Announcement: I’m leading two spring photo workshops at Point Reyes

Posted February 1st, 2013 by
Categories: California, Coast, Fossil Beds, Photos, Point Reyes, Workshops

Picture: Sunrise light on coastal cliffs above Drakes Beach, Drakes Bay, Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, California

Image: Sunrise light on coastal cliffs above Drakes Beach, Drakes Bay, Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, California

I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be leading two photo workshops this spring at the Point Reyes National Seashore. Point Reyes is located on the California coast, not too far north of San Francisco, and is believed to be where Sir Francis Drake landed for the first time in California back in 1579. Point Reyes is best known for its rugged headlands, the coastal cliffs of Drakes Bay, which are said to resemble the White Cliffs of Dover in England. There are also wide rolling hills and farmland, the great beach which stretches out over 11 miles, and its herd of resident elk.

Both workshops are being sponsored by The Point Reyes National Seashore Association, and presented as part of the Point Reyes Field Institute. To register, visit the PRFI Photography Page. You can also register by calling (415) 663.1200 x 373, or register by mail or fax. Click here to print a registration form. Classes are known to fill up quickly, so be sure to register and claim a spot early!

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A heavenly companion

Posted January 22nd, 2013 by
Categories: Moon, Photos

Picture: Waxing gibbous moon and companion.

Image: Waxing gibbous moon and companion

Yesterday evening I stepped outside our kitchen door, and what to my wandering eye should appear, but the moon hanging high in the sky. The light of a brilliant star shone nearby. Having taken an astronomy class back in college, I knew by the brightness of this heavenly companion it was more likely a planet rather than a star. Without any expectation of figuring out what the companion was, I decided it was at least worth taking a photo of these two celestial bodies in close proximity to one another.

I proceeded to grab my tripod, my new Nikon D800 camera, and my 500mm f/4 lens. I then switched my camera to DX mode, thereby rendering the effective focal length at about 750mm.

Image: Waxing gibbous moon and companion Needless to say, I was pretty well surprised when I imported the few frames into Lightroom, and looked at 100%. There before me wasn’t just a star, but the easily identifiable striped atmosphere of our solar system’s resident gas giant planet, Jupiter. Not only that, I was able to make out clearly two of Jupiter’s brightest moons.

Now if I can just photograph a UFO with the same resolution and clarity….

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Edit: And here by special request is a 100% view of the lunar surface:

Image: Waxing gibbous moon and companion


A cosmic coincidence to start the New Year

Posted January 15th, 2013 by
Categories: Aviation, Clouds and Sky, Photos, Rainbows, Weather

Picture: Jet airplane with contrail flying through high cirrus clouds and a rainbow known as a circumzenithal arc, in the skies above Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Image: Jet airplane with contrail flying through high cirrus clouds and a rainbow known as a circuzenithal arc, in the skies above Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Back in 2005, after 15 years of shooting professional transparency film, I entered the digital era when I purchased my first DSLR, which at the time was Nikon’s first high-end digital camera, my affectionately termed ‘Battle-Tank’ known as the D2x. My very first picture with that camera was a portrait of my wife and two kids, which was my version of christening a new camera the way one might christen a ship. Immediately thereafter, I took my camera out to a parking lot where I commenced taking my first few ‘real’ digital photos. That day there was a large ice-crystal halo around the sun which I was photographing. At one point, while using a lamp post to block the sun, a pair of pigeons flew off the light, and which I captured in combination with the atmospheric phenomenon.

Seven years later, over this last Christmas holiday, I awoke on Christmas morning to find that Santa left me a Read the rest of this post »

Top Photos of 2012 by Gary Crabbe / Enlightened Images

Posted December 29th, 2012 by
Categories: Fossil Beds

Here’s a quick collection of my favorite photos shot in 2012.

Picture: Sunset over the mouth of the Gualala River, on the border between the Sonoma and Mendocino County coastlines, Gualala, California

Image:  Sunset over the mouth of the Gualala River, on the border between the Sonoma and Mendocino County coastlines, Gualala, California

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Picture: Clouds at sunset over the Sierra Nevada, as seen from the Sweetwater Mountains, California

Image: Clouds at sunset over the Sierra Nevada, as seen from the Sweetwater Mountains, California

ID# 2012best_02

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Happy Holidays 2012

Posted December 23rd, 2012 by
Categories: California, Fossil Beds, Mountains, National Parks, Photos, Weather, Yosemite

Picture: Clouds streaming off the top of Half Dome in Winter, Cooks Meadow, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California

Image: Clouds streaming off the top of Half Dome in Winter, Cooks Meadow, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, Californi

I’d just like to take a moment to wish everyone who celebrates a very Merry Christmas, and for everyone who follows the Gregorian Calendar, a most Wonderful and Prosperous New Year.

And for everyone else; I was as shocked as you to find that the Post-Mayan Apocalyptic World still has the same old politicians & warlords. May 2013 be the year that we all find the peace, balance, goodwill, confidence, and mutual respect needed to get along with each other, as we continue to inhabit this one planet together.

Have a great & joyful Holiday Season, everyone!

- Gary


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Brand New Gallery – Panoramic Images

Posted December 6th, 2012 by
Categories: Panorama, Panoramic, Photos

Picture: Last light over the Sierra from the summit of Clouds Rest, Yosemite National Park, California

Image: Last light over the Sierra from the summit of Clouds Rest, Yosemite National Park, California

I made a quick announcement about this on a few of the social media sites, but I want to make it official by announcing it here on my weblog. I’ve just uploaded my second Premier Gallery Collection, this time a collection of Panoramic Format Images, more simply known as Panoramas.

Since this is a new collection, I thought I’d celebrate by offering people a chance to order any of these images at 25% off discount from the print-only, Canvas Wrap, or Metallic Print options. (Unfortunately the additional cost for Gatorfoam or Masonite Mounting options for mural prints are not discounted.) If you would like to order an image, please be sure to note that pricing is based on the long dimension, and the short dimension will vary proportionately.

If you decide you’d like to share the gallery or any of these images with your friends or social circles, you can just use the Tweet / G+ / FB buttons located below the gallery thumbnails or the larger image versions. You can also share this blog post by clicking the same buttons located near the top of this post.

I hope you enjoy viewing these images as much as I enjoyed making them. Read the rest of this post »

An unbelievably amazing holiday offer

Posted December 4th, 2012 by
Categories: Books, Fossil Beds, Newsworthy

Photo: Screen capture for Amazon.com sales page during the first week of my new book’s release.

Hopefully last week you caught the announcement I made regarding the official publication release of my newest book, Photographing California; Vol. 1 – North.

Within just a couple days, I saw this listing on Amazon offering a “Like New” used copy of my brand new book, but selling for a whopping $1,000.00. – Now I gotta admire the chutzpah of this seller, who must be banking on the old PT Barnum line of there being a sucker born every minute.

Not to be out-done, I’m not only going to match his offer, but I’m gonna beat it!! If you’re willing to pay $999.99 for a copy of my book – don’t buy it from this bozo. Instead, buy it from me, and I’ll upgrade you to a brand new autographed copy. And if you act now, I’ll throw in a free 30×40″ premium showcase-quality metallic float frame print. That’s right, you heard me, ABSOLUTELY FREE. Plus, I’ll throw in free shipping.

Why get just a ‘like new’ used book for a thousand bucks, when for the same price you get a new signed copy AND a free print?

ACT NOW – Contact me directly and tell me you’d like to take advantage of this Amazing Holiday offer!



 

My book, Photographing California; v.1 North is now available

Posted November 27th, 2012 by
Categories: Books, Newsworthy

Picture: The cover of my newest book, Photographing California; Vol. 1 – North, which is now available for purchase.

Image: Book Photographing California; Vol. 1 - North

It is with the greatest delight and virtual fanfare that I proudly announce the official publication of my latest book, Photographing California; Vol. 1 – North. A guide to the natural landmarks of the Golden State. (Click the title or image to see the book’s special page on my web site, which includes a free downloadable pdf or Word doc. file list of “On-the-Go” Resources.)

Within the last few days, Amazon.com now lists the book as in-stock and available for purchase. Unfortunately, Barnes & Noble has yet to get the memo. (They show the official pub sate as 11/28/12 – tomorrow.)

At 432 pages, and 340+ photos, this project feels to have been the closest I’ll likely ever get to writing a doctoral thesis.

This book is dedicated to my family; first to my kids, Brandon and Alyssa, since it had the biggest impact on them, and next to my beloved wife, Connie, whose help, love, and support I could not have gone without.

I’d also like to extend my thanks to series originator and publisher Laurent Martrés for trusting me with this project.

I also want to give a special shout-out of thanks to Read the rest of this post »

Giving Thanks 2012

Posted November 21st, 2012 by
Categories: Animals, Books, Photos

Picture: Pair of fledgeling Mourning Dove siblings resting together just moments after taking their first flight out of their nest.

Image: Pair of fledgeling Mourning Dove siblings resting together just moments after taking their first flight out of their nest

I want to wish everyone here in the US a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.

Ok; I know… it’s not quite turkey for Thanksgiving, but this picture of two doves is as close as I can get as far as showing a bird. I wouldn’t dare suggest serving these babies for dinner. Yet they represent one of the many small things I’m thankful for this year. For the second time in as many years we had a pair of Mourning Doves take up residence just outside our kitchen window. Last year we watched them lay egg after egg, yielding just one chick and seven non-viable eggs. This year we watched as the pair had three pairs of chicks during the season, with five surviving to leave the nest. (One fell out.)

Among the big things I’m most thankful is my family and their health. We have friends and other family struggling with severe health issues. Watching their fights reminds me again what are the big things, and what are the little things. I’m thankful that every so often I can take a breath, and remember to keep in mind which things are which.

- And speaking of Thankful – I’m so thankful that my current book project, Photographing California; Volume 1 – North, is done, done, and more done. As I write these words, the books are making their way from the ships to the bookstores, and should be available for purchase in the coming days, or certainly by the end of the month. (I believe you can Pre-Order at Amazon)

I’m also thankful for all the help I got while working on the book. Many people I’ve thanked in the front of the book, including a number of other photographers who were kind enough to contribute an image or two. As a show of my thanks, I got the publisher to place their credit lines and web sites listed right at the front of the book.

However, there were a few other contributing photographers whose gracious help and generosity wound up on the cutting room floor, to become all but lost in the shadows of the process. Yet I still want to thank these people for the time they took, and their willingness to help. Following are a few images from several of the potential contributors whose images didn’t make the book, but I’m sharing here along with their names and links to their websites. Please take a moment to check out their work.

Devil’s Falls
Photo by: Darrell Robinson
Website: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sierrasylvan/

Granite Lake
Photo by: Sathish Jothikumar
Website: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sathishcj

No Hands Bridge
Photo by: Alan Craig Barnard
Website: http://alancraigbarnard.com


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You want how many, how big? (pt. 2)

Posted October 20th, 2012 by
Categories: California, City Scenes, Panorama, Panoramic, Photo Business, Photos

Picture: Panorama looking out over the Mission District from Delores Park, San Francisco, California

Image: Panorama looking out over the Mission District from Delores Park, San Francisco, California
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I mentioned in my last blog post that I’d been working on a pretty big image. The 10×80′ panorama of redwood trees was the largest print ever made of one of my pictures in over two decades. Well, that record didn’t even last half a year.

Recently I received a call from a referred client who had one of the most demanding jobs I’ve ever encountered in my career. It wasn’t just what they were asking for, but more by how fast they needed the work done. So here’s what they needed:

3:00pm Wednesday the client calls needing a quote for (8) 10′ x 95′ (Feet) panoramic photos of (4) notable San Francisco neighborhoods; two each from Chinatown, the Mission District, North Beach, and Fisherman’s Wharf. (These were going to be used as photographic display banners for an event, to represent the actual parts of the city.)

BUT… they needed all the finished and sized images to their printer in San Francisco by noon on Friday.

From first call to deadline was about 45 hours. Fortunately, my experience of working with the other large panorama images gave me a good idea of what to expect. The only problem was that there’d be absolutely no room for error. (This is part of what defines a professional – you have to deliver.)

As if the assignment wasn’t already stress-inducing enough, Read the rest of this post »