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Afternoon Sun

The smoke from the wild fires up in Canada was thick enough to cut with a knife here in North Dakota the other day. About two hours before sunset you could walk outside and look straight at the sun through the smoke with absolutely NO strain on your eyes. (Half an hour later and you couldn't see the sun AT ALL!!!) Bizarre ... I decided that if I had THAT much of a ND filter in the atmosphere I could safely point my camera at the sun and take a couple of photos.

I set up my Nikon with an 80-400 mm zoom set at 400 and added a 2X teleconverter. I metered it for a slightly higher than neutral exposure as the indicated histogram was practically a vertical line. The shake from every tough on the camera during focus was VERY noticeable so I set a 3 second delay on the shutter release to allow everything to settle down after mirror up and before shutter release. Several shots later, I came up with this ...

I was happy just getting a decent exposure with everything in focus an little to no shake. Checking the in-camera review it appeared I probably got a sun-spot in the image too. Much to my surprise when I went to process the shot I found I had SIX sunspots ... (LUCKY ME!)

Straight forward processing in LightRoom CC and added a post crop vignette to subdue a rather less than remarkable gray sky. (I think taking it to black helps focus on the sun a little better, too ...)

Sometimes lady luck just hands you one!!!

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50 Shades of Gray meets Blurred Lines

Gee, I hope with that title I don't get sued ... but then, if I do, I'll become famous!

Yes, actually I think this qualifies as a "Landscape" photo.  More on that at the end!

I decided to take a slightly different tact this week and concentrate on something that was a subset of a landscape.  I looked at this and looked at it, then decided it just wouldn't work in color.  I took it to BW, sharpened it in Photoshop, then applied a little help from Silver Efex 2.  And before anyone asks, NO, I didn't add any grain ... Didn't have to!

I don't know if this would stand as an "art" photo in and of itself.  Maybe, maybe not.  Depends on one's tastes.  What I suspect I'll use it for eventually is some sort of background for a photo collection or something.

In any case ... The landscape:  This is a detail shot of a wall in Upper Antelope Canyon in Arizona.  Now you understand why I didn't ADD any grain ... Mother Nature provided enough of that in the sandstone!

If anyone out there thinks it works as a subject in its own right then maybe I'll print it up for a display.  Otherwise, I suspect I'll just keep it around to use as a background/texture layer for a composite.  In any case, I think I did something right since I had FUN doing it!

Have a great day!

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Bryce Canyon

OK ... So it was a dull cloudy day.  It's amazing what a little work with levels and curves plus a little sharpening can do for an image.  While I really like Lightroom, I'm starting to enjoy playing in Photoshop.  Maybe by the time they come out with version 247.3 I might begin to understand the basics!

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Bryce Canyon

OK ... So it was a dull cloudy day.  It's amazing what a little work with levels and curves plus a little sharpening can do for an image.  While I really like Lightroom, I'm starting to enjoy playing in Photoshop.  Maybe by the time they come out with version 247.3 I might begin to understand the basics!

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Kevin O'Connell Fine Art +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner 
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Thanks to each of you for your comments.  Forgive me, but I've been busy with other (non-photography) projects for several weeks.  I'm back now and I'll try to catch up on my postings!
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Upper Antelope Canyon

When traveling to (or near) Page, AZ, every photographer really needs to add his or her own version a shaft of light from inside Antelope Canyon.  As this is all on Native Lands (Navajo, I believe) you must sign on to a tour group to gain access.  (Hey, no problems!)  If you want to get serious images (i.e., WITH a tripod) be sure to sign on to one of the "photographers" tours and not the "general" tour.  (The general tours are much more crowded and usually do not allow tripods.)

It's a wonderful exercise in light and composition - and likely HDR!  Not to mention, it's just plain fun!!!  Be SURE to take a squeeze bulb to keep your lens clean ~ It gets REALLY dusty in the canyons.  Also, try not to get TOO dizzy looking up!

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Afternoon Sun

The smoke from the wild fires up in Canada was thick enough to cut with a knife here in North Dakota the other day. About two hours before sunset you could walk outside and look straight at the sun through the smoke with absolutely NO strain on your eyes. (Half an hour later and you couldn't see the sun AT ALL!!!) Bizarre ... I decided that if I had THAT much of a ND filter in the atmosphere I could safely point my camera at the sun and take a couple of photos.

I set up my Nikon with an 80-400 mm zoom set at 400 and added a 2X teleconverter. I metered it for a slightly higher than neutral exposure as the indicated histogram was practically a vertical line. The shake from every touch on the camera during focus was VERY noticeable so I set a 3 second delay on the shutter release to allow everything to settle down after mirror up and before shutter release. Several shots later, I came up with this ...

I was happy just getting a decent exposure with everything in focus an little to no shake. Checking the in-camera review it appeared I probably got a sun-spot in the image too. Much to my surprise when I went to process the shot I found I had SIX sunspots ... (LUCKY ME!)

Straight forward processing in LightRoom CC and added a post crop vignette to subdue a rather less than remarkable gray sky. (I think taking it to black helps focus on the sun a little better, too ...)

Sometimes lady luck just hands you one!!!

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm
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50 Shades of Gray meets Blurred Lines

Gee, I hope with that title I don't get sued ... but then, if I do, I'll become famous!

Yes, actually I think this qualifies as a "Landscape" photo.  More on that at the end!

I decided to take a slightly different tact this week and concentrate on something that was a subset of a landscape.  I looked at this and looked at it, then decided it just wouldn't work in color.  I took it to BW, sharpened it in Photoshop, then applied a little help from Silver Efex 2.  And before anyone asks, NO, I didn't add any grain ... Didn't have to!

I don't know if this would stand as an "art" photo in and of itself.  Maybe, maybe not.  Depends on one's tastes.  What I suspect I'll use it for eventually is some sort of background for a photo collection or something.

In any case ... The landscape:  This is a detail shot of a wall in Upper Antelope Canyon in Arizona.  Now you understand why I didn't ADD any grain ... Mother Nature provided enough of that in the sandstone!

If anyone out there thinks it works as a subject in its own right then maybe I'll print it up for a display.  Otherwise, I suspect I'll just keep it around to use as a background/texture layer for a composite.  In any case, I think I did something right since I had FUN doing it!

Have a great day!

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner 
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Very interesting and superb Mike.
Wonderful day for you also ☺️
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Bryce Canyon

OK ... So it was a dull cloudy day.  It's amazing what a little work with levels and curves plus a little sharpening can do for an image.  While I really like Lightroom, I'm starting to enjoy playing in Photoshop.  Maybe by the time they come out with version 247.3 I might begin to understand the basics!

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Kevin O'Connell Fine Art +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner 
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Upper Antelope Canyon

When traveling to (or near) Page, AZ, every photographer really needs to add his or her own version a shaft of light from inside Antelope Canyon.  As this is all on Native Lands (Navajo, I believe) you must sign on to a tour group to gain access.  (Hey, no problems!)  If you want to get serious images (i.e., WITH a tripod) be sure to sign on to one of the "photographers" tours and not the "general" tour.  (The general tours are much more crowded and usually do not allow tripods.)

It's a wonderful exercise in light and composition - and likely HDR!  Not to mention, it's just plain fun!!!  Be SURE to take a squeeze bulb to keep your lens clean ~ It gets REALLY dusty in the canyons.  Also, try not to get TOO dizzy looking up!

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Kevin O'Connell Fine Art +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner 
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Upper Antelope Canyon

When traveling to (or near) Page, AZ, every photographer really needs to add his or her own version a shaft of light from inside Antelope Canyon.  As this is all on Native Lands (Navajo, I believe) you must sign on to a tour group to gain access.  (Hey, no problems!)  If you want to get serious images (i.e., WITH a tripod) be sure to sign on to one of the "photographers" tours and not the "general" tour.  (The general tours are much more crowded and usually do not allow tripods.)

It's a wonderful exercise in light and composition - and likely HDR!  Not to mention, it's just plain fun!!!  Be SURE to take a squeeze bulb to keep your lens clean ~ It gets REALLY dusty in the canyons.  Also, try not to get TOO dizzy looking up!

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Kevin O'Connell Fine Art +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner 
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Most heli pilots like to fly with the doors off when given the chance. Probably would depend on the company's policy but I would be you could find someone out there that would be willing to do that for you. Nothing better than taking photos out of a helicopter! Good luck on your next trip up there!
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