A Long Absence

April 21, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

NEWS

I will be exhibiting a gallery show of images created in Red Rock Canyon State Park outside of Hinton, Oklahoma at their Visitor Center, May 24 - June 26, 2013. There will be a meet and greet the evening of Friday May 24 beginning at 6.30 pm. All are welcome to attend and I hope to see you there.

I will be speaking at the Hinton Kiwanis luncheon on May 22, 2013 at 12 noon.

Throughout the month of June, I am offering 30% off on prints, matted or not. This sale does not include Framed Prints. Just use the coupon code HOLO1 at checkout.

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I am coming up on 8 months since my last post. This has been due to personal obligations that I had no control over. However, I have been busy setting up the above show and preparing some future projects, so I am back in the saddle so to speak.

I recently spent 4 days in Texas at Caprock Canyons State Park. It had been so long (October 2012) since I had created any new work that it felt like I was a rookie starting all over. However, I managed to get into the swing of things and as a result, I have a few new images to showcase.

The weather was very uncooperative with only blue skies and no clouds to add dynamics to scenic landscapes, so I spent quite a bit of time on my knees doing closeup and detail work. This being my seventh trip to this location, it was easy to find interesting elements to work with each day. So without further ado, here are a couple of images from the trip.

The Ridge

This image is of a very large fin that loomed several hundred feet above my location. In the foreground is a 4 foot wide mound of sandstone that has eroded to a small peak. The image was taken in late afternoon with the foreground in shadow. In Lightroom, I added a bit of fill light to the foreground, adjusted the white balance and tint to create a slightly cooler look. Contrast and clarity were increased just enough to make the image pop. Taken with a Nikon D200 and Nikkor 12-24/4G @ 22mm, ISO 100, and f14 @ 1/50th second. A Lee 0.9 ND Soft grad was used to hold back the top 1/3 of the image.

Gypsum Veins In Sandstone

This image is of sandstone and gypsum veins on a wall down inside the stream bed of the South Prong of the Little Red River which is the channel responsible for the cutting of these canyons. These gypsum veins run all throughout the lower sections of the Permian formations. The image was taken near mid-day in deep shadow. In Lightroom, I adjusted the white balance to create a warmer look, increased the contrast and clarity, then slightly cropped the image to remove some unwanted elements. Taken with a Nikon D200 and Nikkor 12-24/4G @ 22mm, ISO 100, and f16 @ 1/15th second. Normally I would have shot this at f8 but was not paying attention. Nonetheless, the image shows very little diffraction effects.

Erosion II

I took this image years ago when I was still shooting film. On this trip, I was looking to create something new at this particular location within the park. Much to my surprise, I could not locate this scene despite my memory of the exact spot. Erosion has indeed taken it's toll and this 'hole' is no longer there. Geology in action! Taken with a Nikon F5 and Tamron 24/2.5 on Fuji Velvia 50.

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I would like to thank Paula and Mikala for sharing in this recent adventure. Your companionship made the trip much more enjoyable. We will have to do it again sometime. Love you both.

I would also like to thank the park staff for making our stay possible during a very busy week.

That's it for now - TGW


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