Tag Archives: Light

Celebrating the Overlooked Photos

Bare trees dapple the golden light falling on Bridalveil Creek in Yosemite Valley.

The past several months I’ve been finalizing text and selecting images to illustrate my upcoming book Expressive Nature Photography. I first selected about 600 images – way too many for a book of 240 pages – and had to whittle it down. I ‘sweated’ over which ones were the best over others that I liked. I wanted them all in the book! It’s so hard – but it’s also been a lot of fun, because through it all, I have discovered many images that I forgot I made! 

How can that be, that I forgot an experience that was strong enough to invite me to make the picture? Continue reading »

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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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Refuge in the Dolomites of Italy

Sunrise lights up the rugged mountain of Monte Cristallo.

Late June, I attended a tour to the Dolomites so that I could get to great spots for sunrise and sunset without having to do all the research, as I was crunched for time working on my new book. I hadn’t take someone else’s tour in a long time, and it was fun not to be working! We had unsettled weather most of the tour, which in fact produced some of the more exciting images. I darn near killed myself, Continue reading »

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Fishing in the Fog, Alaska

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We had just finished an amazing photo tour in southeast Alaska last year with Dolphin Charters, and as we were coming into Petersburg, the weather ‘went south’. A thick fog rolled in, but it wasn’t raining. After we docked, I stood outside on the deck, breathing in the fresh, moist air, and as dusk fell, I noticed that the fishing boats were heading out. Their deck lights glowed eerily through the fog, and I had to photograph it. I ducked inside, grabbed my camera off the table in the salon, and ran back out, quickly bumping my ISO high to get a reasonable shutter speed, as they were moving, and I was on a boat, too.

I made a few pictures of this larger boat, and then I stood watching as it disappeared into the fog until it was gone. As I turned to go inside, I noticed a smaller boat coming through the channel. The background hills were barely visible at this point, but it too had it’s deck light on, and glowed eerily. I kept this boat smaller in the frame to include the hills, and that gave a sense of scale to this image, making the boat feel quite small against the ‘elements.’

These two pictures represent for me the resilience and determination of the people who live and work in Alaska. It’s never easy, up there, and yet through all sorts of weather, they push on.

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