Cloud Light

DSCF0055This Mother of a cloud illuminates and reflects off the water with the Channel Islands and an offshore platform in the distance. Taken 1-3-05 at 5:54 PM, just north of Refugio Beach State Park, CA.  The cool thing about this image for me is that my Mother and I watched this scene for about half an hour as the light dissipated from the cloud.

Curiosity Mirrored

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A light snow flurry started on this day in Walsh County, ND and as I was passing this area of farm land I noticed this beauty grazing on her pasture.  It was a solemn, much laid-back scene with the snow falling around her and I was curious to see if I could compose a shot.   As I started to snap off images from about 50 yards away, the sound of my camera had sparked her curiosity.  As she came my direction, I continued to take images of the cautious approach which led to this shot.  It’s funny because what started out as an attempt to get a single scene composed for a still image ended up as a face to face visit from a beautiful creature, a totally different final composition and an experimental short motion clip, not to mention, being able to give a friendly rub on her face before I left.  Nature’s spirit is pretty profound and it tends to pop up and say “hello” when you least imagine.

The sequences of the images are put together in this short called “The Visit”.

http://www.vimeo.com/7178930

There’s a long ending after the fade out.   To replay it just move the slider back to the beginning.

Shadows & Highlights

_MG_2354_1I’ve always been fascinated by how much a print technician can do to bring out dynamic range in prints from film through basic “dodge & burn” darkroom techniques.  The collaboration between a printer who usually has never been to the locations photographed but can interpret what the photographer saw is a creative process many photographers depended on.  Now with the digital process a photographer can experiment with dynamic range in images that bridge to the surreal.  This image is tweaked with an exaggerated Shadow/Highlight & Contrast layers in Photoshop.  There is software that will take images to the creative extremes like in this blog site:

http://www.stuckincustoms.com/hdr-software/