Landscape

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Precon at Red Rock

Yesterday’s Precon was at Red Rock National Park and it was one of the best we had in Las Vegas. While landscape photography can always be a challenge, especially when it comes to getting up at 4am, the benefits of beating the heat made it worthwhile for everyone. Now Red Rock is a really cool […]

July 19th, 2016 | Comments Off on Precon at Red Rock
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Precon is Here!

Tuesday maybe the first official day of Photoshop World Las Vegas 2016 but today is Precon day! This is the day where instructors take groups of students out to various locations to learn in the field. Over the years I have gone to many precons and each one was fun and helpful. This year I […]

July 18th, 2016 | Comments Off on Precon is Here!
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Scale is Important in Landscapes

When working with landscapes the scale of the river, the mountains, the clouds or the visual plain are all very important. If you have a massive cloud bank and you’re trying to emphasize those clouds then you need to have less foreground. If the field in front of you is so massive, getting low and […]

July 12th, 2016 | Comments Off on Scale is Important in Landscapes
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Driving back from North Dakota yesterday I drive around the edge of a massive storm cell that produced fierce winds and quarter sized hail. I was glad I was on the outskirts of the storm since the winds were pretty strong. I stopped at one point, grabbed the D5 and 18-35mm and took a few […]

July 7th, 2016 | Comments Off on
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Can’t Beat Montana Thunderstorms

I know just about everyone says that their state gets the best thunderstorms but I do love them here in Montana. This day started out crystal clear and by the end of the afternoon we head one massive thunderhead smack dab above us. Thankfully we didn’t get any lightning which was good considering all of […]

June 8th, 2016 | Comments Off on Can’t Beat Montana Thunderstorms
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Love those Storm Clouds

I just can’t get enough of spring thunderstorms. The great cloud formations and the little bit of light that accentuate them can make for some great shooting. This is a simple click taken with the D5 and 24-70 AF-S.

May 24th, 2016 | Comments Off on Love those Storm Clouds
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Spring Storms

We’re getting into that time of the year when the great Montana Spring thunderstorms come through the valley and with them comes some truly beautiful photo opps. June and July are some of my favorite months for landscape photography because we get those sudden temperature changes that make for really dramatic clouds. Saturday was a […]

May 23rd, 2016 | Comments Off on Spring Storms
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First Shots with the D5

If you were expecting to see something amazing and never seen before then you’re probably going to be disappointed. The truth is with any new piece of camera gear the best place to start is right at home. The reason being it’s a controlled environment and there will be differences. The biggest mistake you can […]

May 17th, 2016 | Comments Off on First Shots with the D5
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Which Pano option is best?

Simple Pano question for you. When it comes to panos is it better for the pano to be long and skinny or shorter and wider? I keep playing with the different aspect ratios which differs greatly when you combine more images and I can’t decide whether spherical or cylindrical is a best. In some cases […]

April 27th, 2016 | Comments Off on Which Pano option is best?
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In the Absence of Light, Structure is King

Even when the light has finally disappeared, it’s not time to put the camera away yet. Without light all that is left is structure and structure can make for some great images. Spring thunderstorms are great examples as the clouds often form these great masses of drama. The key is to take that image and […]

April 15th, 2016 | Comments Off on In the Absence of Light, Structure is King