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A couple of weeks ago, I spent a few days in the Eastern Township region just to relax from busy schedule I had in the past few weeks. I had seen many times a particular tree in a field and I wanted to shoot it but it was never at the ideal time of the day.
Being off for 3 days, I new that if I got there early when the sun gets up in would be the best time to shoot that tree, I had pass by a few times early in the morning and this was the ideal time to shoot that tree. So one morning I got up early and drove to that location so that I would be there 1/2 hour before the sun goes up. After a few minutes scouting the best place to stand, I installed my tripod and made all the necessary setup so that I would be ready when the best light shows up.
This picture is the result of 5 exposures taken with a 1 stop increment and process with Nik HDR Efex Pro. I used a Promote Control remote which facilitates the process of shooting HDR pictures. You can find more information about the remote on the following website Promote Control Systems.
I knew in advance that this was going to work for me. Not all landscape scenes are adequate for HDR shooting but this one was and I knew in advance that it was a question of planning to get what I wanted. So don’t give in to early, many of us have regretted at a certain point that we did not stop to shoot a particular scenery or subject. Sometimes it’s only about coming back at the right time of the day with the right light conditions, the right season or looking for a better location to shoot from. I have already a few pictures that I want to do in that area next year.
The only thing that was missing was my friend Louis Michel so that he could see with his own eyes that amazing 15 minutes that the morning light brings us. It’s like listening to Mozart!
Last week I had a chance to attend a workshop with Mike Moats at Old Car City near Atlanta, Georgia. I had a wonderful time at this workshop and in very good company may I say.
Everyone in the group was a skillful and passionate photographer with their own vision. I enjoyed myself so much that if next year there is another one, I will go back for another fix. Mike thanks for the great workshop I will not forget this one.
When I shoot images, I always try to see in my head the final image. I often try to look at something that seems ordinary and see if I can’t to make it into something extraordinary.
Looking at rusty cars in a scrapyard is not necessarily inspiring to a lot of people but it’s what I saw in my head that makes it beautiful to others. As Mike said during the workshop, ” I bet you anything that if you look carefully, every car has something nice to shoot at ”.
Artistic vision is about the images we see in our head. The simplest thing such a s a small leaf or a rusted piece of metal can become extremely beautiful and artistic if you look at it with your creative vision and style. It goes beyond rules and techniques. It’s about your inner vision and insights, your perception of what you find beautiful or what moves you.
The serie of images that I have placed in the Old Car City Gallery is not what I saw with my eyes but rather what I saw in my mind that could be created to express my vision and style. As they say ” Beauty is in the eye of the beholder ” I did not see only rusted metal, I saw the most beautiful rusted cars in this world!
I hope you enjoy these images as much as I had taking them. Your comments are always appreciated and welcome.
Had a chance to spend a day in the Valley of Fire National State Park in Nevada with some of my customers. We had a great day at admiring and photographing this beautiful area. I was hoping that the desert was going to be in full bloom but we were a bit early so maybe next year I will show up when the desert is in full bloom.
The scenery is just incredible and breath taking and the beauty of this place is that it’s only a 45 minute drive from Vegas and the fees are $ 10 per car quite affordable for such a great place to visit.
If you are a landscape photographer this place is a must. The park is open all year. Valley of Fire State Park is six miles from Lake Mead and 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15 and on exit 75. CONTACT the park at 702-397-2088 for more information or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I had the chance to spend the day in good company with Jean Lafontaine and his son Samuel from Photo CDM and Alain Berthiaume from Photo ABS, we are all in the photo business so it was fun to do some shooting rather than selling gear.
During the day we made some stops to take pictures of the red sandstone formations, formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs. The weird part of the day was that we met people that we know very well such as Jean-François O’kane from Montreal that appeared out of nowhere and Joe Todd from Forest City Image Center and Harry Mac from Downtown Camera. These encounters were really fun, who could imagine to meet people from home. Look like the park was invaded on that day with people from the photo trade. It says a lot about independent photo retailers they don’t only sell boxes they are also great lovers of photography and avid shooters. We did not see anybody from Best Buy or Future Shop that day shooting pictures.
The main road that crosses the park was designated as one of the 19 Nevada Scenic Byway on June 30th, 1995 and is worth the drive. The landscape is incredible and its a photographer’s heaven. From the sandtone formations to limestones, sand dunes and rock art (petroglyphs) your visit will be worthwhile.
In conclusion it was a great day despite that both Jean and Samuel tried to convert me to Nikon we had a fantastic day together, The discussion went from gear usage to rules of photography, social media and business in general, the pact that we made not to talk about business did not last long, what do you want we are all passionate about the photography business.
Thanks Jean, Samuel and Alain for a great day in your company it was a privilege and an honor to spend that day in your company. Keep spreading the passion of photography this is what differentiate us from big boxes. Hope you enjoyed this small post. Now let’s see your pictures, are they still stuck in your Nikon’s menus? maybe I can help.
Last week we reported that HTC is preparing to launch a new camera sensor technology called Ultrapixels, which aims to improve image quality using a Foveon-style stack of three sensor layers. The smartphone imaging war is heating up, after all, an rivals like Nokia are investing heavily in photography technologies of their own (e.g. PureView).
We’re reportedly just days away from seeing the official launch of the new HTC phone (which may be named the M7 or the HTC One), and leaks are beginning to spring. There’s a good chance we now have the first product shot of the phone and the first published shot captured with the phone.
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This is a great article about Ian Plant a Extraordinary Photographer.You will enjoy reading this great article. He is the true meaning of what a passionate photographer is all about.
Ian Plant left a career as a lawyer to follow the light and build Dreamscapes. And he never looked back. A believer in the “if you can see it, you can do it” motto, Plant spends as much time as he can in the field photographing. Luckily, we were able to catch up with the photographer between trips.
Read the full article: Ian Plant: From Lawyer to “Starving” Artist.