This is from Capitol Reef National Park, a place that I definitely want to get back there some day. I only spent one afternoon here and was completely blown away. The light was absolutely spectacular.
Actually the drive from Brice Canyon to Capitol Reef was just about as spectacular than either of these two National Parks combined, I’d like to spend a few weeks at, and in-between, these two destinations sometime very soon.
This one is also one of my very large stitched multi HDR images that are about 85 inches by 17 inches when printed at 360 PPI. Click on it for a larger peek.
Here is another of my favorites. This was taken on my way to shoot Yellowstone falls. This was a very frosty predawn shot of this monster peacefully eating breakfast.
This one belongs in my favorites short list simply because of the cool story behind these natural bricks. This was taken in the North Dakota Badlands, also known as Theodore Roosevelt National Park. These are naturally fired bricks created by natural coal vein fires that were, at one time or another, burning profusely firing the natural clay deposits, probably the result of lightning strikes. These bricks were extremely valuable, especially to the indigenous peoples of North America.
Here is one of my favorite views, it is from the porch of our family cabin on an early autumn morning with the Sun burning the fog off of the lake. Actually this shot was not at all planned, I simply woke up for my morning pee and was completely blown away. I wasted absolutely no time since the light was absolutely perfect. Yes, I set up my camera and tripod and blew off several exposures for this HDR image shivering while still in my tighty- whities. If you look close near the end of the peninsula you will see the sign declaring the boundary of Voyageurs National Park. (click on it for a larger image)
This is one shot that was taken in a park nearby my home. These flowers are actually quite mundane and very plentiful in a deciduous hardwood area of the park. These flowers were lit by very narrow sparse shafts of light that somehow make their way through the canopy leaves. The diameter of the flowers, when fully open, is about the width of a dime (about 0.7″ or roughly 18mm.) I think that they are actually considered weeds (any feedback welcome.)
At any rate this image was captured late morning when some of the flowers were in full bloom while others were waiting for their time to come of age. I don’t really understand why I like this one so much, all I know is that I do. It actually breaks a few rules of composition, maybe this is why I like it so much. When you can get away with breaking the rules — and it actually works — is really what I ultimately look for in any image.
Here is an image from Arapaho Basin (A-Basin) Colorado. Spring morning skiing here in April leaves the mountain practically to ourselves. Since I learned to ski in the cold-soaked flatlands of Minnesota I am thoroughly used to skiing on ice while the afternoon crowds are busy prepping and partying in the bars waiting for the Sun to soften the ice. My buddy Chip and I are at the top with one hell of a wicked wind blowing snow hundreds of feet into the air and building a new cornice at the top of the Ridgeline.
This was taken in the mid to late 1990’s with a Nikon N2000 and a 50mm f2.8 kit lens using Kodak Ektachrome transparancy film that was scanned with my Epson V700 scanner.
Here is another one of my favorites, This is of the baptism of my nephew Nathan, from left to right, my brother-in-law, my sister, of course my nephew, and then the pastor of St. Hubert Catholic Church with the rest of the community in the background as witnesses.
This was taken with my Dad’s old Nikon FM2 with an mid 1960’s Nikkor 50mm f1.4 manual focus lens with Illford 400 ISO film processed with Kodak D76 chemistry, then scanned with an Epson V700 Photo scanner. Every once in a while I shoot an image that makes me say: Holy Crap! Did I actually shoot that one? For Heaven’s sake, Yes, I Did!
Update, The book has now been published and is selling at #1 in Amazon’s Travel/Pictorial seller’s list. Unfortunately the image, as is now published, turned out to have been oversaturated, especially the reds. I should have insisted on the conversion of my colorspace used in my printer/paper to National Geographic’s printers colorspace. Oh well, live and learn. And… holy crap! It is pretty damn cool to see one of my images in print in such a well respected National Geographic publication. I think my dad, who taught me basic photography and darkroom practices, would be proud since he was a huge fan of National Geographic.
By the way the entire book is pretty darn cool and very well done, I definitely recommend buying it.
I’ve been honored by National Geographic by selecting one of my images to be published as a two page spread in their upcoming book Places of a Lifetime . It should be available in late October, but Amazon is now accepting preorders.
Perseids meteor shower was a bust for me. Three hours and I only saw three meteors that were out of view of my camera, a full frame camera with a 17mm lens. Here is one shot, actually about one-hundred-eighty twenty-second exposure shots stacked into a single frame for a total exposure time of about one hour. This makes what is called a star trail. A few aircraft and a few satellites but, unfortunately, no meteors. I gave up about 2:30 am when the boredom overcame my ability to stay awake 🙁