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Shoot Date: June 16, 2020
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM | f/8.0 | ¹⁄₆₀ sec | ISO 100
(Plus many other matted images, cards and calendars throughout the gallery)
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Shoot Date: October 5, 2020
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM | f/16 | 5.0 sec | ISO 100 Half Moon over Lady LibertyA last minute trip to the Brooklyn Piers last night served as a sharp lesson in the adage "proper planning prevents poor photos." Don't get me wrong; I like this shot. But, it is not the shot I set out to get. About thirty seconds earlier the lower edge of the midsummer moon tottered precariously on Lady Liberty's flame, as if she were delicately balanced on a fragile stage. That is the shot I had hoped to get. Unfortunately, when I got to my vantage point on the Brooklyn Piers, I realized that the wind off the Hudson was creating a lot of camera shake. A couple of test shots proved that I would not get any focused shots with the current gear. I had to run back to the car and get a heavier tripod and lens or abandon the shoot altogether. I chose the car (of course). By the time I returned and got set up I had missed the shot I hoped to get.
As I shared above, this is still a good shot. I just can't help but think that if I had not tried to take the easier path of bringing lighter gear, I would have achieved my goal for the night. In the end, it worked out well. Life is good like that - you make a mistake, you learn a valuable lesson that makes you wiser and better, and sometimes, like last evening, you still end up with some reward.
I hope you enjoy.
Shoot Date: July 31, 2017
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture priority 0.3 sec at f/6.3 ‒ 1 EV
Lens: EF400mm f/2.8L USM @ 400 mm
ISO: 800 Cactus SunsetLife in the Southern Arizona High Deseret is hard. In this harsh and arid landscape, the struggle to survive is an ongoing fight of adaptation, tenacious will to outsmart its dangers and a persistent attitude of perseverance during its trials. It is a call to be ever vigilant with the rewards of life amongst incredible beauty. At sunset, during the brief and fleeting respite of the gloaming, one can receive those rewards.
Sunset brings a surreal radiance and peace to the landscape. It transforms the exotically beautiful and pointedly threatening cactus gardens that carpet the mountainsides into shimmering prisms of light and shadow. It manifests an illusion that the harsh barbs of their prickly maze are soft and safe. Sunset in the desert illustrates life. It allows one to see that even amidst the most hazardous and dangerous times there can be beauty and serenity if we stop the struggle and allow the glory to be seen.
This truth was demonstrated to me while creating this shot. As I walked from the trail into a dense field of cactus I was introduced, a couple of times, to one of the deserts most aggressive predators - the Jumping Cholla. While it does not actually jump, the slightest touch of this brittle fiends thorns will cause a barbed bulb to release from the plant, its spiked needles immediately puncturing your skin. My calves became a Cholla pincushion. While I did not enjoy that part of the experience, it was worth it to witness and share the miracle of this sunsets majesty. I humbly and blessedly remain His scribe.
Shoot Date: March 4, 2019
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Aperture priority f/11
Lens: EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM @ 16 mm
Traveling Back in LowellAt the end of time eternal, the path of angels leads to memories of an era now gone and a life more simple. In the small hamlet of Lowell, AZ there is a street that struggles against the modern age. In Lowell, vintage is the present, and the current does not exist.
Like so much of the Southern Arizona High Desert, it is unexpected in the most incredible way. On this night, like a magnet is drawn to its pole, the Milky Way found an earthbound brother, pointing any who would wander its path to this magical place.
The vision of His magnificent creation unfolds for me daily. Be it created through His children or His hand; it is all grand and awe-inspiring. I am blessed to share its witness. I humbly remain His scribe.
Shoot Date: March 6, 2019
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Manual 8.0 sec at f/5.6 0 EV
Lens: 15mm @ 15 mm
ISO: 100 Late Day in the Hoh Rain Forrest Shades of EmeraldTitle}
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Sometimes the miracle is not where you expect it, but it is always where you need it. After two and a half hours waiting on a cliff overlooking the vast valley east of the Mule Mountains I didn't have a single storm shot. Chalking it up to another of this years storm tease's I decided to call it a day. After packing my gear in the car, I began the drive along the southern border towards home.
I was almost there when I saw a most unusual cone-shaped cloud on the horizon. The cloud looked as though I could give it a small twist and it would turn into a tornado. With sunset almost upon us, I decided to see if I could find a vantage point to shoot the phenomenon tinged in twilights pastel hues. That quest took me up to the top of Coronado National Memorial.
What happened next was a complete surprise and had me believing there might be some truth to the Wizard of Oz. The view before me was that of another world. In addition to the cone-shaped cloud, I was treated to a magical sunset on both sides of the summit. This image, the first of at least four, is of the sun breaking through the clouds just before the gloaming. It was one of the most serene of the evening.
I have never experienced anything to match the beauty of the southern Arizona high desert. This holds even more true during monsoon when the wilderness becomes transmuted into a palette of shades of green-tinged by cliffs of granite grey and brown. It is my emerald city.
I am humbled by the glory of His creation and the gift to share it with others. I remain His scribe.
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Shoot date: September 15, 2019
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
¹⁄₁₃ sec at f/16 Bias:‒ 2 EV
Lens: EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM