Prince Williams Sound, Alaska

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A snow covered mountain in Prince William Sound, Alaska. My computer crashed awhile back, and I finally recovered my Aperture library.

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Cloud covered mountainside in Prince William Sound, Alaska.

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Tundra shot with late afternoon dappled light, Denali National Park, Alaska.

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Late afternoon light on a mountainside in Prince Williams Sound, Alaska. Photo captured on Canon 10D with 200mm.

Cloudburst

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Cloudburst over Mammoth, California. Kodak HIE with 87C opaque filter on a Leica M6. Scanned with Nikon 9000ED scanner with ScanVue Professional software on MacPro on El Capitan OS.

Chocolate Cake and Opus One

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Just out of college I did editorial photography for a local newspaper. One assignment was to take photos at a restaurant of dessert and wine. A waitress dressed up to hold the items I photographed. I used a Norman 2000 watt-second power pack with one head in a Chimera 3’x4′ softbox to the left and a reflector to the right while the waitress was standing a few feet from a neutral wall at the restaurant. I photographed using my Hasselblad 500CM and Sonnar 150mm lens with Kodak TMY 120 film. The wine shot includes a bottle of Opus One 1982 vintage. I used Selective Color in Photoshop to dial in some warmth for the chocolate cake photo. I liked the simplicity of the lighting that shows off the detail in the cake.

Oceano Dunes is a special place.

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Oceano Dunes bring back some fond memories, and some of my favorite photos. I have visited a couple of times, and each visit I find new vistas and details. The first photo is a Vista looking from the dunes to the Pacific Ocean in the late afternoon. I like the long stretches of dunes with the shadows as well as the atmospheric haze of the ocean in the horizon. All photos in this post are with a Leica M6 and Agfa 400 film and a Yellow filter for added contrast. The dunes allow you to photograph both details and long shots which are rewarding.

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Chiaroscuro light used in this photo creates a precarious balance of the dunes.

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The detail of the partially filled bottle on the sand creates drama as the side light rakes across the sand and illuminates the bottle. I like the shape of what looks like a bottle stand that creates to me a magic lantern.

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Kelp is everywhere. I framed these kelp pods in a harmonious way as the side lighting brushes them in the late afternoon light.

Somewhere outside of Las Vegas

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Just a quick post. A trip just outside Las Vegas to photograph some scenery. I believe the location is called Red Rock. This frame of the rock that mimics the head of a fish, so I named the photo Rock Fish. I photographed with Kodak TMZ 3200 ISO film on a Leica M6. I think the high-speed film helped with the contrast photographing in the shade.

Kelso Dunes

Where will the winds guide you this Labor Day weekend? Kelso Dunes Wilderness details. Located in Baker, California.kelso31 copy

A Horizontal provides a serene composition. Yes, that is a spider web on the left leaf tip at 2 o’clock.

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I like the repeating circular pattern in the sand that the swirling wind provided pushing the plant back and forth Photographed with a borrowed Leica M6 and Agfa 25 film. This trip was a first time shooting with a Leica rangefinder. I was shooting up to this point with a 4×5. A good friend said hey take my Leica along and shoot some photos with it. After this trip, I bought a Leica M6 and left the 4×5 at home.

 

Happy 100th birthday, National Park Service!

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Happy 100th birthday, National Parks Service! Memorial weekend 1980 I took this photo from Yosemite Valley looking upwards to Yosemite Falls. The moon was full that night and the sound created by the waterfall was awesome. I photographed using my Mamiya C330 with Kodak Ektachrome 200. The exposure was two minutes at ƒ/2.8.

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An energetic cloud formation above Death Valley National Park. Happy 100th birthday, National Park Service! Photographed with Agfa 25 film on a Canon EOS1-N camera. Scanned on a Nikon 9000ED with Vuescan Software.

Zabriskie Point, Death Valley National Park

zabriskiepointBadlands detail at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley National Park. The unusual topography created by erosion forming mounds of mudstone into interesting geometric shapes. I photographed using Kodak HIE Infrared film with an 87C opaque filter on a Leica M6 Camera. I scanned the film with a Nikon 9000ED scanner using VueScan software on my MacPro running El Capitan OS.

Hawaiian Chicken

Hawaiian Chicken

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Hawaiian Chicken for Foster Farms using organic chicken. More of the lighting details under the Food section of this site. This photoshoot was for my sister’s blog and will post soon. I will send the link when it’s published. She did the food prep, and most of the props. More about that process after it publishes.

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This is the test shot the day prior to shooting. I wanted to check out ratios with the Profoto B1’s. I wanted to achieve a window light quality.

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A detail of the skillet with some braised Hawaiian chicken.