Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Contender Gary Wagner

American Landscape contest Contender Gary Wagner uses the dynamics of water to convey emotion and mood through his multiple submissions

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Photographer: Gary Wagner

River and Rocks

Location: Donner Summit, CA

When did you take this photograph? August 4, 2012

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens, Bogen Tripod, Really Right Stuff Head

Describe how you got this photo.
This image like most of my Sierra Mountain photos was taken just after sunrise. I use multiple exposures in many of my images to create the final image. This image was composed of three exposures ranging in time from 1 to 25 seconds all at F16. I use a tripod on almost all images with camera auto bracketing to obtain sharpness and fluid water motion. I photograph in raw format to capture images, which gives me the greatest flexibility to convey my vision.

Did you use any special techniques?
My digital process workflow includes Photoshop CS6 for image editing, Photomatrix Pro for HDR combining of images and Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 for black and white conversion.

Why is this scene of the American Landscape special to you?
This scene resonates with me because it shows the beauty and purity of nature. The water in the Sierra Mountains is crystal clear as it originates from snowmelt just miles from this point. I enjoy the experience of capturing images in wilderness locations. The computer process completes my vision of this spectacular location for others to enjoy.

Bridge With Truck

Location: Oakland Bay Bridge, San Francisco, CA

When did you take the photograph? December 9, 2012

Equipment: Nikon D800E, Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED lens

Describe how you got this photo?
Most of the images I take are from photo outings that I have dedicated to subject matter, vision and creativity. This image of the Bay Bridge came from an early morning walk in San Francisco on my way from breakfast. Having recently purchased a new Nikon 800E I was excited to try it out and had it in my backpack. As a photographer I am always looking for those special scenes that strike me and say "take the picture". This was one of those moments that required my attention to stop, point my camera, and capture some images of this magnificent bridge. The majority of my images are taken on a tripod to get the sharpest file possible. This image was taken hand held with the aid of a railing for additional support.

Did you use any special techniques?
Special Techniques were not used for the capture of this image. My process workflow included Photoshop CS6 for image editing and Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 for black and white conversion.

Why is this scene of the American Landscape special to you?
I have always been in awe of large bridges and how they span the landscape and transport people and vehicles from one place to another with purpose. In this photo I have tried to show the structure of this bridge and how it functions as a transporter of vehicles in a similar way that the boats below travel across the water. Bridges in the urban landscape are marvels of the last century and highlight how man interacts with the landscape in a bold and dynamic way.


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