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Monday, March 18, 2013

Contender Graham Clark


American Landscape contest Contender Graham Clark shares the feelings of challenge and reward through his multiple contest submissions of various inspiring scenes

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Teton Sunrise

Location: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

When did you take this photograph? September 3, 2010

Equipment:
Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens, B+W 6-stop ND grad, tripod

Describe how you got this photo.
Grand Teton National Park is one of my favorite National Parks to shoot with its wide range of landscapes and accessibility. I woke up very early for sunrise and waited for the right light and cloud formations. To control the extreme exposure difference of the foreground and background I combined a Singh-Ray 3-stop Reverse ND grad with a Singh-Ray "Galen Rowell" 2-stop soft ND grad.

Mountain light

Location: North Cascade National Park, Washington

When did you take this photograph? August 2, 2011

Equipment:
Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens, B+W circular polarizer, tripod

Describe how you got this photo.
Sunrise among the evergreens of North Cascade National Park is a unique experience, where horizontal shafts of light last only minutes before dissolving. I used a B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer to add greater saturation to the soft yellow light.

Falling Water

Location: Zion National Park, Utah

When did you take this photograph? November 3rd, 2012

Equipment:
Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens, B+W 6-stop ND filter, tripod

Describe how you got this photo.
Once the photographer has reached The Subway section of the Left Fork hike, he is presented with wall-to-wall water that goes back around a corner in the slot canyon. There's no way to hike around it. Luckily another photographer shooting beside me had a drybag that they let me borrow. I swam with my camera floating atop the water, holding my tripod above water level, around the corner and found ground again. This break in the canyon wall presented itself as remaining daylight faded quickly. I equipped my lens with a B+W 77mm ND-6, effectively reducing shutter by 6-stops, which produced a beautiful softness to the falling water.

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