Different perspectives

Recently I have been experimenting with different techniques for image capture, and post processing. This is a variation of an image I made last fall. Hope you enjoy!

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Chasing Fall.....Part 2

Over the last several years, my beautiful bride and I have been escaping to Sedona for a few days over the Halloween holiday. With our daughter now grown and living her own life, we’ve struggled getting into the Halloween spirit….so we leave town. Specifically, we head to Sedona, AZ.

Sedona is one of our favorite places, and there really isn’t a better time of year in my opinion, to visit Sedona; fall colors are usually at or near peak around Red Rock Crossing and Oak Creek Canyon, and temperatures are quite pleasant…not the blistering summer heat.

There are dozens and dozens of trails around Sedona, and beauty abounds everywhere. Not to mention that everywhere you look, the uniqueness and beauty of Red Rock Country.

One of the more popular trails in Sedona is along the West Fork of Oak Creek, known as the West Fork Trail. This 3.5 mile trail in, along the West Fork this time of year, is lined with picturesque red rock cliffs and colors that represent Fall. For this reason, this is one of favorite areas, and where I planned my post-Halloween hike.

I met up with a friend, a fellow photographer I had recently met and lives in Sedona, in search of signs of Fall around Sedona. We arrived early to the West Fork Park site, which really is necessary given its popularity. The following images were captured that day.

Follow the Fall Color road….(I guess Dorothy had other ideas in mind…..)

Follow the Fall Color road….(I guess Dorothy had other ideas in mind…..)

Fall reflections along West Fork Creek.

Fall reflections along West Fork Creek.

A symbol of fall

A symbol of fall

Fall colors along the West Fork of Oak Creek

Fall colors along the West Fork of Oak Creek

Chasing Fall

Last weekend I set out on a mission. A mission to find Fall.

Living in the desert climate of Phoenix, Fall colors are rarely seen and something I miss from living in the Pacific Northwest. We typically transition from the extreme heat of summer, straight into winter, leaving really no room for Fall.

As I started my quest, a series of events encountered throughout the day, caused me to pause and question whether I was meant to find Fall. Bound and determined though, I grabbed my camera backpack and jumped in my SUV and headed north to Flagstaff. 

Exploring around the San Francisco Peaks, it didn’t take long to find the colors of Fall. 

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Not fully satisfied, a hike into the inner basin, yielded more color while the beauty of a snow topped peak reviled itself.. 

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My path to the inner basin, took me through a large expanse of beuatiful aspen trees. This scene caught my attention, and screamed “take my picture” so I did.

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Tempe Photo Walk

Just returning from the Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk #wwpw2018, in Tempe Arizona. It is always fun to get together with a group of photographers, meet new people, explore and photograph. I’m always impressed how two or more people can have a completely different vision or perspective of the same subject.

The #WWPW2018 Tempe Photo Walk this year was hosted by the guys at @Exloretographers, and what a great turnout, with people from all over the valley, and varying levels of experience. So much fun. Here are a couple of the images that I captured. Let me know what you think!

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A smokey Grand Canyon

Last weekend I spent several days with a great group of photographers, capturing images at the Grand Canyon, South Rim.  Heavy smoke from recent wildfires to the north and west, made for some interesting views, sunsets and sunrises. It is amazing how beautiful this area is, even with the harshness of fire.  Hope you enjoy, let me know what you think.

 

Early morning sunrise...

Early morning sunrise...

Layers

Layers

Colorado River at Sunrise

Colorado River at Sunrise

Sunset

Sunset

Washington's Olympic Peninsula

I recently uploaded a few images from a recent trip to Washington's Olympic Peninsula as part of a Arizona Highways Photoscapes photo workshop. What a fantastic week around the beaches, waterfalls, and rain forest of this beautiful area, and a fantastic group of people! See the Olympic Peninsula section of my website.

 

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Flying Fish, Baja Mexico Style

Linda and I recently spent some serious R&R time in Los Cabos (one of our favorite places to go), and were treated to an amazing display of aerobatics. While on a sunset cruise around the Arch of Cabo San Lucas aboard a 42' sail boat, we encountered several schools of Manta Rays, flying through the air, slapping themselves against the water as they came down. The sound, what must have been an unmistakable belly-flop, kept all of us aboard the boat, tuned into what was happening.

 

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After chatting with the captain, and spending a little time on Google, I learned that this behavior is somewhat unique to this area (Sea of Cortez). Sometimes associated with mating season, it most often occurs when large numbers gather, and may be an effort to rid themselves of parasites that attached to their bodies.

 

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It is truly an amazing event to experience. At times there where so many Rays flying and flopping it almost sounded like popcorn or a string of fire-crackers going off. If you ever the opportunity to go see this, you will not be disappointed!!

Images captured with a Sony RX100M2 camera.

Now that's a bridge !

Recently I visited yet another wonder of Arizona, Tonto Natural Bridge. If you haven't been (like me), Tonto Natural Bridge is located just outside of Payson, AZ. According to the Arizona State Parks website, this natural bridge is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world. Standing over 180 feet high, over a 400 foot long tunnel, this natural formation is amazing to experience.

Easy to get to from Phoenix, and with viewing access within a short stroll from this Arizona Park's parking and picnic area, this natural wonder can be enjoyed by all.

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However to really experience this natural wonder, you will want to take one of several trails to the bottom, where you can look up at the grandeur of this formation. There are several trails, some a little more strenuous, but all worth the trek to the bottom. 

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Once you've reached the tunnel entrance, spend some time looking around, up, down, sideways....there is myriad of images that can be captured, and natural wonders to be in awe of.

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There are many amazing things to see, do, and experience in Arizona, and Tonto Natural Bridge is just one of them. An easy drive from the Phoenix area, and a great way to spend a half day with family and friends. Temps get a bit warm in the summer months, so I suggest going early, and as always, bring lots of water.

 

Backyard Macro Fun

What do you do on a lazy Saturday, when you want to capture some pictures, but because its a "lazy" Saturday, you do not feel like going anywhere?  Put your macro lens on your camera, and head out to the backyard and explore. That's just what I did today, despite a little breeze, I had some fun looking at my backyard from a different perspective.

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Sure, I could have parked myself on the couch, and watched the Royal Wedding on television (seriously?  not a chance...), or get outside and look for different subjects, different perspectives, different light, different textures. 

Airplanes, Airplanes and Airplanes....

I spent today at the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, with a local Meetup group of photographers. If you haven't been to the Pima Air & Space Museum, there are over 350 aircraft, spread over 80 acres and 5 hangars. It's an airplane lovers playground. Most of the aircraft are military, however there are many non-military planes, from a single engine trainer to a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

This is a great place to create unique images. Unique aircraft, variety of sizes, shapes, condition, are on display outdoors and in various hangars. Different shapes, colors, tonal ranges, and an opportunity to see things from different perspectives, create a lot of opportunity. Here are a few of my 'opportunities'

 

Some black and white fun...   

Some black and white fun...

 

I confess, a wee bit of compositing, but made the image more interesting....   

I confess, a wee bit of compositing, but made the image more interesting....

 

Tired and weathered....   

Tired and weathered....

 

A commercial airline icon....   

A commercial airline icon....

 

seat 3c...   

seat 3c...

 

Photo Workshops vs. Photo Tours - What's the difference?

Reposted from Arizona Highways Photoscapes blog, with permission of author

By David Halgrimson

Have you had an opportunity to take a photography workshop? And, was it really a photo workshop or was it a photo tour? There is a difference!

A workshop is a learning experience to not only take you to great places for photo opportunities but also to guide and assist you in capturing superb images by locating the best places at the perfect time, seeing the light, identifying the best compositions, using proper camera settings and much more. A great workshop will provide group and one-on-one instruction with guidance from top photographers who make their living in photography and provide strong, approachable instruction. Image critiques, evaluation, and feedback from instructors and peers are some of the additional advantages of attending a notable, high-quality workshop.

On the other hand, a photo tour usually takes you to ideal locations, but leaves you on your own. This can be great for those who just need to get there, do not need any special assistance, and prefer limited interaction with others; it really leaves the learning process strictly to you, through trial and error.

When attending a workshop you not only get interaction with the photographer, but also the chance to share with the fellow participants, which in itself is a learning experience.  It is a perfect opportunity to develop camaraderie with individuals who share the same creative passions in photography and learning.  Whether you are a beginner or advanced photographer, Arizona Highways PhotoScapes offers some of the best workshops around with the most exceptional photographers in the business.  The photographers intimately know the workshop locations, and will get you to the best spots at the most opportune times, then help you get your finest shot possible – all while encouraging you to take your creative vision a step further than before.

Being an Arizona Highways Photoscapes Volunteer Trip Leader for the last 11 years, has only encouraged my feelings on the truly exceptional benefits that transpire on an AHPS Photo Workshop.  I continue to encourage others to take advantage of these opportunities, as I know first-hand just how valuable they can be.

Tetons NP Wyoming

Tetons NP Wyoming

White Sands NM New Mexico

White Sands NM New Mexico

White Sands NM Balloon Festival New Mexico

White Sands NM Balloon Festival New Mexico

Death Valley NM California

Death Valley NM California

Palouse Washington State

Palouse Washington State

For more information on these prime photography workshops through Arizona Highways PhotoScapes, check out their website at https://photography-workshops.directory/photographer/arizona-highways-photo-workshops/

David Halgrimson is a Volunteer Photo Guide with Arizona Highways PhotoScapes

Welcome, little one

I’ve been watching this bird, resting on an egg, in a tree just outside our family room for days. Baby arrived a couple days ago, and made her first appearance yesterday. #newmom #life 

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Horseshoe Bend....

The obligatory image of Horseshoe Bend, at sunrise

 

    

 

 

....and other points of view.....

 

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