Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Contender Eric Grimm

Continuing a series of profiles of photographers and their submissions to The American Landscape contest, contender Eric Grimm discusses his photo from Lake Tahoe.

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Photographer: Eric Grimm

Location: Emerald Bay, Southwest shore of Lake Tahoe

When did you take the photograph?
August 2010

What equipment did you use?
Nikon D80, AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR 18-200mm ƒ/3.5-5.6G IF-ED lens, neutral density filter

Please describe how you got this photo?
To get a photo of the bay at sunrise I had to get up early to make the 20- to 25-minute drive to the area. It was nice to have some clouds above the bay that morning to give the sky some interesting colors. I have been here many times before, but the morning this image was taken was a special one.

Did you use any special techniques?
I wanted to use the shoreline as a frame for the bay so I used a bit faster shutter speed to keep the shoreline dark. For the sky and clouds I used a 2-stop split neutral density filter to match the light on the water.

Why is this scene of the American Landscape special to you?
This scene is special to me because my parents first brought me to Lake Tahoe (we live in San Diego) when I was 10 years old and I knew right away it was a special place. My parents are gone now, but my wife and I continue to make it to the lake each year. To me, Lake Tahoe is the most beautiful place I have ever been to.


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