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The Rock Factory

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2018 by lilybug1960

The Rock Factory.
 
A little TBT (throwback Thursday for you folks my age) from outside Page, AZ a couple years ago. I have been going through some images preparing for my presentation to the Booth Photography Guild next Saturday the 11th and came across some images from the Rock Factory. A long time great friend, Stan Burman, was kind enough to take Cecil Holmes and I out to this incredible location for sunset. He even made a mysterious phone call and got us some beautiful clouds and color for sunset! I would love to get back out to this location and spend more than one evening to see all of the varieties of clouds and light that appear. I have never witnessed sunsets like they regularly have in Arizona anywhere else in America. It does get a little warm for my liking though too. Earlier in the day we were going to walk out to Horseshoe Bend, but we stayed in the air conditioned car when we saw the current temperature was 108 degrees! Thank you Stan for sharing this beautiful location with us.
 
Tamron SP 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5DIII, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/5th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiImaging, #SiruiProfessional
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Disclosing a Location continuation

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2018 by lilybug1960

Disclosing a Location continuation.
 
I was impressed with some of the discussion yesterday when I brought up the reasons some photographers will give for not disclosing a location vs. not posting it or going there at all. Honestly though, no one could present a decent reason for just not posting it in the first place. I get it, you go to a great location, you get a great image, you are proud of your image, you want to share it, but you feel by simply removing the location information you are saving that location from exploitation. The problem is this, in this day of the selfie, there are those in this world that feel one way to improve a beautiful scene is to put their face in front of it. Then others feel the challenge and have to do it as well. As an experiment I simply looked at a few images that the locations were withheld and did a few things. First I simply Googled a key word (like slot canyon) near a location like “Northern Arizona” and more than 75 percent of the time just a description got me the information I needed. Then using Google images I tried to closely match the image. There were no locations that I couldn’t find. Time to go do a selfie! Guess what though? When I had no image to work off of, I had no way to find something I didn’t know was there! Hmmm… My point is this, posting a great image is an ego boost and you want to share your skills, but don’t try and fool yourself into thinking that you can feel better about being a good steward by simply adding the phrase “I’m not going to disclose the location” because it doesn’t work. Be a good steward, don’t post the image.
 
This is a “Secret Canyon”, no really it is. The name of the Canyon is Secret Canyon and is only accessible by a guide service who has an agreement with the Navajo tribe who owns it.
 
Tamron SP 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 100, shutter speed of 5 seconds, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30x ballhead, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Learning to See

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 20, 2016 by lilybug1960

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Learning to See.
 
When I am out photographing or for that matter teaching, I study the elements in front of me. I talk to my students and try and get them to identify a subject and other elements within an area. I emphasize the idea of studying the relationship of the elements and how they compliment or contrast the subject. In short, I teach them to “See” a scene. Tunnel vision is something that can block a composition quickly, so I like to start wide and work down or start tight and work out. In doing so, you see lines and shapes that form patterns to help complete your vision. That is another reason I love photographing in the slot canyons, you learn to see and how things can flow to or away from your subject.
 
Tamron SP 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure Mode, f16, 2 second shutter speed, ISO 100, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, Lowepro photo backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron

As Water Flows

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 19, 2016 by lilybug1960

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As water flows.
 
A question I often get is “how were the slot canyons made?” Well, what happens is for hundreds, thousands and possibly a million years, water has flowed through the cracks in the sandstone. As it opens the crack wider it allows sand, rocks and other debris to flow through as well. Each time it carves the canyon a little wider and a little deeper. We don’t see the work it does since typically it is done over very long periods of time. Sand settles down on the floor of the canyon each time smoothing it out. Regulations regarding slot canyons are interesting and most people don’t understand why they are so tough. If it looks like rain, they are put on alert, if it starts to rain within a certain distance and direction from the canyon, the canyon will be evacuated. These canyons become “spillways” for the water to travel, so just a small amount of rain upstream can cause several feet traveling at a high rate of speed to sweep through the canyon floor. On August 12, 1997 11 tourists lost their lives in Lower Antelope Canyon when a storm dumped water 7 miles upstream. Pay attention to the conditions around you when you visit one of these beautiful canyons. Create lots of images while you are there.
 
Tamron SP 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure mode, f11, 4 second shutter speed, ISO 100, Sirui 3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, Lowepro photo backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron

More from the Rock Factory

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2016 by lilybug1960

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More from the Rock Factory.
 
This place isn’t the easiest to find but it was well worth visiting. Thanks to my friend Stan Burman for taking us out there. After driving for about 10 miles outside of Page, AZ, then about 20 minutes on some dirt roads with several turns, we arrived at this great place. We arrived during some decent late light but we could see the clouds were moving in, but we had this feeling that they were going to light up at sunset. We could see a gap on the horizon and stayed hopeful. A lot of folks would have left and gone to another location since the clouds were kind of thick but it is great shooting with other optimist! Our patience paid off and we were rewarded with one of the most spectacular sunsets I have ever witnessed. Arriving a hour and a half ahead of time allowed us to scout out several spots and compositions so when the light turned magical, we wasted no time. Typically a sunset like this will last only a minute, but this one seemed to go on for 5 to 10 minutes. Thanks again go out to Stan for his location suggestion, and for his suggestion on the Mexican food we all had afterwards. What a great day!
 
Tamron SP 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure mode, f11, 1/3 of a second shutter speed, ISO 100, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, Lowepro photo backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron

Black and White?

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2016 by lilybug1960

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Black and White?
 
The American landscape is so diverse. From mountains to deserts, we have it all and everything in between. Ansel Adams created so many classic images of the landscape in Black and White as well as color. I am in no way comparing my image to an Ansel though, I just think it is great to convert some images that have that iconic landscape look to BW. Color captures the warmth so well but I think it sometimes loses the size of a landscape. Removing the color sometimes takes away the distractions and allows you to focus on scale and detail. I posted a color image the other day and to me this looks like it captures the size of Horseshoe Bend better. Granted the other one was zoomed in a little more, but I still think this shows just how big the place is a little better.
 
Tamron SP 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure Mode, f8, 1/30th of a second shutter speed, ISO 100, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, Lowepro photo backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron

Upper Waterhole Canyon

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 13, 2016 by lilybug1960

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Upper Waterhole Canyon
 
Slot Canyons can be one of the most difficult things to photograph for some folks. What you see with your eyes is translated to the final image very differently. The rock that is almost purple to the eye turns red as the shutter opens and absorbs the light. Sure, that could all be changed within the post processing but it lacks the inviting warmth the photographer feels in the canyon. Photographing inside is more about lines, shapes and texture, and how light changes or enhances the quality of each element. You learn to contrast shadow and highlight. You identify lines and the depth of which the light emphasizes their existence. It isn’t about capturing a beautiful landscape, instead is all about the graphic and how it can capture mood. If you have never been to one, it is worth visiting and hopefully photographing as well.
Tamron SP 15-30mm Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure Mode, f11, 15 seconds, ISO 100, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, Lowepro photo backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron