Assignments: September 2015

1) Photographer: Lace Andersen
Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 16-35mm ƒ/2.8L II USM, tripod, polarizer

This photograph was taken in January 2014 at Ke’e Beach in Kauai, Hawaii. This beach can be popular with photographers when the surf is up in winter. My actual intent for the evening was to photograph waves down the coastline. Upon arrival, I was pleasantly surprised to see green moss growing on the rocks. This usually happens once or twice a year. Partially through my evening shoot, I quickly switched gears from photographing the waves to wide-angle seascapes. It proved to be a bit of a challenge removing my 100-400mm L lens without getting sea mist blown onto my camera sensor. The clouds and light beams were too dynamic to ignore with the glowing green moss in the foreground as the sun started to set. I processed this image in Lightroom and made all the basic adjustments to bring the RAW file back to life. I used Nik software to reduce noise and bring out additional tonal contrast. All resizing was done in Adobe Photoshop.

Congratulations to Lace Andersen, Christopher Fridley and Valerie Millett. Theirs were the winning images from the recent The Tropics, Spring Flowers and Layers Assignments on To participate in our Assignments galleries, visit

2) Photographer: Christopher Fridley
Equipment: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Lumix G Vario 14-42mm, Hoya polarizer, Hoya ND4 filter, Benro tripod

During early spring of this year, the temperatures were much higher than usual around Skagit County, Washington, home of the popular Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, and as a result, the flowers were maturing and being harvested weeks ahead of their usual schedule. Most of the local photography of the tulip fields I’ve seen are the daylight “snapshot” images that often lack the full essence of the area. I previsioned this image, but problems existed. Where I thought the tulips would be, they weren’t; they had been harvested the afternoon before. While searching for another field, with sunrise quickly approaching, I drove along the narrow, bumpy farm roads, when I came across this field I didn’t know existed. There was a thick band of low clouds over the foothills that gave me a little time to find an interesting perspective. After a quick setup in the muddy fields, I had seconds to capture the sunrise flickering over the dew-covered tulips. What I captured is what I feel is the realistic view of what the farmer witnesses every morning while out working the fields.

3) Photographer: Valerie Millett
Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 70-200mm, ProMaster Digital HGX circular polarizer, Induro carbon-fiber tripod, Induro BHD1 ballhead

I had never heard of the Blue Hills (often referred to as the Upper and Lower Blue Hills) of Utah until I read an article about a French photographer who had been named Photographer Of The Year in the UK. His images of this area more than piqued my curiosity, and I had to see it for myself. Knowing that this area in Southern Utah would color up in a brilliant way during the fall, I made plans to shoot here in early October. I love to photograph complex geological features, and this area proved to be incredibly beautiful. It’s best to photograph during times of diffuse lighting or after a rain to capture the intense color saturation.