Earlier this year in January I got the wild idea that Kristi and I should take a once in a lifetime trip rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. I looked at a few rafting companies and found a trip that put in the river on my birthday in September. I booked the trip through Hatch River Expeditions. We got to see all the highlights, ride in the front of the raft the whole trip and eat really great food. Definitely the trip of a lifetime. And I took some really great images as well.
NEOWISE ONE Nikon Z7 Tamron 70-200 @70mm 8s f2.8 iso10000 DFS "It is not in the stars to hold our destiny...but in ourselves." -William Shakespeare With all the attention the comet NEOWISE was getting lately, I was starting to get down-right envious. The shots I have seen were amazing! But as it turned out the comet wasn't as easy to view as it seemed on the internet. And so I began the chase. Early on I thought that it could best be viewed from atop of a local building that I had access to. I got up hours before dawn and shlepped my gear up the six stories. Ready at 4:30 am to catch a glimpse. Except I had no idea where it was. Which way should I point my camera? How long of a shutter speed? Was it there and I just couldn't find it? I decided to pack it in and go home for more research. I tried the next morning at a local park. I had clear skies, why couldn't I see it? Alright enough of this sleep deprivation.... I guess it was giving me b
Sometimes a new feature comes along that really makes your work easier. This is the case with the latest update to Lightroom. Adobe just released a new version of Lightroom 6 or Lightroom CC 2015, depending on your subscription model. Along with adding the ability to access your graphics processor to speed the Develop module, the other features are what got me excited. They added a new HDR and Panoramic features, among others. I just had to try them out with images from my last trip to Escalante. The first image below was made by light painting the foreground rocks with a large Mag Lite. I like the incandescent warm color that this flashlight emits. I used my Nikon D800e on a high iso to capture the static stars at 20mm f2.8 iso1000 for 30 seconds. I also used a cooler colored headlamp behind the arch to illuminate the underside, to better accentuate the hole. Another image was made for the startrails. In this case my settings were 20mm f2.8 iso100 for 30 minute
Zoroaster Window Now that the new year is almost upon us, I have been looking back at some of the images I've created the past twelve months. Creatively speaking, this has been a pretty good year for image making for me. I had one of the most memorable epic trips, river rafting the Grand Canyon for my birthday. I revisited and backpacked to some remote hoodoos in Escalante National Monument. I became heavily involved at the Sedona Photography Symposium. My involvement with the fine folks in Sedona landed me a fun trip to the Valley of Fire in Nevada. It was also the hottest place I had ever been in April, clocking in at 97 in the shade. I wrote and self-published a book on photographing the Grand Canyon, which received positive reviews, as well as a successful presentation at the Sedona Camera Club. I created some interesting night images, as well as some intimate ones as well. The year started off with a winter trip to the Grand Canyon. There were some areas that I had