Month: January 2018

Chasing Daylight Round 2

Chasing Daylight Round 2

Tonight was another night of limited time to chase the remaining sunlight and catch what I hoped would be a great sunset.  Tonight I gave myself a little more time and left 45 minutes before sunset.  I made a plan to go west towards Hampton as there was another high ground area I wanted to try.  Again I swung by an abandoned farm along the way and took its picture as the sun was getting low about 10 minutes before sunset.  I like the way the image came out.

Chasing sunsets

Chasing sunsets

A lot of my shoots are done by paying close attention to the time of sunset.  Then I pay close attention to cloud cover, Friday was one of those tricky evenings when clouds came in before sunset and in the last half hour the clouds broke up to make the sky interesting enough to venture out.

Time was running short and I decided to catch the best light possible and headed for one of the highest points in Butler county, this hill was about seven miles away and involved gravel travel to get there.  I took the time to take a few shots of an abandoned farm along the way (first image) and the image following that was taken about fifteen minutes later amazing how fast the sky and colors can change.

The Winter Cottonwood Tree

The Winter Cottonwood Tree

I took my morning sunrise drive in eastern Butler county yesterday and decided to try experimenting in RAW HDR. RAW images are not processed by the camera software and editing is done externally. I set my camera up to bracket 3 shots. Most of my HDR work involves 5 bracketed shots but the buffer in the camera struggles with saving to the SD Card when saving in RAW and JPEG.

My shot of the day was a lone and quite large Cottonwood Tree being backlit by the rising sun. I took various shots of it along the roadside but this one below was my favorite and turned out beautifully. Appear like my switching things up worked and will be doing more of this in the near future.

Framed On The Ice

Framed On The Ice

Some shots are only possible during the winter months such as this one I took on the Shell Rock river at Heery Woods State Park south of Clarksville Iowa.  The twisted tree framed the sunrise perfectly Sunday morning as I stood a little on the ice above the dam.

This Land Magazine portfolio

This Land Magazine portfolio

Decided to create a 52 page portfolio in magazine format to help get my name out there.  I can see placing a copy in a Dr. office type environment where people can flip through it at their leisure.

Also have been kicking around ideas for a photo book titled Loose Gravel scenes from roads less traveled.

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