Photographs can evoke a variety of emotions; joy, happiness, fear, sorrow, etc. I hope this photograph summons a sense of calm and peacefulness for you. I sure was feeling pretty stress free while taking it.
Whitebark pine trees populate the hillside atop Pauline Peak as the sun sets on the Oregon Cascade Mountains, Newberry Volcanic National Monument, Oregon, USA.
Early morning snow shoe to 7,800 feet results in a stunning Cascade Mountain sunrise panorama.
Camera equipment cleaned, batteries charged, personal gear packed and everything loaded into the car the night before. Set the alarm for 3am. Oh yea, don't forget to load the snow shoes and headlamp! One last check of the weather conditions before getting some sleep. Good to go.
I feel "in my element" when I am alone in nature hunting for a scenic vista to photograph. So focused on capturing the outdoor world in dramatic natural light I often zone out what's happening around me. That's exactly what happen when I was out taking this photo. Read about my surprise photo guests.
What I find interesting is that many who spend more than a moment looking at a photo frequently ask me questions about the circumstances; where I was standing, what were the weather conditions, how did I get to that specific spot, etc.
Winter is a challenging time of the year for landscape and nature photographers. Shorten daylight hours, longer travel times, greater physical effort to reach locations, and potential weather hazards. Before you head out on your next winter photo adventure read my blog, Tips for Safe & Successful Winter Photography. The tips just might make the difference between a safe and pleasant experience versus one you would rather forget.
What comes to mind when you think of the Oregon Coast? A rugged coastline with fog, cold water, eroded beaches, drift wood piles and bent over trees pummeled by ocean winds. All of this is true. But on the flip side the Oregon Coast can be a tranquil and inviting place. Both extremes make this a wonderful place to photograph. Read on about how I captured the two faces of the Oregon Coast during an April 2015 and a November 2016 trip and see my Oregon Seascape Portfolio.
Landscape Photography Magazine (LPM) selects Steve J. Giardini as their Photographer of the Week (November 13, 2016). LPM is the leading online monthly photography magazine. An international publication, the magazine has over 300,000 unique web visitors from 190 countriess each month.
OutsideIN, a locally owned store offering active lifestyle footwear and clothing in the heart of Downtown Bend, Oregon will be hosting Steve J. Giardini Photography on December 2nd for First Friday Art Walk.
We knew it was a long shot. It was the first week of October. Our busy schedule had prevented a more timely trip. The closer we got the more disappointed I became. From all indications we were 3 weeks too late. The chance of capturing the images we traveled here to get looked pretty slim. I had a choice, be disappointed and expect the worst or change gears and look for a silver lining. Read my blog and checkout the silver lining photo.
The RV was loaded and pointed towards Crater Lake National Park 110 miles south. A couple of days prior I mentioned to a non-photographer friend that we were headed to the park for a 2 or 3 day photo trip. He remarked the weather forecast looked pretty good for those days. I was hoping he was wrong.
I am not a panorama image specialist but from time to time I find myself on location looking out over a beautiful wide landscape that forces my head to pan 180 degrees to take it all in. Often a single photograph just doesn't capture the natural beauty of these places. No, there is only one way to capture a majestic landscape like this, create a panorama image. This is easier said than done. Creating a panorama photograph requires a good deal of upfront preparation and an ordered sequence of specific steps. In August of this year I decided one of my favorite location's deserved the extra effort. Read my blog to find out which location, my technical approach, and how weather conditions cooperated for a stunning sunset.
Smith Rock State Park (SRSP), Terrebonne, Oregon, USA is a world-class climbing venue. It is also a photographer's paradise! It has all the elements outdoor photographers hope for; a winding river, rock pinnacles and overlooks, osprey, eagles, geese, ducks, otters and, a variety of plants including high desert Spring wildflowers. Throw in a few climbers hanging from ropes high on the rock walls and you have the perfect combination of subject matter to create beautiful and dramatic images.
I'm often asked, What does it takes to capture stunning landscape photos? Is it just a matter of good fortune, right place at the right time? My reply is, "No, for me it is a three step process; (1) research & reconnaissance, (2) planning & preparation plus, (3) pre-visualization and execution of basic photography principles. O'h sure a little good luck is always appreciated!"
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