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A month ago on the return trip from Canada’s NW Territories, I was zipping down the east side of Glacier NP in Montana when this event happened. The sun peeked out and I stopped, grabbed the camera and ran up a hill to get above the trees. It’s a hand-held and I started with HDR processing and applied that lightly and then did more exposure blending from the original RAW file.
The goal was to not have a sky that was over saturated and darker than the foreground or it would look unreal. I think I pushed right up to the fence so to speak as this has the look of a graduated ND filter.
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I spent about 2 hours in Randsburg, CA two night ago photographing interesting ghost town type subjects. There is a lot of history here but much is ‘modernized’ since it is more of a living ghost town and unlike Bodie to the north, which is uninhabited for the most part.
This old sign really caught my eye with the warm setting sun light and I shot it with a 70D and 16-35mm lens. There was a long shadow from the left side to the right side, cast on the wall from the chain railing that was there and I retouched that out to make this image all about that cool old sign.
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One of my favorite places to chill is Belknap hot springs in Oregon’s Cascade Mtns, a little over an hour NE of Eugene. This picture is the Secret Garden which is an amazingly beautiful developed garden deep in the forests there.
The hot springs are developed swimming pools with water nice and hot. There are cabins to rent, RV spaces, and lodge rooms. Hiking trails abound right from the springs. The beautiful McKenzie river is great shooting and nearby attractions like Proxy Falls is a favorite for photogs.
Best time to go: October (IMO) when it is cold and rainy. Makes those hot springs feel wonderful after a hike.
I used a Canon 70D with 16-35mm zoom lens and a Induro tripod.
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Last month I made a trip top see family in Canada’s NW Territories. One evening we went for a hike along the Slave River at a place called Mountain Portage and I got busy with the camera. The area is stunning and very wild and remote. It also has plenty of history dating back to the Klondike Gold Rush and more. As far as processing this image I darkened the sky and added contrast to the lower portion of rocks, then also lightened the tiny bit of fall color on the other side of the river. Viola! Get my eBook below. Continue reading