My favorite images from 2016. I enjoyed the adventure of capturing them all for my website Dawn2Dawn Photography Looking forward to a great 2017. Happy New Years everyone. Watch in HD at full screen. Music is “Stranger Still” by Vetiver and can be purchased at iTunes
I spent a couple of days last week traveling in Northern Arizona around the Vermilion Cliffs and Marble Canyon areas. Once again, I was amazed by the Arizona Skies as some scattered storm systems permeated the landscape. I just couldn’t keep my camera down so I put together a slide show of the Arizona Skies along with a song by The Orb called Little Fluffy Clouds. The music fits as this hippie chic voices over how she feels about the Arizona Skies. Music can be purchased at iTunes If you don’t want to hear the music and view the pics at your own pace, Click here.
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I’m in search of recipes for producing dramatic photos. This cookbook provides the key ingredients needed to maximize your chances at capturing that 5-star image. This cookbook is a work in progress. Recipes will be added on a regular basis. And you Word Press bloggers can participate!!! All I need is a cup of creativity and a tablespoon of humor on your part to be included. Supply me with your key ingredients, directions, a sample photo for your recipe. You will then do a guest post on my blog and vice versa.
Producing Star Trail Photographs:
1 Digital Camera
1 Cloudless and Moonless Night Away from City Light
1 Shutter Release
1 Ball Head
and 2 tablespoons of patience
Set up camera on tripod, Use headlamp to properly position the camera for the shot and to read camera settings. Set ISO to its highest for a test shot. The test shot will tell you if you’re pointing the camera in the right direction. Then set your f-stop to its lowest number(i.e.. 4.0), and bake at ISO 400 for 40 minutes or until done! You should also enable the long exposure noise reduction feature in your camera and have the camera mode set to BULB
You can also write how you processed the image in Photoshop etc. I’ve looked back at a bunch of my photos and have seen possibilities. It may not involve the camera settings so much but what you had to do to get the shot. Like freezing your butt off waiting for that full moon to rise. But put it into the form of a recipe and try to keep it short and fun. Who wants to go first?
Set to music by Beck (Blue Moon) whose latest album, Morning Phase, is the best of 2014 and can be purchased at iTunes. Watch in HiDef at Full Screen. You can purchase these images as prints at Dawn2Dawn Photography
Maybe Beck will purchase one!
I will be conducting photo workshops the week beginning October 27th in and around the Coyote Buttes area on the Utah/Arizona border. This is a remote area that that is famous for The Wave but there are also other great landscapes to capture. Below are some images of places I will take you to. You will also learn how to turn that photo into a work of art using Photoshop, Camera Raw and Lightroom. Contact me for details.
Have you really looked at a sunflower closeup? Looks like stars or starfish around a scoop of beluga caviar. I used an extension tube, not my 105mm macro lens. The extension tubes are cheap and allow you to get in really close. They attach between your normal lens and the camera body. Kenko extension tubes come in a set of three and are available at B & H Photo where I buy most of my photo gear. Excellent customer service. Click on image for larger view. This image can be purchased as a print or downloadable file at Dawn2dawn Photography
At the North Rim of The Grand Canyon sits The Grand Canyon Lodge which of course has a bar. The bar is less than 100 feet from the rim. And at night, the rim has no lights and very steep drops into the abyss. And with a thunderstorm approaching, the mood reminded me of one of those scenes in Apocalypse Now. You better watch and know where you’re going. These images were captured last Thursday. Click on image for larger view.
It’s September and time to make the trek up the Virgin River at Zion National Park, Utah. The water was warm and refreshing on a 95 F degree day. I lugged 2 cameras, 2 lenses, a tripod and my hiking pole amongst other gadgets and some energy. If you’ll be doing The Narrows yourself, you can rent the necessary gear at Zion Outfitter. In case you missed it, see the time lapse video from The Narrows by clicking on link Narrows Time Lapse. Following are the images I captured. Click on image for larger view.
Don’t drive on the interstate if you can enjoy a stressless ride through the countryside. That’s where I get a lot of my best photos. Taking the long way home. On my trip to and from Yellowstone, I decided to check out rural Idaho and Utah. Click on image for larger view