As an aspiring landscape photographer,  I have the opportunity to explore less traveled parks and remote wilderness areas. This blog shares of my "notes from the field," including photography techniques, hiking tips and lessons learned the hard way ... like the time I fell through the ice in the Merced River, Yosemite National Park.  I welcome your comments and thank you for visiting our site.   Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer, Field Photographer 

Landscape Photography Podcast: Marcus Reinkensmeyer Interview

March 12, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Another first for your's truly: I've just been been interviewed for a podcast on landscape photography. This is the third podcast in a new series from Lens and Landscape. Earlier podcasts have addressed astrophotography and various facets of nature photography. 

My interview delves into favorite shooting and hiking locations like White Sands National Park, Vermilion Cliffs (Arizona-Utah border) and the Oregon coast; getting your images published; composition; and pre-visualization.  

 

- Misty Morning Surf, Maui, Hawaii

 

My sincere thanks to Fred Weymouth, the founder of Lens and Landscape and an avid photographer based in Tucson, Arizona. Fred tells me that many other podcasts are in the works, addressing a wide array of photography trends and techniques.  

Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer 

www.mwrphotos.com 

Related posts:  Natural Coastline Shift: Big Beach, Maui, Hawaii;  New Mexico Landscape Photography, Part 1: White Sands Dunes to Carlsbad CavernsGrand Staircase - Escalante Photography Part 2: Zebra Canyon & Red Breaks; and The Wave: Landscape Photography in a Geological Wonderland.  


People's Choice Apparel Features Reinkensmeyer Photo Sweatshirts

February 13, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

 

 

We’re pleased to present a new line of sweatshirts from People’s Choice Apparel (PCA), featuring some of our favorite photographs. The full collection of my photo shirts can be found at:   http://www.peopleschoiceapparel.com/marcus-reinkensmeyer.html. 

 

As a part-time landscape photographer, I‘ve never had the time or the expertise needed to actively market my images outside of traditional publication channels such as magazines, calendars and prints.  The folks at People’s Choice Apparel have opened up a whole new world of possibilities, as they are now my work on offering phone cases as well as various styles of shirts.

 

Located in Los Angeles, this family owned business produces tasteful, high quality customized merchandise at reasonable prices.  I’m grateful to work with the PCA team, given their strong sense of design and deep commitment to customer service.

 

- The Havasu Falls shows the cascading waters and pools at the foot of this iconic waterfall, located in a side canyon of the Grand Canyon.  Everyone asks about the blue waters, which may look “fake” unless you visited in the falls in person. The crystal clear waters really do appear to be a lovely blue-green color, as the rock and sand in this area is made of a crisp white Bicarbonate mineral.  A great hiking area, with other water falls down stream leading to the Colorado River. 

- With the low tide at Cannon Beach, Oregon, tidal pools made for wonderful reflections and abstract patterns in the sand.  At sundown, what a great way to end an perfect day, with the ever changing weather so typical of the Pacific Coast.  This shoot always holds special memories, as I brought my lovely to for the weekend, celebrating our 30th Anniversary. 

- The image Cathedral Rock was taken on New Year’s Day, when the iconic Sedona red rock was blanketed in snow and ice.  We lucked out on that day, as we were actually heading up to Flagstaff, Arizona, but decided to make “a quick stop” in Sedona. 

 

My sincere thanks to People’s Choice Apparel for the opportunity to present my photography and to all of you for your continuing support. 

 

Related posts: Snow Laced Sedona,  Whirlwind Photography Trek: Arizona & Utah – Part 2 Havasupai Falls; Coastal Photography: Point Reyes National Seashore, California; Lighthouses and Piers: Ten Tips for Coastal Photography.

 

Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer

 


Coastal Photography: Point Reyes National Seashore, California

October 17, 2015  •  9 Comments

  I was happy anywhere I could see the ocean.”  Ai Yazawa, Japanese Author

 

Driving about an hour north from bustling San Francisco, we’re transported to largely uninhabited Point Reyes National Seashore. Here, at Point Reyes Peninsula, dramatic shoreline cliffs converge with crashing ocean waves.

< Drake's Beach, Evening Reflection, Nikon D800E 1/60 at f/16, ISO 250 

Located on the San Andreas earthquake fault line, the 71,000 acre national nature preserve is home to countless wildlife species, marine ecosystems and the Point Reyes Lighthouse. 

< Drake's Beach Golden Hour, Nikon D800E 1/15 at f/20, ISO 250

With photo opportunities galore, our first challenge was determining where to start and how to spend our limited time in this vast scenic park.  Intially, we visited the lighthouse and each of the beach areas.  With the exception of readily accessible Drake’s Beach, hiking was required to access the shoreline areas.  Thus, we saw few other people along the highly photogenic shoreline - a huge expanse of sandy beaches separated by steep, impassible cliffs.   

< Limantour Beach at Dawn, Nikon D800E, 1/50 at f/18, ISO 400

This being a January trip, we encountered fierce winds and bitter cold on our ridgeline hikes and a quick visit to the lighthouse. Our most tasking hike was on the exposed Tomales Point Trail, flanked by the ocean on one side and Tomales Bay on the other.  We had the peninsula pretty much to ourselves, encountering only one other hiking party and herds of Tule Elk during this six hour trek.

 

About three miles into the Tamales Point hike, we were rewarded with a truly spectacular view of the rugged coastline.  We made a mental note of our vista point, opting to shoot the scene on our return hike in the late afternoon light under less windy conditions. On our return hike, we were blessed with wonderful lighting, but no break in the wind.

< Kehoe Beach, River to Sea, Nikon D800E 1/20 at f/18, ISO 160

Our Bear Valley Trail hike to Mt. Wittenberg (1,407 feet) was also quite a challenge, given gusting winds and cold spitting rain. We started on this venture too late in the afternoon, making for a rushed hike and little time for serious photography. Still, the sights from the Bear Valley summit trail remain vivid in my mind’s eye, drawing me back for a return visit to Point Reyes.

 

A special thanks to my brother and fellow photographer, Brian Reinkensmeyer, for his great company on yet another unforgettable photo trek.   We’re both grateful for times like these, out in nature with cameras in hand. 

< Tamales Point Trail View, Nikon D800E, 1/160 at f/16, ISO 320 

Related posts:  Impending Coastal Storm: California Landscape Photography; Natural Coastline Shift: Big Beach, Maui, Hawaii; and Lighthouses and Piers: Ten Tips for Coastal Photography

< Tomales Bay, First Light, Nikon D800E 

1/25 at f/22, ISO 500

Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer

www.mwrphotos.com


Reinkensmeyer Photography Exhibit at the State Bar

October 04, 2015  •  4 Comments

State Bar Exhibit 1Our Arizona landscape photography exhibit at the State Bar, Flagstaff, Arizona.

October and November, 2015
If you’re in the Flagstaff area, please stop by and see our Arizona landscape photography exhibit at the State Bar. The show includes 24 color prints on aluminum plates, exploring scenic areas from the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, the Superstition Mountains, San Francisco Peaks, Vermilion Cliffs, and San Rafael Valley.

State Bar Exhibit 3Our Arizona landscape photography on display at the State Bar in downtown Flagstaff, Arizona.
October and November, 2015

Located in the building which formerly housed the Shane Knight Gallery, the State Bar features live music and a wide array of Arizona wines and beers.  The whole setting was delightful on our opening this past Friday, the same evening as the Flagstaff Art Walk.

State Bar Exhibit 2 copyOur Arizona landscape photography on display at the State Bar in downtown Flagstaff, Arizona.
October and November, 2015

My sincere thanks to the State Bar owner, Attorney Brian Webb, and manager, Eva Rupert, for the opportunity to display our photography at this unique Northern Arizona venue.  These folks are great supporters of the arts and we genuinely appreciate their collaborative approach.  

State Bar SignDisplaying our Arizona landscape photography at the rustic State Bar, Flagstaff, Arizona

A special thanks to my lovely wife, Anita, for her tireless work in planning and hanging the exhibit, and to our family for their strong support … as always.  

The exhibit runs during the months of October and November, 2015, at the State Bar, 10 East Route 66, Flagstaff, Arizona.   Phone:  928.266.1282. 

Epilogue:  Yesterday, we scouted out the nearby San Francisco Peaks area for autumn colors.  We found patches of vibrant golden leaves in the high elevation Aspen groves.  We’re hoping that the lower elevations will be in full Fall color for our return photography trek next week. 

 

Marcus Reinkensmeyer

www.mwrphotos.com 

Related posts:  Peaceful San Rafael Valley, Snow Laced Sedona, Frozen Meadow Aglow, Autumn Aspen Reflections, Northern Arizona Sunflowers, and Superstition Mountain Storm


Landscape Photography from Peaceful San Rafael Valley, Arizona

July 19, 2015  •  5 Comments

"Land, then, is not merely soil: it is a foundation of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants and animals."  - Aldo Leopold, Co-founder, The Wilderness Society

 

< Nikon D810, 1/125 at f/16

Based in Phoenix, we generally head north for landscape photography excursions in Sedona, Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon.  At the suggestion of my adventurous son-in-law, Todd Severson, we recently switched things up with a trip to San Rafael Valley.  Situated in Southern Arizona in Eastern Santa Cruz County, this vast valley represents yet another facet of our state’s diverse land and lifestyles.

 

< Capture My Arizona Photo of the Day, Nikon D810, 1/10 at f/20

Touched by gentle winter winds, tall golden grasses are in constant motion.  The valley is flanked by expansive mountain ranges, with the State Natural Area resting on the Arizona-Mexico border:  Patagonia Mountains to the north, Canelo Hills to the northeast and Huachuca Mountains to the East. A few large cattle ranches rest quietly in the valley, accessed by well-maintained dirt roads. The valley is also home to countless John Wayne movies and other western films. 

 

< Nikon D810, 0.6s at f/16

As always,  our best photo opportunities were found in the early morning and late afternoon "golden hour" light.  The Patagonia Mountains are simply majestic in pink pastel pre-dawn light, revealing seemingly infinite layers aglow.  Under mid-morning’s full sunlight, we captured a few images of single trees along the shallow waters of the winding Santa Cruz River. Our first evening was a photographer’s dream: richly textured foreground grasses backed by the cross-lit Huachuca Mountains.

 

< Nikon D810, 1/15 at f/16

My favorite image of the trip is a lone tree reflection on a small pond, captured in the waning light of sundown.  Honestly, we were packed and driving out of the valley for late dinner when we drove past this wonderful, placid scene.  Our rushed tripod set-up was comical,  particularly given the tranquility of the scene. From an outsider's view, our shooting was like a choppy old time movie displayed on fast forward .... 

 

< Nikon D810, 1/125 at f/16

Locals at the Stage Stop Inn in Patagonia advised that the San Rafael Valley is even more scenic during summer monsoon season, when rains bring stormy skies and brilliant wild flowers to green fields.   So, we’re planning a return trip to Southern Arizona, hoping to learn more about this natural oasis so far from the city.  

Related posts:  Northern Arizona Sunflowers on a Windy Hillside; Whirlwind Photography Trek: Arizona and Utah; Snow Laced Sedona; and Grand Canyon  Afterglow

Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer

www.mwrphotos.com

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