Death Valley offers the most unique experience for photographers. The diversity of the landscape is almost unimaginable, and its beauty is rugged, raw and fierce. Explore and photograph this mysterious landscape then photograph under the night sky. Walk along the ridges of a sand dune, photograph salt formations along the valley floor, photograph the famous La Playa racetrack, view the desert colors from atop the mountains and even photograph a ghost town. Join us on this 5-day photographic journey for sunrises, sunsets and stars under the desert sky.
It’s time for a winter break—join Daniel to photograph in Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico, one of the top birding hotspots in North America! Winter is the best time to photograph the thousands of sandhill cranes, snow geese, and various ducks that migrate through the area. Endless photo opportunities in this world-famous wildlife refuge make it the perfect destination to enhance your photography skills.
We will sneak away to White Sands National Monument for an evening and morning shoot of these beautiful white dunes. Relax… Transfers, touring, meals, hotel, and one-on-one time with Dan in the field are all included. A perfect long weekend getaway!
Big Bend is one of the most remote and least visited national parks. It is also the best for seeing the night sky in all its glory! So on this exciting workshop, we will focus the art of seeing, the practice of looking at our subjects with fresh, creative eyes. We will also focus on night photography, and as always, we will discuss and shoot landscapes & general nature.
Like many of us, my love of photography began with the wild landscape. My early years were spent emulating icons like Ansel Adams, David Muench and Eliot Porter. I followed the grand landscape dream all over the American West, and after years of chasing light and doing “pure” landscapes with no signs of humanity whatsoever, I began to feel a little boxed in, as if I was repeating my favorite lighting formulas everywhere I went, and missing something I could sense, but not see. Continue reading
It is easy for digital photographers to get lazy out in the field — “Oh, I can fix it digitally, later. . . .”
There is nothing necessarily wrong with that approach, but I like to try to get it right in the field, preferably all in one shot. And sometimes that takes a few tricks.
Take the image below I just photographed.
A long exposure can give a nice abstract feel to an image. Using a polarizer slows down your shutter speed about 2 stops helps give you that longer exposure. Combined with a small aperture and low ISO, I had a nice long 30 second exposure to really abstract the water on the lake.
But what about the sky? It is a lot brighter than the darker foreground here and will overexpose. I could shoot it in two different exposures and add in the properly exposed sky later, but I’d rather get it one shot.
So I pulled my 3 stop Graduated Neutral Density filter out of my bag and held it over the lens to bring down the light in the bright sky and equalize the exposure. Voila – you get the image all in one shot. A little more work up front, sure, but worth it to me. (And less work on the computer, later!).
Story and Photograph by Gary Crabbe
Even professionals screw up every now and again. We may not brag about it in public, but rest assured, we make mistakes just like everyone else.
The photo above may not look like a total screw-up, but it is. It’s a multi-row, nearly 40-frame panoramic image shot with my Nikon D800. Continue reading