Kanarra Creek Waterfall and Camera Orientation

utah's kanarra creek waterfall landscape photography
Kanarra Creek Waterfall in the Springtime:  lots of water and green trees.
One of the first, if not THE first, decision a photographer must make is how to hold the camera. Horizontal or vertical?  Landscape or portrait?  Up and down or side to side?  With the old cameras, the default was landscape.  With the advent of cell-phone photography, portrait orientation has become much more popular.

In my case, I don't want the easiest or most convenient shot when I have all day to compose a shot.  I want the most aesthetic shot, the one that shows off how amazing my surroundings are.  Sometimes the choice is obvious.  Sometimes it is not.  With Kanarra Creek's 3rd waterfall, the portrait shows more of the lovely red cliffs above.  With landscape orientation, the path of water is shown better as it leaves the pool at the waterfall base.  Both are good so in this case I took 2 shots.

A compromise is a square photo.  For some reason, those have a strange look to me when used in landscapes.
southern utah waterfall at Kanarra creek
Kanarra Creek:  this is the 3rd waterfall on the hike.

Barren Winter in Montana

Small cabin on an empty plain at sunset
Barren Winter:  yellow stubble for grass and a hidden sun
A winter visit to Montana afforded me an opportunity to shoot my little remote cabin in subzero temperatures.  Wind and rain made things cold indeed.  The large cloud did not however spoil the sunset because some golden yellow rays came down between the cloud and the mountains.  Grass was short, dead, awaiting summer temperatures to revive.  

Herzog and De Meuron Building

photographing the Herzog and De Meuron Building south beach Miami
Exit:  The only word on the floor and on the slanted column
Herzog and De Meuron Building is an unassuming parking structure in South Beach Miami.  Over several years it has attracted photographers and models because of the fascinating columns, background city and modern design.  Located right on Lincoln Avenue, it's an easy walk from Taschen bookstore into the parking building.  Each floor is unique.  Here are a 3 of my takes.
Modern Stairs in the Herzog and De Meuron building
Modern Stairs
neon lights in modern architecture
3, 4, 5

Abyss Pool in Yellowstone: some photography musing

Abyss Pool on a partly cloudy day at West Thumb Geyser Basin.  Without people.
Abyss Pool at West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone
Abyss Pool violently erupted in the 1990s before settling into a placid phase.  This green goddess is one of the most beautiful pools in the entire park.  Like many pools in Yellowstone, the colors defy description and even photography is challenged to show the brilliance and full spectrum of greens on display!

I chose this as my Photo of the Month pick for June because of the wonderful colors, the clouds sweeping across the sky, the absence of humans and the balanced composition.  This was my best landscape shot from Yellowstone this year.

Some Technical Information:
To photograph such colors I used a polarizing filter to reduce the surface reflection.  This allows the greens underneath to shine better.  
I shot 4 vertical pictures from left to right with identical aperture and shutter speed and then stitched these photos together in Photoshop back home.  My widest lens, the 17mm, does not accept photo filters.  That polarizer is truly required here, so I shot it at 24mm in 4 frames.  

Exploring around Yellowstone is a reality-check, a miraculous discovery, time travel and much more.  West Thumb Geyser Basin is a highly recommended stop if you are in the Park.

Tiny Flowers in the Peaks District

Flower Field in the Peaks District:  Stone walls, sheep and lovely skies add to the scenery.
What do you do when something very small catches your eye?  How do you photograph minuscule objects while simultaneously including the greater landscape?  These challenges generally call for at least 2 things, usually 3:
1.  A wide-angle lens which can include so much in every directions.
2.  Very close proximity to the tiny object.
3.  Narrow aperture is third, which is necessary to show everything sharply in focus.  An open aperture could focus on the small object while blurring the background.

This lovely small yellow-orange flowers in the Peak District challenged me greatly.  So small at only a centimeter each, I doubted my ability to really show them off.  Setting my tripod at its' lowest height, nestling into the grass, getting down, crawling around, moving a few longer wet grass shoot away from the lens is how I hoped to succeed.  I shot many exposures to account for wind movement in the grass and for my bent-over yoga-like pose needed to see through my viewfinder.

This fine stone wall and building are located just down the canyon from Winnat's Pass in the Peaks District as you enter the town of Hope in Derbyshire.  This area is such a beautiful region!