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Redbud, Merced River Canyon, 2012

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM__1.5 sec at f / 22__ISO 100


As with my previous post, this photograph was made last Sunday on my Earth Day return to nearby Merced River Canyon, my home for 20 years.  I love the change of seasons there, but the spring season is my favorite.  Many seasons, the flowers start blooming in February, and finally all turns brown in May.  Besides the flowers, the river is exhilarating in its moods, especially during the high waters of spring.  In my El Portal home, I could see the river from my living room only in the height of the spring runoff.  Its rumbling sound was very loud, and soothing, at night.

I had never photographed this tree before, but noticed these branches on Sunday while zooming past on the road.  The sun was too harsh at the time to stop, but I made note of it for later.  A few hours later, we returned as the sun was about to go down.  I worked with this composition for about one hour, taking many variations.  There was about 10-15 minutes when the light became warm as it passed behind a cloud on the horizon.  I positioned myself for good spacing of the branches, and so the glow in the sky reflected off the water.  I tried several shutter speeds in order to ge the best sharpness in the branches and sense of motion in the river.

I’ve made many images in the Merced River Canyon over the years, and one of my favs was of a special tree overhanging the river.  Below is my favorite redbud image from the MRC.  This tree is now gone, damaged by the 1997 flood and subsequent road repair.

I love my new Redbud image.  Which do you prefer?


Redbud and Merced River, Merced River Canyon, California 1989

Sandpiper at sunrise, Santa Monica State Beach, California 2012

Friday, January 20th, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, I was in Santa Monica for photo la. Susan Spiritus Gallery had graciously included a few Impressions prints in the show. While my family slept, I arose for sunrise at the pier. Here is a new addition to my Impressions of Light series. Enjoy!

Sandpiper at sunrise, Santa Monica State Beach, California 2012
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Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM, 1/4 second at f/13, ISO 100



Sunrise Storm Clouds, Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, California 2010

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__EF50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro__1.0 sec at f / 19__ISO 200

Sunrise Storm Clouds, Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, California 2010

The morning after I photographed at Conway Summit, I got up early to photograph sunrise on Mono Lake.  I have been photographing the lake since the late 1970s, and my first published photo was for the Mono Lake Committee in 1980, which has been instrumental in preserving the Mono Lake ecosystem.

As you can see, I was blessed with a colorful and dramatic sunrise.  As with the previously posted aspen photo from Conway Summit, I used two exposures in a seven stop bracket and blended them in Photoshop CS5.  In order to preserve any detail in the bright strip of sky on the horizon, I had to underexpose several stops below the meter’s reading.  That one very dark exposure was blended with a more “average” exposure, which had all the details I needed in the rest of the scene.

Enjoy!   Bill

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Aspen and approaching storm, Conway Summit, California 2010

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM__1/45 sec at f / 16__ISO 400

Aspen and approaching storm, Conway Summit, California  2010

I have been spending time today catching up with post-processing my images from last weekend.  My style leans strongly towards making detailed and intimate views of the landscape.  Giving the conditions of an approaching Sierra storm, I widened out to include trees, mountains and clouds.  I experienced amazing light here at Conway Summit, as well as at sunrise on Mono Lake

The image made here was made last Friday, with two exposures blended in PS5.  The highlights on the clouds were just too bright to record with just a “normal” exposure of the aspens.

I will be posting more new images from last weekend soon.  I can’t remember when I made so many new images that I am excited about, especially on a short 24 hour trip over to Mono Lake.  We drove over the pass on Friday morning, and had to head back again Saturday morning in order to get through Tioga Pass just as the snowstorm closed the road.

Enjoy!  Stay tuned for some new Impressions of Light images of aspen and Mono Lake!


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