Five Minutes, Ten Stops
Lake Laberge, YT, 2012.
Apart from a difference in timing, these two images might have been identical. What separates them, in terms of their aesthetic, is a difference in five minutes, and ten f/stops. The second image was made just five minutes after the first frame, but with the addition of the Lee Big Stopper, a 10-stop ND filter that took my exposure from 1/5s to 30s, registering the blues differently, and blurring the sky and the water. I could make the colour balance on both images a little closer, but I’ve done very little to these images in Lightroom to keep the illustration as helpful as possible and avoid a discussion about post-processing. While one is not better per se, than the other, the mood is very different from one to the other, and so will be the experience of the person reading your photograph.
Lake of Circles, Post-processing.
Here’s one of my favourite images from the trip up to the arctic last month, and a quick walk-through on the post-processing. In Vision & Voice I explain what I call the vision-driven workflow, and there are 4 steps: Identify Intent, Minimize Distractions, Maximize Mood, and Direct the Eye. Identifying the intent here was simply [...]
N68 W133 – THE JOURNEY NORTH
Twilight, Yukon. Birch Impressions, Yukon. Aurora Borealis, Starry Night. Yukon. Setting sun on cloud and muskeg, NWT. Five Mile Lake, Yukon Last month I took an 8,000Km trip (plus a 15-hour ferry up B.C.’s incredible Inside Passage) up to Inuvik (68°21′42″N 133°43′50″W), past the arctic circle. It was an amazing journey in a country that [...]
New eBook – Great Light, Easy Light
If you want to learn about light, I can’t think of a better teacher than Kevin Clark. I’ve known Kevin for years; in fact, he used to shoot my promotional images while I was still working as a comedian. I’ve spent years as his friend, colleague, and sometimes-assistant, watching him light his shoots; so much [...]
N68 W133 – Heading Home
Snow and fall colours in the Northwest Territories I’m heading home now, after a long 12-hour day of driving that’s brought me a little closer to Vancouver, and a little further from the arctic where I’ve spent the last 3 weeks falling in love with the light and land. I’m now holed-up in a cheap [...]