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Hi everyone. Please save the date, and join Martin Radigan, Vernon Patterson, and me for our 2018 "Off the Beaten Path" Fall in the West Virginia Highlands Photography Workshop. This exciting workshop in the beautiful Potomac Highlands region of West Virginia will feature a few of the more traditional locations, but the emphasis will be on getting to new locations that are "off the beaten path". We will be exploring and photographing a diverse landscape that includes expansive mountain top vistas, forests and bogs, to intimate waterfalls.
This quote by the author J.B. Jackson is never too far away in my thoughts when I am in the landscape. The concept of place, and our connections to place are powerful expressions in how we view our world. The Black Church at Búdir is one place, that for me, expresses a powerful sense of place and identity. Sitting on a windswept point in a harsh landscape, the church emotes a sense of hope, civility, and simple community. It is a building that is perfect in its simplicity, unadorned, vernacular, and free of extraneous decorations, it resonates with life.
Of all of the incredible locations we visited in Iceland in 2017, Vestrahorn in Stokksnes, was the one place that literally brought me to tears. I have never seen such a view where mountains, coastline, black sand dunes, and sky all combined to create such wonder. There were compositions everywhere I looked and at times I just framed and shot, reacting to the light and my own visceral feelings. It was truly magic.
I took quite a few photo walks, which my fellow shooter, Kevin Brookes, and I often referred too as "photo-parkours", while working on a multi year project in St Louis. This is the last shot I made, on my last trip, and my last last parkour through the city. I think its uplifting, (sorry about the bad pun). There was quite the festival happening in this plaza in the city center with music, the Oscar Meyer Wiener Mobile, and these balloons.
The subtlety of our rural landscape takes some time to understand and appreciate. I know for a fact that it took me quite a while to not only appreciate the light, textures, and forms but to actually find a joy in peeling away the layers. It is not the grand "scape" like many of the western images I shoot, but I like the challenges of finding compositions nuanced by subtle light striking the dense patterns of grasses and leaves.
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.
Black volcanic sand undulates along the beach on the Stokksnes Peninsula in Eastern Iceland . TECHNICAL: Sony a7RII and a Tokin FiRIN 20mm f2. Image exposed at IS0 100 at f11 for 1/2 of a 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 photographed this regal Icelandic Horse on my last trip to Iceland Icelandic's are an incredible breed, brought to Iceland sometime in the 9th or 10th century. They are known for being sure-footed and able to easily cross rough terrain. They have an additional gait called tölt which is a four-beat ambling gait similar to that of a Tennessee Walker . This was shot with the Fuji XT2 and a Fuji XF50-140 R WR at 140mm. Image exposed at ISO 400 at f2.8 for 1/1250 of a second. 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)