I enjoy getting out in my kayak to do some photography. One location that I like to photographing in is Blue Cypress Lake here in Florida. The shoreline of the lake is filled with century old cypress trees that have weathered many powerful storms over the years. I find the best way to access these location is with my kayak. I have a small boat of about 10' with an electric tolling motor. It allows me to cover a fair amount of distance when the lake is calm. I use a Sony A7R111 camera that has a 5 axis stabilization system in the camera body. This is the prefect camera when photographing out of a boat that is constantly moving.
This image is of a scanned 4x5 negative I made back in 1986. It was my first trip to New Mexico and I was fascinated with the Spanish-Indian culture and architecture. This mission is located in Rancho de Taos a small town in the northern part of the state. In my early years of photography I would study the works of the early masters of photography by spending hours in the public library reading about their work and viewing their images. Paul Strand was a photographer that I admired and it was his image of this mission church he made back in 1931 that inspired me to travel to this area. This church was built in 1772 and has survived many changes over the years. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco_de_Asis_Mission_Church
We spent a few days in Terlingua, Tx. to do some hiking and photography. I decided to do some night photography of this trip and while driving around the area I kept an eye out for some good nighttime subject matter. I discovered this old bus outside of town and contacted the landowner about retuning at night to photograph. Once I was granted permission I scouted out the location during the day time to get an idea of where I wanted to setup the camera and which lens would be required. I marked my tripod position by stacking a few rocks in a pile. It had been my desire to visit during the period of a new moon so I could have a sky full of stars. The first few nights of our trip were cloudy and the moon was already at a quarter. In this image I choose a five minute exposure at f9 using a 35mm f2.8 Sony lens. I put the camera in manual focus and working with the mirrorless camera bright LED screen locate a focus point. I made a test exposure to determine sharp focus by setting a very high ISO using my F9 apeture. Once I was satisfied with the composition and that the image was in focus I placed an LED light inside of the bus to light the interior. During the long exposure I walked around the bus with a flashlight at about a 90* angle to the axis of the camera. It is important to use extreme angles of light to get contrast and details on the subject and surrounding ground. It is best to try several diffent exposures to be certain that the final image has enough light for a proper exposure. It is easy to be fooled by the bright LED screen at nighttime in thinking you have made a good image. The best thing is to review the histogram to determine the exposure. Although the stars were not out and the moon was coming up, the movement of the clouds added a new and unexpected demension to the image.
I made a stop in S.C. at Santee State Park while traveling back from up north. I found an interesting swamp near by with some nice cypress trees. After the sun had set I waded out through the swamp with my tripod and camera to look for an area to photograph. The light at this time of day is soft and directional and provides nice detail in the scene. This region of South Carolina has plenty of areas to explore and I hope to revisit it again to spend more time there.
We recently spent some time in the state of Maine. We chose late fall for our trip knowing that the tourist season would be over and we could have all the wonderful lobster dinners to ourselves. The irregular coastline of Maine with it's many back bays sometimes looks more a land of lakes than a ocean shoreline. One place that I like to photograph is at Pemaquid Point. This is the location of the Pemaquid lighthouse that sits on the rugged rock shoreline. I am fascinated with the shapes and contours of the rocky coast in this area. I made this image long after sunset with very little available light left for photography. I often prefer this soft light to bring out the details that would normally be lost in the bright sunshine. The reflective light from the open sky makes the white boulder glow against the darker surrounding rock.
I was honored to have this image win an award in the Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition held at St. Augistine Arts Association Gallery. I made this image in May of this year at Manatee Spring. Florida. I enjoy photographing from a kayak because I am able to get back in area that otherwise would be difficult to access.