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Images Of 2016

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

 

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Arizona Skies To Music

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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The Photographer’s Cookbook- And You Can Participate!

Photographer's cookbook

 

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.

For example:

Producing  Star Trail Photographs:

Zion Starry Night

 

Ingredients

1 Digital Camera

1 Cloudless and Moonless Night Away from City Light

1 Shutter Release

1 Tripod

1 Ball Head

1 Headlamp

and 2 tablespoons of patience

Directions

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?

 


Best of 2014 Images

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!

 


The Many Moods In And Around Zion National Park

All these shots were taken this past Friday

 

Kolob Sunset

Smith Mesa

Kolob Storm

Gooseberry Mesa

Kolob Sunset

Kolob Sunset

Kolob Storm

Kolob Storm

Kolob Sunset


Photo Workshop In The Desert- October 27th Thru The 31st

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.

 

 

Paria Clay Beds

South Coyote Buttes

South Coyote Buttes

Buckskin Gulch

Coyote Buttes Clay beds

Coyotte Buttes

Goblin Valley

White Pocket

White Pocket

The Second Wave

The Nautilus

The Second Wave

The Wave

The Wave

The Toadstool

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Photo Of The Week- Macro Sunflower

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

Sunflower Macro!


Do Not Stop At The Bar Before Viewing North Rim

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.

North Rim Grand Canyon

I doubt he went to the bar.

North Rim Grand Canyon

That ledge is leaning towards the left.

North Rim Me_1114

He’s playing it smart, not too dangerous!

North Rim Sunset

Thankfully there are rails at this point. The bar is very close.

North Rim Sunset

North Rim Sunset

Another peaceful Grand Canyon Sunset

North Rim Sunset

The lodge is perched on the edge and storm clouds are brewing

North Rim Sunset

Another peaceful Grand Canyon picture

North Rim Sunset

The night is falling

 

North Rim Lightning

The first of many lightning strikes. DO NOT hold onto the rails.

North Rim Lightning

A composite of three lightning strikes

North Rim Grand Canyon Under a Half Moon

The storm passed to the west and a bright moon lit up the canyon.


Zion’s Amazing Narrows

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.

 

Zion Narrows

Zion Narrows

Zion Narrows

Zion Narrows

Zion Narrows

Zion Narrows

Zion Narrows

Zion Narrows

 

 

Zion Narrows

Zion Narrows

Zion Narrows

 

 


Get Off The Beaten Path!

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

 

Utah Farm Road

 

Utah Grain Silo

 

Rural Utah Highway

 

Idaho Wind Farm

 

Idaho Wind Farm

 

Idaho Train Track

 

Idaho Farm

 

Idaho Farm_0093

 

Uinta National Forest

 

Utah Peaches

 

Utah Highway Storm_0372

 

Utah Farm Sunset

 

Utah Farm Sunset

 

Utah Farm Road

 

Utah Farm Sunset

 

Utah Farm