Monthly Archives: November 2010

Rainy Day Photo Example-New Image!

Carson River Fall Detail Panorama

One of my favorite times to create images is during a gentle rain. While most people are hiding inside, I am out searching for images that have been rain soaked and saturated. This saturation, along with overcast skies (softly filtered light) enables us to capture rich colors without the harsh contrast of a directly lit subject. Most often, it is a good idea to exclude the dreary sky from these images and just focus on the details. The vantage I chose, in the middle of the river, brought me closer into my subject, giving  a greater feeling of being “within the scene” (a quality my collectors comment on often). I used the moving water as a dynamic lead in line, drawing the eye into the composition, and adding a feeling of motion to an otherwise static scene. I also like the way the white water adds a contrast to the darker tones in the image. I chose to exclude a majority of the sky, as it would have made the scene feel gloomy. However, due to the lack of brightness in the dark grey of the clouds, I was able to keep a bit of sky visible between the trees and retain the full (non-chopped) composition. I also used a warming polarizer to remove a majority of the glare on the wet rocks and foliage. This enabled me to see the rich colors in the scene, as well as extending the required exposure time to accentuate the moving water. In the end, the scene makes me feel good when I view it. Along with all the technical aspects of my work, I always fall back to the emotions I feel (or don’t feel) in a finished composition. That is usually what transforms an image from simply a two dimensional picture into a three dimensional work of art!

Equipment Details: KB Canham 5×7 Metal Field Camera, Caltar II-N (Rodenstock) 90mm lens, Singh-Ray LB Warning Polarizer, Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head, Gitzo 1325 Carbon Fiber Tripod, Fuji Quickload Film Holder, Fuji Velvia 50 4×5 inch Transparency Film, BTZS Dark Cloth, LowePro Super Trekker AW Backpack.

Please Note: I have left a lot of time open in the next several months for private field seminars. I have been receiving many inquiries from aspiring photographers out there and have made the time available. I am looking out at some fresh snow this morning…perfect winter conditions. Call ASAP to schedule your time with me.

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November Blog Post

Lake Sabrina Sunset

I composed this image on my first evening of a three day trip to the eastern sierras. I had never been to Lake Sabrina (located 19 miles east of Bishop, California at about 9,200 ft elevation), but was immediately taken with the drama and beauty of the area. This beautiful little lake is surrounded by towering granite peaks that plunge strait down into this pristine little reservoir. I spent two days scouting and becoming familiar with the area. I chose this vantage point, on a small peninsula jutting into the lake, as it offered a clear panoramic vista of the mountains towering above the lake to the west in the direction of the setting sun. The previous night offered no special light, as I sat in the rain waiting for the sky to break for just one moment. On the second evening I was rewarded for my perseverence. The clouds filled the sky most of the afternoon, but I commited to this evenings shoot. After setting up early and observing the conditions, the sky opened up and allowed the sun to paint the clouds with pinks and reds. My sleeping bag always feels more comfortable after an experience like this. 
The Details: K.B. Canham 5×7 Metal Field Camera with 4×5 reducing back, Rodenstock 150mm Sironar-S lens, Singh Ray 3-stop soft gradation split neutral density filter, BTZS dark cloth, Really Right Stuff BH-55 ball head, Gitzo 1325 carbon fiber tripod, Fuji Provia 100 4×5 film.

                                                                   Private Field Seminars with Jon Paul
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