Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Assignments: May 2013
Check out some of these top shots from the recent Sidelight Assignment
Location: Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Canada
Equipment: Nikon D800, AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm ƒ/2.8G ED, Really Right Stuff TVC-33 Versa tripod and BH-55 LR ballhead
I was one of the first people on the Moraine Lake rock pile the morning of October 4, 2012. Unfortunately, it was 17º with a light breeze. The season's first snow had fallen the night before. At this time of year, the sun strikes the peaks with some beautiful sidelight, but there's only a small window of opportunity to catch it. I stood around for two hours, waiting for the sun to kiss the tops of the Ten Peaks. The breeze softened the reflections. My body was suffering, but I had a big grin on my frozen face.
Location: Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D, Tokina 12-24mm ƒ/4 AT-X 124AF Pro DX
I was attending a workshop in August 2010 called "Monsoon over the Mesa" given by Southwest Perspectives. That particular morning we had been scheduled to shoot at the famous Totem Pole and Yei-Bi-Chei monuments. Being in the Navajo park requires that for this location you need to be led by a Navajo guide, which our workshop leader had arranged for; in this case, it was the legendary Tom Phillips, who has since passed away. Led to the location by Tom, we were cautioned to be careful not to disturb the dunes, which may become your or somebody else's foreground. Arriving with plenty of time to choose a location and start thinking about a composition, we waited for the sun to rise. As the sun came up, the patterns in the sand started to come alive while the face of the formation lit up. The low angle of the sun created wonderful long shadows on the vegetation. As photographers, we try to put ourselves in position, and sometimes we get lucky and it all comes together.
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