Wednesday, April 13, 2011

New Release in Color and BW : Ocean Stones, Mendocino, & Link to OP Article

I have just returned from a trip to the Sonoma / Mendocino coast in Northern California. This is one of the most amazing places on Earth and is not as well known as Big Sur, but every bit as spectacular. It is very quiet and uncrowded compared to Big Sur. We hiked down to a place called "Bowling Ball Beach" and were the only people there during a rare sunny sunset (usually it is fogged in here). I had been wanting to photograph this area for a while since I had seen other images and really liked the unique smooth boulders in the ocean. I used a 3 stop ND filter to create very long exposures (20 seconds plus) to turn the movement of the waves into a soft mist around the boulders. I am releasing this image in both color and BW since I think it lends itself to both formats. I used the new Silver Efex pro 2.0 for my BW conversion. I love how this new software has many presets that allow you to quickly see how the image will look with many different conversion options, making the final conversion very precise and effective. The image is a stitched panorama done in Photoshop CS5.


Ocean Stones, Mendocino


Ocean Stones, Mendocino II



In other news, I am also very pleased to announce that I will be joining Outdoor Photographer Magazine as their new monthly columnist. I look forward to sharing my perspectives on landscape photography with readers. The current issue of OP has a feature story on my work - you can view it at this link:
My first article will appear in the July issue. 


I am also getting certified as a scuba diver to do more underwater photography - I will be doing a post soon on my new underwater photography setup with the Panasonic GH2.
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