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Kiva and Ladder at Mesa Verde National Park Colorado

Sunlight shines down inside a kiva at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado in this photograph from August of 2008.

kiva and ladder

“Kiva and Ladder”

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
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In order to get into this underground kiva I had to climb down the ladder. If anyone has ever been in a Kiva before you know it is a pretty small room. So once I found a good composition I placed the widest angle lens I had on my camera and crouched down to get this shot.

While it looks like I had the kiva all to myself I had to patiently wait for tourists to come and go so I could photograph during the brief moments when no one else was in there with me.

Dust from the ground helped illuminate the sunlight ray coming from the above opening and the reflected light off the ground and wall gave me all the light I needed inside the dark Kiva.

Photo Details:

This was photographed with my Canon 5D and 16-35mm lens. It was a 1.3s exposure at f16 at iso320.

Sunset at Paines Creek Beach on Cape Cod

Every once in a while everything lines up perfectly and you hit a home run.

sunset at paines creek

“Sunset at Paine’s Creek Beach and Landing”

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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That is what happened to me this particular evening at Paine’s Creek Beach & Landing in Brewster on Cape Cod, Mass.

One of my favorite places to photograph, I arrived here in the early afternoon – hours before sunset. Light clouds on the horizon were telling me there could be a nice sunset later in the evening.

Once the sun started setting, the light and color started reflecting off the clouds and it kept getting more colorful and more intense as each minute passed. I barely even noticed the thousands of no-see-ums practically eating me alive while photographing this amazing scene.

Easily one of the best sunsets I ever saw and had the chance to photograph on Cape Cod in the 7 years I lived there.

Photo Details:

Photographed back in 2004 with a Canon 1Ds and 24-70mm lens at 4s at f13 with the use of split neutral density filters to control the exposure and dynamic range of the scene.

Winter Sunset at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park Utah

Winter Sunset at Delicate Arch

“Winter Sunset at Delicate Arch”

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah

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I took this photograph of Delicate Arch in Moab, Utah on a particularly cold January day in 2009, with a snow-capped La Sal Mountains in the background.

The way I hiked in to the arch was quite dangerous – a narrow sheet of ice with huge drop-offs in some places. I ended up finding another way to hike out later in the dark and was able to avoid the ice on the way out.

For a behind the scenes look at photographing this particular evening with HD video visit here.

Photo Details:

Photographed with a Canon 5D MarkII with a 24-70mm lens

onOne Releases Perfect Photo Suite 8

onOne Software today has officially released version 8 of their excellent photo editing & enhancing software Perfect Photo Suite. A number of great improvements makes this a must-have for photographers!!

On top of that it looks like they reduced the price of the software. The full premium suite used to sell for $299 but now is available for just $179.

Perfect Photo Suite 8

If you haven’t used this software yet I encourage you to download the free trail. This is software I use almost daily and has been a great replacement for Photoshop on most of the things I do in my digital darkroom.

I will be teaching classes on Perfect Photo Suite 8 in 2014, with the first class in April – details can be found on my photo workshop page.

Here is the official press release from onOne regarding Perfect Photo Suite 8: 

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Zion National Park 2013 Fall Photo Workshop Wrap-up

I am now back in Scottsdale, AZ following the 5-Day photography workshop Christine Hauber and I taught in Zion National Park, Utah. Registration will open later this week for our 2014 Zion Fall Workshop but in the meantime enjoy this wrap-up from the 2013 workshop.

Getting up early to catch the first rays of sunlight is what is needed for great photos and our students were up for the challenge.

Getting up early to catch the first rays of sunlight is what is needed for great photos and our students were up for the challenge.

We were treated to some unseasonably warm temperatures this year with daytime temps reaching the upper 60’s to low 70’s and nighttime temps falling to just above freezing to the low 40’s. While the fall foliage this year wasn’t as good as in the past – see my fall foliage 2013 report here – we still were not at a loss for beautiful and dramatic things to photograph.

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