One thing I love about doing panoramic photos is the opportunity to expand beyond the standard dimensions of the camera frame. I remember the first time I experienced Disneyland's Circle Vision as a kid and being blown away seeing a film that gave you a 360 degree perspective. The idea of expanding the photographic canvas beyond the standard 2x3 or 4x5 dimensions is quite inspiring.
This week's photo was again from my trip through Utah this past summer we were on our way from Blanding to Mexican Hat, Utah when the stormy cloud-cover cleared enough at sunset to make this dramatic image possible.
Our first full day in Moab we were treated to some rather dramatic thunderheads that eventually became a significant late spring storm. Unbeknownst to us we were about to begin three days of significant rain with intermittent patches of sunshine. It might make for spectacular pictures but it does wreak havoc on a campsite. This particular image really stood out to me because of the repetition of the sandstone shapes in the clouds.
This image was what I consider a serendipity moment on the road. We were leaving the Cedar Mesa area heading down to our next major destination White Pocket (of which I have shown several images). Most of our drive was gloomy and overcast but just as we were near Mexican Hat, and dinner, the sky started to break creating the scene you see here. We didn't seek out the particular spot we just kind of fell into it.
Street photography can be a fun adventure. I don't do it very often, but when I do I find it a creative challenging. It can be very different than exploring a the natural world. This shot was taken near 9th Street on Michigan Avenue in Chicago.
A year ago this Labor Day weekend my brothers and I did a 4-day 36-mile trek through Evolution Valley, smack-dab in the middle of the John Muir Trail in the Eastern Sierras. We saw some incredible country as we cut through the mountains, including this great shot on our last night on Darwin's Table. The entire day we had the remnants of a summer storm dissipate over the mountains overhead, and as the sun began to set we were treated to quite a show.
One thing I love about doing urban street photography is experiencing all the different colors and textures when old meets new on the city streets. Todays image was taken on Michigan Avenue during a morning walk in Chicago.
I have been starting to archive a lot of my old film and digital prints onto Flickr and I stumbled across this great pic from the Lake District in England take on my first digital camera with a whopping 3 megapixel sensor. You may notice the beginnings of a rainbow in the horizon of the picture. A beautiful place to visit if you ever get the chance.
One of my favorite times to photography is what's called the "blue hour" or the hour just before the sun rises or after the sun sets. This photo was taken on the 'Marvelous Mile' portion of Michigan Ave. I definitely enjoyed the architecture in Chicago, and I would definitely come back to truly explore this city.
If I had a preference of when best to shoot photos I would say early morning, just before the sun rises. I feel like the cooler blue tones of the morning tend to create a better range of colors than the sunset time of day, which tends to be warmer and redder. I think this morning shot is a perfect example, especially with the orange and red rock to compliment the cool blue tones in the shadows.
This is another shot I took from White Pocket near the Utah-Arizona border. As you can see the surreal rock formations are quite a sight to behold.
This Fourth of July I missed the usual fireworks show while we were up in Oakhurst, but I made sure not to miss the natural fireworks show which was at it's best around midnight. Finding the milky way took some work to find thanks to the light from the moon and the nearby cities, but as you can see the camera picked it up fine.
As our little group was planning out our trip through Utah and Arizona one of the places we all agreed that we needed to visit was White Pocket in the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. It may not get the press of it's nearby neighbor 'The Wave' in the Coyote Buttes but I think it easily surpasses it in it's visual wonder. The variety of colors, texture and layers is nothing short of spectacular.
As my father-in-law put it looks like this whole region was mixed up in a cake mixer.
One of the great highlights of the trip was visiting the Cedar Mesa region in southeastern Utah. A pretty remote region peppered with ancient indian cliff dwellings that were built over a thousand years ago. It was pretty surreal to wander down into various canyons and washes and to stumble across an ancient dwelling peppered with pottery fragments and arrowheads (I never saw any arrowheads for the record). This is an area I would definitely like to spend more time exploring.