Cinque Terre – A Magical Place

Cinque Terre – A Magical Place

The Cinque Terre (Italian pronunciation: [ˈtʃiŋkwe ˈtɛrre]) is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. It is in the Liguria region of Italy, to the west of the city of La Spezia. “The Five Lands” comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Wikipedia)

The Cinque Terre is located along the north west coast of Italy. Five small communities located on hillside connected by hiking paths and a rail line are quaint and beautiful towns for photography. I have the opportunity to participate in a Photo Workshop in Nov 2015 as was treated with fruitful fodder for the eyes. The focus was on sunrise sunset and blue hours – looked pretty good!

 

Alabama Hills – In California?

Alabama Hills – In California?

The Alabama Hills near Lone Pine California is located in the south end of the Owens Valley situated along the Eastern Sierra Nevada. In the Shadow of Mt Whitney the area is rich with photographic opportunities. Over the next week or so I will be putting up 4 posts of photos from a recent weekend excursion to the area.  The first set will be a view of the landscape mid to late day – not optimal light but quit a scene none the less.

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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 angle with the horizon produces longer shadows. Because the contrast is less during the golden hour, shadows are less dark, and highlights are less likely to be overexposed. In landscape photography, the warm color of the low sun is often considered desirable to enhance the colours of the scene. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_hour_%28photography%29 ).

Recently I planned an evening on the Central California Coast Near Morro Bay, to watch the sunset at Morro Strand State Beach. In less than an hour I was treated with a broad array of sky, colors and textures from the same vantage point. Below is a collection of photos all taken within that hour. ENJOY!

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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 day.