Early morning on a campout, before anyone else is up, is a great time for photography. No interruptions. Just me and my camera. Many times its me, my camera, and a tripod. In this case, it was me and my camera phone.
This photo was taken on an early spring campout at a local resevoir. Some of the best sunrises are in the spring, and this one was spectacular. Nobody was fishing yet, and there was no wind to disturb the surface of the lake.
“Giants” is a beautiful set of black-and-white underwater photos by Australian photographer Jem Cresswell that offers an intimate look at the beauty of humpback whales.
You can find more of Cresswell’s work on his website and Instagram.
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Summer ends, and then winter sets in. The cold is not as enjoyable for me as the warm sunny days of summer. The winter season drastically changes what landscapes are available to photograph. So autumn is bittersweet. It is one of the most beautiful times of the year, but it goes by really fast. There are times however, just when you thing the fall colors are dying away, when mother nature puts on one more show for you.
The leaves have mostly gone from the trees. A few trees here and there still have some color. The last color of the season is highlighted with an early morning frost, and a light coating of ice on the trees from the valley fog. This show is very brief. As soon as the sun comes out, the frost is gone. Catch it while you can, and enjoy the fleeting views that mother nature gives us.
REI promoted their OptOutside on Black Friday this year, and we ended up with seasonally high temperatures in the low to mid 60 degree range (F) in upstate NY. This made it really enjoyable to get out to hike and take some photos. There are some short trails nearby at the Rogers Environmental Center, in Sherburne NY, and I spent some time there with my camera and my family, enjoying the outdoors.
Geese swimming at Rogers Environmental Center
Photography is something you need to keep doing, or you get rusty. I haven’t been out shooting much lately. I’ve been busy with web sites and other projects, and the time I get with my camera has suffered. And the photos I took Friday reflected that. I had a lot of throwaways. Part of the issue was due to some experimenting I was doing with the custom settings on my camera. I learned some things there, which I’ll expand on in another article. So besides not having shot, I was spending more time that I should have been messing around with camera settings. But that’s what this shoot was all about, to try out those things.
But all in all, I had some issues with depth of field, some with composition, and some with exposure that were things that shouldn’t have happened. But I also got some nice shots, and that too was what the afternoon was all about. Getting outside, enjoying some weather that was unexpectedly nice, getting some nice images, and most importantly spending some time with my wife and my son outside, that was NOT spent fighting the Black Friday crowds.
Don’t forget to spend an afternoon, or a whole day like that once in a while. Make some time to be with friends and family, and make some time to spend with your camera!
Fall camping is unpredictable in the northeastern US. The seasons are changing, and you get swings between summer temperatures that don’t quite want to leave yet, and the winter weather that really wants to take over the landscape. Although it’s starting to get cold this time of year, it is, and always has been, one of my favorite times to be outside. Changing leaves, and some of the most beautiful blue skies make for a colorful landscape. Cool temps create some early morning fog covering that creates a dreamy feel. And the wildlife is busy preparing for the winter, or migrating to warmer climates.
Early Morning at Hunts Pond, New Berlin NY
On our camping trip this weekend, it was cold. The weather forecast had predicted a chance of snow in the higher elevations, so I didn’t take my camera along. Besides some snow covering my tent in the morning, I was greeted with this view of the lake we camped by. Luckily, I at least had my phone, and I could capture this scene. This is why I love being outdoors this time of year, despite the cold temperatures.
The color version of this photo looked great, it was not something that was an obvious black and white conversion. It had really nice rich color in the sky. But I experimented with the black and white conversion tools in Topaz BW Tools, and it came out with this moody looking sky, above the bare limbs of the trees. I like the black and white version better!
Black and White Sunset in southwest Missouri.