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Hi everyone. Please save the date, and join Martin Radigan and me for our 2018 Fall in the West Virginia Highlands Photography Workshop. This exciting workshop in the beautiful Potomac Highlands region of West Virginia will be full days beginning very early for sunrise and ending in the evening after sunset. For this workshop we will visit a few of the more traditional locations but the emphasis will be on getting to new locations that are "off the beaten path".
I have made a number of trips to St Louis, over the last four years, and this may rank as one of the best sunrises I have seen in that time. During this trip the weather did not cooperate for the first few days but on my last morning in the city the sky, and reflections, finally came together. This image was shot from the far end of the South Pond which provides one of the best reflection points for viewing the Arch. The Arch grounds, and the museum have been under a major renovation for the last four years, and the grand opening will be on July 3, 2018.
I have a good friend, and excellent photographer, who recently said that he thought I preferred black and white image making over color. I was not sure this was true and in fact a review of my various social media feeds showed that I was probably split down the middle on the use of color versus black and white. I think that what he was referring too was that I tend to push certain types of images into black and white while others go to color. I shoot landscapes predominantly in color whereas my street, architecture, and even my portrait work strays over into black and white. I do not have a formula for all this and the decision often comes down to the type of light I was shooting in and whether the color tones in the shot would convert well to a dramatic black and white conversion.
Seeing light, and understanding its effect in regards to the capture of an image, is something I have endeavored to work on for many years. When I moved from film to digital I struggled to understand how to manage light especially since I had somewhat reached a level of understanding on how to shoot with Fuji Velvia and Provia, and what filters I needed to moderate the process. So a new journey in discovery began. My landscape work has always been a "considered level of fussiness", much like in my film days, and when I attempted to translate this into street and portrait work I found it just not work as well. Or at least I was not satisfied with the treatment and the way I might convey a story.
A sinuous line along the North Reflecting Pool leads to The Gateway Arch. TECHNICAL: Fuji GFX 50s and a Fujinon GF23mm f4 R WR (18mm equivalent). Image exposed at ISO 100 at f11 for 50 seconds. Note: For the best viewing experience please click on the image and view in Lightbox Mode.
This is the lower of three waterfalls that descend through the Muddy Creek Gorge, a glacial remnant that drains from Lake Moraine. TECHNICAL: Fuji GFX 50s and a Fujinon GF32-64mm f4 R WR at 35mm (28mm equivalent). Image exposed at ISO 100 at f11 for 1 second. Note: For the best viewing experience please click on the image and view in Lightbox Mode.
This is the main set of falls within the Muddy Creek Gorge and illustrates the wild, and tumbled landscape of massive, displaced rock and trees that drain down from Lake Moraine. TECHNICAL: Fuji GFX 50s and a Fujinon GF23mm f4 R WR. Image exposed at ISO 100 at f11 for 1/4 of a second. Note: For the best viewing experience please click on the image and view in Lightbox Mode.
I photograph this location quite often and given the right conditions it represents, for me, the beautiful and often subtle landscape of my home. We have had quite a spell of frigid weather that began to ice up the Potomac River just below Shepherdstown. Cold conditions often bring some dramatic light and this sunset shot was no exception. This was shot with the Fuji GFX 50S and a GF 110mm f2 R WR. Note: For the best viewing experience please click on the image and view in Lightbox Mode.
This was shot with the Fuji GFX 50S and a GF 110mm f2 R WR. Note: For the best viewing experience please click on the image and view in Lightbox Mode.
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TECHNICAL: Sony a7RII | Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 FE | Image exposed at ISO 100 at f11 for 1 second | (For the best viewing experience, CLIK on the image to view in Lightbox Mode)
TECHNICAL: Fuji X-T2 | Fujinon XF10-24mm f4.0 R OIS | Image exposed at ISO 200 at f11 for 1/50 of a second | (For the best viewing experience, CLIK on the image to view in Lightbox Mode)