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Passion, Freedom, Adventure, Fulfillment, and Joy. That is just some of what photography offers. Sharing the experience with others is the reward. This blog is a collection of stories, tutorials, and insights I have gained in my exploration of light.

Fall in Madera Canyon I

October 19, 2022  •  1 Comment

Fall at Madera Canyon IFall at Madera Canyon I

 

There is nothing like Autumn. Even in the desert, the air gets crisp and invigorating. The skies, now in respite from monsoons tumult, capture an ever-changing mosaic of cloud formations. And the trees embark on their metamorphosis from lush green to splendid tones of orange and red. 

On a recent trip to Madera Canyon, we captured some of the seasonal change while photographing the ever-flowing waters cascading down the mountainside. It was a great day. 

 

Fall at Madera Canyon 

©RGallucci Photography 

Hereford, AZ 

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Shot date: October 12, 2016 
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | Canon EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM | f/8 | 2.5 sec | ISO: 100 

 


A Positive Moment Near Naco

August 05, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

A Positive Moment Near NacoA Positive Moment Near Naco© 2021 RGallucci Photography

Here is the first of many images captured during last evening's incredible monsoon storms before the storms fought back and seized us. In what was to be one of the most harrowing experiences of the season, later in the evening, we held back, leaving a shot location in hopes of capturing an iconic image—poor decision. The core of the storm advanced upon us like a runaway freight train. In moments we were being pelted by two-inch hail as we rapidly retreated to the jeep. Once in the relative safety of the jeep, soaked to the core and shivering from the cold, we checked the radar to assess the best exit route. That was when we learned that we were in the belly of a monstrous beast (I will post a radar shot of the VIL in the comments). My students' safety is my number one priority when I lead workshops. Unfortunately, I do not always heed that mantra when chasing on my own. At this point, with one-foot visibility and a concern that the hail would shatter our windshield, we made a slow reverse advance towards safety. Once out of the maelstrom, we reassessed the situation and called it a night. I cannot lie; even with the error, it was one of the best chase nights of the season, and the only thing I would change would be leaving the shot site earlier so we could continue to capture this monumental event.
Shot date: August 3, 2022
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
⅕ sec at f/8.0 Bias:0 EV
Lens: EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
IISO 50

Here is the first of many images captured during last evening's incredible monsoon storms before the storms fought back and seized us. In what was to be one of the most harrowing experiences of the season, later in the evening, we held back, leaving a shot location in hopes of capturing an iconic image—poor decision. The core of the storm advanced upon us like a runaway freight train. In moments we were being pelted by two-inch hail as we rapidly retreated to the jeep. Once in the relative safety of the jeep, soaked to the core and shivering from the cold, we checked the radar to assess the best exit route. That was when we learned that we were in the belly of a monstrous beast (I will post a radar shot of the VIL in the comments). My students' safety is my number one priority when I lead workshops. Unfortunately, I do not always heed that mantra when chasing on my own. At this point, with one-foot visibility and a concern that the hail would shatter our windshield, we made a slow reverse advance towards safety. Once out of the maelstrom, we reassessed the situation and called it a night. I cannot lie; even with the error, it was one of the best chase nights of the season, and the only thing I would change would be leaving the shot site earlier so we could continue to capture this monumental event.

A Positive Moment Near Naco
©RGallucci Photography
Hereford, AZ

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Shot date: August 3, 2022
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
⅕ sec at f/8.0 Bias:0 EV
Lens: EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
ISO 50

 


Welcome to our new blog page

January 31, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

A Fall Afternoon in Garden CanyonA Fall Afternoon in Garden CanyonA Fall Afternoon in Garden Canyon
© 2021 RGallucci Photography
www.rgallucci.com
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Shoot date: November 18, 2021
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM | f/16 | ⅛ sec | ISO 100
Welcome to our new blog. We are excited to launch this new page where we will host teaching articles on photography, lightroom, and photoshop, information about our college classes and workshops, and our traditional images and stories. We are deeply grateful to all who have supported our journey and look forward to continuing the adventure together. 


Huachuca Sunset I

October 18, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Huachuca Sunset IHuachuca Sunset IHuachuca Sunset I
© 2021 RGallucci Photography
www.rgallucci.com
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Shoot date: October 17, 2021
Canon EOS 5D Mark III | EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM | f/16 | 2.0 sec | ISO 100

Huachuca Mountain Sunset I

©RGallucci Photography

Hereford, AZ

 

I am constantly awestruck by the southern Arizona high desert skies transformation from gentle azure to molten fire. Last evening's sunset over the Huachuca Mountains brought a fiery end to the mild fall day. Its transition was even more dramatic as high on the mountain flanks, the stands of Aspen, now golden in autumnal change, reflected the colors of the crimson sunset. With night's mystery quickly approaching, the time spent enjoying this splendid performance allowed my soul to settle in gratitude for the miraculous beauty we are provided each day. 

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With my ears, I will listen. With my heart, I will feel. With my hand in yours, we will journey through to tomorrow's new dawn. 

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Shoot date: October 17, 2021
Canon EOS 5D Mark III | EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM | f/16 | 2.0 sec | ISO 100

 


The Cottonwoods

November 22, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

The CottonwoodsThe CottonwoodsThe Cottonwoods
©RGallucci Photography
www.rgallucci.com
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Shoot Date: November 21, 2020
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM | f/16 | ¹⁄₁₆₀₀ sec | ISO 100

As a general rule, I am not a fan of lens flare. But, when it inserts a rainbow into a beautiful fall scene, I am all for it! 

I loved how the early morning sun highlighted the golden autumnal leaves on the ancient cottonwood trees that line the San Pedro River this morning. It seemed a perfect illustration of how striking and distinct the landscapes here are. It was not until I got home and looked at the photo that I realized it had been blessed with a rainbow as well. Can you find it? 

I remain his scribe. 

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The Cottonwoods (Member #58822971)
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Shoot Date: November 21, 2020
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM | f/16 | ¹⁄25 sec | ISO 100

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