Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer: Blog http://www.mwrphotos.com/blog en-us (C) Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer reinkensmeyer@me.com (Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer) Sat, 14 Jan 2017 23:56:00 GMT Sat, 14 Jan 2017 23:56:00 GMT http://www.mwrphotos.com/img/s6/v147/u1047172425-o986191345-50.jpg Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer: Blog http://www.mwrphotos.com/blog 120 67 Oregon Coastal Photography: Part 4, Natural Light Filters http://www.mwrphotos.com/blog/2017/1/oregon-coastal-photography-part-4-natural-light-filters Mirror,  Bandon Beach,  Oregon 7 panoMirror, Bandon Beach, Oregon 7 pano

Given the dramatic winter skies on the Oregon coast, the quality of the light and color defy description. Within a few minutes, the coastline transitions from a dull blue-gray to a rich warm color palette.  Fog, rain drizzle and clouds create a natural ever shifting light filter. A small clearing in the clouds can make for dramatic light beams, radiant color bursts in the surrounding sky and remarkable clarity in highlighted beach areas.

Dawn Bandon Beach Oregon 3 panoDawn Bandon Beach Oregon 3 pano My most challenging and rewarding photo shoot was our final morning at Bandon Beach.  While the detailed weather forecast called for clear skies, it rained steadily from 6:30 AM until about 8:30 AM.   While it was still raining, portions of the sky cleared, revealing a glorious sky aglow in subtle pastel colors.  Low Tide, Glow Bandon, BeachLow Tide, Glow Bandon, Beach

Dawn,  Bandon Beach,  Oregon 2Dawn, Bandon Beach, Oregon 2 My impressions, as I frantically unpacked my camera gear from the plastic covered backpack:  Iconic Face Rock and portions of the distant horizon are awash in a heavenly pink glow.  At the same time, the sky backdrop for the closer sea stack rock formations is a surreal mix of vivid pink, gold and muted purple colors.  This all lasts about 15 or 20 minutes, before yielding to more direct eastern sunlight piercing through the thick clouds cover.  Aglow  Cannon Beach OregonAglow Cannon Beach Oregon

While I stayed around about another hour photographing tide pools and boulders in bright light, my real work as a photographer occurred in that brief period of special, ethereal morning illumination.  

If only we could replicate or stop time in these special moments. Well, we do so, in part, through our rich memories of a glorious time in nature and two dimensional photographic representations.    

Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer

 

Related Posts:  Oregon Coast Photography: Part 1 – Itinerary, Oregon Coast Photography: Part 2 - Weather to Behold, Oregon Coast Photography:  Part 3 – Oregon Dunes,   Coastal Photography: Point Reyes National Seashore

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reinkensmeyer@me.com (Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer) Pacific beach burst chroma clouds color elements environment exposure filter fog illumination landscape lens light mist natural nature ocean palette pastel photography rays scene scenery scenic sea stacks sun surf time exposure wash water weather http://www.mwrphotos.com/blog/2017/1/oregon-coastal-photography-part-4-natural-light-filters Sat, 14 Jan 2017 19:19:05 GMT
Oregon Coastal Photography: Part 3 - Oregon Dunes http://www.mwrphotos.com/blog/2016/12/oregon-coastal-photography-part-3---oregon-dunes Oasis,  Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area,  John Dellenback Dunes Trail,  4 pano, OregonOasis, Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, John Dellenback Dunes Trail, 4 pano, Oregon Our brief morning visit to Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area was both exhilarating and frustrating. Looking back on that morning, our first challenge was a self -imposed time limit of one hour on the dunes.  This crazy time crunch was necessitated by our overly ambitious schedule, including the five hour drive north to Cannon Beach that same day. 

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Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area,  John Dellenback Dunes Trail 2, OregonOregon Dunes National Recreation Area, John Dellenback Dunes Trail 2, Oregon Oasis, Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area,  John Dellenback Dunes Trail 1, OregonOasis, Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, John Dellenback Dunes Trail 1, Oregon Also, on the dunes, we encountered a single set of fresh footprints which seemingly traversed every interesting crevice or ridge line in our line of sight.  I still wonder whether we were following in the steps of another photographer, one leaving no discernable tripod marks in the sand. 

That said, we worked around the foot prints and I was delighted to come upon a small reflecting pool in a low lying area of the dunes.  This "oasis" provided a focal point and some smaller scale photo opportunities.  

While the dunes are pristine, they are not as high or dramatic as those in Death Valley or White Sands National Parks. Yet, the complex dune ripples and textures provided a rich array of subject matter for abstract photography in the early morning light. 

Covering an expanse of nearly 50 miles, the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area extends along the Oregon coast from Florence to Coos Bay.  The area is readily accessible from Highway 1, offering camping areas, hiking trails and some designated areas for motorized vehicles. 

We accessed the dunes from the John Dollenback Dunes trailhead, near the Eel Creek Campground, just off Highway 101.

Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer

 

Related Posts:  Oregon Coast Photography: Part 1 – Itinerary, Oregon Coast Photography: Part 2 - Weather to Behold, Black and White Digital Photography: A Peaceful SurrenderShutterbug Features Reinkensmeyer's "Ripples,"  New Mexico Landscape Photography, White Sands Dunes Formations, Coastal Photography: Point Reyes National Seashore, California.

 

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Oregon Coastal Photography: Part 2 - Weather to Behold http://www.mwrphotos.com/blog/2016/10/oregon-coastal-photography-part-2---weather-to-behold Mirror, Bandon Beach,  Oregon 5bMirror, Bandon Beach, Oregon 5b

Initially, faced with heavy winter rains and sleet, we thought it best to wait for the weather "to clear" for our Oregon coast photo shoots.  Our thinking quickly evolved, however, given the rapid weather changes and resulting photo opportunities at Bandon Beach, Oregon.

Triad,  Bandon Beach,  OregonTriad, Bandon Beach, Oregon Here, beyond the challenge of shoot timing, ever changing skies create a sense of drama and strong visual elements.  In many ways, weather conditions are the essence of compelling Pacific coast images. 

Storm Afterglow Cannon Beach OregonStorm Afterglow Cannon Beach Oregon Our first morning at Bandon Beach, we were graced with thick fog, pelting rain and fleeting sunlight.  That evening, our quiet light painting session on the beach was abruptly interrupted by fierce winds and hail. The next day offered the same erratic mix, with a sudden afternoon warm-up and the need for sunglasses.  Late afternoon ushered in dark foreboding dark skies, but no actual precipitation.  

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In some of our favorite scenes, thick cloud and fog serves as an ever shifting light filter.  The resulting diffused sunlight is at times ethereal, casting a soft shadowless illumination over the scene.  This scenario is similar to that of pre-dawn illumination, providing an even, low contrast light from the foreground to the distant horizon.  As such, I generally found it unnecessary to use graduated neutral density filters in the field. 

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Being from Phoenix, I still marvel at the mercurial nature of Oregon winter weather and the coastal ecosystem as a whole. Properly equipped, we have made peace with the Oregon winter climate, giving us all the more time for exploration under most any conditions.  

After getting soaked a few times, we learned to have our rain gear (REI jackets and pants) with us at all times. Other items which proved helpful included camera rain sleeves, deep lens hoods, extra lens cloths, North Face e-tip gloves for our phone touch screens, water shoes with NRS Hydroskin socks and plastic covers for our camera backpacks.

Three Apple i-phone apps were also a big help in navigating the weather, lighting and tidal cycles: Dark Skies, The Photographer's Ephemeris and Tide Chart. 

 

Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer

Related Posts: Oregon Coast Photography: Part 1 – Itinerary,  Oregon Coastal Photograph: Part 3: Oregon DunesNew Mexico Landscape Photography Part 1,  White Sands Dune Trek,   Coastal Photography: Point Reyes National Seashore, California.   

 

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The Wave: Capture My Arizona Editors' Choice http://www.mwrphotos.com/blog/2016/8/the-wave-capture-my-arizona-editors-choice The Wave, a wondrous geologic formation at Paria Canyon, Vermilion Cliffs, Arizona and Utah border.Exhumed Sand Dunes, The WaveExhumed sand dunes in an other worldly geological wonderland. The Wave, North Coyote Buttes, Vermilion Cliffs.

My sincere thanks to Capture My Arizona for the Editors' Choice Award, Arizona Scenic Shots Contest. This image of the iconic Wave is from one of my favorite places on the Earth: North Coyote Buttes at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument - Paria Plateau Wilderness Area. Situated on the Arizona-Utah border, this remote area is a true geological wonderland. 

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We've made several trips to this location, most recently to South Coyote Buttes (Cottonwood Cove) and Grand Staircase - Escalante, Utah, this past February.  Friends and I have been so moved by the area that we created a self-published book, Windswept Landscape: Images from the Arizona-Utah Border.  

My sincere thanks to fellow travelers Tom Gendron and Steve Stilwell for this book collaboration and such memorable times at Vermilion Cliffs.   

Thanks also to friends and supporters at Capture My Arizona.  

Related posts:  The Wave: Landscape Photography in a Geological Wonderland, Whirlwind Photography Trek: Arizona and Utah - Antelope Canyon, White Pocket Landscape Photography: Weather on the Plateau and Grand Staircase - Escalante Photography Trek: Itinerary.  

Marcus Reinkensmeyer

www.mwrphotos.com

 

 

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Oregon Coastal Photography: Part 1, Itinerary http://www.mwrphotos.com/blog/2016/7/oregon-coastal-photography-part-1-itinerary First Light Bandon Beach Oregon, 1 cropFirst Light Bandon Beach Oregon, 1 crop "There's something about the Pacific Northwest, the scale of it, and the fact that not so long ago people came here and died getting here, and then died the first winter they were here. There's this breathtaking beauty, just a little bit of moss on the tree, just this little thread of danger, and the sinister. And I really like that." -  Chelsea Cain

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Returning from a four day photography trek on the Oregon coast, I feel like such an ingrate.

Oasis, Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area,  John Dellenback Dunes Trail, Oregon,  2 panoOasis, Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, John Dellenback Dunes Trail, Oregon, 2 pano Barring disc failure or other technical problems, I'm confident that we have a solid crop of coastal images and a few real "keepers."  At the same time, I'm struck by the realization that we only scratched the surface in our whirlwind trip centered at iconic Bandon Beach (Bandon State Natural Area).  In fact, I now realize one could spend a lifetime hiking and exploring photo opportunities in this scenic stretch of the Pacific Coast.

 

In this five part series, we'll share our travel itinerary, some field notes and favorite images.  Our itinerary is by no means the recommended way to photograph the coast, but rather a possible place to start for some longer and better considered trip planning: 

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Day 1: Fly from Phoenix to Portland and drive to Bandon Beach- the two hours in dense fog. 

Days 2 and 3: Bandon Beach

Day 4:  Port Orford, Cape Blanco and Bandon Beach

Day 5:  Oregon Dunes, Devil's Punch Bowl and Cannon Beach

Day 6: Drive from Cannon Beach to Portland and return flight to Phoenix

We gracefully acknowledge The Photographer's Guide to the Oregon Coast, an invaluable book by David Middleton and Rod Barbee.   

Our next postings will share more photos and notes on the ever changing Oregon weather, the Oregon Dunes, a celebration of color and some monochromatic images.

Special thanks to my brother and fellow photographer, Brian Reinkensmeyer; my son, David,  and his friend, Ashley, for their wonderful company and support throughout the trip.  

Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer

Related postings: Oregon Coastal Photography: Part 2 - Weather to Behold,  Oregon Coastal Photography: Part 3 - Oregon Dunes,  Coastal Photography:  Point Reyes National Seashore, California; Landscape Photography Podcast; Impending Coastal Storm:  California Landscape Photography, Lighthouses and Piers: Ten Tips for Coastal Photography and Natural Coastline Shift.

 

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AAA Highroads Names Sunflower Graced Mountain a Judges' Favorite http://www.mwrphotos.com/blog/2016/6/aaa-highroads-names-sunflower-graced-mountain-a-judges-favorite Flagstaff Sun Flowers 5Flagstaff Sun Flowers 5 Our photo, Sunflower Graced Mountain Road,  has been named as a Judges' Favorite in the AAA Highroads Arizona Wild Flowers photography contest. 

Flagstaff Sun Flowers In MotionFlagstaff Sun Flowers In Motion One of my  colleagues and a fellow photographer was kind enough to tell me about this scenic area just North of Wupakti Look Road, near Flagstaff, Arizona.  This road leads to Sunset Crater Volcanic National Monument, a unique geological wonderland of volcanic cinder fields.  We were delighted to hike this scenic hillside in the aftermath of heavy monsoon rains, which support vibrant plant life in Northern Arizona mountains.   Windwept Sun FlowersWindwept Sun Flowers

Our visit to this site is memorable, not only due to the abundant Sunflowers, but also given the extremely windy conditions on that day. During most of our hike, it was not possible to photograph detailed landscape scene having an extended depth of field, at least not without moving to unacceptably high ISO camera settings, e.g., 1,600 and above.  

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After fighting the wind and these technical limitations for some time, I decided to photography a series of time exposures depicting the raw energy of sunflowers in motion. For more information on the time exposures and  wildlife photography, see Photography on a Windy Hillside

AAA Highroads Recognizes Sunflower Laced MountainsideAAA Highroads Recognizes Sunflower Laced MountainsideSunflower Laced Mountain Side has been named as an Editors' favorite for the publication, AAA Highroads. Flagstaff, Arizona.

My sincere thanks to the contest judges at AAA Highroads for their recognition of my wild flower photography.  

 

Related posts:  Autumn Color: Hart Prairie Road, Arizona Fall Colors and Natural Coastline Shift.  

 

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"Nature’s Grand Design": Composer Annea Lockwood's Album Cover http://www.mwrphotos.com/blog/2016/4/-nature-s-grand-design-annea-lockwood-album-cover CD CoverCD Cover Today, I’m honored to have one of my photos used as artwork on New Zealand born Composer Annea Lockwood’s Ground of Being CD album cover.  An Emeritus Professor at Vassar University, Ms. Lockwood creates music from sounds in nature – wind, water and rocks - and “found instruments.” 

 

Her expansive body of work explores unique acoustic and electronic instrument sounds in natural settings.  The album is available at http://www.recitalprogram.com/ground-of-being/. Nature's Grand Design, The Wave,  North Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon - Vermilion Cliffs, Arizona-Utah BorderNature's Grand Design, The Wave, North Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon - Vermilion Cliffs, Arizona-Utah Border“Nature’s Grand Design”: Dramatic swirl patterns in Navajo Sandstone formation, laced with mineral deposits, at the other worldly “Wave,” North Coyote Buttes, Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area, Arizona-Utah Border. Equipment: Nikon D70 camera, AF-S Nikkor 18 - 70 mm 3.5-4.5G ED lens, B&W Polarizer Filter, Gitzo G1325 tripod, Manfrotto 486 RC2 ball head. Exposure: f/25 at 1/3 sec.

 

The featured photo, Nature’s Grand Design, is apropos for sounds in nature, showing a cross section of striated Navajo Sandstone at the iconic Wave, North Coyote Buttes, Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area, Arizona-Utah Border.   This same image was featured in Capture My Arizona’s 2013 calendar.  The Wave, a wondrous geologic formation at Paria Canyon, Vermilion Cliffs, Arizona and Utah border.Exhumed Sand Dunes, The WaveExhumed sand dunes in an other worldly geological wonderland. The Wave, North Coyote Buttes, Vermilion Cliffs.

 

For more information on the unique geology of the Wave and nearby areas, see:  The Wave: Landscape Photography in a Geological Wonderland; White Pocket Landscape Photography: Weather on the Plateau; Whirlwind Photography Trek: Arizona and Utah – Lake Powell

 

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My thanks to Producer Sean McCann (Recital Records) and Ms. Lockwood for the opportunity to be part of such a creative, far reaching project.

 

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Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer  

www.mwrphotos.com

 

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Landscape Photography Podcast: Marcus Reinkensmeyer Interview http://www.mwrphotos.com/blog/2016/3/landscape-photography-podcast-marcus-reinkensmeyer-interview Misty Morning Surf, Beach Near Lahaina, HawaiiMisty Morning Surf, Beach Near Lahaina, HawaiiBeaches Near Lahaina 005.NEF 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.  Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 5.27.41 PMScreen Shot 2016-02-24 at 5.27.41 PM

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.  

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People's Choice Apparel Features Reinkensmeyer Photo Sweatshirts http://www.mwrphotos.com/blog/2016/2/peoples-choice-apparel-features-reinkensmeyer-photo-sweatshirts  

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www.peopleschoiceapparel.com/marcus-reinkensmeyer.html.

 

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. 

 

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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.

Cannon Beach, OregonCannon Beach, OregonThese photos hold special meaning for my wife Anita and me, as they were taken on our Thirtieth Wedding Anniversary celebration trip. A dramatic sunset at Cannon Beach proved to a great a way to spend the evening, after a day of exploring nearby beach towns. Although the waves were not large, there was ample water to temporarily create a mirror-like surface on the expansive stretch of wet sand. I was thrilled to capture some remarkably vivid reflections in this transient water mirror, with sea stack rock silhouettes as a backdrop. I shot a lot of photographs that evening, using all three of my lenses from various vantage points. This image is a favorite, due to the clarity of the water reflections and the warm evening light on an otherwise chilly day along the Oregon coast.

A Lee .6 graduated neutral density filter was used to darken the sky, balancing the brightness of the sky with that of the beach foreground. A B+W polarizer filter was used to eliminate glare from surfaces of the water and sand. Nikon D200 camera, Nikkor lenses and a Gitzo G 2220 tripod with a Manfrotto 486 head.

 

- 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.  Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon,  ArizonaHavasu Falls, Grand Canyon, ArizonaHavasupai: People of the blue-green waters

- 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

 

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Coastal Photography: Point Reyes National Seashore, California http://www.mwrphotos.com/blog/2015/10/coast-photography-point-reyes-national-seashore-california   Drake's Beach at Point Reyes, CaliforniaDrake's Beach at Point Reyes, California I was happy anywhere I could see the ocean.”  Ai Yazawa, Japanese Author

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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.

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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.  Point Reyes Kehoe Beach River to SeaPoint Reyes Kehoe Beach River to Sea

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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.    Point Reyes Tomales Point CliffsPoint Reyes Tomales Point Cliffs

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Roint Reyes Tomales Bay Sunrise 1 panoramicRoint Reyes Tomales Bay Sunrise 1 panoramic 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.

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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. 

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

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www.mwrphotos.com

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Reinkensmeyer Photography Exhibit at the State Bar http://www.mwrphotos.com/blog/2015/10/reinkensmeyer-photography-exhibit-at-state-bar State Bar Exhibit 1State 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 3State 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 copyState 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 SignState 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

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Landscape Photography from Peaceful San Rafael Valley, Arizona http://www.mwrphotos.com/blog/2015/7/landscape-photography-from-peaceful-san-rafael-valley-arizona Tree Reflection at San Rafael Valley AZTree Reflection at San Rafael Valley AZ "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

 

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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.

 

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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. 

 

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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.

 

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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 .... 

 

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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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This past Memorial Day weekend, we made a quick family trip to LaJolla, California.  While the days were filled with family activities, I was able to break away for some early morning – pre-dawn – photography on the rugged ocean shoreline.  

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The first morning was chilly, with a palpable mist in the air. On the second morning, I encountered strong winds and intermittent spitting rains. My biggest challenge was keeping the camera and lenses dry, mainly by covering my camera with a protective plastic rain sleeve and using deep lens hoods.  Even then, on the second morning, I found myself wiping down my lenses and filters every few minutes.  Some of my shots were ruined by water spots and condensation on the lens. 

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While these aren't the most comfortable conditions for sight seeing,  low light and gray skies make for some terrific photo opportunities.  On both days, overcast skies created a strong sense of doom and impending storms.  Being a resident of Phoenix, Arizona, it felt good to once again experience some weather and to photograph the dramatic ocean shoreline under unpredictable conditions.  Tidal Pools LaJolla, California BWTidal Pools LaJolla, California BW

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Under the low morning light, I was able to shoot fairly long time exposures of the surf moving across shoreline boulders until mid-morning.  For those planning to visit the area, the rock outcroppings at Shell Cove make for excellent foreground and a natural breaking point for the waves.  Just South of Shell Cove, the fascinating color palette displayed in tidal pools is particularly vibrant under flat, cloud-diffused lighting.  Misty Surf LaJolla CaMisty Surf LaJolla Ca

 

With such stormy weather, only a few other people were out walking on the otherwise busy beach areas.  For the most part, in composing my images, I was able to work around these folks and manmade objects. The one exception was a small, vacant lookout shelter, included in a few images for a sense of scale and a feeling of solitude. 

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Back at home, I spent quite a bit of time adjusting the color balance and other settings in Photoshop. In the end,  I found that  black and white versions of the scenes best captured the stormy mood and essence of the seashore environment. The conversion from color to monochrome was made with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2  (a Photoshop  plug-in),  using the  000-Neutral filter from the pre-set library and an orange digital filter. 

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Ah, the wonders of digital photography. Vividly, I recall carrying a pouch of colored filters and BW sheet film when shooting a 4 x 5 inch format camera way back when.

Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer

www.mwrphotos.com

Related posts: Natural Coastline Shift: Big Beach, Maui, Hawaii; Lighthouses and Piers: Ten Tips for Coastal Photography; Black and White Digital Photography:  A Peaceful Surrender.

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reinkensmeyer@me.com (Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer) California Nik Photoshop black and white boulders camera coast coastal cover exposure film filter geology hike hood landscape lens mist ocean photography polarizer rocks sand shoreline storm time exposure tripod water weather wind http://www.mwrphotos.com/blog/2015/6/impending-storm-california-coastal-photography Sat, 20 Jun 2015 16:21:09 GMT
People's Choice Apparel Features Reinkensmeyer Photos http://www.mwrphotos.com/blog/2015/6/reinkensmeyer-photos-on-shirts-by-peoples-choice-apparel   FB_ADBanner-Marcus-Reinkensmeyer-2015FB_ADBanner-Marcus-Reinkensmeyer-2015 Dear Family and Friends: We’re pleased to present some new shirt designs from People’s Choice Apparel (PCA), using some of my more recent photographs. The full collection of my photo shirts can be found at PCA Autumn Aspen Reflections 1, Hart Prairie Road, Flagstaff, ArizonaAutumn Aspen Reflections 1, Hart Prairie Road, Flagstaff, ArizonaPhoto of the Day, Capture My Arizona

Celebrating the change of seasons in Northern Arizona, an interpretive impression of autumn Aspen reflections on a quiet pond near Hart Prairie Road, Flagstaff, Arizona. Image captured through vertical camera movement in a brief time exposure.

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, now displaying my photos on phone cases as well as various styles of shirts. Snow Laced Cathedral RockSnow Laced Cathedral Rock

 

Located in Los Angeles, this family owned business produces tasteful, high quality customized merchandise at reasonable prices.  It’s  great working with talented PCA team, given their strong sense of design and deep commitment to customer service. 2 Jardin de Monet at Giverny, France 52 Jardin de Monet at Giverny, France 5

 

A bit more information about some of the new shirt images, featured in the above banner:  FB_ADBanner-Marcus-ReinkensmeyerFB_ADBanner-Marcus-Reinkensmeyer

 

- Autumn Aspen Reflections is a time exposure image taken at a small pond just off Hart Prairie Road near Flagstaff, Arizona. It was such a windy day that I opted to shoot a series of sweeping abstract images, rather than fighting to “freeze” the branches and leaves.

- The image Snow Laced Cathedral Rock was taken this past New Year’s Day, when the iconic Sedona red rock was blanketed in snow and ice.

- Jardin de Monet presents a single deep red flower dripping with morning dew, from our painter Claude Monet’s gardens in Giverny, near Paris France. The gardens and ponds were the source of inspiration for Monet’s vast collection of iconic Water Lilies paintings.

 

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, Autumn Aspen Reflections: Northern Arizona Photography, Northern Arizona Sunflowers: Photography on a Windy Hillside, Autumn Colors, Arizona Fall Colors, West Fork Trail and France Landscape, Architecture and Travel Photos.  

 

Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer

www.mwrphotos.com

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Snow Laced Sedona: Winter Landscape Photography http://www.mwrphotos.com/blog/2015/3/snow-laced-sedona-winter-landscape-photography  

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Capture My Arizona Photo of the Day

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This past New Year’s Eve, much of arid Arizona was touched by a major winter storm.  While the storm brought rainfall to the Valley of the Sun (Phoenix metro area), higher elevations were blanketed with heavy snowfall. We headed up to Flagstaff on New Year's Day morning for our annual winter get away, "stopping" along the way in Sedona to quickly explore photo opportunities.  I did not hold high expectations for Sedona winter scenic images, as the snow always seems to quickly melt given the moderate elevation (3,800 feet) of this area.  Snow Laced Cathedral RockSnow Laced Cathedral Rock

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How mistaken I was, as we made our way into the snow laced red rock formations of Sedona. With heavy cloud cover and dense fog, temperatures were just below freezing and the snow was only beginning to melt. Constantly shifting clouds filtered the fleeting sunlight, adding yet a bit more drama to this winter wonderland.

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So, our quick stop became a day of short hikes at the Bell Rock loop trail and Oak Creek (Crescent Moon Ranch Park), along with some roadside vista shots.  

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Our biggest challenges: Dealing with traffic congestion and finding a less traveled locations for serious landscape photography.  This being a holiday, the park areas were full of hikers and we came across several photographers, including two parties from our Capture My Arizona group.  With all of this activity, several otherwise lovely scenes were overwrought with footprints and sled marks in the snow.

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With bit of exploration and some dumb luck, we managed to work around the footprints and crowds to find some unblemished winter scenes.  Leaving Sedona early that evening, I was overwhelmed with a sense of wonder and gratitude.  The iconic red rock formations are picturesque on a bad day and all the more enchanting in dramatic light.  With the winter storm, we were blessed with transient magical light and a truly enchanting frozen landscape.

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A special thanks to my lovely and very patient wife, Anita, who had really wanted to arrive in Flagstaff well before dark. Several times, she reminded me of the icy mountain roads in the high mountain elevation of Flagstaff, 7,200 feet. What a great companion on a very different kind of New Year's Day, one not to be forgotten.

Capture My Arizona Photo of the Day 

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Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer

www.mwrphotos.com

 

Related posts: Frozen Meadow Aglow, Snow Laced Grand Canyon, Deep Freeze Landscape Photography, Whirlwind Photography  and Black and White Digital Photography.   

 

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     - Antoinette van Kleeff

 

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Hiking into the snow covered meadow well before sunrise, I was struck by an overwhelming silence and sense of calm.  Although it was about 9 degrees F, the air did not seem unbearably cold given an absence of discernible wind.  As my eyes adjusted to the darkness, subtle shadows gave definition to a ridge line and the snow covered hiking trail.  In the aftermath of a major snow storm, the evergreen trees and fallen branches were laced in fresh snow.

 

My first decision was to stay off the trail and to instead walk on the edge of the meadow, leaving no footsteps in the pristine snow. Venturing further into the meadow, I shot a few low light images to double check camera settings.   

 

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My early arrival was awarded with a brief, but remarkably intense winter sunrise in the cloudy sky.  What a stark contrast: A warm colored sky over a frozen winter scene illuminated by indirect, flat light. The resulting image is one my my favorites of Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, Arizona (elevation, 7,000 feet). So much so that I also converted the color image to a black and white version using Nik Silver Efex Pro, a digital plug-in filter for Photoshop.  

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As the morning sunlight emerged over the Alpine tree line, the serene meadow underwent an instant transformation. The warm sun beams seemed so intense, creating vivid gold tones and long shadows on the satin white snow.  At this point, my shooting was a bit frenetic, knowing that this classic "Golden Hour" would last only a few minutes at best.

VIDEO: Frozen Meadow Aglow

 

These kinds of moments are a photographer's dream come true, but always seem far too brief.  Such situations leave me pondering, "How could I have been better prepared for the moment, what other scenes did I miss and - with all of our advanced technology - why can't we just stop time?"  On the positive side, I learn a lot from such rushed photo shoots by later examining my camera settings and compositions. Without about a doubt, I am my own worst critic.

 

Photography buffs may be interested to know that this was my first time carrying two camera bodies.  Given the extreme cold and the risk of condensation, I thought it best not to change lenses in the field. I outfitted the camera bodies with different length zoom lenses (medium and telephoto lengths), remote controls and tripod mounting brackets to make transitions as easy as possible. The extra weight in my backpack was well worthwhile, considering the added degree of flexibility and ease of operation in the bitter cold.  

 

Although I remained in the meadow until mid-morning, the best photo opportunities unquestionably occurred during sunrise and the brief "Golden" moments after first light.  What an invigorating way to start the day ...

 

Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer

www.mwrphotos.com

Related posts: Yosemite Winter Landscapes, Snow Laced Grand Canyon, Deep Freeze Landscape Photography, Black and White Digital Photography: Peaceful Surrender and Whirlwind Photography Trek.  

 

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Autumn Aspen Reflections: Northern Arizona Photography http://www.mwrphotos.com/blog/2014/11/autumn-aspen-reflections-northern-arizona-photography Autumn Aspen Reflections 1, Hart Prairie Road, Flagstaff, ArizonaAutumn Aspen Reflections 1, Hart Prairie Road, Flagstaff, ArizonaPhoto of the Day, Capture My Arizona

Celebrating the change of seasons in Northern Arizona, an interpretive impression of autumn Aspen reflections on a quiet pond near Hart Prairie Road, Flagstaff, Arizona. Image captured through vertical camera movement in a brief time exposure.
“All art is an abstraction to some degree.” – Henry Moore

 

Cool winds, the distinctive scent of autumn and a thick carpet of fallen leaves make for a truly memorable Fall day in Northern Arizona. Celebrating the dramatic change of seasons in Northern Arizona, I am pleased to share a few interpretive impressions of autumn Aspen reflections on a quiet pond near Hart Prairie Road, Flagstaff, Arizona. 

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While I would like to claim great foresight and conceptual thinking in creation of these photos, this series was, in fact, created on the spur of the moment in a fit of frustration … or, more accurately,  sheer desperation.

 

On this Fall day amidst gusty winds, I found myself frantically shooting at very high shutter speeds, trying to "freeze" the movement of tree branches and golden leaves. We thought about packing up and moving down the road, hoping to hike into a valley area having at least some protection from the relentless from wind. 

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Instead, after trying many camera settings at inordinately high ISO levels - none of them optimal in my mind - I settled down and decided to stop "fighting" nature. It occurred to me to shoot a series of abstract photos embracing the sense of movement in the strong autumn winds and the change of seasons. The first two time exposure images were captured through slight  camera movements, using a tripod with a loosely adjusted ball head.

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Others photos in this series include fallen leaves afloat on the pond and cross sections of the thickly wooded Aspen forest and leaf covered forest floor.

 

A special thanks to my son, David Reinkensmeyer, for his great company, sense of adventure and honest critique of my photographic images on another banner day in Northern Arizona.  His thoughtful comments about my photography are so valuable, both in the field and back at  home in front of the computer. 

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Related postings: Arizona Sunflowers: Photography on a Windy HillsideArizona Fall Colors, Autumn Brook - West Clear Creek, Autumn Colors- Hart Prairie Road and West Fork in Sedona Part 2 – Autumn.

 

Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer

www.mwrphotos.com

 

 

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“Flowers ... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Given the extended drought in the Southwest this last few years, Spring wild flowers have been pretty sparse in our High Sonoran Desert area of Phoenix, Arizona. Typically, in the early Spring, we find a few patches of sunflowers at some of our regular destinations near Bartlett Lake and Superstition Mountains (Lost Dutchman State Park), often through extended hikes. This hardly compares to the vast fields of yellow and purple flowers I vividly recall from earlier years.  Recently, what flowers we’re lucky enough to photograph are situated in relatively small scattered groupings, lasting only a few weeks.

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Contrast this situation with the vast fields of vibrant Sunflowers we just encountered along the hillsides 12 miles north of Flagstaff this past August, 2014.  Here, in the aftermath of  Summer monsoon rains, we found bountiful fields of Sunflowers just north of Wupatki Loop Road, a few miles East of U.S. 89.    Capture My Arizona Photo of the Day

Those familiar with the area may recall that the Wupatki Loop Road leads to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, an intriguing photogenic area of volcanic cinder fields.

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Photographing the Sunflowers was a delight, not withstanding a few challenges along the way.  It was a cool breezy morning (56 degrees F), with a bit of intermittent light rain, at an elevation of approximately 7,000 feet.  From past experience, I’ve learned that wind movement in the flowers can ruin the best of landscape scenes, rendering the foreground flowers and trees out of focus.  A few techniques proved helpful in capturing the splendor of the Sunflowers:

·      Patiently, waiting for a lull in the wind.  I’m always amazed how a few minutes can make a world of difference in the wind conditions and the amount of movement in the flowers.

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·      Waiting for a break in the clouds, to photograph the scene in brighter light or at least diffused sunlight.

·      Setting the camera to a higher ISO level, e.g., 500 or 800.

·      Shooting at shutter speeds of 1/500th to 1/800th of a second, at wider aperture settings (with attention to the resulting loss of depth of field).

·      Shooting without my much-loved circular polarizer, to maximize the amount of light coming into the camera.

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·      Using a medium length lens (Nikkor 24 – 70 mm, f 2.8) for some scenes, as opposed to my “go to” wide angle landscape lens (17 – 35 mm), to display the  foreground flowers as largely as possible in the picture frame.

·      Using a collapsible Reflector Disk to illuminate the flowers in the foreground of the photo, creating a fill light to reveal details in shadow areas of the flowers and leaves. 

 

At one point that morning, we were confronted with gusty winds and dark skies.  In these conditions, it became impractical to shoot detailed landscape images depicting a traditional wide depth of field without moving to unacceptably high ISO settings, e.g., 1,600 and above.  Rather than fighting the limitations of our camera equipment, I opted to shoot a series of abstract images accentuating the movement of the Sunflowers in the wind. 

 

With a bit of experimentation using brief time exposure and panning the cameral on a tripod, I managed to capture a few “keepers” presented here and in a future post.  In some ways, the resulting time exposures (1/4 second to 2 seconds @ ISO 50) reflect the sense of movement in the wind and the energy of nature on this memorable day.

 

All in all, another great day of landscape photography in Northern Arizona and a new wild flower destination, with a few more lessons learned along the way. 

 

Related posts: Natural Coastline Shift: Big Beach, Maui, Hawaii, Arizona Fall Colors and Autumn Colors: Hart Prairie Road, Arizona.   

 

Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer

www.mwrphotos.com

 

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Superstition Mountains Storm http://www.mwrphotos.com/blog/2014/9/superstition-mountains-storm Superstition Mountains Ominous Skies 1Superstition Mountains Ominous Skies 1 “… The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but nature's sources never fail.”   -  Our National Parks, John Muir, 1901

 

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Last Saturday afternoon, I received a call from my good friend and fellow photographer, Randy Dannheim, inviting me out to shoot "the storm."  Gazing out my house window, I could see only the typical blue Arizona desert sky and a few scattered clouds. Randy explained that clouds would soon "consolidate," creating some great photo opportunities if we could just keep a safe distance from the impending downpour.

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Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to this impromptu trek, having little expectation of any dramatic weather scenes. To explain, while any opportunity for photography is always good, I've never had much luck with serious landscape photography under the harsh summer light in the Phoenix area.  How mistaken I was that day.

 

Driving into Lost Dutchman Park a couple of hours later, we were awe struck by the ominous dark skies over the Superstition Mountains. Our set-up and shooting at the park was fast paced and a bit hectic, lasting only 30 minutes. Gusting winds ushered in erratic spitting rain, as lightning flashes appeared on the distant horizon.   Right before us, though, the rugged mountain range was aglow in warm "Golden Hour" sunlight from the western horizon.

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The real drama occurred a few minutes after we exited the park, driving east on AZ 88 towards Apache Lake. A faint rainbow emerged over the Superstition Mountains, seemingly demarcating the sky with vivid orange in one expanse and blue-gray in the other.

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Setting up our tripods on the roadside, we took a few quick photographs of the rainbow. It was then that we were overwhelmed to see what appeared to be an advancing, vertical wall of orange dust and rain awash in an eerie glowing light.  Being from the Midwest, I immediately thought of tornado-like conditions. Here again, in a matter of minutes, strong winds and pelting rain forced us back into our vehicle. 

 

From there, we turned around and headed home, intent on leaving the rolling foothills before the dry "wash" areas would flood with watershed from the Superstition Mountains. We encountered massive rains on our drive back home and the storm raged on well into the night.

 

EPILOGUE:  Randy was more "in the know" than I initially realized on this unforgettable evening.  The dramatic weather system we witnessed was, in part, a remnant of Hurricane Norbert, a tropical storm off Mexico's Baja Coast.  Massive rains ultimately resulted in a record 50 year flood in the Valley of the Sun, with Arizona's Governor declaring a state of emergency the following Monday morning. 

 

The lesson of the day: Listen closely to your friends and daily weather forecasts.

 

Related weather photography posts:  White Pocket Weather on the Plateau, Deep Freeze Landscape Photography, The Wave, White Sands - Dunes Storm and Snow Laced Grand Canyon.

 

Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer

www.mwrphotos.com 

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New Mexico Landscape Photography, Part 4: Carlsbad Caverns http://www.mwrphotos.com/blog/2014/9/new-mexico-landscape-photography-part-4-carlsbad-caverns Carlsbad Caverns Convergence 3Carlsbad Caverns Convergence 3 “I am gradually becoming impressed with the Carlsbad Caverns; they are so strange and deep in the earth that I can never feel about them as I do with things in the sun -- rocks, trees ... surf and fog. The photographic problems are terrific; I start with a basic exposure of about 10 minutes ... I then boost up the image and "drama" with photoflash.”  -  Ansel Adams

NIKON D800E,f/8 @ 35 mm1/60ISO 200Flash  Carlsbad Cavern FormationCarlsbad Cavern Formation

As an extension or our photography trek to White Sands National Monument, we spent a day at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in the rugged Guadalupe Mountains of Southeastern New Mexico. Given our pressed schedule, I wondered if a caverns visit would be worth the extra driving time from White Sands. We pondered, "Is the cavern overrun with tourists, can we really get any good photos under artificial lighting and are the underground formations really that unique?" 

In short, Carlsbad Caverns proved to be a photogenic natural wonder, albeit with some challenges and inherent limitations in the photography arena.

Located 18 miles south of Carlsbad on U.S. Highway 62/180, the vast cavern is situated in a bed of limestone, above the groundwater level. The history and geology of the cavern are absolutely fascinating, far beyond the scope of this posting.   In short, the area surrounding the caverns was a coastline of an ancient inland sea, tectonic movements uplifted Capitan reef above ground and erosion of limestone created intricate calcium carbonate formations:  stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, draperies and popcorn, etc. 

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To learn about the caverns and gain a sense of orientation, we participated in the ranger guided tour of the King’s Palace chambers in the morning. The tour was informative time well spend, but not conducive to serious photography because tripods are not allowed on guided tours.

We then spent the afternoon on a self guided photo shoot of the Big Room (Hall of Giants), a vast series of chambers with railed walkways some 800 feet below ground.  Here, we were able set up our tripods for long time exposures (8 – 30 seconds at ISO 200, f 8).  We had hoped to carry only our medium length "walk around" lenses (e.g., 24 – 70 mm) into the caverns, but ended up needing the Nikon "holy trinity," including the 17 – 35 mm wide angle and 70 -200 mm telephoto lenses,  to capture the varying sense of scale in different cavern chambers.   

NIKON D800E,f/2.8 @ 44 mm1/60ISO 400Flash  Carlsbad Cavern Intricate WallCarlsbad Cavern Intricate Wall

Although flash photography is allowed throughout the caverns, most of the photo blogs advise against flash as it washes out the foreground of lighted formations. Although this was the situation with many of the front-lit major formations, I found that my Nikon 910 Speedlight flash unit provided wonderful illumination on some of the formations having little or no artificial lighting, including intricate overhead stalactites and highly detailed draperies.  Experimentation proved fruitful, as I ended shooting the most scenic cavern formations in both modes.

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Achieving accurate white balance proved to be our greatest challenge and, quite honestly, we encountered impossible lighting situations in large parts of the cavern.  We learned that different lighting systems are used throughout the cavern - probably tungsten, halogen and fluorescent – with widely varying color temperatures.  Matters are complicated by the use of mixed lighting systems on many of the larger and more interesting, iconic formations. 

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Under these circumstances, we found ourselves spending too much time manually adjusting our cameras for proper white balance, only to produce otherwise strong photos with a garish green or deep orange-gold color cast.  After several rounds, my practical minded brother, Brian Reinkensmeyer, finally declared, “I am shooting everything in Auto white balance mode. We can fix the color balance back at home ….”  And I followed Brian’s excellent advice, for the most part, only to find the same irreconcilable color balance situation in many images back on my trusty home computer monitor. 

Using the white balance temperature settings in Photoshop’s RAW converter, I have tried my best to present the mixed lighting cavern images as realistically as possible. To get around this problem all together, we’ve also presented some of of our favorite and most challenging color balance photos in black and white as well, using the Nik Silver Efex Pro plug in for B&W conversion. 

VIDEO: Below Ground, Apple iPhone 5

Setting these frustrations aside, for me, the impact of our Carlsbad Caverns visit transcends the sensory experience and emotion of any two dimensional photograph we might present.  It was, and remains, an unforgettable exposure (no pun intended) to a whole new underground world - a truly unique living ecosystem created over millions of years. Resting quietly 75 stories below the surface of the earth, in total darkness, the forces of nature converge in a most intriguing geology: a wonder best experienced by quiet time in a vast winding cavern.   

Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer

www.mwrphotos.com

 

Related posts:  New Mexico Landscape Photography, Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3, Death Valley National Park, California.

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