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Foothills and Winter Storm, Table Mountain, California 2011

February 18th, 2011

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM__0.7 sec at f / 6.7__ISO 100

This past week, I made around 700 exposures at a favorite location where the plains of the Central Valley meet the Sierra foothills near Fresno.  The conditions were spectacular as the recent winter storms came and went, billowing clouds and beams of sunlight.

Here is one of my new Impressions of Light images.  I am still editing in Lightroom, and hope to post more soon.  To learn more about how I create these photographs and why, read my essay on Luminous Landscape.  One key ingredient to making this image, and many of my other Impressions images, is Singh Ray’s Vari_ND filter, which allows me great flexibility in my choice of shutter speeds.  Here is another example of how I’ve used this filter:  The Intimate Landscapes of William Neill.

Enjoy!  Bill

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8 Responses to “Foothills and Winter Storm, Table Mountain, California 2011”

  1. Great information. I’m sharing this page on my Facebook page. I shrunk the URL and shared it on my Twitter account.

  2. Isaiah Sheck says:

    Useful info. Fortunate me I found your website accidentally, and I’m surprised why this coincidence did not took place earlier! I bookmarked it.

  3. Thanks for all the feedback! It takes many, many frames of “painting” or ‘blurring” to get a few good ones. No one frame is the same, and I enjoy the element of chance!

  4. This is a great location for photography of any kind, but your image above is magnificent, perhaps one of my favorites of your “Impressions of Light” type. Like one commenter above, I have experimented with this kind of photography with less than satisfactory results. Reading your description of the process and the excerpts of your book at the links above gives me a better idea how to work in this line. I am not sure I will go heavily in this direction, but it is fun to experiment with. Thank you for the good sharing of your technique.

  5. Ben Horne says:

    The light along the horizon is very interesting. It gives a nice atmospheric feel. The beauty of these shots is that they have limitless enlargement potential.

  6. I really like your “impressions of light”. Last year I started to create also these kind of images but not with this beautyful succes like yours. But I keep up the work and in the meantime I´m watching your great work

    Greetings from Austria

  7. marianne says:

    I own and love your ebook and am looking forward to seeing your new images!

  8. Endment says:

    Thanks for a beautiful and helpful post

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