Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Assignments: August 2013
Top Selections From The Black & White Special Issue Assignment From www.outdoorphotographer.com
Location: Vermilion Lakes, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Equipment: Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF 17-40mm ƒ/4 L, polarizing filter, Singh-Ray 2-stop soft graduated neutral-density filter, Bogen 3221 tripod, Arca-Swiss B1 ballhead
I'm fortunate to live in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Every autumn, I like to return to my favorite vantage point along the edge of the Vermilion Lakes with Mount Rundle and Sulphur Mountain in the distance. Fortunately, this October evening in 2010 there was little wind, so I could get a lovely reflection. The wispy clouds cooperated and the moon made an appearance. I set up my camera on the tripod and watched as the sunlight from the setting sun slowly receded and crept up the distant peaks. I selected the small aperture of ƒ/11 so I would have a sufficient depth of field to keep the foreground grasses and the distant peaks in sharp focus. Then, I waited to release the shutter until just the right moment when the moon was positioned between the two banks of clouds. Although the image was nice in color, I think the black-and-white conversion really brought emphasis to the various elements of the composition.
Location: Valley of the Gods, Utah
Equipment: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 10-20mm ƒ/4-5.6 EX DC HSM, Tiffen Wide Angle Circular Polarizer, SLIK Pro 713 CF II tripod, Really Right Stuff BH-55 ballhead
A group of seven fellow photographers, including myself, had rendezvoused the evening of October 30, 2011, to begin our three-week exploration of southern Utah. Our group leader, Don McGowan (earthsongphotography.com), had chosen Valley of the Gods as our first stop. Arriving before sunrise, I could barely make out the rock formations surrounding me. Shortly after sunrise, an incredible cloud formation developed to the west. The clouds were moving slowly, which allowed me ample time to try multiple captures. Once I set my tripod fairly low to the ground and tilted my camera up to place more emphasis on the sky, I was happy with the results. I returned home with more than 1,000 images, but this one, made on the first day of our trip, is one of my favorites. I captured the image in RAW, did minimal processing in Camera Raw of Photoshop and converted it to black-and-white using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.
Location: Yosemite National Park, California
Equipment: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron AF 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3, circular polarizer, tripod, intervalometer
After spending almost seven years working in Yosemite National Park, I decided to take a winter off, but Horsetail Fall called to me, so I headed back to California at the end of February. From previous years' experience, I knew that it would be a madhouse, this year particularly because of the coverage by NPR and other various news outlets, but I have a couple favorite places to get away from the crowds. I set up my tripod, composed the image and set my intervalometer for 20-second intervals. It was just a matter of sitting in a folding chair and letting the gear do the work from that point on. Horsetail Fall has some of the most beautiful mist blooms I've ever seen in Yosemite Valley. By converting the image to black-and-white, it's my desire to bring attention to the fact that Horsetail is mesmerizing well outside its red-and-orange glow.
Location: Windsor Lake, Colorado
Equipment: Canon EOS 30D, Canon EF 10-22mm, SLIK tripod, Giottos ballhead
In July 2010, a summertime family hike took me to this beautiful little mountain lake in the Mount Massive Wilderness. It was the first time I had taken that hike, although now it's on my list to repeat. Living in Colorado, we have numerous areas to explore and I'm one to try new places for adventure. This particular spot on the lake gave me some cool water and the gnarly log as relief from the steep two-mile ascent through the forest, as well as the perfect scene for this striking photo. Generally, I don't do a lot of black-and-white rendering, but in this case, I felt the texture of the log with its interesting patterns and the white clouds against the deep blue sky would be enhanced by the conversion. I used Nik Silver Efex Pro to create the black-and-white, which in this case I prefer over the color version.
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