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Jenny Lake

I did a bit of work on some of my pictures from Grand Teton National Park, and ended up using Tonality Pro on this shot.

 

Jenny Lake At Dawn

Jenny Lake

What stuck me as odd, is that I think of Tonality Pro as a black and white conversion tool, but in this case I felt that it gave a better view of the sky.
And I think I amused one of my photo instructors when I had my tripod on rocks and was up on my toes to get this. I was trying my best not to extend the center column, even though in this case I probably could have gotten away with it since it was bright enough for my shutter speed to be 1/60.

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Seize the Night Part 1

Just got back from the Rocky Mountain School of Photography class at Crater Lake.

Milky Way at Crater Lake Park HQ

Milky Way at Crater Lake Park HQ

I took this picture with a Nikon D810A, the astronomical version of the D810. It’s tuned for night photography work and has a slightly different filter in front of sensor. So if it looks like we have more deep reds, the filter allows more light from the Hydrogen Alpha spectrum. It felt like it had about one stop better ISO performance than my D810 which was the real reason I rented it.
We had been photographing star trails over Crater Lake, and as many people say, once you’re done with your first picture, look behind you to see what else you’re missing.
One of our instructors, Gabriel Biderman, was lamenting that now that more people are using led lights, the night photography scene was getting less interesting. So I liked the interplay of the milky way, with the spill of the light from the park building. Our other instructor, Matt Hill, converts most of his night shots to black and white, so he likes the purity of the new LED lights for his black and white work.

Both Gabe and Matt are part of a venture, National Parks at Night. In this case they were offering this class in conjunction with RMSP.  One thing about National Parks at Night is that they will only offer one class at each park.

If you want to learn night photography, these guys are some of the best instructors teaching night photography.  I suspect that they must have had the motto, leave no one behind.  For the folks in the class who had never done this before, they spent the time to make sure everyone got what they needed.

And the spoken motto was Carpe Crater!  Or seize the crater.

Gabe’s phase he keeps saying is Carpe Nostrum, or Seize the Night!

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Grand Teton National Park

I photographed this on Sunday. We were at this site, before civil twilight to get the right light.

Beaver Pond In Front of the Tetons

Beaver Pond In Front of the Tetons


This was another day to appreciate having a good tripod, both because my new one is light, and the fact it’s pretty steady. I was out with my class from RMSP

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Capturing the decisive moment

I have a friend, Tom Frerichs,  who enjoys rodeo and train photography.  After seeing his  rodeo gallery, I think he’s trying to capture the decisive moment.

Myself I’m taking pictures of slower things…At least the traffic was moving much slower that night, than what Tom photographs.

Traffic on the vegas strip

Traffic on the vegas strip

This was a 30 second exposure, and one  of my friends told me that brake lights looked like neon to her.

 

 

 

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Night Portrait

Gabe Biderman and Tim Cooper were showing us how to do a night portrait.

Night Portrait

Night Portrait at a Ghost Town outside of Zion National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

I took this picture when I was out at one of the Rocky Mountain School of Photography location workshops. This workshop was Vegas Dusk to Dawn, where we spent three days in Vegas and then three days in Zion National Park.

Later this week I’m going to do more night photography and wanted to refresh my memory.