landscape photography

Free Hi-Res Wallpaper: Solitude

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"Solitude", Nikon D800, ISO 100, f/20 at 1/160 sec., 135mmFree Hi-Res Desktop Wallpaper - Just reverse click over the image and choose "Save Image as..."

“Solitude”, Nikon D800, ISO 100, f/20 at 1/160 sec., 135mm
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Halifax River from Holly Hill Shore

“What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn’t have any doubt—it is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn’t want to go anywhere else.”
Hal Boyle

I think I would like to have a rowboat. I have always loved the water – especially lakes, rivers and streams. Yet, I don’t want nor need the hassle of a “real boat”. And there is something attractive about the memory and idea of just floating along, unencumbered by purpose, expectations or time.

There are so many lakes and streams in the area waiting to offer themselves as photographic subjects. The problem is that viewing and photographing them solely from the perspective of the shore tells only part of their story. It’s like hearing only one side of a telephone conversation: you’re left to assume so much about the other side. So often our assumptions are wrong. I can’t help but wonder what I could see from the other side.

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"Halifax River" [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 100, f/11 at 1/160 sec., 85 mm

“Halifax River” [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 100, f/11 at 1/160 sec., 85 mm

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HDR in Ruins: Help Wanted

Please, I need your help!

Over the Easter holiday weekend, I got the opportunity to sit down and work with some photographs I captured in Stockton, Utah in July of last year. I had just gotten my Mamiya 645 Super medium-format film camera, and wanted to take it out and shoot a couple of rolls of film. An earlier post featured one of the B&W photos from the Mamiya film shoot, but I had never even looked at the digital images I got at the same time.

I recall that my intuition had me thinking that the early morning light and the landscape that lay in front of me was the perfect combination for some interesting HDR images. I therefore bracketed all of my shots for each scene by a half stop. I haven’t done a lot of HDR work to-date, but it is a technique I’ve become more and more intrigued with for its ability to show so much detail and texture. And if you’ve come to this site with any regularity, you know how I’m drawn to textures.

So here they are. I’m pretty happy with the results and think I might like to have a metal print made of the best image from this series. The problem is, I can’t decide which one is the “best image”. That’s where your help comes in; which one would you choose to print? Please leave your opinion/comments below. Thanks.

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Nikon D300, ISO 200, bracketed aperture for HDR conversion at 1/125th sec.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, bracketed aperture for HDR conversion at 1/125th sec.

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Nikon D300, ISO 200, bracketed aperture for HDR conversion at 1/125th sec.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, bracketed aperture for HDR conversion at 1/125th sec.

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Nikon D300, ISO 200, bracketed aperture for HDR conversion at 1/125th sec.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, bracketed aperture for HDR conversion at 1/125th sec.

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Nikon D300, ISO 200, bracketed aperture for HDR conversion at 1/125th sec.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, bracketed aperture for HDR conversion at 1/125th sec.

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Mama Mamiya!

Today, I thought I would share one of the first images I captured with my new Mamiya 645 Super medium format film camera (circa 1987). I found this camera, along with 55 mm and 80 mm lenses and a Metz flash, at a pawn shop recently for $100. In three potentially trademarked words, “I’m lovin’ it!”

The downside of this photo and this camera is that it further reminds me how very much I love (and prefer) shooting film!

Mamiya 645 Super, Ilford 120 ISO 100, 4 seconds at f/16, 55 mm

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