111 Photos - Sep 25, 2011
Photo: Photo: Klauster Area, IcelandPhoto: Black Sand Basin, Yellowstone National Park Wyoming (WY), USAPhoto: Geyser Land, Yellowstone National Park, WY#PhotographyWorkflow, #howtophotograph Geysers at Yellowstone often create their own localized weather (such as fog). On this occasion the side light provided an perfect opportunity to capture the steam. The brilliant reds of the bacterial mats in the foreground provided a perfect foreground.How was this image created?Steam and Mist are some of the hardest things to photograph if they break the horizon because you cant use a GND filters without making them look very unnatural. Even in manual blending it requires careful processing. To capture this photograph, I waited until the steam from the hot spring was dispersed enough to showcase interesting patterns.Enjoy & Share._______Photo: Namaskard, IcelandPhoto: Hellissandur, Snæfellsnes, IcelandPhoto: Going to Sun Road, Glacier National Park, Montana (MT), USAPhoto: Pastel Palette, Yellowstone National Park, WYPhoto: Yellowstone  National Park, Wyoming (WY), USAPhoto: Moonlight Madness, Death Valley, CAPhoto: Everglades National Park, Florida (FL), USAPhoto: The Swirls, Vermilion Cliffs, AZPhoto: Yellowstone, Wyoming - www.jaypatelphotography.comPhoto: Yellowstone  National Park, Wyoming (WY), USAPhoto: Peek-a-Boo Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Utah (UT), USAPhoto: Where in the World?, Vermilion Cliffs, ArizonaBEST VIEWED LARGEI love exploring and photographing remote area with fascinating geology...and no where is the geology better than Southern Utah/Northern Arizona. On this particular trip we had found some intense colorful formation on side of the hill side but to get to them we had to walk past some bewildered cows, keep them from charging us and avoid the cow pies. ;))How was this image created?My original intention was to capture a wider view of this region, but the sky overhead was not quite as fascinating as the geology below. So instead I focused on the colors the textures on the ground. I waited until the sun had gone over the horizon leaving this entire area in deep shade before taking this photos.Enjoy & Share.___________#landscapephotography   #photographyworkflow   #phototipsPhoto: Catch of the Day, Everglades National Park, FLPhoto: Old Failthful Area, Yellowstone National Park Wyoming (WY), USAPhoto: First Light, The Grand Canyon, Arizona#landscapephotography   #photographyworkflow   #photographytips BEST VIEWED LARGEGrand Canyon is a fantastic place to photograph and where there is light like this stream down on the hills and valley below the sight gets even better. On this particular day a cloud bank was hanging around just at the right place to let a narrow beam of golden light light up the peaks of the mountains.How was this image created?I use an 0.9 Hard Edge GND Filter to balance the overall light between the sky and the ground. But even with the filter the right side of the sky was over exposed. So, I bracketed my shots and used our iHDR manual blending technique to bring out the details in highlights on the right.Enjoy and Share._________Photo: Twin Lakes, Colorado (CO), USAPhoto: Snowmass Wilderness, ColoradoPhoto: Lake Erie, Ohio (OH), USAPhoto: Vermilion Cliffs, AZ - www.jaypatelphotography.comPhoto: Beehive Geysers, Yellowstone National Park Wyoming (WY), USAPhoto: Valley of Fire, NV - www.jaypatelphotography.comPhoto: Laki, IcelandPhoto: Designing Photographs, Fjallajokul, #Iceland  While we were in Iceland +Varina Patel and I went glacier hunting...and found this Fjallajokul just down the road from the famous Jakusarlon. On the day we visited this Glacier we were all alone...in fact the locals said hardly anyone visits this place. Once we saw a adventure van parked (taking few tourist down for an Glacier walk)....but that was about it.How was this image created?This is a perfect example of using the atmospheric conditions to capture the photo. On any normal days the glacier is muddy grey (the water does not have the brilliant color of Jokusarlon). But when there is just the right amount of sky cover and the sun is in the right location the reflection of the surrounding dominates the muddy grey colors of the glacial lagoon. Add to it an engaging composition and you have just designed yourself a half decent photo. The exposure was simple the getting the colors and details just perfect required some fine tuning in PhotPhoto: Old Failthful Area, Yellowstone National Park Wyoming (WY), USAPhoto: Mountain Light, Rocky Mountain National Park, COPhoto: West Thumb, Yellowstone National Park Wyoming (WY), USAPhoto: Rainbow Land - #Photographyworkflow, #howtophotograph

Our workshop in Glacier National Park was one of best trips we had this year...This was one of the few occasions when we had a rainbow during sunrise. And for next 5 hours there were rainbows behind every bend as we drove from St. Mary's to Two Medicine Lake. Here is a shot from side of the road that show a near perfect full rainbow.

How was this Image created?

The composition and exposure for the image was pretty simple as the sun was almost directly behind us and everything was pretty evenly lit. I had to use a wide angle lens to capture the entire rainbow. The center part was a bit too bright in the shot and I had to bring it down in post processing to be able to see the details in every part of the image.

How did we get such rich colors in the Rainbow? - Using a circular polarizer. If a circular polarizer is used properly it will bring out the rich colors in a rainbow, but when used improperly the rainbow will completely vanish.

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___________________Photo: Salt Water Reflections, Death Valley National Park, CAPhoto: Reflections @ Beauty Creek, Canada#landscapephotography , #photographyworkflow , #howtophotograph I love reflections and on our visit to Jasper we got lots of chances to photograph these stunning reflections. The clouds were breaking up fast and we I took several shots with different composition to include reflections.How was this image created?This is a manually blended image using our iHDR workflow and a 3 stop Hard GND filter. The edge of the filter was aligned with the angle of the mountains. Because I wanted to see the reflections of the clouds, I did not use a circular polarizer. Overall exposure and processing was adjusted to be able to see the details in every part of the image...if you look closely you can see the under water and the reflections at the same time.Now if only I can get rid of the ugly black border on a Portrait Format shots!!!Enjoy & Share._______Photo: The Portal, Paige, Arizona
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Would the photo loose some or all of its appeal without a strong foreground element? - BEST VIEWED LARGE

Here is an image form the Glen Canyon Recreational Area just outside Paige Arizona. This was taken during one of our workshop. In every workshop we take the students to one location where composition is real challenge. The idea is to come up with something interesting from that location. The first time students dont like it but when they see what others came up with they could hardly believe all the opportunities that they missed.

How was this image created?
This image demonstrates the Gestalt Figure vs. Ground principle in action. The question you have to ask is why does THE PORTAL stand out from rest of the image? The location, shape and colors make the THE PORTAL stand out. If you want to make your subject stand out use the characteristics of subject to isolate it from the background.

You can learn about Gestalt and Compostion in our Ebooks at: http://www.jaypatelphotography.com/how-to

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___________Photo: Escalante, Utah (UT), USAPhoto: Lower Grinell Lake, Glacier National Park, MTPhoto: Antelope Canyon, Arizona (AZ), USAPhoto: Silver Lining, Kauai, Hawaii#landscapephotography , #photographyworkflow   #photographytips We left Twinsburg on Christmas day to avoid getting stranded in the snowstorm in Northeast just to find out that we missed our flight due to a time change. But the employee at Alaska Airlines we able to perform a small miracle and get us on an earlier flight to Hawaii....before we were grounded. ;)) Yeah!!!....So, we are off to get some sun and fun and to have a Photowalk with the great +Wes Lum in Oahu tomorrow. Hope some of you can join us.How was this image created?I could have used an GND filter to capture this photograph...but I was worried that the fantastic light would disappear while I was rummaging around in my backpack...so I decided to bracket the shots instead. I later combined the shots using our iHDR workflow to produce the final results. I wanted to capture the silver lining of the river flowing through the canyon.Enjoy & Share._______Photo: Vermillion Cliffs, Arizona (AZ), USAPhoto: Storm @ Grand Prismatic, Yellowstone National Park, WYPhoto: Candyland, Yellowstone National Park, WYPhoto: Big Island, Hawaii (HI), USAPhoto: Window to the Heaven, Arches National Park, UtahPhoto: Masaya Volcano, NicaraguaPhoto: Darkness, Canyon Lands National Park, UtahPhoto: Lower Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park Wyoming (WY), USAPhoto: Simply Hot!!, Yellowstone National Park, WYPhoto: Looking at your Soul, Yellowstone National Park Wyoming (WY), USAPhoto: Old Failthful, Yellowstone National Park Wyoming (WY), USAPhoto: Lower Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park Wyoming (WY), USAPhoto: Arches National Park, Utah (U), USAPhoto: I will Fly Away, Twinsburg, OHPhoto: Panamint Valley, Death Valley National Park, Califorina (CA), USAPhoto: Arizona Sun, Glen Canyon Recreational Area, AZPhoto: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah (UT), USAPhoto: Pearl Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (WY), USAPhoto: Antelope Canyon, Arizona - www.jaypatelphotography.comPhoto: Smokies, Smoky Mountain National Park, TNPhoto: A View from the Top, Fort du Joux, FrancePhoto: Château de Chambord, FrancePhoto: Witch's Tower, Chenonceau Castle, France#Photographyworkflow, #howtophotograph Question: Did you notice the various use of the composition rules in this image?Here is a photograph from Chenonceau Castle in France. The castle itself is very photogenic, but I was more interested in the tower located several yards from the castle. The perfectly maintained gardens provided a great foreground.How was this photograph created?This photograph is all about timing. I had to wait until the foreground and the castle were lit up while the background was covered by storm clouds. +Varina Patel and I spend all day at this castle waiting for perfect cloud formations as the storms were rolling through the area. The final image is manual blend of a single RAW image processed twice.Enjoy & Share.__Photo: Fountain Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, WY#landscapephotography   #photographytips   #photographyworkflow BEST VIEWED LARGEI love the Firehole Lake Drive in Yellowstone....The geysers and geothermal activities in the area offer plenty of photographic opportunity but this location is also free of mountains and hills and offer wide ranging vistas like the one  you see here.How was this image created?This image was created using a single  GND filter to balance the light between the sky and ground. It is a single exposure image, but I needed to make targeted adjustments to the highlight and shadows to be able to see the details in them. This is a pretty simple photograph to take as the light was very well balance - Sometimes you go get lucky and everything falls in place.Question: What composition rules did I use and which ones I broke? :))Enjoy & Share._______Photo: Antelope Canyon, Arizona (AZ), USAPhoto: Fortress Bryce, Bryce Canyon National Park, UT#landscapephotography   #photographyworkflow   #photographytips BEST VIEWED LARGEMy favorite time to go to Bryce is in Winter? I love the combination of Red and White colors. We drove 3 hours (90 miles) in middle of a snow/sleet/rain to get to Bryce to photograph the sunrise. We made fresh track in about 12 inches of snow to get to the location and found near perfect conditions to photograph this gorgeous park.How was this image created?This image used our iHDR workflow an a soft GND filter to tame the light between the sky and the ground. The composition was selected to place the horizon using the rule of the thirds and the to showcase the magnificent valley covered in clouds.Enjoy & Share._____Photo: Once Upon a Time, Loire Valley, France#landscapephotography   #travel   #photographytips BEST VIEWED LARGEOn our second day we spend all day at this beautiful location in France. The light was gorgeous as the storms were moving in and out of the region and we go some breathtaking light on this unique castle (It is build across the river). At the time they would not allow me to photograph it from inside using a tripod.How was this photograph created?This is a simple photograph to capture because I waited for the dark skies in the background and light to fall on the castle (and foreground). The composition was selected to highlight the geometrical shapes and use the rules of composition to focus attention on the castle.Question: What rules of composition did I use? ;))I would highly recommend a visit in this region of France.Enjoy & Share.___Photo: Blue vs Red States, Valley of Fire, NV#landscapephotography   #photographyworkflow   #photographytips I thought that I would put this photograph from Valley of Fire to celebrate the US elections. Valley of Fire has an amazing geology and if  you get conditions right you can get some intense colors. On this particular day, I had my 13 year old with me and we went out wandering into the Red Zone to find some interesting patterns.How was this photograph created?I broke up the composition of the photograph into three sections. Each placed using the Rule of the thirds. The sky was filled with the the little color that was present at the time. Because the terrain was  uneven use of GND filter was not possible so I had to rely on our iHDR manual blending workflow to create this image.Enjoy & Share._______Photo: Day Break @ The Grand Canyon, AZ#landscapephotography   #photographyworkflow   #howtophotograph After wandering around at the bottom of the Grand Canyon we took a bit of time off to photograph the top. On the last day we got a fantastic sunrise and managed to capture some stunning colors just over the rim of the Grand Canyon.How was this photograph created?I used a 3 stop Hard GND filter and our iHDR workflow to manually blend the image together. The Filter was able to balance out the light between the sky and the ground, but the area around the sun was still over exposed. The sun star was created by using a small aperture to capture the scene.Enjoy & Share._______Photo: Mighty King @ Toadstools, Utah#landscapephotography   #photographyworkflow   #photograhytips BEST VIEWED LARGEI can spend all day photographing the Toadstools and never get tired of it. This area is amazing and the variety of hoodoos and formation in the region is awesome. On this day We arrived early to photograph this location and the light show did not disappoint.How was this image created?I used a manual blend (iHDR workflow) to balance out the light between the sky and the foreground. Why did I not use the GND filters? Because it would have darkened to top of the mountains and hoodoos. The composition was selected so that the large red hoodoo stands out. Was is effective?Enjoy & Share._______Photo: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah (UT), USAPhoto: Let it Snow, Bryce Canyon National Park#landscapephotography   #photographyworkflow   #photographytips Happy Holidays to All the G+ Users!!Here is an image from Bryce Canyon that just displays the Holiday spirit. On this particular day we arrived at the Bryce with 18+ inches of fresh snow. The roads were not plowed and our SUV made the first tracks in the park early in the morning....and what we witnessed was just fantastic Winter scene.How was this image created?I used a simple GND filter to balance the light between the sky and the ground. But tricky part was to get the exposure correct. Because the scene was dominated by the whites the camera consistently underexposed the image. I use the histograms at back of the camera to balance the scene.Enjoy & Share._______Photo: Sauna @ Yellowstone National Park, WY#landscapephotography   #photographyworkflow   #photographytips BEST VIEWED LARGEI love Yellowstone National Park with its unique geology and fantastic amount of wildlife the opportunities for photographing the park is excellent. I can honestly spend years photographing this place and never get tired. Among my favorite locations are the geysers and thermal area around Old Faithful. Here is a short from of the less visited location in Old Faithful Area.How was this photograph created?One of the unique things about Yellowstone Hot springs are its vivid colors. These colors in the water are at its most intense during the afternoon hours when the sunlight is very harsh. I used a polarizer at around midday to take this photograph of the hot springs to bring out the colors in the foreground and the sky. The composition of the photograph was selected to minimize the harsh shadow. I waited until the sun was falling on the ever greens and the foreground waPhoto: Eruption of Masaya, Masaya, Nicaragua#landscapephotography   #photographyworkflow   #photographytips BEST VIEWED LARGEOn our earlier visit to Masaya with +Empowerment International and +The Giving Lens was belching lots of sulfur dioxide...and the clouds of sulfur looked liked an erupting mushroom clouds. I caught this eruption cloud at its peak when the sun was putting on a fantastic show overhead.How was this photo created?My goal was to preserve textures in every part of the image...and keep it natural looking. Normally I would have used a GND filter to capture such a photograph, but because the GND Filter would darken the top of the smoke cloud, I used our iHDR manual blending technique to bring out the details in every part of the image. The composition was selected to follow the rule of the thirds.Enjoy & Share.__________Photo: Pulse of Rain, Everglades National Park, Florida#landscapephotography , #photographyworkflow , #howtophotograph Have you seen what a raindrop does after it strikes the water? Here is what they look likeI took during our workshop in Everglades National Park. We had a small group of students who braved the elements and went wandering and shooting in the rain.How as this photograph created?On this particular day on Nine Mile Pond we got some very unique light conditions....there was a rainbow, rain and brilliant sunrise all at once. I was not shooting anything in particular just playing with the lens and wandering between the students helping out when these two blades of grass caught my attention. When I shot the image...I was surprised to see "Pulse" traced by the water drops as they bounced off the lake surface. The water drops bouncing off the lake were acting like a small lens making traces on the sensor....All of this done in camera without any special equipment.Exposure: F11@0.8s ISPhoto: Armageddon, Yellowstone National Park, WY#landscapephotography   #photographyworkflow   #photographytips BEST VIEWED LARGEStorms produce some of the most breathtaking photographs and on this particular storm was not an exception. On this particular day we heard this thunder in the distance, but the kids convinced us that it was the Steamboat geyser that was about to blow up (has not blown up since mid 90s). Ha!!How was this image created?I shot this image on the fly as we were running back to the shelter to escape the storm. Luckily for me the exposure was easy to adjust due to the heavy overcast skies. The composition was selected using the rule of the thirds.By the time we reached the shelter in the Norris Geyser basin it started to hail and in 10 minutes the ground was covered with 1/2 inch of small white ice pellets. ;))Enjoy & Share.__________Photo: Geology Unleashed, Vermillion Cliffs, UT#landscapephotography   #photographyworkflow   #photographytips BEST VIEWED LARGESpectacular geology makes images like these seem effortless, but when the light cooperates with geology the results are unique and breathtaking. Here is an image from Vermillion Cliffs in Southern Utah were spectacular geology is a norm rather than an exception.How was this image created?This is an example of using the leading lines to draw the viewers attention into the image. Notice that the while composition the photograph the leading lines in the foreground point into the photo rather than out of the photo. This photo also relies on the complementary colors to create contrast. I used a circular polarizer with to bring out the colors in the rocks and the sky.What other composition rule do you see in this image?Enjoy & Share.___________Photo: SaltWorks, Death Valley National Park, CA#landscapePhotography   #photographyworkflow   #photographytips Exposure: 1.6s | F16 | ISO 100Software: Photoshop | Adobe Camera RAWWorkflow:This image showcases the repeating patterns formed at Badwater in Death Valley. If you view this at LARGE SIZE you will notice the tiny details in salt formation stand out dramatically in the foreground due to the fact that the camera was place rather low on the ground. It was only about 1 - 1.5 feet above the ground level. Exposure between the sky and ground was controlled using a soft 0.6 ND filters. Even with a GND filter areas of the sky to the left were over exposed and needed manual blending using our (iHDR workflow) to bring out the details in the highlights. If you notice a bit more closely you can actually see the reflections of the cloud patterns on the water in the mid ground.Question: Why kind of lighting was used to bring out the textures in the fore and mid ground?Enjoy & Share.___________Photo: Geology and Weather, Yellowstone National Park, WYBEST VIEWED LARGETake a close look and you will see intricate bacterial mats superimposed with breathtaking reflections from the sky to create this fantastic image. I love the combination of Geology and Weather...they produces some of the most unique photos in my portfolio. I have an entire gallery on my website dedicated to this:http://www.jaypatelphotography.com/gallery/geology-and-weatherHow was this image created?This is a manually blended image using our iHDR workflow. I could have easily captured this image with a GND filter, but I had loaned my GND filter to one of the participants on our workshop. We have composition was selected to include the reflections and use the leading lines to draw the viewers into the image.Enjoy & Share.___________#landscapephotography   #photographyworkflow   #photographytipsPhoto: Where is the Pot of Gold?, Yellowstone National Park, WY#landscapephotography   #photographyworkflow   #photographytips We visited Yellowstone National Park with 6 kids for 4 days in 2008...and luckily for us the weather did not cooperate for photography except for the last day. On this day we have multiple rainbows dropping out of the sky and the colors were to die for. On our way back from Norris Geyser basin we stopped on side of the road and took photograph while the kids listen to music.How was this photograph created?This is a single exposure shot taken with a simple soft GND filter. No fancy HDR no blending needed because the conditions were perfect to capture a shot like this with a GND filter. I used the road as a compositional element and positioned my camera so that the lines on the road would point to the rainbow.Enjoy & Share.___________Photo: Utah Skies, Escalante, Utah#landscapephotography   #photographyworkflow   #photographytips BEST VIEWED LARGECheck out our current contest about textures and patters in the landscape photography gallery at: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c36k2a2g8lp4dlph2ma1nrn6u48In this photograph incredible geology of the Escalante National Monument  seem to have found its match in the incredible skies overhead.  When we visited this place with one of our students his exact words were FANT FREAKING TASTIC!!  I have to visit this location several time before the skies decided to co-operate with us.How was this image created?This image highlights the use of textures and patterns in nature. The composition of the image was selected to fill up the images with different kinds of textures and repeating patterns. Because the textures in the skies were high overhead, I had to select a vertical composition for this shot.Questions: How many rules of the composition did I use in this photograph?Enjoy &Photo: Masaya Volcano, NicaraguaPhoto: Echos @ Yellowstone, WyomingHere is an image from our workshop in Yellowstone. This was the first day and all the students had gathered at the Mid Geyser basin and they were practicing their GND filters and composition. And while going in between the students I had left my camera at ISO 640 setting...and shot entire evening using that ISO. ;))How was this photo created?This is a simple photo to take using a GND filter, but I bracketed 3 images to get this shot. I later combined them using our iHDR workflow. Why? Because I had lend my GND filter to one of the students. The composition was selected so that the clouds in the sky echoed the patterns on the ground.Enjoy and Share._____________#photographytips   #photographyworkflow   #landscapephotographyPhoto: The Photographer, Glacier National Park, MontanaBEST VIEWED LARGESometime the only point of interest  you can find in a photo is another photographer....and I always have one of those handy. When we pulled into that many Glacier region the mist was hanging around over the water and I took this shot when the photographer was not looking.How was this photograph created?This one is all about timing and mood. When we first arrived at the lake the mist had not burned off and the entire scene was very mood. The sun was already up for few hours but the mist help break up the harsh light making exposure a very easy. All I had to do is point and shoot. Few minutes later the mist broke up and the mood was lost.Enjoy  & Share._____________#landscapephotography   #photographyworkflow   #photographyPhoto: Layers of Masaya, NicaraguaBEST VIEWED LARGEI have been to Masaya Volcanon twice and both the times the skies were spectacular. This time around the colors lasted for nearly an hour...and the after glow of the high clouds captured here was just as stunning. Our other TGL workshop participants +David Plowchalk, +Karen Rowland Yeo, +Varina Patel, +Jared Youtsey , +Kathy Adams +Wes Lum, +Michael Bonocore, +Lauren Pupillo, +Tom Bilbro +Sharon Bilbro and the kids witnessed some fantastic light conditions.How was this image created?This is manually blended image using our iHDR workflow. This was a difficult blend of 3 exposure processed 4 times. Besides extreme dynamic range, the photograph needed local color temperature because the color temperature varied dramatically within a single exposure. The final set of adjustment we slight local contrast corrections. I will try to post a workflow of this image on our blog.Enjoy & Share.____________#landscapephotography   #photographyworkflowPhoto: Yellowstone  National Park, Wyoming (WY), USAPhoto: Everglades National Park, Florida (FL), USAPhoto: Lake Erie, Ohio (OH), USAPhoto: Panamint Valley, Death Valley National Park, Califorina (CA), USAPhoto: Everglades National Park, Florida (FL), USAPhoto: Chanencou Castle Loire Valley, FrancePhoto: Old Failthful Area, Yellowstone National Park Wyoming (WY), USAPhoto: Twin Lakes, Colorado (CO), USAPhoto: Namaskard, IcelandPhoto: Wacllela Falls, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon (OR), USAPhoto: Everglades National Park, Florida (FL), USAPhoto: Yellowstone  National Park, Wyoming (WY), USAPhoto: Paria Townsite, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Utah (UT), USAPhoto: Big Island, Hawaii (HI), USAPhoto: Old Failthful Area, Yellowstone National Park Wyoming (WY), USAPhoto: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah (UT), USAPhoto: Life After the Collapse, Iceland
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Life is persistent and in Myvatn area of Iceland we found number of small craters like this one that harbored life. I took this photo after midnight just as the dawn putting on a light show of its own. We explored this breath taking area for three whole days and would love to do it again.

How was this image created?
As you may have guessed this is image was created by manually blending 3 separate images together using our iHDR workflow. The composition was selected to highlight this tiny plant trying to get a foothold in the rocky volcanic landscape.

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#landscapephotography   #photographytipsPhoto: Ablaze, Nicaragua

I have been to Volcane Masaya twice and both the times the light show was something to die for. On my last trip (leading a +The Giving Lens workshop) I took this photo while standing next to one of the participants as she worked with my GND filters. The sky was just freaking fantastic.

How was this photo created?
This photo is difficult one to take and even difficult to process. First you had to deal with the wind...and then they was the smoke that rose above the horizon that posed a blending challenge. This image was created using our iHDR workflow using three bracketed shot.

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#landscapephotography   #photographytipsPhoto: All The Rainbows, Scotland
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It was all Rainbows and....more Rainbows on our last visit to Scotland. We landed in Scotland just to face a storm front....and next day it broke up dropping down gorgeous rainbows all over the place. The fantastic weather lasted for 24 hours before another storm front arrived...just as we were departing. Who says that the weather in Scotland does not co-operate with you. ;)

How was this image created?
This is an manually blended shot consisting of the three separate shots using our iHDR manually blending workflow. We challenge was not only to get the tonal range looking correctly, but also preserve the natural balance.

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#landscapephotography   #photography  #phototipsPhoto: House on Fire, Mule Canyon, Utah
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This is one fantastic place to photograph....when the conditions are just right. We arrived on location at near perfect time and found the place all to ourself. We spend 3 hours exploring the nearby locations, had a lunch break and created a short video on how to photography a location like this.

How was this image created?
This was an easy image to shoot if you arrive here on a cloudless blue sky day. The colors and contrast are This is a tricky photography to process because is way to easy to over saturate the reds and loose all the details. And if you are trying to recreate a mood of fire, you need to know the light gradients that is necessary for different exposures. For example of the hottest part of the fire is near is core and should be brighter then the rest of the image.

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#landscapephotography   #photographytips   #postprocessingPhoto: Let it Snow, Bryce Canyon National Park#landscapephotography   #photographyworkflow   #photographytips Happy Holidays to All the G+ Users!!Here is an image from Bryce Canyon that just displays the Holiday spirit. On this particular day we arrived at the Bryce with 18+ inches of fresh snow. The roads were not plowed and our SUV made the first tracks in the park early in the morning....and what we witnessed was just fantastic Winter scene.How was this image created?I used a simple GND filter to balance the light between the sky and the ground. But tricky part was to get the exposure correct. Because the scene was dominated by the whites the camera consistently underexposed the image. I use the histograms at back of the camera to balance the scene.Enjoy & Share._______Photo: Everglades National Park, Florida (FL), USAPhoto: Waimea Canyon, Kauai, Hawaii (HI), USAPhoto: Devil's Playground, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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This was one of the most stunning scene I have seen from all my visits to Yellowstone. The storm broke up at the right time and I was there at a fantastic place (Noris Geyser Basin) to capture it.

How was this photo created?
This photo was taken using a soft GND Filter. At the time, my blending skills were not quite ready to capture a scene like this one so I used a GND filter to balance out the light. Even with the filter, I had to use photoshop layers and mask to bring out the details in all parts of the image.

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#landscapephotography, #photography   #photographytipsPhoto: The Burp, Volcane Masaya, Nicaragua
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As we get ready to go Nicaragua to run our 3rd +The Giving Lens workshop we are looking forward to getting together with all the kids. This image was taken on our first workshop with +Empowerment International. The skies were awesome and the Volcano was burping huge amount of gas that would form into a perfect mushroom cloud.

How was this image created?
I decided not to use a GND filter because it would darken the top of the cloud too much. Instead I decided to bracket three shots and ensure that entire dynamic range is captured using histograms on the back of the camera. These were then blended together with our iHDR workflow using Photshop layers and mask to create this image.

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#landscapephotography   #photographytipsPhoto: Volcanoes National Park, Big Island, Hawaii

Don't you love low moody contrast images? We do. Here are some tips for photographing them:

http://visualwilderness.com/quick-tips/focus-on-low-contrast-light?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=Google+

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#landscapephotography   #naturephotographyPhoto: Arches National Park, Utah
Delicate Arch + Rainbow - What are the chances of this happening? Not a whole lot. Here are some tips on processing an image like this:

http://visualwilderness.com/post-processing/intelligent-white-balance

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