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Monday, April 8, 2013

Contender Marco Crupi


American Landscape contest Contender Marco Crupi’s multiple submissions span America’s state parks from coast to coast

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Mossy Falls

Location: Seven Lakes Trail, Olympic National Park, WA

When did you take this photograph? December, 2012

Equipment:
Canon EOS 5d MkIII, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens, Vanguard Tripod, Manfrotto head, remote cable, Singh-Ray Vari-ND, Pro Optic CP-L

Describe how you got this photo.
My friend Dustin and I were headed to Sol Duc Falls. However, a mile before reaching destination, we stumbled upon this beauty and it captured my attention immediately. It took a little time to become familiar with the scene and become comfortable with the natural surroundings. I found myself climbing up the waterfall, ending up balancing one foot in the water and the other holding my weight on a large (and slippery) rock. Then, planted my tripod and adjusted my scene.

Did you use any special techniques?
When it comes to waterfalls, I like to enhance the flow of water by delaying the shutter speed. Not a difficult task under these lighting conditions. The overcast helps bring out the natural greens. However, it is also easy to over expose an image and create over calibrated whites. I used my Singh-Ray Vari-ND to slow down the light intake just enough to produce this outstanding flow, that I "nickname" Mega Flow.

Why is this scene of American Landscape special to you?
I believe this area of the United States within Olympic National Park truly captures the American Landscape particularly when it comes to waterfalls, vegetation, forests, and amazing bodies of water. I did not know what to really expect when I decided to visit this region, and boy, was I surprised. The distances are large and time is needed to cover the main locations. However, with a little planning and a spirit for exploration, you will carry this location and all of the experiences it offers forever in your heart.

Winter Valley Wonderland

Location: Valley View, Yosemite National Park, CA

When did you take this photograph? January 28, 2013

Equipment:
Canon EOS 5d MkIII, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens, Vanguard Tripod, Manfrotto head, remote cable, Pro Optic CP-L

Describe how you got this photo.
My visit to Yosemite in the winter is one that I had in mind for quite sometime. I took a shot in the dark and booked a flight out in hopes of finding snow on arrival. Boy did I get snow! In fact, it was plain dangerous. As you drive along the only winter accessible loop, the conditions go from no snow to blizzard in a flash! There are no signs for this Valley View location, so it took a few tries to find it. I scouted the area and waited patiently for the weather to clear. It did not so I returned the next morning. No one was around so I had this perfect scene all to myself.

Did you use any special techniques?
I used my long exposure technique along with my CP-L to enhance a little saturation and mute the bright sky areas.

Why is this scene of American Landscape special to you?
It is fantastic, like a scene out of a fairy tale! It has all of the elements needed to form a breathtaking and calming photograph. Having seen this in many different renditions, I had to give it my own signature. This was the result.

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