tripod and walk around seeking the best image or composition. When you find what you are looking for, set your tripod up to suit your image.
It certainly is quite easy to get taken by what we see through the viewfinder of our cameras. Ultimately, the vision that you capture on film is what you see with your eyes and your mind. The camera is just a tool to bring your vision to life and to share that vision with others. Remember to share this post with your Facebook friends, Pin It on Pinterest, or share it on Twitter. Enjoy!
Fall Colors have arrived here in Ohio. It is often that we find the colors changing early or late in the season. This year I would think it is a little late. Especially here in Northwest Ohio. Last weekend I had an opportunity to travel with some friends to Mohican State Park near Mansfield, Ohio. The colors were spotty in some areas while others provided us with great photo opportunities. The above image was photographed near Malabar Farms. We set out early in the dark for the short drive to Mt. Jeez. We looked to the east to watch as the sun began to climb over the horizon. We captured a few sunrise photos but the magic really began to happen behind us as the sun lit up the Malabar Farm and surrounding foothills. We turned our lenses west to capture some of its beauty creating different compositions and “working” the area. As the sun climbed higher, we turned once again to the east to watch as the sun provided some back lit color and side lighting which made the colors Pop.
The morning light was fantastic. As this was one of our last stops for the weekend, it sent us home with some pretty decent images to share with our family and friends. Its fun times for photographers when we can spend some time in an area where many images can be created using different lighting, different angles of view, various compositions, and image dynamics using the tools we have in our cameras. Although the morning weather was a little colder than we anticipated, the thoughts of cold hands and feet were diminished as we focused our thoughts on the colorful images we could create in this beautiful part of Central Ohio. Enjoy!
My October Featured Gallery are Elephant images from the Masai Mara in Kenya, and from private preserves in South Africa and Botswana. I processed these images in Black and white to give them a more dynamic look. The Gallery can be found right here. Enjoy!
Colorado Rockies Rainbow. A while ago I went to the Colorado Rockies to photograph wildflowers and scenic vistas. One afternoon on our way back to the motel We saw this beautiful Rainbow over the mountains. WE stopped and captured a few images that did not turn out as I expected. There was a lot of haze in the area and even though the rain had subsided, my images were a little beneath my expectations. In my last post I talked about my reclamation project and how I was revisiting some of my past images with today’s technology and my increased knowledge of post processing to see how the images might look today. I had never posted any of these images because of the haze over the mountains and how it took away from the magnificent Rainbow. Then along comes Photoshop CC 2015 and its DeHaze filter. I played around with Lightroom using the DeHaze filter and still was not satisfied. So I opened the image in Photoshop and was able to use Layers to finish this image more to my liking. The DeHaze filter in Camera Raw allowed me to lower the haze in the image and bring out the sharp detail of the trees and the Rocks in the mountains. A much better result than earlier reiterations of Photoshop.
While we struggle to “get it right” in the camera, there are just some special opportunities that require the creative forces of digital technology to bring out the best in how we remember seeing the image through the lens. Please remember to Like this image on Facebook, give it a +1 on Google, and Pinit on Pinterest. Enjoy!
Quite a while ago I began what I am calling my Reclamation Project. I have been photographing all across America and around the globe for the past 15 years. Throughout that time I have attended many seminars, workshops, and conference in an effort to refine my craft as a landscape and wildlife photographer. Since I began this journey my skills behind the lens as wells as at the computer have increased and helped me define my own style of work and post processing. When I was teaching at the University I always told my students about the impact of Life Long Learning. After your graduation, you cannot rest on your laurels but must continue to study and learn more about your chosen profession, hobby, or personal self worth. Keeping that in mind, I have returned to some of my images that I captured over a decade ago in an attempt to reclaim the quality of these images with my new attitude and approach to photography in general and the Digital aspect of this great medium. The above image is one of the first from the early 2000s that I chose to revisit.
I was traveling on one of my first ever workshops and was photographing across Alberta, Canada photographing in the Canadian Rockies. Herbert Lake was a fantastic morning shoot and I was able to capture the beauty of this mountain range using 4 separate images that I combined in my computer upon my return to the States. The lighting was great, the fog added a little bit of dynamic to the image, and the reflection in the Lake was close to perfect. It was an awesome moment for us and I have returned to Alberta many times to continue my love affair with the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy!
It has been a busy summer for me, however not much photographically. Looking for a way to jump start the creative juices I decided to update my web site and make a few changes that you might be interested in reviewing for me. This image of a Tiger is from a shoot that I did last February in an animal preserve in northern Montana. It is part of a new issue on my website where I have decided to feature different aspects of my photography. I will update the featured gallery each month with a few images for your viewing pleasure. August’s features include a grouping of Tiger photographs I have taken over the years. Its tough to capture Tigers in the wild unless you find your self in India and do a photo tour over there. I have not had the pleasure of that trip as yet, but the images I have included came from two separate wildlife preserves in Montana where we can get up close and personal with some of these magnificent animals.
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