HDR Photography Photography Photography - Nikon D600 Photomatix Pro Photoshop CC

A Special Weekend in Bend with Sean Bagshaw and Zack Schnepf

Sunset - Smith Rock Oregon - 2013

Last weekend, I headed north from Menlo Park to Bend, Oregon – and a photo workshop led by Sean Bagshaw and Zack Schnepf. This image is from our visit to Smith Rock on Saturday evening. A special spot – with some very special clouds that evening.

Sean and Zack are masters at both the outdoors and post-processing images. They’re both very familiar with the luminosity masking approach pioneered by Tony Kuyper. If you have an opportunity, do a workshop with them! Just be prepared – at this time of year – for a couple of long days – up early to leave around 4:15 AM for the morning sunrise and staying up late to catch the evening sunset!

Here are a couple of other images – taken at sunrise Saturday morning (same day) at Dillon Falls along the Deschutes River south of Bend.

Morning - Dillion Falls - 2013

Rapids - Deschutes River - 2013

Untitled - Dillon Falls - 2013

Nikon Photography Photography - Nikon D600

Down the Line – Winter Sunset at Drake’s Beach

Down the Line - Drake's Beach - 2013

Sunset at Drake’s Beach on Sunday was gorgeous – lighting up the clouds. This image was shot with my Nikon D600 and post-processed in Photoshop with a few Lab color tweaks.

Photography Photography - Nikon D600

A Photographer at Work – Drake’s Beach at Point Reyes

At Work - Drake's Beach - 2013

Wow, what a beautiful sunset we had on Sunday out at Drake’s Beach at Point Reyes. This is a great venue – you can drive right down to the beach, there’s a great Visitor Center right there as well as a Cafe where I was able to catch a late lunch before focusing on my photography.

I was there with my photo buddy Doug Kaye as part of a larger photo walk organized on Google+ – this was the last session of a three day, multi-venue series of photo walks organized by Nathan Wirth.

I loved the light looking west from this side of Drake’s Beach – and opted to stay over on this side. The rest of the gang was over on the other side – doing long exposure shots with that smooth water look. I wasn’t into that – and decided to stay with the light down this side of the beach. As the sun was setting, I noticed another of the photographers out shooting the sunset from perhaps the perfect spot. We’d spoken earlier when we were both in that spot – he was a week into a Nikon D800 – and having a great time.

This shot is my favorite memory of this special Sunday afternoon in January. A great time, a special time.

Hawaii Photography Photography - Canon 5D Mark II

The Winona at Sunset in Hawaii

Winona - Hawaiian Sunset - 2009

Yesterday’s photo was a stylized watercolor version of the Winona at anchor at sunrise in Makaiwa Bay on the big island of Hawaii. It was one of my morning “quickies” – processed in about ten minutes.

This is another view of the Winona – this time at sunset in early August 2009. I spent considerably more time on post-processing this version – and I think the results show it! Be sure to click on the photo to see a large version.