How Landscape Photography Should Be

Posted October 30th, 2013 by
Categories: Outdoors, Video

I feel the same sort of nervousness an actor feels before stepping out on stage in front of a live audience. I should know, ‘cuz I’ve been there, and these are the same butterflies.

I’d like to present you with my very first video blog post. As I mention in the intro, I’ve been using some time this year trying to learn about the video features of my camera, and using video editing programs. So this is rough around the edges, but despite its flaws, I’ve decided to just step naked out onto the proverbial stage, and share with you some of my thoughts in a far more personal manner than just typed words and pictures can do alone.

Finally, I have no idea if people will enjoy this, or if I’ll be greeted with the sound of gagged crickets. If you do like this, I’d be especially appreciative if you took just a moment to let me know by either leaving a comment, like, share, RT, etc. If on the other hand you have an overwhelming desire to throw produce at your computer screen, please note I prefer Roma tomatoes and heads of Romaine lettuce.

Thanks for watching.

- Gary.

Point Reyes 3-Day Photo Workshop in November

Posted October 24th, 2013 by
Categories: California, Coast, Outdoors, Photo Workshops and Tours, Photos, Point Reyes, Travel

Picture: Cliffs of Drakes Bay, Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, California

Image: Cliffs of Drakes Bay, Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, California

I’m again leading a 3-day Photo Workshop, “Point Reyes – On Assignment” at the beautiful Point Reyes National Seashore on November 22-24, 2013. (The weekend before the Thanksgiving holiday.) Similar to the workshop I taught last spring, this workshop is sponsored by the National Park’s non-profit partnership organization, the Point Reyes National Seashore Association and their Field Institute. For an amazingly friendly price, this special workshop includes accommodations at the Point Reyes Historic Lifeboat Station.

This workshop will focus on developing a creative and personal vision of a place, combined with visual storytelling. In addition, we’ll conclude the workshop with a wonderful image critique and review. For more information or to register, visit the Point Reyes Field Institute’s Photography web page. If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, or coming to Northern California for the Thanksgiving Holiday, this would be a fantastic chance to learn from me while out in the field at one of California’s most-scenic locations.


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Mount Diablo and East Bay Hills; a new Premier Photo Gallery (Where I live.)

Posted October 17th, 2013 by
Categories: Bay Area, California, Photos, Sunrise

Picture: Spring sunrise over green hills, near Orinda, California

Image: Spring sunrise over green hills, near Orinda, Californiaa

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve finally gotten a chance to post a new gallery on my web site, featuring images from my own local area. Introducing my newest Premier Online Photo Gallery, including pictures of Mount Diablo, the Diablo Valley, and the East Bay Hills. The East Bay Hills includes both the Oakland and Berkeley Hills, as well as the Diablo Range foothills, and especially my own local favorite hiking area, Briones Regional Park.

I hope you’ll please take a moment to check out all the wonderful images I’ve posted over three pages of lightbox thumbnail galleries. And if you’re so inclined, I’d really appreciate it if you’d click on one of the Share or Like buttons at the bottom of the gallery thumbnails. (Or at the top of this blog post.)

All of these images are available for publication and use by businesses, or as fine art prints or wall murals for corporate business offices or residential homes alike. If you have any questions about any image in the gallery, please contact me. If you’re a local business interested in putting a text-based web link to the gallery to show off this wonderful area, please feel free. But I do ask you contact me for permission before using any of the photos on a commercial web site.

While you’re there, please check out my two other Premier Photo Galleries, Yosemite National Park (Horray for re-opening!) and a collection of Panoramic Photographs.


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A Photographic Life… and then what?

Posted October 14th, 2013 by
Categories: Photographers

Picture: Photographer shooting sunrise light on North Peak, Hoover Wilderness, Eastern Sierra, California

Image: Photographer shooting sunrise light on North Peak, Hoover Wilderness, Eastern Sierra, California

What happens to our pictures after we’ve shed our mortal coil? What are our families left to do with all the thousands of photos we’ve taken during our life-long quest for those perfect shots? Keep them? Abandon them? Spend weeks of their lives sorting through them, deciding which to keep and which to let go of?

I ask this following a powerfully personal and moving experience I had last week. Some of you may recall that early this year I devoted some of my energy to selling some photography gear for a woman whose husband died after a bout with cancer. Unfortunately, they got married while he was struggling with the disease, and since he was convinced he wasn’t going to succumb, they really didn’t discuss much of anything to do with his photography or his photo business. Worse even, when he did quickly succumb to the ravages of the disease, he took all of his business and photo-folder encrypted passwords with him.

Now this woman is moving out of state. She doesn’t want to bring the many tens of thousands of slides her husband shot, everything from Antarctica, to polar bears, to climbing, to flowers galore, with her on the move. There are boxes and boxes of his slides sitting in her house. So to help her, I spent a full day culling through his collection, pulling what I as a Photo Editor would consider the best of his collection. My job was to Read the rest of this post »

A great but strange Yosemite experience thanks to the US Gov’t.

Posted October 10th, 2013 by
Categories: California, Mountains, National Parks, Photos, Reflections, Water, Yosemite

Picture: Vogelsang Peak reflected in Vogelsang Lake at sunrise, near the Vogelsang High Sierra Camp, Yosemite National Park, California<

Image: Storm cloud over Lake Tahoe at sunset, from South Lake Tahoe, California

This last Monday evening found me driving home from the Eastern Sierra along Highway 120, crossing over the Sierra via Tioga Pass Road through Yosemite National Park. It was truly one of the best and most unique experiences I’ve ever had in Yosemite. Unbelievably, I owe the thanks to the United States Government Shutdown, which effected all of America’s National Parks, including the closure of Yosemite. Even though the park was closed, people were permitted to drive along Tioga Pass Road (Hwy 120), yet they weren’t allowed to stop or recreate.

Now every other time I’ve crossed through Yosemite at night, including the dead of night, I always though of the park as being ‘asleep’. I knew people were in the backcountry or camping, employees working, rangers doing their patrols, but yet the quiet park merely felt at rest.

Driving through the park on Monday night, I was hit with the palpable feeling that the park was EMPTY, as if people had vanished from the earth. I was getting to see Yosemite as she was, by herself, like a peaceful sleeping giant, untouched by the footsteps of humans trodding across her skin. This was a different Yosemite; a Yosemite that knew only of Planet Earth and the timeless processes by which she was created, evolving through the eons, and not beholden to the skitterings of tourists and recreational vehicles. I felt humbled and honored to be in her presence during this unique moment, even though I was just passing through.

How bizarre, to think I owe this unique experience to a government shutdown, by a government whom I’m sure will be but a mere blip of existence when defined by time as measured by the land we call Yosemite.

And how quiet was it? While a few cars passed me heading in the opposite direction, there wasn’t another vehicle in my lane, either in front of me or behind, from 5 miles east of Tioga Pass, until I pulled into downtown Groveland; a distance of almost 75 miles. It was one of the best, most-memorable, peaceful drives I’ve had in a long, long time.


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Seeing the Light – A Free Presentation at the San Francisco Apple Store Oct 9th

Posted October 4th, 2013 by
Categories: California, Eastern Sierra, Newsworthy, Photos, Presentations, Sunrise, Water

Picture: Sunrise at Hot Creek, Eastern Sierra, California

Image: Sunrise at Hot Creek, Eastern Sierra, California

This next Wednesday, October 9th at 7:00pm, I’ll be giving a free presentation called ‘Seeing the Light’ at the Apple Store in downtown San Francisco for the Bay Area Photography Events Meetup group. At this presentation, I’ll be discussing how I use nature’s light while shooting my landscape and travel photos.

For more information, or to sign up, visit the BAPE Meetup page.


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Autumn Insanity Photo Workshop in the Eastern Sierra 10/18

Posted September 27th, 2013 by
Categories: Autumn, California, Mountains, Photo Workshops and Tours, Photos, Travel, Workshops

Picture: Fall colors on aspen trees below Mount Dana, Eastern Sierra, California

Image: Fall colors on aspen trees below Mount Dana, Eastern Sierra, California

First off, let me say this is just nuts; maybe even insane…

Just within the last couple weeks I was asked if I’d be interested in running a photo workshop in the Eastern Sierra for one of the Bay Area’s local Meetup groups. Timing for organization and dates was short, and the Meetup organizer only had one weekend in October available. Always up for an adventure or an opportunity to teach, I said, “Sure, why not?”

So if you’re interested in spending a few days in the Sierra, I’ll be leading an Autumn Sierra Landscapes workshop for the Bay Area Photography Events Meetup, from Friday, October 18th through Sunday October 20th. The insane part? It’s only $195.00 for the whole weekend. Given the late timing of the season, and the short announcement window, the organizer set the workshop fee. To be honest, I suggested a number of times the price should be higher. In fact, the price is a fraction of what I’d charge for my own group or private workshop. It’s insane, I say; Insane.

We’ll be exploring the areas from Mono Lake to Bishop, with specific locations to be determined based on fall foliage conditions and weather. Needles to say, with this incredible price, the workshop fee doesn’t include lodging, transportation, or meals.

So the question is, are you feeling a little insane and wish to join us? If so, you can check out the Meetup Information page, and if you have questions about logistical aspects, I’m sure the organizer will be happy to answer. If you have any questions regarding equipment, locations, techniques to be covered, etc., let me know and I’ll be happy to answer as best as I can.

And again, just to be completely honest, I think the price is too low. But since this is a Meetup Group Event, what I can also say is that you’d be insane not to recognize what an incredible bargain this is for the value of spending several days out on location learning how to take better photos.


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The Day the Music Died

Posted September 23rd, 2013 by
Categories: Glacier National Park, Montana, National Parks, Photos, Sunset, Travel, Water

Picture: Sunset light through clouds over Lake MacDonald, Glacier National Park, Montana

Image: Sunset light through clouds and campfire smoke over Lake MacDonald, Glacier National Park, Montana

Well… not really the Music, but rather the day my D800 died… again.

I’m finally getting a chance to dig into some of the images I shot this summer while on my extended family vacation. Included among those photos was this panorama I shot at Lake MacDonald in Glacier National Park. While my kids were busy throwing rocks into the lake, I was busy taking photos of some clearing storm clouds at sunset. Not more than a dozen frames after shooting this panorama, my Nikon D800 rolled up its eyes and started flashing the dreaded ERR message. That’s the Nikon equivalent of a PC Blue-Screen-of-Death. Never again during the course of that trip would my D800 capture a frame. It was dead, dead, dead.

But I suppose in retrospect, if you were gonna check out, stop working, or for that matter, simply and suddenly drop dead for no apparent reason whatsoever, be you a camera with an ERR, or a mortal human shedding your mortal coils, ya gotta’ admit… if you had to choose a time, place, and scene to go out on, this sure wouldn’t be a bad one. However, unlike most mortals who’ve escaped the earthly bonds, I can report that my D800 has been successfully resurrected (again) by Nikon Professional Services. Unfortunately they were unable to provide any information about what specifically caused the dreaded ERR. I think the technical term was “…just one of those things.”

(Technical Details: 7-vertical frames, stitched together using PShop CS6; file 24″x60″ at 300 dpi)


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San Francisco PPGBA Presentation Tomorrow 9/19

Posted September 18th, 2013 by
Categories: California, Coast, Newsworthy, People, Presentations

Picture: Photographer couple shooting the sunset at the Marin Headlands, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Marin County, California

Image: Storm cloud over Lake Tahoe at sunset, from South Lake Tahoe, California

A quick and friendly reminderif you’re in or near the San Francisco Bay Area; I’m giving another of my “Two Books, Two Approaches” presentations tomorrow night, Sept. 19th, in South San Francisco for the Professional Photographers of the Greater Bay Area (PPGBA).

Since this is a professional organization the presentation will vary slightly from my more anecdotal version with a bit more info related to the business considerations involved with taking on book projects. Also, and again because it’s a professional organization, there is a cost for admission. For more info, please visit: http://ppgba.org/calendar/9_19_gary_crabbe/

If you show up, be sure to say hello!



 

This week in Marin County

Posted September 9th, 2013 by
Categories: California, Coast, Photo Workshops and Tours, Photos, Point Reyes, Workshops

Looking over the Great Beach,Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Image: Looking over the Great Beach,Point Reyes National Seashore, California

I’ll be visiting Marin County twice this week, and I want to offer up a reminder to let you know about what I’ll be doing in case you’d like to attend one or both of the events.

Tomorrow night, Tuesday, Sept. 10th, I’ll be giving a presentation of my “Two Books / Two Approaches” for the Marin Photo Club’s Education Night. The event is open to the public and is free. In this presentation, I discuss the shooting of my last two book projects, Greetings from California, and Photographing California; vol. 1 – North. The Marin Photo Club holds their Education Night meetings at the Anthem Church facility at 50 Los Ranchitos Road, San Rafael, just across the freeway from the Marin Civic Center. The presentation is set to run between 6:30 and 8:30pm. (NOTE: The venue for the presentation has been changed from what appears listed on the MPC website.)

Then on Saturday, September 14th, I’ll be teaching a one-day photo workshop called “Panoramic Point Reyes.” Obviously as the course title suggests, I’ll be teaching about shooting panoramic photos at Point Reyes. Put on by the non-profit Point Reyes Field Institute, the course runs from 1:30pm to 8:30 pm and meets at the Red Barn Classroom. There are still spaces available if you’re interested in attending. For more info or to register visit the PRFI Photography Course Page.

Shoot me a note if you’re planning to attend either of these events.