Monthly Archives: May 2012

A Parting Shot

Yesterday morning we slept in, ate breakfast and then headed for the airport and home.  As we headed north this is what we were looking at.  I begged Dan to take a detour and make one last loop around Steptoe, where there are a number of rolling hill foregrounds I could add to the killer sky.  Talk about hard to leave!  I so wanted to stay another day and shoot yet another great sky.

If you have wanted to shoot in the Palouse, next year Dan and I will be doing it again, June 3-8 2013.  We’ve already book the rooms.

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Goodbye to the Palouse until next year.

There is something about the Palouse.  Its gentle rolling hills, its pastoral scenes, the people, the air.  Its a magical place that beckons one to return over and over again.  This was my 4th time shooting the Palouse.  I can’t wait to return next year, so today, I booked our group reservation for the first week of June.

Today’s blog picture is a favorite from this trip.  Found while wondering on roads we’ve not before.

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Steptoe Sunset

Steptoe Butte is one of the iconic locations in the Palouse.  On this night, we had a beautiful cloud in the east creating what I like to call a soft pastel backside sunset.  It was cold up there but magical at this moment.

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SkyMan Lives!

We were making tracks to take the group back to Steptoe Butte when we spotted this developing scene and decided to make a quick stop. You know me, I can’t pass up a great cloud scene!  Dan was heard to say, SkyMan Lives!  This is image is not as much about the landscape as it is about the sky.

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In the Palouse!

 

 

After a long weather delayed trip, I finally made it to the Palouse by 2:30AM on Thursday.  The skies have been just wonderful, creating opportunities for beautiful pastoral landscapes.  Here is a favorite red barn taken from a perspective I’ve never shot it before.  I’ve not had much time to shoot as I’ve been working with our group.  The tour ended this morning after breakfast and now I’m looking forward to the few extra days to shoot my own work.

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The Vegetable Man

I just loved this scene in Trinidad Cuba.  This guy was one of the coolest delivery guy I’ve seen.  Either that or he’s the guy who protects the bike?

Shot with the Fuji X100 with minimal processing.

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Times Square – Alien Skin Snap Art

This week I had a company ask to use a picture I took back in 2006 in NYC.  With the folder open, I decided to play with a set of images I had not processed from that trip.  For this images, I used Nik HDR Efex Pro to start and then used a number of Nik Color Efex Pro filters.  To finish the image I used Alien Skin Snap Art to give it the painterly look.  I painted back some clarity in the signs using a layer mask as the Snap Art effect blurred them just a bit too much.

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Heading to the Palouse

 

 

Getting ready to head out to the Palouse again for another workshop.  This image was made last year.  A local farmer was kind enough to show us the workings of the business.  At least the workings of the area where they bring the grain during the harvest.  It was fascinating.

For the processing, I used two images to create this one.  I knew there was no way one exposure would work, so I exposed for the interior on one and the outside for the other.  I then blended the two using a layer mask in Photoshop.

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Docked

 

This image was made during my scouting time before my last workshop on the Eastern Shore of MD.  I was drawn to the simplicity of the lines.  Because the image was about line, I felt the b&w conversion suited it best.  Converted of course with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.0.  Click the link and use the code JBARCLAY for a 15% discount on any Nik products.

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Hanging On

Hanging On

Hanging On

 

 

This is my best Chuck Kimmerle imitation.  I was looking back at 2006 Utah images and with new processing knowledge I decided to try a B&W conversion.  With this being mostly a red rock image, I would never have thought to try B&W.  It was Chuck’s amazing body of work from Zion that blew me away and inspired the effort.  Lenswork will be offering a folio of Chuck’s which will be a great value.  I have one already and it is STUNNING!

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