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GOLDEN HOUR – MORRO BAY, CA

GOLDEN HOUR – MORRO BAY, CA  Those of us who chase the light for that magic photograph are familiar with the conceptual “GOLDEN HOUR”. Its that time 30 min before to 30 min after sunrise or sunset when the sun is near the horizon. When the sun is near the horizon, sunlight travels through a greater depth of atmosphere, reducing the intensity of the direct light, so that more of the illumination comes from indirect light from the sky (Thomas 1973, 9–13), reducing the lighting ratio. More blue light is scattered, so if the sun is present, its light appears more reddish. In addition, the sun’s small...

Icelands Many Faces

Icelands Many Faces  It is no wonder Iceland has become a top destination for photographers. My first visit there in October-November 2014 was just a taste. Northern Lights, Beautiful sunsets, mountains, country side and ice caves. I hope to go back again some...

Reykjavik Highlights

Reykjavik Highlights  Before beginning a Photography Workshop  in South Iceland led by Iurie Belegurschi and Edwin Martinez I had a day to walk around Iceland’s Capitol Reykjavik. The largest city in the country and residence of nearly half of the Country’s population.  The architecture was simple and elegant. We visited two icons of the city scape – the cathetral and the new performing arts center.   Hallgrimskirche City Center Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall The Sun Voyager...

Iceland Magic

Iceland Magic  ICELAND MAGIC I Recently completed a photography workshop in South Iceland led by Iurie Belegurschi and Edwin Martinez . This caused me to  contemplate the difference between a Photo Tour and a Photo Workshop.  I have attended eight in total over the last 8 years, four of each.  Photo Tours typically involves delivering a group of individuals to a scenic sight.  Usually at an optimal time for photography (ie golden hours) but involve limited guidance or instruction. The groups are larger, and much more varied in skill and experience. Photo Workshops more comprehensive instruction and...

Arizona Desert Sunset

Arizona Desert Sunset  I have learned much by joining photo workshops over the last 10 years. One which was one of the most productive photographically was a workshop with Alan Briot in Page Arizona. Check out his site at http://www.beautiful-landscape.com .  On that trip we visited a number of areas around Page, some well known and popular like Antelope Canyon and the Horseshoe Bend. Other areas like Water Holes Slot canyon we had to ourselves.  The short hike for the highway to Water Holes Canyon took us through some beautiful terrain. Her are a few shots form sunset in the region. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO...

Alta Badia : The Italian Dolomites, Heaven on Earth?

Alta Badia : The Italian Dolomites, Heaven on Earth?  Today i was reviewing old photos, stumbling on this collection form June 2013 for the Italian Dolomite region Alta Badia. I have visited a year before and am sad i will not get to go this year. Its a must again for next year.  The region was the host of of the 1956 winter Olympics and has been a popular Snow Ski Destination since. While i hesitate to let the secrete out, Alta Badia is one of the best summer experiences i have ever had! Hiking, Biking, lounging, good food and wine are to be had. Church in St Leonhard Santa Croce Church Puez Gruppe Santa Croce Church Mill along Trek #15...

Dinkey Lakes Wilderness

Dinkey Lakes Wilderness  I have had quite an itch to get into the back country all winter. So, i finally got a 36 hour break and headed up to the mountains early one recent Saturday morning for an over night backpack trip up to Island Lake in the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness located in the central Sierra Nevada. I started at the Cortright Lake trail head and hiked 7.5 miles to my destination. All alone at 10,000 feet! there was not a cloud in the sky (lousy for photos) but he mountains behind Island Lake (the Three Sisters) topping out at 10,600 feet were still covered with patchy snow. In the still before sunset...

Cappadocia Sunrise

Cappadocia Sunrise  Cappadocia seen from a sunrise Hot Air Balloon ride is a site to behold. We took our just as the sun was creeping above the horizon, along with 50 other balloons. The sunrise, the landscape and to sea of balloons offered a magnificent view. Cappadocia lies in eastern Anatolia, in the center of what is now Turkey. The relief consists of a high plateau over 1000 m in altitude that is pierced by volcanic peaks, with Mount Erciyes (ancient Argaeus) near Kayseri (ancient Caesarea) being the tallest at 3916 m. The boundaries of historical Cappadocia are vague, particularly towards the west....

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