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Foggy Forest, Slovenia

tharp_20161019-5602On this foggy rainy day in northern California, I am reminded of the same conditions from a day we spent in Triglav National Park, Slovenia. Fog is such a wonderful element for nature photography because it can isolate your subject and simplify backgrounds that would otherwise be so cluttered! I used my Sony a7R II camera and 16-35mm lens to look down on this steep hillside. Continue reading »

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Another dramatic view of Lake Superior



Here’s another scene from my last day along the shores of Lake Superior in October. It’s ironic how in the last few days things began to finally come together in terms of cooperative weather conditions, light and color. For the first few days of this journey, I was feeling frustrated with the blustery winds that kept me from creating some of the larger landscapes I had envisioned. I was still having a great time hiking around and seeing new places, even without making great pictures. The very act of being out in nature was uplifting, and invigorating! And all during that time, my eyes were opening up to see so many beautiful things around me. And some of them I could photograph without concern for the wind. So I kept exploring, kept seeing. And little by little, I made a series of images that to me were capturing some of the essence of the area.

On the last full day I was in the Keewenaw region, I was going along the shore southwest of the Portage Canal, and followed a sign to agate beach – hoping I could finally find an agate or two as a treasure. But instead, I was given the treasure of wonderful, dramatic light and beautiful waves. I’ve always believed that we receive our ‘gifts’ by showing up, and being flexible, trusting that the beauty is there. On this last afternoon, this was my gift.

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It all began here…

“It” being the little photo jaunt I was on with my photo buddies – Craig Blacklock, and Jon Smithers. We stopped at an information booth along the highway, and as we pulled up, I spotted this – only a nano-second before everyone else did! So it all began here, in a rest stop along the highway, but then you can find pictures anywhere, even rather ordinary places…




It was a great warm up to get our creative juices and the camera batteries ‘flowing’. I like the ‘straight shot’ that I made, a lot, but decided to look at it differently while processing it. It occurred to me that making a multiple exposure of it would have been a great idea in the field, but since I didn’t do that, I created a bunch of duplicate layers, moved them around randomly over the one below it, adjusted opacity to bring them all out, and then, when I was satisfied with that, I was thinking about Monet and how I might make the picture look a bit more painterly with that stippled effect, so I took it into Topaz Simplify 4 and used the ‘buzz sim’ filter. I then blended that layer with the original ‘multiple’ to get the final image above. It’s got the stippled effect of impressionism, but with a bit softer result that blends the repetition, something that with straight multiple exposures often stands out a bit too much for me.


Although it’s ‘over’ for most parts of the country except our southern states, Happy Fall, everyone! I’ve been so busy with getting back to business after being away for a month that I’ve not had much time to even process more from this trip but will soon.

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