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Mobius Arch Morning Light

January 30th, 2013

Mobius Arch Morning Light

The series of image I have chosen today are to demonstrate the concept "Light Is Everything in photography". Mobius Arch in California, USA is a wonderful piece of rock. It is interesting from a variety of angles and can be photographed with a variety of focal lengths.
Here, I want to emphasize that it is the great light that makes this image worth its merit. In planning for this trip I had a pretty good idea the direction I would be facing to make the shot and thus I felt that the best time of day would be a sunrise rather than sunset. I wanted the rock to appear to glow with the warm light from the early morning sun. Again, I planned on a greaat location in my travel plans and then I visited this arch several times (maybe 10 times) to get the shot you see here. Good results are generally due to planning and persistence...Wait for the light after all your expense and effort to arrive on the scene.

Mystic Blue 4

January 20th, 2013

Mystic Blue 4

One final image from this series. Watch how your model is standing. Pay good attention to details...here the feet and legs are tight together...the umbrella is help in the right position...etc...etc...etc.
Remember that you can dress up your friends and family and create interesting images of them that are not just candids and snap shots. You can create interest in your tavels as well as in your photographs in this manner.

Mystic Blue 3

January 20th, 2013

Mystic Blue 3

Here the landscape is an integral part of the image. I wanted to show enough of the landscape to compliment the model in the image. A slight breeze helps with the flow of the fabric. My next series, which hasn't occured yet, will be on a vey windy day to see what the fabric will look like. I imagine I will lose a few umbrellas in the process and the hat won't work.
The point here is to re-imagine the image under different conditions of light and weather.
I am waiting for the light as well as the wind...

Mystic Blue 2

January 20th, 2013

Mystic Blue 2

The lighting here is very dramatic and harsh. The ripples in the sand and the folds in the fabric are the elements that make this photo. The white hat keeps my model's identity somewhat of a mystery. This anonymity allows the viewer of the image to put themselves in the place of my model. The difficulty was to keep my own shadow out of the image and still have only the model, the sand, and her shadow fill the frame. Again, I wanted a minimalistic appearance in the photograph.
The main point here is to "Plan out the image you wish to create". This includes everything from the apparel to the location to the time of day.

Mystic Blue 1

January 20th, 2013

Mystic Blue 1

I originally wanted to create images of a figure in blue on the White Sands several years ago. I had been photographing the dunes and wanted to have a model in blue fabric but (alas) I had neither. This concept stuck with me for a considerable time.
Now, I am in Alamogordo and my wife has graciously offered to sew an outfit of blue fabric and do the modelling for me.
These "Mystic Blue" images are quite different from my "Into the Mystic" series. The light and the completely blue sky creates a different scenerio from the clouds and spots of light in my other series. I chose a cloudless day...which isn't too difficult in New Mexico for the photo shoot. A minimalist look is what I was after and I feel that it worked out nicely. I hope you like my images as much as I did producing them.

Classic Cars 3

January 20th, 2013

Classic Cars 3

This wonderful classic Cadillac caught my eye for several reasons and this is translated into my image. The brilliant red paint with so much shine is hard to resist. The angle I chose to shoot along the huge back fin gives more dynamics to the stationary vehicle. However, I chose this image today because of "The Background". Those classic Gas Pumps form an interesting background to this image. Often photographers are so excited by the main subject in the frame that they forget about what is in the background that may spoil the image to some degree. While I was making this image there were many other people walking around the car...I had to wait for them to move out of my field of view. I used my tripod when I made all three of these images since I was indoors with not enough light for the small f-stop that I chose for maximum depth of field. So, I set up and waited for a clean shot of the vehicle with no distracting elements in the frame.
The point here is...go to an interesting location, be prepared with tripod and camera, be patient, and watch your background and surroundings for any distractions that may interfere with your image.

Classic Cars 2

January 20th, 2013

Classic Cars 2

This image demonstrates choosing an interesting angle or point of view when making a photograph. Angling a static/stationary object in the frame tends to give it more dynamics. The subject at an angle makes the viewer's eye travel along the angular line that is created.
In this composition of the two classic cars you can see perhaps that the cars are more dynamic (perhaps more exciting to view) than if they were photographed as a straight shot from the side-on position.

Classic Cars 1

January 20th, 2013

Classic Cars 1

I have always had an interest in Classic Cars. I chose these car images to stress another point about my travels and my photography. The point is...choose places to travel that interest you the most and while at that location photograph the things that interest you the most. This seems like a moot point but often photographers capture images that they think "they should" or "that other people may purchase". It is rather like musicians that copy or perform only music that other musicians have recorded or performed. This is almost like a "lip sync" in my opinion.
Remember to travel where you have some interest and photograph what you are keen on.

The King Of Wings

January 19th, 2013

The King Of Wings

This hoodoo is known as "The King of Wings". It is really a wonder to behold. The caprock juts out into space further than any other known hoodoo in the world. Its location is in New Mexico which is common knowledge to people who seek to find such treasures. The other part of its location...coordinates, map locations, directions how to locate it...are all kept secret. Photographed originally by a German couple Steffen Synnatschke and Isabel Synnatchke who have a website called "Secrets of the West" brought this feature and several others in the USA to light with directions to their location and how to photograph them. Originally they had coordinates of this location but wisely removed them to protect this feature from the throngs of photographers who would soon follow. As a result, I offer the image but no directions of which badland it is located in. As with anything, some persistence and investigation may lead you and others to this wonderful site...happy hunting. I hope you enjoy my image of this remarkable piece of the New Mexico landscape. If you do find The King Of Wings tread softly as this is a one of a kind feature...Cheers Bob

Ghosts of the Bisti Wilderness

January 19th, 2013

Ghosts of the Bisti Wilderness

These hoodoos in the Bisti Wilderness of New Mexico remind me of ghosts. Their shapes are all individual like children out on a Halloween caper. The backlighting on the features is what makes this subject come alive. The rock appears to glow from light being reflected from adjacent rocks and from a wrap around effect of the backlighting.
I planned to go specifically to the area of the Egg Factory for an evening shoot and, having enough time, I was able to explore the surrounding area for other subjects that are not often published. Since the image is unique I especially like having it in my portfolio. Again, look around the iconic site to see what else there is to be seen and photographed.

 

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