Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Upper Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ - Here is a converted image of Upper Antelope Canyon - a popular slot canyon near Page, Arizona. This was a tough image to convert because of the dramatic dynamic range between highlights and shadows. The important subject in the picture was the light falling on the tumbleweeds, so I let the shadows go black. I like the effect, however...what do you think?
Zabrisky Point, Death Valley, CA - As a part of our workshop, I had brought several candidate images from home to convert to B&W and Dante's View in Death Valley was one of my favorites. Here's the converted image after massaging it using Lightroom. We'll be going even deeper into B&W conversions today. What's interesting about George DeWolfe's conversion techniques are that, as a past student of Ansel Adams and Minor White, he has translated their darkroom techniques to the digital realm to create a "presence" or depth to the 2D image. He's also pulled in specialized techniques from painters, such as outlining objects to make them stand out better.
Red Rocks, NM - As a part of our workshop, George DeWolfe had us spend the afternoon photographing in the Red Rocks area just north of Abiquiu, the town where painter, Georgia O'Keefe, spent several years. While the day started out overcast, the clouds eventually became nicely photogenic and served as perfect backdrops for the gorgeous rock buttes. We'll be converting some of these to B&W tomorrow! Settings are ISO 200, aperture f11 and shutter 1/250 second. The original and B&W conversion are shown for comparison. I like how both came out, but which do you prefer?
Santa Fe Architecture - As a lover of all types of architecture, I rarely walk around Santa Fe without a camera. Even the doorways are unique, Here, I show a very typical slice of Santa Fe adobe-style architecture in the soft light of the setting sun. I try to simplify my compositions, as well as look for complementary colors, and this image fits my style nicely. Settings are ISO 200, aperture f5.6 and shutter 1/2000 second.
Moonrise Over Santa Fe Workshops - Sorry; a play on Ansel Adams' famous, Moonrise Over Hernandez. Sheila and I arrived in Santa Fe last Sunday and we were scouting out the location of the well-known (to photographers) Santa Fe Workshops site near the Old Town District, where I'll be taking a week-long black & white print workshop. I just happened to catch the rising moon over the administration building and as a tribute to Adams, converted the color image to B&W. Settings are ISO 200, aperture f5.6 and shutter 1/1600 second. For more info on Adams famous image, click here and scroll down a bit.
Blue River - Here's a continuation from yesterday. A little further downstream, I came across this group of small waterfalls. By shooting down low, I was able to capture reflections of the sky in the water, giving a nice complement to the red bedrock. I used a slow shutter speed to depict movement of the water. Settings are ISO 100, aperture f20 and shutter 1/5 second.
Golden Potholes - I'm attending the annual Moab Photo Symposium and as a part of the program, joined one of the many afternoon photo shoots - this one led by organizer, Bruce Hucko. We headed for a somewhat hidden creek flowing over sandstone bedrock, just east of Moab. After hiking about a mile, we had dropped down to the creek and were ready to make photographs. As we worked out way downstream, I came across these potholes filled with recent rainwater. By photographing from a low vantage point, I captured reflections of the red rocks. Settings are ISO 100, aperture f16 and shutter 1/6 second. Because I was shooting in the shade, I used a cloudy white balance to counteract the bluish color cast in the rocks.
Thursday, May 05, 2011
Sand dunes, totem pole and YeiBiChei rock formations at sunrise. We hired Navajo guide, Frank, from Blackwater Tours to bring us in here well before sunrise. For once, we had some interesting skies. Normally, it's rather bland just at sunrise.