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.
I live near Blue Cypress Lake in Florida. It is a wonderful wilderness area that has plenty of wildlife. I enjoy kayaking along the shore of the lake where there are numerous tall cypress trees that stand in the water. My little kayak is equipped with an electric trolling motor to reduce the amount of paddling I need to do when I am out photographing. My camera of choice for this type of photography is the Sony A7R11 because of the five axis in camera stabilization system the camera has. I like to use a Zeiss Batis 18mm or Sony 16~35mm zoom lens when I am out on the water. Both lenses are ideal for these kind of images because it lets me include a lot of sky and water in the image. I am always fascinated with these majestic trees that stand alone surrounded by water.
I made this image of a waterfall in Iceland in the month of May. The daylight hours are nearly twenty four hours a day at that time of year. This image was made after 10:30 p.m. and there was plenty of daylight to keep photographing well beyond that time of day. It is easy to forget the the late hour and push yourself well beyond your limits to keep traveling and exploring new areas to photograph. The light in Iceland is constantly changing and creates the opportunity for some dramatic images. I hope to return to this wonderful land and continue to find new and interesting landscapes to photograph.
I made this image near the town of Hofn while I was in Iceland. The weather is constantly changing in this artic land and something you will need to wait for the right conditions to make a desired image. I waited at least an hour or more for the clouds to clear the mountain peaks in this scene. As I waited I dealt with some rain as well as wind. It is easy to give up on a location when the weather doesn't co-operate and when travel is involved. Often I quote Edward Weston's belief that, " while you are waiting for it here, you are missing it there". But on this particular day I am glad I hung around for the storm clouds to clear and make the image.