Penn Cove – Short Study

Penn Cove, Whidbey Island

I was up in Whidbey Island for one brief evening, settling in and warming up for a 5 day master class with Sam Abell. Unfortunately, it was not to be. I was called home early the next morning to attend to a family medical emergency (all are well, albeit with a new pacemaker).

While I was there, I did this short study of views of Penn Cove taken from a walking path parallel to Front Street. The rain had stopped, but the clouds were still heavy. The gray clouds and wild roses set the tone. Working to bring together my ideas for simple landscapes, story telling, and true representations. As I think more and more about working with film (these were not, unfortunately, also captured on film), I think about telling it more like I see it and less like I can process it. It puts an added constraint to find the situation that will shine without dramatic processing. These are processed sparsely and exposed in low key to match the moody sky

Taken with Olympus OM-D E-M5 at 25mm (50mm EFL).

Penn Cove, Whidbey Island

Penn Cove, Whidbey Island

Penn Cove, Whidbey Island

Where is the Light?

Good Morning
Good Morning by I Nancy, on Flickr

Your at a location and your mind is running through its paces. You are asking yourself questions. What is the location telling you? What do you want to concentrate on? What lens should you chose? What camera settings are you going to choose? Where is the light? – Where IS the light?

Here I was shooting predawn at the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse area just above San Simeon. At some point I turn around and BAM!, there was the light. A beautiful light – skimming across the glass lands and lighting up the wildflowers like evening sparklers. I was shooting long and recorded the lines and colors and undulating fields as well as the muted foothills in the background.

1000 Foot Drop

1000 Foot Drop
1000 Foot Drop by I Nancy, on Flickr

Have you seen enough red? I should have taken a picture of all of the red sand in my shoes. We had a joke on our trek: “Oh goodie, more sand”.

Horseshoe Bend is just south of Page Arizona and the Glen Canyon Damn which forms Lake Powell. With a parking lot just off the highway, it is easy enough to get to. However, you do have a short 1/2 mile walk to the edge up and over a hill through, you guessed it, sand. The skys were somewhat overcast creating an evening of evenly diffuse light as the sun began to set over the distant ridge. The flat lighting actually made this a perfect opportunity for some black and white. I think the foam on the edges of the Colorado and the ledges jutting into the scene are what I like most about how this turned out.

This is my take on Horseshoe Bend. If you get to this corner of the Utah / Arizona border, you should get yours too.

Lupin Forest Carpet

Lupin Forest, originally uploaded by I Nancy.

This weekend a bunch of crazy photographers made an excursion to Figueroa Mountain to see the wildflowers. Our day was cool and mostly overcast, but by the afternoon the sun and the clouds were playing a game of dodge ball. Here the lupin carpets the floor of a small grove of pines. You can see some patches of California golden poppies on he hillside behind the grove. Due to the cool temperatures, all the poppies were closed up tight.