THE AUTUMNAL EQUINOX

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Happy First Day of Autumn,

As summer is quickly ushered out I see the ever present signs of autumn everywhere. Daylight hours shrink and temperatures drop, the trees are starting to exhibit their colorful coat of painted glory. The farmers work feverishly to gather the crops as they have done as their fathers before them. The birds and squirrels seem to be working overtime in preparation for the winter months. The sounds and smells of autumn are unmistakably crisp and welcoming. Like an old friend your well-worn sweater accompanies you on those early mornings as you start your daily rituals. Starting a new season is always bittersweet but time stops for no one and life marches on.

Metadata:

  • Nikon D810
  • Tamron Lens –SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC @70mm
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Hoodman USA
  • OP/TECH USA Classic Strap
  • Nik Software
  • Exposure – one seconds
  • Aperture – f/16
  • ISO – 64
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

 

Advantages of Using a Polarizer

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Greetings,

I wanted to take a minute to talk about polarizers and their usefulness. Now trust me when I tell you not all polarizers are equal (lol) and I’ll come back to this comment.

I get asked all the time if I shoot with a polarizer and the answer is, yes I do. The next questions is do I leave a polarizer on the front of my lens all the time and the answer would be absolutely not. There are certain shooting situations that dictate whether I use a polarizer or not. For example, when I’m shooting creeks and streams I always use a polarizer and any time there seems to be glare or shininess on subjects (wet leaves or fog) a polarizer will certainly help. Polarizers work best at a 90° angle to the light source or Sun in the landscape shooters case. I’ve included two images one with a polarizer and the other without showing the difference between the two images. Some may say it’s subtle and not enough to worry about but for me I think the advantages are huge.

I’ve used many polarizers over the years and my all-time favorite is the Singh-Ray LB Color Combo! It enhances the warm colors and subtracts two stops of light and for a landscape photographer this is a good thing!

(Singh Ray – “heaton10” for a 10% discount on all Singh Ray Filters)

Metadata:

  • Nikon D810
  • Tamron Lens –24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC @70mm
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Nik Software
  • Aperture – f/16
  • ISO – 64
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

Ramblings from the White Mountains

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Greetings,

Zach and I just wrapped up a seven-day photography / camping trip to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We took the new camper and I have to say it was a nice upgrade over our normal tenting. Having water and electric plus A/C (although we didn’t really need it) was perfect not to mention being able to setup our laptops and edit was a nice treat. WiFi was an issue but we just used the hotspot on our phones for a quick upload to Facebook.  We spent a lot of time roaming the White Mountains in exploration of photo opportunities which seem to be abundant. They are spread out, but so are many of the iconic areas, so this was nothing new to us. There were numerous waterfalls in the area and if you head down to the Lakes Region you’ll find countless lakes and reflections.

I have two complaints: One – they charge for all of the spots one wants to visit and two, we had a tough time finding overviews without hiking three or 4 miles (for the most part) straight up. Now, for a younger man (let’s just say a much better shape guy) this would not be an issue but for me it was certainly a challenge.

One of the highlights was visiting Mt Washington and the spectacular views it afforded. Now let me clarify that last statement, because once you arrive to the peak of the mountain a huge percentage of the time it is fogged in with little or no visibility. However, the journey up and down the mountain had breathtaking views.2016-7683-1

Here are a couple of sunrise images of Chocorua Lake. The opening image is using my Singh-Ray 10 stop Mor-Slow ND filter to push the exposure time allowing me to flatten out the lake and blur the movement in the clouds. The second image is just before the sun peaked the horizon using my Singh-Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer.

Metadata:

  • Nikon D810
  • Tamron Lens –24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC (Top Image – 52mm, Bottom Image – 35mm)
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Nik Software
  • Exposure – (Image 1) – two minutes, (Image 2) – two seconds
  • Aperture – f/16
  • ISO – 64
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

Aspens

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Greetings,

I had the honor of doing a “Why” segment with my friend Skip Cohen this morning that will air later today and it prompted me to sit down and write this blog post.

Last year I spent some time in southern Colorado near Aspen and Crested Butte photographing and scouting for some workshop locations. Needless to say I came away with some amazing images and outstanding locations which I’m extremely excited to revisit this year with our workshop group.

I wanted to share this image of a group of aspen trees near Crested Butte. That area has some of the most pristine aspen trees in the country.

Metadata:

  • Nikon D810
  • Tamron Lens –70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC @140mm
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Nik Software
  • OP/TECH USA Custom Classic Strap
  • Exposure – 1/750 seconds
  • Aperture – f/2.8
  • ISO – 64
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

Sunset at Lake Jean

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Greetings,

Here’s an image that almost slipped through the cracks. It’s one that I made the day before Zach’s workshop at Ricketts Glen this past May. During the day we had great clouds so we had hoped that they would hang around for sunset and as luck would have it they did. Standing along the banks of Lake Jean it was an exceptionally buggy evening and impossible to capture an image without bugs throughout the image.

This is a single image and I am truly impressed with the dynamic range of the Nikon D810.

Metadata:

  • Nikon D810
  • Tamron Lens –24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC @30mm
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Topaz Labs
  • Exposure – 1/10 seconds
  • Aperture – f/16
  • ISO – 64
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

“Pink Lady Slipper”

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I found this “Pink Lady Slipper” in the Great Smoky Mountains with the help of my good friend David Akoubian. My hat’s off to David because it is a real treat now days that two professionals can work and share information as well as we do!

I shot 5 images at different focal points then stacked the 5 images using Helicon Focus to maintain as much sharpness in the flowers as I could while still blurring my background.

Metadata:

  • Nikon D810
  • Tamron Lens –(New) SP 90mm f/2.8 Di VC
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Helicon Focus
  • Exposure – 1/90 seconds
  • Aperture – f/3.8
  • ISO – 64
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

Annual Trip to DC

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Good evening,

Just rebounding from a two day trip to Washington DC for our annual Cherry Blossom visit. Zach and I journeyed down Wednesday and met up with friend and fellow photographer Dan Potter. We spent all afternoon and evening shooting around the Tidal Basin and Monuments.  The Cherry Blossom were almost peak making for some nice images! One extra bonus was Dan noticing the full moon rising over the Jefferson Memorial (that image to come).  So we ended up shooting well into the night! I had booked a room over in Crystal City making it easier to get to the Tidal Basin early for a good spot at sunrise. As they say, “no rest for the weary” we were up and at them at 4:30am with a quick trip across the river to setup. After locating our spot and waiting for the light we saw several more friends, Jack Nevitt, Sue Mcpherson, Mike Crosby and Steve Whitney.

It’s truly a small world…

Metadata:

  • Nikon D810
  • Tamron Lens –24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC @46mm
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Topaz Labs
  • Exposure – 8 seconds
  • Aperture – f/16
  • ISO – 64
  • Custom in-camera White Balance to enhance the blue
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed