Grand Slam #3

Today I thought I would share one image from each of four photographers that I am friends with on Facebook.

At first view, this might seem like a nice winter image of a captive (and groomed) Bobcat. Not long ago, you could of bet on it. This shot is that of a wild Bobcat in Yellowstone N.P. The throngs of image makers that transcend the borders of Yellowstone these days, make Bobcat pictures not quite common, but close. They get more used to photographers with every passing year.

The great wildlife photographer Charles Glatzer made this during one of his workshops. One might say if he is great, and Bobcats are getting habituated to photographers, well then what’s the big deal. It is still not easy to get a clear, pretty picture of a wild feline, as it takes either fast reflexes, patience, or both. The story goes that this cat was in a distant tree and Glatzer made his workshop class wait as he fathomed the likely direction for the cat to depart. They waited and waited. He requested, just five more minutes. The results are to be seen.a17862310_1650435768318141_4594735739301740495_n

Some would suggest that the image above would be better if we the viewers were at eye level with the cat instead of looking down. Eye level pictures are indeed great but in my opinion not in this case. Every photographic rule has exceptions.

An eye to eye view here would surely have produced a series of only partially in focus trees in the background. White snow, dark trees, and so on. With this composition the entire area surrounding the Bobcat, is consistent. It speaks to the season which is winter, and does so without distracting our vision from the cat.

What a unique and exciting wildlife shot we have below! Lane Lefort captured this picture of Brown Pelicans bursting into flight from a Louisiana swamp. Awesome!b18424132_10213317045109063_2973657207776209354_n

Today’s equipment (and software) make images like this possible. A frame freezing capture in a Gulf of Mexico swamp. High ISO capabilities (shutter speed, depth of field), high megapixels (cropping), high resolution (detail, cropping), great software (sharpening), and a super photographer to “see” what the possibilities were and to bring it all together.

I love this b&w rendition of the Northern Cascades by Clement Stevens. This mountain range is ignored by most of today’s landscape artists.c18451595_10211262479504993_7657919781602156441_o

Snow capped peaks with a crisp but solemn foreground, is the perfect combination for a black and white image. Some added contrast helps to make this dramatic scene even more powerful.

I am often sad that back in the my film days (when I was at this location), I never went on a trip where I featured black and white. I can picture myself in my darkroom now, wondering how much contrast, is there any burning and dodging necessary? What zones (Ansell Adam’s system) will this image cover?

Kurt Budliger is a top notch professional landscape artist. His success is belied on social media as his dedication (and number of followers) is low. I admire him as he is a throw back to simpler times. You know, when your success and artistry wasn’t measured by how many people follow you on Twitter or Facebook.

He made this image in Iceland and his use of graduated filters and/or HDR image making, are superb.d18198635_1707065585976788_3585687933647095074_n

Tell me, wouldn’t you like to have been there with a camera when this image was created?

I much enjoy sharing and commenting on the work of other photographers. I know that you can all find great work to view on the internet without my help. Every once in a while I like to spare you the work, and hopefully, add some commentary that’s worth reading.

Thanks and visit us again,                                                                                                             Wayne

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