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02/02/2005 10:38:46 AM · #1
Gordon,
Those are AWESOME photos. I think you could sell each and every one of those. Just truly fantastic work!
02/02/2005 09:26:17 AM · #2
Man o man. That was one sweet package.
02/02/2005 09:24:21 AM · #3
Originally posted by Gordon:

Originally posted by jimmythefish:

Lovely shots, Gordon. PDF is a great format for this, I've been thinking of doing something similar with my print portfolio. It looks like some were taken with a fisheye, no? The 17-40 isn't really wide enough for me to get what I want sometimes. Thoughts on your lens choices/needs while you were there?


It was almost all 17-40 on the D60, with some 70-200, 100mm macro and 200+1.4x tele for the really long range shots.


Did want to add to this, I really don't find the 17-40 wide enough on a D60 either. The quality is great but just not enough sweep for really grand scale landscapes. I played around with a 14mm sigma when I was out there as well, but the 1.6 crop just kills it every time. I'm looking to get a camera with a lower crop factor to fix this soon.
01/31/2005 08:42:44 AM · #4
Thank you everyone for your comments. I really appreciate them and am glad I could share these pictures with you. It might not look it, but putting together this simple pdf turned in to quite the labour of love, taking close to 2 months to get finished.
01/30/2005 08:14:14 PM · #5
Fabulous group of images you created, Gordon! Thanks for sharing. Cheers....Martin
01/30/2005 07:28:40 PM · #6
Originally posted by Jacko:

Great shots G. I like how your incorporated both strong foregrand and background elements in most of your photos. I especially like thte color photographs. Sounds like you had a great workshop.


The back/forth rhythm was a big aspect of the wide angle compositions that I was really trying to learn - good to hear it is paying off! I think in a lot of cases it is a bit too obvious and not really subtle enough but I'm only just learning. This was my first attempt at anything approaching real landscape photography, so there was a huge amount to learn in a really short, intensive space of time.
01/30/2005 03:19:22 PM · #7
Great shots G. I like how your incorporated both strong foregrand and background elements in most of your photos. I especially like thte color photographs. Sounds like you had a great workshop.

Message edited by author 2005-01-30 15:21:08.
01/30/2005 10:35:45 AM · #8
Originally posted by Riggs:

Awesome shots, I wish it let me save as a screensaver/ wallpaper.


That's a good idea - I might look in to making one from them.
01/30/2005 12:31:43 AM · #9
Originally posted by jimmythefish:

Lovely shots, Gordon. PDF is a great format for this, I've been thinking of doing something similar with my print portfolio. It looks like some were taken with a fisheye, no? The 17-40 isn't really wide enough for me to get what I want sometimes. Thoughts on your lens choices/needs while you were there?


It was almost all 17-40 on the D60, with some 70-200, 100mm macro and 200+1.4x tele for the really long range shots.
01/29/2005 08:37:17 PM · #10
Gordan - WOW - Within 20 minutes and 43 pages I believe I have NOW been there. A vacation I don't think I would of ever been able to take you have just taken me there. That's Photography! GREAT JOB
01/29/2005 06:59:05 PM · #11
Totally amazing images. Excellent work, Gordon.
01/29/2005 06:15:04 PM · #12
Awesome shots, I wish it let me save as a screensaver/ wallpaper.

Just fabulous photos.
01/29/2005 06:01:11 PM · #13
Magnificent collection - worthy of a wider audience than DPC.
01/29/2005 05:42:05 PM · #14
Great shots Gordon. The lighting is phenominal.
01/29/2005 05:26:49 PM · #15
Originally posted by jbsmithana:

Wow! I think that covers it. Thanks.


Thank you!
01/29/2005 01:15:46 PM · #16
Wow! I think that covers it. Thanks.
01/29/2005 01:02:12 PM · #17
stunning photos Gordon
01/29/2005 01:00:01 PM · #18
Lovely shots, Gordon. PDF is a great format for this, I've been thinking of doing something similar with my print portfolio. It looks like some were taken with a fisheye, no? The 17-40 isn't really wide enough for me to get what I want sometimes. Thoughts on your lens choices/needs while you were there?

Message edited by author 2005-01-29 13:01:13.
01/29/2005 12:27:06 PM · #19
Originally posted by G4Ds:

Great stuff Gordon. I really like the shots with the water in sections in the foreground of the images.


Thank you. The water is pretty rare in that area, but there due to all of the flooding last year. Normally those regions are dry, white salt flats.

Message edited by author 2005-01-29 12:31:13.
01/29/2005 01:15:35 AM · #20
Originally posted by richterrell:

Fantastic phtoos, and well presented. Are you considering using a service to create a book from this, like Shutterfly's bound books perhaps?


Actually the PDF was my final destination for these, rather than any printed version. I am making some individual prints as gifts but I don't plan on making any sort of one-off book. Most of my family are scattered around the globe so I will be sending them CDs of the PDF as well.
01/29/2005 01:03:37 AM · #21
Only one word I can use....awesome.
01/29/2005 12:59:36 AM · #22
Gordon great shots..Thanks for sharing..Here a link for a statepark photo website ..where there migth appreciate to see your work also..Rock//www.mystateparkphotos.com/index.html

Message edited by author 2005-01-29 16:39:44.
01/29/2005 12:58:40 AM · #23
Originally posted by autool:

I plan to go there soon, do you recommend going solo? Or how far off the beaten track did you get for these shots?

Thanks for sharing, great job as usual.


When you first get there it is a vast, barren, desolate place - it is worthwhile having a good guide or guidebook to make the best use of the time you have there (particularly knowing where the best places are to be early morning/ late evening - travel times to anywhere are long - so you should have a good idea of where you want to go. Also, the recent flooding has made some favourite places tough to get to - again it is worth doing some research ahead of time to make the best use of your trip.

I went with a group (the Rocky Mountain School of Photography) and their instructor was excellent - getting us to all the best places at the best times of day. I've since bought a guide from Photo Traveller that covers Death Valley as well as other parts of Southern California, that seemed to cover basically all of the places I shot at, so that might be worth a look too.

Most of these shots were taken at fairly well recognised 'places' in Death Valley. The Dunes at Stovepipe Wells and Badwater are well signposted for example. Cow Creek is probably a bit further off the beaten/ marked track, but is still only about a 20 minute walk from the road. Darwin Falls was maybe the longest hike we did and that was only about 40 minutes in on not very tough terrain (again - good stout walking boots are required for most of this)

I think with some planning and a willingness to get up early/ stay up late and drive a bit, you could have an excellent self-guided trip. Wildflower season is supposed to be very interesting too, especially with the rain last year.
01/29/2005 12:51:56 AM · #24
Originally posted by kirbic:

Beautiful work Gordon! Death valley is on my short list, as well as a return to Joshua Tree.


It is quite the experience - I'm planning on spending 3 days in Joshua Tree in April if things work out.
01/29/2005 12:51:15 AM · #25
Originally posted by autool:

It looks like you Had a wonderful time and got some really great shots. You mention a sand storm, how did you deal with the sand/equipment. Did you have any problems with it getting into things. I plan to go there soon, do you recommend going solo? Or how far off the beaten track did you get for these shots?

Thanks for sharing, great job as usual.


Luckily the sandstorm was on the very last day. The wind had been blowing all night and we were close to giving up - in fact about half the group did. I left my backpack in the car and only took my D60, a 17-40 F4L on the camera and my tripod + CF cards. Mostly I kept the camera under my fleece on the way out, which kept the sand off it during the hike through the dunes. We hiked for maybe 30 minutes across the dunes with the sand blowing directly in to our faces - even though the sun wasn't quite up, I was wearing sunglasses just to see and most of our group gave up or turned back due to the blowing sand, with only 4 people making it really far out in to the dunes.

The sunrise with the light hitting the blowing sand was worth it and got me some of the more unusual shots in that 'folio. The 17-40 is weather sealed, mostly, but the rubber seals ended up looking like sandpaper, there was so much impacted sand stuck in them. Partly this was because I was lying down low on the dunes, right in the middle of the blowing sand to get the best angle, with my tripod buried about 2 feet in to the sand to be stable in the wind.

Getting back, I didn't even take the lens off - just stuck the whole camera in a ziplock bag and went home. The dials on the D60 body would scratch and grate as I turned them, and there was sand under the top LCD and around all of the buttons.

Getting home I used about an entire can of compressed air to blow off the lens mount, dials, knobs, zoom, switches etc and got basically all of the sand off the outside. (not using compressed air inside the sensor chamber, obviously) Once I'd blown all the visible sand off, I took it and got the sensor professionally cleaned. Everything works fine. Death valley is one of the more inhospitable places I've taken my camera - all the shots of water are actually totally saturated salt solution, rather than freshwater and we were standing in it up to our ankles most days (good boots are worthwhile!) The tripod was also often soaking in salt water or mud for hours at a time. Sand gets everywhere.

I totally dismantled my tripod when I got home and gave it a shower and a blow dry - again no ill effects, although some of the metal screws and bolts had started to corrode.

Of course after surviving all this rough treatment in Death Valley and getting everything cleaned, I managed to get hit by a wave shooting a yacht race in the Southern Ocean so had to get everything cleaned all over again...

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