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New Work – August 2011

Galleries, New Work

If you want to go straight to the good stuff and skip my base prose, visit my “New Work” gallery!

My latest sampling of new photography originates from a variety of great outdoor experiences, all with my family and a couple of good friends. All of these images were produced during family travel (with kids alongside!) or on weekend-warrior outings, which means all of these photographs are attainable with reasonably little effort. If you like these, hopefully that will be encouraging and you can go out and make your own similar outdoor photos! However, I am holding back one image in particular shot during the last 8 weeks. It is truly a lifetime image, and represents the very best that I can do with a camera in the wild. It was an opportunity presented to me after about 18 years of waiting, and to my surprise I did not screw it up, and came home with a real keeper. I need to consider how best to market and publish it along with others from that same sequence. I look forward to sharing it on my website someday, but that may not be for some time. So, with that curious exception noted, the best images from the last two months for me are found in my New Work” gallery (that’s your cue to click on it).

Thanks for looking!

Old Faithful geyser, sunrise.  Reaching up to 185' in height and lasting up to 5 minutes, Old Faithful geyser is the most famous geyser in the world and the first geyser in Yellowstone to be named, Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Old Faithful geyser, sunrise. Reaching up to 185′ in height and lasting up to 5 minutes, Old Faithful geyser is the most famous geyser in the world and the first geyser in Yellowstone to be named.
Image ID: 26939
Location: Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

Sky Rock petroglyphs near Bishop, California, sunrise light just touching clouds and the Sierra Nevada. Hidden atop an enormous boulder in the Volcanic Tablelands lies Sky Rock, a set of petroglyphs that face the sky.  These superb examples of native American petroglyph artwork are thought to be Paiute in origin, but little is known about them

Sky Rock petroglyphs near Bishop, California, sunrise light just touching clouds and the Sierra Nevada. Hidden atop an enormous boulder in the Volcanic Tablelands lies Sky Rock, a set of petroglyphs that face the sky. These superb examples of native American petroglyph artwork are thought to be Paiute in origin, but little is known about them.
Image ID: 26979
Location: Bishop, California, USA

Water falling from the fluke (tail) of a humpback whale as the whale dives to forage for food in the Santa Barbara Channel, Megaptera novaeangliae, Santa Rosa Island, California

Water falling from the fluke (tail) of a humpback whale as the whale dives to forage for food in the Santa Barbara Channel.
Image ID: 27029
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Santa Rosa Island, California, USA

UCSD Library glows at sunset (Geisel Library, UCSD Central Library), University of California, San Diego

UCSD Library glows at sunset (Geisel Library, UCSD Central Library).
Image ID: 26908
Location: University of California, San Diego, USA

This months new work originates from the following locations:

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, White Mountains, California
The Pacific Ocean, Offshore of Southern California
Mono Lake, California
Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park, California
Convict Lake, California
Volcanic Tablelands, Bishop, California
University of California, San Diego
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, California

New Work – July 2011

Galleries, New Work

I was fortunate to make a return trip to Joshua Tree National Park with Garry McCarthy to try to improve on the night time arch photos we made there earlier. I think I succeeded, producing three keepers including one large panoramic image of the Milky Way spanning the night sky over Arch Rock. Printed, without interpolation, this image would be 9′ long! I also managed to join Mike Johnson on the ocean for a few days, where we had a couple photography opportunities that yielded images of bottlenose dolphin above water and strange planktonic colonial gelatinous tunicates (salps) below the waves. My daughter Sarah and I took a little road trip to Yosemite National Park for our annual hike up the Mist Trail, giving me a chance to wade into the Merced River in search of new reflection shots of the spring-flood waterfalls pouring into the valley from the granite heights above. My favorite of the bunch is the panorama below, of Yosemite Falls reflected in a sidewater of the Merced that has flooded a nearby meadow. We then continued up to the recently opened Tuolumne Meadows and Tioga Pass and on through a clearing storm in Mammoth and Bishop where we were treated to some beautiful but fleeting storm-laden sunrise light above Convict Lake.

Click the photo below to see the latest edition of my gallery of “New Work July 2011“. Thanks for looking!

Yosemite Falls reflected in flooded meadow.  The Merced  River floods its banks in spring, forming beautiful reflections of Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite Falls reflected in flooded meadow. The Merced River floods its banks in spring, forming beautiful reflections of Yosemite Falls.
Image ID: 26887
Location: Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Here’s a tip for photographing Yosemite Falls in spring and early summer: wait for the sun to rise high enough that it lights the falls directly. This occurs about 9:30 to 10am. Earlier than that and the falls will actually be in shadow. Once the light hits the falls directly, they visually “pop” off the rest of the shadowed wall making for a more striking photograph than that taken just 30 minutes earlier. When Yosemite Falls is fully lit, it will also appear with greater contrast when reflected in the Merced River. The easiest, and one of the best, reflection images to make of Yosemite Falls is from the middle of the Swinging Bridge at the west end of the Leidig Meadows area. Swinging Bridge is sometimes closed when the Merced River is too high, but when that occurs there are plenty of other reflection pools you can use.

New Work – June 2011

New Work

See my most recent set of New Work or go back in time to see what I was shooting in New Work – June 2011.

I just added some new images from Joshua Tree National Park to my stock photography archive. Take a look at a selection of my Joshua Tree National Park photos including both recent images and photos from prior years. Thanks!

Star trails and Arch Rock.  Polaris, the North Star, is at the center of the circular arc star trails as they pass above this natural stone archway in Joshua Tree National Park

Star trails and Arch Rock. Polaris, the North Star, is at the center of the circular arc star trails as they pass above this natural stone archway in Joshua Tree National Park.
Image ID: 26794
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA