The race was on to try and find a vantage point to catch a sunset over Lake Tahoe. We figured we would have to reach the eastern side of the lake. Next challenge was finding a spot you could hike down to that had boulders in the forefront. We got there a few hours ahead and explored the coastline ’til we found the perfect spot and then put our “dubbs” on it. It’s common to find a spot and then return only to find other photographers set up on your chosen spot. So you learn, when you find it, you gotta hold on to it.
It’s hard to tell, but it’s snowing. To a lot of folks, that’s not impressive. But to us, having a snowy day on the “Romantic Road” in Germany last fall, was quite fun. Autumn had set in nicely with everything in blazing color, and then the powdery white blanket, finished it off. This little dock was the perfect find. I shot at numerous angles trying to get just the right shot. I didn’t want to leave, but the cold and getting wet finally moved me back to the vehicle. And off we went, on back roads, trying to get lost in this wonderful wanderland.
I drove up from Phoenix to Olympia National Park, to attend a 3-day photography seminar. I don’t usually go to photo seminars, but just to get out of Phoenix and get into some old growth forest with waterfalls and lakes and streams, was just the ticket to a long and hot Arizona summer. The trip turned into a 6,ooo mile trek to national parks all over the northwest, including Canada. But that’s another story.
I met a local, one of the teachers, who like myself was itchy to get out and do some more shooting. It was quite cloudy and the sun was setting with no drama to capture. So I said, let’s go down to the lake and just see what happens. The skies to the east were pretty dark, and out of no where they opened up for about 30 seconds. I hurried up and got off some shots, while my friend was still setting up. And that was the end of the light. It pays to be ready, or maybe just lucky.
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This is one of the most popular spots to stop and take a picture of St Mary’s Lake. Cars would stop, someone would jump out, take a quick picture, and off they went. I knew the sunset was going to be special, so I hung out, marked my spot, and waited for the perfect moment. Knowing the rule of sunsets; when the sun cast it’s orange, yellow and red hues, it’s not over, yet that’s when most photographers pack it in. I like to wait for the possible second round of color, the more soft, purple pastels. They don’t always come, but when they do, it’s magic.
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The neat thing about HDR, is capturing a moment as your percieved it, just as you remember it. This photo of a setting sun over “The Dells” at Watson Lake, pretty much takes me there, as I saw it, when I was there. Pictures that are not HDR, do not always do that for me. Everyones different in that regard, but after it’s all said and done, there will never be anything quite like actually being there. For a photographer or tourist, Watson Lake in Prescott, Arizona, is worth the visit.
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Returning on the “Romantic Road” from Neushwanstein Castle in Germany, we found this neat little dock on a pond. My wife wasn’t that excited about jumping out of the car, into the cold, sit on a wet dock, with it snowing. But I saw an opportunity to spice up an already incredible scene, with a personal touch. When I went to the limit and ask that young beautiful woman to splash the water with her foot, for a cinemagraph, I pushed her to the limit of cold. I had a lot of warming up to do. Nice memory.
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Hope you all have a safe New Year’s Eve, and prosperous 2013!
This photo of Crescent Lake felt right, as I watch the sunset over a cold Phoenix, Arizona New Year’s night. Crescent Lake is a beautiful, pristine lake on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington. It’s surrounded by mountains and pine trees. A perfect place to hide in the summer away from the summer heat. This photo reminds me of how much I want to go back someday. I hope your wanderlust turns to traveling the world and becoming another “Travelbugster”! Have a great New Year!
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This lake was a pleasant surprise out of the mountains of Yosemite National Park. After spending 3 days in Yosemite on a photo tour, I found this lake near the town of Oakhurst where I was staying. I spent the day hanging out here, before heading to Fresno for a late trip back to Phoenix. Felt like I had the place to myself. It’s always fun when that happens, especially shooting landscapes.
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A short distance out of South Lake Tahoe, California, we discovered Fallen Leaf Lake quite by accident. It was one of those,”let’s just get off the main road and head for the back country”. We never know where we’re going to end up. Sometimes you hit a gem like this spot. There were homes and cabins along the lake shore and eventually we came upon a marina and restaurant at the south end. Nice find off the beaten path. This perspective shot, was right up the dock looking north.
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It was at the end of the season for Glacier National Park. After seeing St. Mary’s Lake during the day, I knew I had to come back to hit this spot for a sunset shot. This is one of the more popular spots and the clouds that day gave me a clue that the sunset could be interesting. I wasn’t disappointed, as many fellow photographers lined up for this amazing sunset.
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