Another photo from Point Lobos State Reserve in California which is located a short distance from Monterey and Carmel. The day I took the featured photo I spent the afternoon exploring the southern part of the park. I was shooting from Pelican Point with a partial view of the beautiful Gibson Beach on the left side and with the mountains of the Big Sur in the background..
Point Sur Lightstation one of those landmarks that became famous all over the world. It is located in one of the most scenic parts of the famous Big Sur coastal drive, arguably the most beautiful cost drive in the world. Every tourist who took Big Sur coastal drive, even partly, has multiple pictures of Lightstation.
I am not an exception. I photographed Lightstation on many occasions, in different weather, and from various vantage points. Here are some of my photos of Lightstation:
- Cows at Point Sur Lightstation (California)
- Point Sur Lightstation at Sunset (California)
- Early Morning in Big Sur (California)
- Big Sur – Sunset / Sunrise Colors (California)
The day I took the featured photo, the weather was less than favorable for photography. The sky was boring without any clouds and the air was humid and hazy. This is when I decided to frame the shot to minimize the effect of the sky and concentrate attention on the leading lines in the foreground with Lightstation as the main point of interest.[Read more…]
Forillon National Park is one of my favorite landscape photography destinations in Canada. I featured it on many occasions on this blog: Sunrise at Cap-Bon-Ami, Forillon National Park From Above, Cape Gaspe at Sunrise, The Perfect Hike. The park is located at the tip of Gaspé Peninsula and as the result all my previously published photos involved views of some kind of open water.
During my last visit to Forillon I discovered for myself something completely different: a little waterfall, located in deep forest. It is called La Chute which in French means the fall.
When you photograph waterfalls the most popular and effective technique is a long exposure. The technique allows to create surreal, silky looking effect of running water.
From the moment I decided to photograph La Chute I knew that I would use this technique. In general I do not use very long exposures (5-20 sec) when shooting running water because it produces plasticky looking effect and I normally go for 1/15 – 3 sec to preserve a bit of texture in the water.
In this particular case, the shooting was easy. I had my camera on a tripod, I cranked up the aperture to f20 and it allowed me to reduce the shutter speed to 1/6 sec.
The challenge was the location and the lighting.
To come up with more interesting composition was out of the question because there was no room around the falls. Actually, the spot I took this photo from was the only option I had.
Another challenge was the lighting. The sunlight was illuminating only half of the falls keeping another half in the deep shadows. Even though I had no plans to use HDR processing for this photo I took 3 bracketed shots (-1, 0, +1) as an insurance. [Read more…]
The Angels Landing is the most spectacular and most popular hiking trail in Zion National Park. But before deciding if you want to do it or not you have to answer two questions:
Are you afraid of heights or not?
If you do it is probably better to stick to less demanding trails. The last stretch of the trail is pretty nerve racking when you climb along the narrow ridge with the one-mile abyss on the one side and half a mile void on another. It is beautiful but scary sometimes. My wife is afraid of heights and there is absolutely no way she could complete this hike.
The city of Kanab is the strategic location when visiting the Southwest. It is positioned in the driving distance from the most beautiful spots of the region. You stay in Kanab and plan your day trips to Zion, Bryce, North Rim of Grand Canyon, Navajo Bridge, Lake Powell, The Wave canyon. Plus, hundreds of less known spots. While staying in Kanab you visit lots of canyons and mountains areas.
What you do not expect to see there are dunes. The Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is well-hidden spot off radars of the most tourists. I found it by accident and could not believe my eyes when I saw a big dune park surrounded by mountains and canyons.
The park has a well-maintained campground and it is a popular spot for dune sandboarding.
The Monument Valley is not part of the National Park System. It is a part of Navajo Tribal Park and as the result, it is less developed and not as well maintained as most of National Parks.
I came across this rock on the side of the road while driving the dirt roads of Monument Valley 17 miles loop. When I tried to find any information about this beautiful rock and if there was any interesting story behind it, I could not find anything, not even a name.
If somebody knows more about this spot, please let me know.
I keep working on developing my new Lightroom Collection: Black & White Presets for Landscapes. And I keep experimenting with the different type of images.
I took the featured photo at Morro Bay Creek Beach at sunset. I visited Morro Bay on may occasions and always enjoy photographing the famous Morro Rock. But, it was the first time I was at Morro Bay at sunset. I specifically book the motel in the vicinity so I could take advantage of the sunset and the sunrise.
The sunset did not disappoint, except it was so windy that by the end of the shoot I had sand everywhere, including my camera bag, every pocket of my clothes and my eyes. I did not complain.
I took the featured photo in the heart of Eastern Sierra mountains. It was the end of a two-week long driving trip through the Southwest. After driving for 3 days across deserts Nevada and the Death Valey with the extreme temperatures I could not wait to reach the mountains of the Eastern Sierra.
The last 3 days of my trip I dedicated to exploring Sierra and the June Lake was my first stop. It was a perfect morning for photography with the comfortable temperature, clear air and no people around. The only problem I faced was the boring sky with absolutely no clouds. From the very beginning, I knew that in order to make this scene to work I would have to process it as black and white.
I just returned from a week long trip to Atlantic Coast. I spend the entire time on Grand Manan island which is one of the favorite spots in the entire Atlantic Canada. The island is located in the Canadian province of New Brunswick in the heart of Bay of Fundy.
The Bay of Fundy is famous for having the highest tides in the entire world, reaching 14 meters (46 feet) of vertical elevation.
The goal of the trip was to photograph the effects of the tide fluctuations on the landscapes and seascapes of the Grand Manan.
The featured photo I took in the early afternoon when the tide was lowest. It was hard to imagine that in the morning it was a busy fisherman bay with the heavy boat traffic. In the afternoon it was a desert.
After visiting Prince Edward Island for so many years, it was my first time I stopped at Wood Islands.
Before the Confederation Bridge was built, which connects the Prince Edward Island with the rest of Canada, the Wood Islands was the busiest and most visited spot on the island. This is where Northumberland Ferries connect the Prince Edward Island with Nova Scotia.
Even though the ferry is still operational, the Confederation Bridge is the main transportation link between the island and the mainland.
Prince Edward Island is the smallest province in Canada but hosts 63 lighthouses along its shore. The Wood Islands Lighthouse is one of the oldest one in PEI.