35 thoughts on “Photography 101: Edge

    1. Thanks, Julie. I’ll tell you in all honesty the two biggest contributos to my “talent” are getting up really early or staying out really late, both often involving a lot of hiking alone for miles in the dark. The other is being willing to do it all over, again and again until I get what I want.

        1. I know that’s not really all there is to it, but it’s the most important part. But without an alarm clock and a good headlamp many of my pictures would never have been made.

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    1. Thanks! The color version just wasn’t working out as well as I’d hoped, so i figured I’d give B&W a try. I’m still pretty much an accidental B&W photographer. Meaning I don’t “see” a scene in black and white when taking a photo. It’s usually the result me trying it it post. Usually in one last ditch effort to see if the photo “works” or is headed for the trash bin. 😉

      I was a bit surprised at just how much more moody and as you say, slightly ominous, the monochrome version turned out.

    1. Thanks, Charlie. B&W was a last ditch attempt to see if the photo was worth saving. The color version was coming out ok, but to my eye nothing to write home about. I think monochrome was the way to go, saved this shot from a likely visit by the Delete key.

  1. Now for shots such as this, to experience this, I so would get up early or never go to sleep. lol
    Yeah, I a bit of a night owl. 🙂
    Thank you for grazing my eyes to such beauty.

    1. And that, Lita is the secret to making better landscape photos. Sleep is over rated. If you’re not willing to get up stupid early, crawl around in the dark on some shoreline rocks, or hike out of the mountains well after dark, you’ll never make as good a photos as you could.

      I always tell people that my biggest talent as a landscape photographer is my willingness to be there when Mother Nature is showing off. My answer to “I wish I could take pictures like that,” is “get your ass out of bed earlier and you can.”

      Have I rambled on enough for you yet? 😉

      1. lol
        I don’t think you could “ramble on enough” for me. Your words are easily taken in and I like them. 🙂

        Glad to see that we both agree that sleep is overrated besides that is why naps were created, right? lol

        Maybe one day I will surprise you with a sunrise shot on my blog… maybe. 🙂

        1. Based on some of your posts I’m assuming you’re on the west coast? Anyway, now is the time of year to get your sunrise. Because the sun rises at a much more reasonable hour. I don’t do sunrise as much in the summer. That big ball of fire gets up too darn early. Of course that won’t keep me from leaving the house at midnight if there is a shot I really want to get.

          Have you seen my “Hiking For A Cause” post? To get the first photo I was on the trail before 2 a.m. for a three hour hike so I could be above tree line for sunrise. This year it might be midnight so I can make it all the way to the summit 😀

          1. I am behind on my blog reading but I just stopped and “liked” it so I can comment as soon as I write this comment.
            lol I am not that good at multitasking. ;).

            I might just stay up and then take a nap after I take the picture. Seems easier than waking up at midnight or 2 am. 😀

            Is it a hard hike?

            1. That’s about what I do. I usually crash in a hikers hostel not far from the trail. That way I can at least lay down and try to get a few hours sleep. Though I have also driven the 2 hours from my house and jumped right on the trail. I’ll sleep when I’m dead 😛

              As for the hike, I wouldn’t say it’s hard, but it is a little steep in places and the route I’ve taken for this fundraiser hike-a-thon is one of the longest to the summit of Mount Washington. What can be a problem is the weather. Mt. Washington is known as “Home of the worlds worst weather,” for good reason. The highest surface windspeed recorded by man, 231 mph, happened on the summit. 100+ mph winds are a regular occurrence, and the summit is in the clouds well over 300 days a year.

              Even on the hottest of July days it can be in the 30’s – 40’s at the top. All this from a mountains that by western US standards is tiny at only 6,288′ high.

              If your curious to learn more just go to that post and click on the Mount Washington Observatory link.

              1. lol That is what I usually say but last night I crashed at 9:30 pm! Way to early for me.
                I blame getting up at 4 am and the hour I spent working out at the gym. 🙂

                Wow, that is some crazy ass weather. Impressive you have hiked and are going to hike that mountain.

                Thanks for the link. I’ll check it out. 🙂

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