New Zealand Rocks
Eloquent Nature by Gary Hart
by Eloquent Nature by Gary Hart
9h ago
New Zealand Rocks, Lake Pukaki Sony α1 Sony 16-35 GM 13 second2 F/18 ISO 50 (Yes it does.) This New Zealand winter morning dawned damp and gray, with a layer of low clouds hindering the light and obscuring the peaks. Not awful for photography, but far from the spectacular color and light photographers hope for. My workshop partner Don Smith was battling a nasty (non-Covid) virus, so I was solo with the group on the morning we visited an obscure beach on the south shore of Lake Pukaki. It wasn’t lost on me that last year I was the one who had to miss this Lake Pukaki sunrise shoot with some k ..read more
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Channeling the Donner Party
Eloquent Nature by Gary Hart
by Eloquent Nature by Gary Hart
4d ago
Star Spangled Night, Milky Way and Tasman Lake, New Zealand Sony a7R V Sony 14mm f/1.8 GM ISO 4000 f/1.8 20 seconds Landscape photographers know suffering. With no control over the weather and light, we’re often forced to sacrifice comfort, sometimes even safety, in pursuit of our subjects. Cold, exhaustion, sleep deprivation, hunger—it all goes with the territory. But in the long run the successes, though never guaranteed, far outweigh the sacrifices. So, when my wife and I scaled the short but steep trail (336 stairs—I counted) the Tasman Lake overlook in New Zealand earlier this month, we ..read more
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A Slippery Slope
Eloquent Nature by Gary Hart
by Eloquent Nature by Gary Hart
1w ago
New Zealand Night, Milky Way Over Tasman Lake Sony a7R V Sony 14mm f/1.8 GM ISO 4000 f/1.8 20 seconds I’ve visited New Zealand each (non-Covid) winter since 2017. And every year, from the day I return my wife has to endure weeks of my raving about how beautiful (and clean, and friendly, and quiet, and pretty much perfect) New Zealand is. So this year we decided to add 10 days to my New Zealand stay, and Sonya flew down to meet me after the workshop so we could tour the South Island together. Such an abrupt transition from fulltime photographer mode to vacation mode is not without its pitfall ..read more
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Breaking the Rules
Eloquent Nature by Gary Hart
by Eloquent Nature by Gary Hart
2w ago
Sky on Fire, Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand Sony a7R V Sony 24-105 f/4 G ISO 50 f/18 25 seconds Let’s have a show of hands: Who feels like their photography has stagnated? Let me suggest to all with your hands up that what’s holding you back may be the very rules that helped elevate you to your current level of proficiency. I’ll be the first to acknowledge that rules are important—the glue of civilization in fact. Bedtimes, homework, and curfews got us through childhood and taught us to self-police as adults. Now we get enough sleep (right?), meet deadlines at work and home, and with very little ..read more
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Something Extra
Eloquent Nature by Gary Hart
by Eloquent Nature by Gary Hart
3w ago
Autumn Moonset, Oxbow Bend, Grand Tetons Sony a7R III Sony 24-105 f/4 G ISO 200 f/11 1/6 second Way back when I started getting into photography as a hobby, my subject selection criteria were pretty basic: is it visually appealing, and can I get there relatively easily? This worked well enough, because the world is full of relatively appealing subjects that are relatively easy to get to, and I was content with merely pretty pictures. But my decision more than 20 years ago to elevate my serious photography hobby into my actual food-on-table livelihood meant I had much more at stake, and merel ..read more
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New Zealand After Dark
Eloquent Nature by Gary Hart
by Eloquent Nature by Gary Hart
1M ago
Dark Night, Milky Way and Tasman Lake, New Zealand Sony a7S II Sony 12 – 24 f/4 G ISO 10,000 f/4 30 seconds This week I have New Zealand on my mind. In preparation for the New Zealand Winter photo workshop that begins next week, I started going through unprocessed images from prior New Zealand visits. I was actually looking for something else when I stumbled upon this Milky Way image from the 2019 trip Don Smith and I did with a group of Sony influencers. I’d already processed a virtually identical composition of this scene back then, but since my Milky Way processing has evolved (improved ..read more
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Channeling Your Camera’s Vision
Eloquent Nature by Gary Hart
by Eloquent Nature by Gary Hart
1M ago
Whitewater, Deer Creek Fall, Grand Canyon Sony α1 Sony 12-24 GM 1/5 second F/16 ISO 50 About a month ago I wrapped up my ninth Grand Canyon raft trip. As my guides and I get better at identifying the best spots and when to be there, there’s an aspect of similarity from trip to trip, but thanks to group dynamics, weather conditions, and the secondary stops we chose to make on any given year, each trip always feels unique. As with most spectacular locations, Grand Canyon has more worthy subjects than we have time to visit, but there are five primary spots we never miss: Nankoweap granaries, Li ..read more
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(Mostly) Unrelated Ramblings on Editing and Color in Nature
Eloquent Nature by Gary Hart
by Eloquent Nature by Gary Hart
1M ago
Brilliant, Little Colorado River, Grand Canyon Sony α1 Sony 12-24 GM 1/800 second F/18 ISO 100 Lately I’ve been on a bit of a crusade against manufactured images in general, and AI use in particular. But, lest you perceive me as a luddite and old-school photography codger (“In my day, every shoot was a 5-mile uphill walk through snow in both directions, and sunrise was always 1:00 a.m.”), let me just say that I am all-in on digital capture and all most of its benefits, from instant image review, to the histogram, to the ability to dodge and burn my color captures. It’s been more than 20 year ..read more
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Organic Discovery
Eloquent Nature by Gary Hart
by Eloquent Nature by Gary Hart
1M ago
Sunbeams, Lóndrangar, Iceland Sony a7R V Sony 24-105 f/4 G ISO 100 f/13 1/40 second When I sit down each week to write a new blog post, I usually have a general idea of where I want to go, but little plan for how I’m going to get there. I’ll start with a couple of relevant sentences, then just see where that leads me. Depending on the topic, and my state of mind at the time, the effort that gets me from concept to completed blog can range from simple to Sisyphean. Regardless of the struggle, I’m always surprised by the insights the creation process itself uncovers—I learn so much about mysel ..read more
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Feeding My Muse
Eloquent Nature by Gary Hart
by Eloquent Nature by Gary Hart
2M ago
Spring Cascade, Tamarack Creek, Yosemite Sony α1 Sony 16-35 f/2.8 GM ISO 800 f/11 1/4 second Ode to the Coffee Table Book I grew up in an era when coffee table books were a thing. For decades, these dense rectangular blocks, packed with thick, glossy pages containing far more picture than text, dominated living rooms across America. Whether acquired by purchase or gift, once installed on a coffee table, most coffee table books would rest unopened for years, virtually untouched except for an occasional dusting, and maybe a micro-adjustment on the way to answer the door for company. It seems t ..read more
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