Well!! One of my pictures was chosen for display in the recent CPA gallery’s 2015 Members’ Juried Exhibition (late-July to mid-September) - one of 40 pictures selected out of several hundred submitted (by juror Richard W. Gadd - https://www.linkedin.com/in/richardgadd). And another was chosen for the 2015 International Juried Exhibition, by juror Robert Hirsch - http://www.lightresearch.net (mid-November through early January). I hope you will visit the latter to see all of these fabulous pictures – I am looking forward to viewing them as well. There will also be a Web showing.
The first was taken from a slowly cruising Zodiac inflatable through an ice field in Antarctica with beautiful early morning sunlight. Here was the problem. It is difficult to change lenses while on a moving Zodiac with 7 other photographers and wearing a heavy parka. Can do? – I couldn’t. You make your choice before boarding. In this case I chose my 70-200. Then there are the people. Actually, the client photographers were all great, kneeling or sitting/standing to allow everyone a view. EXCEPT the leader, who stood in front, blocking views, and getting first dibs. I’ve been there before while bass fishing. Could I shoot through his legs? I liken this (Zodiac shooting) to sports photography. Pick a shutter speed – in this case fast enough for the long lens hand held as well as the boat movement. Decide on depth of field – I wanted some. And then set ISO for exposure compensation. As we passed by this particular iceberg grouping, I could see that at my minimum 70 mm I was going to jusssst fit everything in. I was able to fire off 3 shots. I could see the sun approaching the hole at the top berg, hoping that the boat would hold the line. I got it, with a sunburst! In the other two shots I cut a bit off the top in one and the bottom of the other. I am very happy with the result, but just to say the opportunity was fleeting. Just like a touchdown.
With Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve it would seem to be a bit easier. Make the pictures look lunar. I had one evening and one morning to shoot. I set my compositions to evoke that intent, knowing that I would be doing some tweaking (actually TWEAKING) in post. You can see a few here. When I decided to submit pictures for this Juried Exhibition, I chose 4, believing that they were unusual and that “Craters” was rarely photographed. I was pretty sure that if any was chosen it would be the one just above. Wrong! That is the second part of this story – what you like may not be what others like or at least like best. But I like the one just below too. Definitely a moment on the moon. Thanks Robert Hirsch.