Every photo outing I undertake – whether it be down the street to Sugarcreek MetroPark or all the way to Southern Utah – there’s one photograph that usually stands out from all the rest. That almost perfect image that best communicates artistic vision while achieving an optimal balance of light and subject.
The following landscape photograph is that “stand-out” from a very productive day trip to Hocking Hills State Park, on May 13th. I’ve titled it “The End of the Trail.” It was captured in mid-morning at the end of the lower trail through Conkle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve. No HDR here. Just a single exposure captured in raw file format. The only adjustments applied were curves and a slight toning down of highlights. At the particular moment of the shutter release there was a light falling into the gorge that provided a natural vignette within the frame, thus emphasizing the subject without completely losing detail to clipped shadows in the foreground. Camera used was a Canon 5D Mark II. Lens was my old standby for landscapes, a Canon 28-70mm f2.8 L. Bogen 3021 tripod and Kirk ballhead. Canon cable release. ISO setting was 400. I can effectively get away with such a high ISO for landscape photography due to the superb, full-size image sensor of the Canon 5D Mark II.
My most recent release via the Blurb.com bookstore – “Renewal,” featuring spring photography of landscapes in both Hocking Hills State Park of Ohio and Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Tennessee. This volume is available in both softcover and hardcover formats as an 8″x10″ coffee-table style book, perfect for office lobbies or home. In addition to presenting stunning nature and landscape photographs from these scenic areas of Appalachia the book also includes an introspective essay titled “Life’s Lessons Learned on the Trail to Ramsay Cascade.” This was an article I drafted shortly after my May excursion to The Smokies and provides some insight on how life experiences are often paralleled in the most simple journeys through the natural landscape. The price for the soft-cover version is $29.95, not including shipping.
I’m also pleased to announce the first issue of what I hope to become a regular series of self-published magazines, titled “The Poet’s Eye.” This 24-page, 8.5×11 publication includes a brief introduction about the work presented and select images representing a particular subject, location or photographic technique. This, the first issue, features my recent work with converting high dynamic range photographs to monochrome – black and white – fine art images. The cost per issue is $7.84.
If you’re a regular user of Facebook there is a group page for Jim Crotty Photography. I often post new images and information regarding published images, commercial photography assignments and my photography workshops to this interactive group page which also allows followers to post their information and comments. Check it out.
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