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Autumn at the Lake
When the leaves change in New England every fall, I always head to Lake Waramaug State Park to shoot some of the foliage. It is a great place to capture the brilliant colors of the changing seasons, especially if you are looking for great reflections. The lake also has some wonderful amenities such as camping, fishing, swimming and picnicking. The best time to go is in the late afternoon when the sun is shining on the opposite shore. The kids are in school and with the daylight getting shorter, there is a golden glow to everything. The lake is named after an Indian chief of the Wyantenock tribe who had hunting grounds near falls on the Housatonic River. For more information about the park, visit it's website.

This shot was taken along the western shore in between the beach and the picnic area. While the opposite shore was still bathed in the late afternoon light, the bright foliage on the nearby trees contrasted nicely with the tree trunk.
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Beautiful shot Len! 
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Potash Road
Another place that is often missed by visitors to Moab, Utah, is the drive down Potash Road. The road is roughly 17 miles long and runs parallel to the Colorado River. The scenery is terrific, with rock formations literally right next to the road, which is quite close to the river.  This area being a favorite destination of rock climbers, you can almost always spot them at various stages of their climbs. On this visit, we stopped for a while, and shot a few climbers as they ascended the sheer rock wall. About 5 miles from Moab, there are a number of petroglyphs that are visible on walls.

At one of our stops, I wanted to shoot an image that emphasized the steepness of the cliffs and how narrow the space is where the road runs (the Colorado River is mere feet to the right of the road). I also wanted to use the road as a leading line that would make viewers wonder what was around the bend.
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The Iconic Southwest
One of the musts when shooting scenes with canyons is to shoot when the sun is very low. Besides the fact that you get that great golden hour light, the real reason is that the shadows add tremendous depth to the image. Shooting with the sun higher in the sky will eliminate the shadows, and the resulting image will appear extremely flat. When planning to shoot such a location, knowing whether it is a sunrise shot or a sunset spot (maybe both) is very important. 

Dead Horse Point State Park, pictured here, is one of the most iconic scenes of the southwest. It definitely is a sunrise location, and the light adds a lot of interest, especially with the reflections in the Colorado River as it "goosenecks" around the formations. I really wanted to add some anchor to the scene, and when I saw this lone tree with the leaves lit up, I knew I found it.
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One of my favorite places!
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Bulls-Eye Lens
I know I have been posting many images from my Moab trip, and I have quite a few more to post. It is a bit unusual for me to post so many after a trip. I normally vary my posts from different locations, and promise that I will get back to normal after next week. I thought I would break the Moab posting for today and take you to the coast of Oregon (a little different from desert landscapes). 

The lighthouse is located in Oceanside, Oregon, and served as the light for the Tillanook Bay. The lighthouse sits about 200 feet above the Pacific Ocean and it is no longer active. The light is quite small, and the area around the light is quite tight, making photographing it a challenge. I shot it from several angles with a wide-angle lens, but it was too distorted even for Photoshop. I suspect the best place to shoot it is from the ocean. Since Avis only rents cars, that wasn't an option for me. Instead, I decided to get this shot of the light's bulls-eye lens (also known as the Fresnel Lens named after a French physicist who invented the lens in 1822).
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La Sal Aspens
One of the advantages of taking a photo tour is that you benefit  from shooting with someone who knows the area intimately and can point out some great off-the-beaten track locations to experience. When visiting Moab, you are headed into desert country with the great colors of the southwest. Formations rise from the landscape, and are often lit wonderfully with a terrific orange-red glow from the rising or setting sun. A backdrop to these formations is the La Sal Mountain range, and they are often used to offer contrast and scale to the scene. Of all of the times I have been to Moab, I never ventured into the mountains themselves to see what was up there.

Our tour leader,  +Jeff Clow, took us up on the La Sal Loop (which I never knew existed) to shoot the landscape from above. Much to our surprise, we turned a corner in the road and spied these beautiful aspens that were side-lit, making their bark light up. The added bonus was that the snow had not yet melted, and it made a perfect white cover for the ground. It was quite the unexpected scene to find in the middle of desert country.
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Great shot +Len Saltiel used that side light and those magical clouds beautifully in this composition.  What a fun memory!
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Lenticular Goodness
About a month ago, I posted this image when I headed off to Moab. It was taken last year in April when my son and I drove cross-country to Oregon. I know that I have been posting a lot of images from my trip, which is quite unusual for me. I tend to vary my locations on the blog. Starting next week, I will resume that tradition. I wanted to post an image today to close out the Moab series, and decided to post a different composition to the one I posted before leaving on the trip.

The image in this post also brings back some great memories of shooting with old friends and meeting new ones. Our group stopped at Balanced Rock to work the scene. It was early evening, and the light and clouds were amazing. As we were finishing shooting, a few of us decided to wander  in the field toward the Windows Area of Arches National Park. As we walked toward the distant rock formations and La Sal Mountains, two things happened. First, these lenticular clouds became more prominent in the sky. Their unique shapes really stood out agains the blue sky. The second thing that happened was that this huge group of clouds blocked the sun. 

Even though we had plans to head to Delicate Arch later that evening, we all had the same thought: Let's ditch that plan and hang out on the ridge that we were standing on until the clouds blocking the sun cleared. Patience is not my strongest suit, but spending almost 45 minutes waiting for the sun to break through was instead quite enjoyable. We all talked photography, knowing that the scene would be worth it in the end. 

Once the clouds cleared the sun, the rock formations were bathed in great light and shadows, with parts of them being quite bright and other parts being in shadow. The La Sal Mountains were lit perfectly and were as clear as I ever had seen them. Finally, those great lenticular clouds looked like some artist had painted them on the sky. All in all, a wonderful evening in the desert.
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Very nice. Love the clarity of the mountains.
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On the Rocky Shoreline
On my trip to the Oregon Coast last summer, we drove up the coast from Gold Beach in southern Oregon and ended up staying overnight in the coastal town of Yachats. Visitors to the coast of Oregon can oftentimes find fog and rain in bunches. This day was no exception, and the wind and cold, even for August, was challenging. After checking into the hotel and having dinner, I was determined to go outside and shoot, especially since the hotel was right on the Pacific Ocean. This scene was shot maybe a block from the hotel, and I decided to shoot a long exposure that would have the water match the same texture as the storm clouds in the distance. When I looked to edit this, I decided to dial back a bit of the rocky shoreline's color to match the mood of the scene.
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Sometimes it is the little things that catch your eye and just pop out of a scene. We had spent the day sailing slowly down the Rhine River from Amsterdam to view the amazing castles that tower above the river. The weather was not good most of the day, with heavy rains. As we neared our destination of Rudesheim, Germany, the weather broke, and, once docked, we went to explore the town. 

Rudesheim is a nice place with lots of shops and restaurants. Whenever my wife and friends went into the stores to do a little shopping, I looked around for subjects to shoot on the streets. When I saw this postbriefkasten (translation: mailbox), I knew that it was going to make a cool subject. The ornateness of it was unlike anything that you might find in the US (I have yet to see a public mailbox that I would describe as ornate). The deep blue color is what first attracted my eye.
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The Tree
One of the challenges we were given by our Moab tour leader +Jeff Clow  was to photograph one (or both) of two great trees on Potash Road. The challenge in shooting the trees is that the formations on both sides of the road are quite high, and the shadows wreak havoc on capturing them. From a composition point of view, a decision needs to be made on whether to include the road, or exclude it in a way that made a compelling image. After shooting from a few different angles, I wasn't happy with the results, as whenever I excluded the road, the tree wasn't prominent in the scene. When I included the road,  it seemed to run away from the tree as opposed to leading to it. I finally got the idea of using the railroad tracks as a complementary leading line to the road and am quite happy with the result. I processed this in black and white, as the colors took away from the tree, and I felt the tones popped better without the color. 
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River Road Beauty
The first things photographers think about when they head toward Moab is shooting the two amazing national parks located there, Arches and Canyonlands. Tourists and photographers head to both places almost as soon as they check into their hotels. With all of the attention that these two places get, there is some amazing beauty in the surrounding area that many visitors never get to. One of those places is the Colorado River Scenic Byway. Also known as the River Road, it follows the twists and turns of the mighty Colorado River for 44 miles and is one of the most scenic drives in the US.

Rock formations rise from the ground everywhere you look, and each one seems more spectacular than the last. Many of these formations have unique names, such as the formation on the left in this photo that is known as the Priest and the Nuns (it is also known as the Rectory). We started out here on our first full day in Moab at sunrise and captured the early morning light and deep shadows that started our day. This particular formation can be found in the Professor Valley section of River Road.
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I concur so much with your assessment +Len Saltiel many people never take the time to enjoy this marvelous area so close to Moab.  Beautiful shot along the River Road, my friend.
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