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Visit To The Valley Of Fire State Park

 

Valley of Fire State Park

Valley Of Fire

Jean Lafontaine shooting in the Valley of Fire

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 vof@mvdsl.com.

 

Shooting In Good Company

Hooting the Valley of Fire

Jean Lafontaine Trying to convert Joe to Nikon

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 Valley Of Fire Road

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.

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Nevada Scenic Byway – Valley Of Fire

 

 More of the pictures taken that day at the Valley of Fire

 

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Valley of Fire

 

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Valley of Fire

 

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Samuel Lafontaine in quest of a great Image

 

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Jean-François O’kane in the Valley of Fire

 

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Alain Berthiaume walking the valley of Fire

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.

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Famous Photographer Weekly Quote – Robert Frank

When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.
– Robert Frank


 

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First Photo Captured of and with HTC’s Upcoming Ultrapixel Smartphone?

Great Article on PetaPixel – HTC’s Ultrapixel Smartphone

 

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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First Photos Captured Of and With HTC’s Upcoming Ultrapixel Smartphone?.

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Famous Photographer Weekly Quote – Ansel Adams

 

Ansel Adams Quote

 
Michel Nadeau
 

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Famous Photographers weekly Quote – George Eastman | gerorge eastman

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Beautiful Discoveries Of Covered Bridge

Covered Bridge chasing with Michel Beauregard

Had a chance to go and chase a few covered bridge with my friend Michel Beauregard Saturday in and around the Province of Quebec. He had told me that he had the GPS coordinates of a fall in Plaisance, QC he wanted to have a look at. I was glad he did, here is a photo of those falls I took Saturday it was a beautiful discovery. I will go back for sure and spend a day around those falls. I am sure that there are other point of views that I did not see. We were there no more than 30 minutes.

Chutes de Plaisance

Chutes de Plaisance

The First Covered Bridge Of The Day

Then we move on to the village of Chelsea to photograh the covered bridge of the Meech creek. This bridge was constructed in 1932 and is one of the rare type called ”Town”  The covered bridge was completely renovated by ministry of transport in 2010. Nestled deep in the Meech Creek Valley, the covered bridge with a length of 19.7 meters is one of the shortest in Quebec. It is accessible via Cross Loop Road and Pine Road and the average flow is 50 vehicles per day. I wish I could of stayed longer at this location. This was the perfect place to daydream laying on my back in the tall grass, watch the clouds go by, listen the the birds singing and just take in nature in it’s purest form.I will surely go back and shoot this bridge in the fall with a different scenery.

Covered Bridge of Chelsea

Covered Bridge of Chelsea – Meech Creek

FInally this is the last covered bridge we visited and this picture was shot by me 2 years ago and process as a single image in a HDR software package. Prud’homme’s bridge was constructed in 1907 and is located on the Diable River, at Brebeuf, in the Laurentians, the elegant bridge Prud’homme is characterized by its long opening just below the roof. Built in 1918 and 45 meters long, it is still open to traffic.

The Bug of Covered Bridge Has Bitten Me

 

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Prud’homme’s Bridge in Brebeuf

Michel Beauregard as certainly been bitten many times by the bug of covered bridges and I think I also felt something bite me during that day trip with Michel. Thanks again Michel for sharing you passion about covered bridges. I had a wonderful day in your company learning to chase covered bridges.

You can see more covered bridge in Quebec by visiting Michel Beauregard Site

 
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