Posts Tagged ‘utah’

Alice in Goblinland

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

With all the news about the dumbasses who tipped over one of the hoodoos in Goblin Valley, Utah. I figured I better go check the place out. The way things are going these days, before you know, it will be off limits to everyone. I recently purchased a Protomachines flash light. I’ve been using it on my abandoned equipment photos but it’s very subtle. Being inspired by Lost America‘s Troy Paiva, I needed to use its full psychedelic abilities, and Goblin Valley is perfect for that in more than one way.

The Protomachines light is very well made and can omit any color you want with its RGB  LEDs. They have two models. The one I have has power up to 1000 lumen, which comes in very handy when trying to focus in the dark. My only real complaint about it is that it would be nice if you could control the beam. I could write a blog about the Protomachines; maybe I’ll do that soon.

The photos below are done in camera; the colors are added during the exposure. Photoshop was only used to do standard clean-up from RAW images. I didn’t “cook” the images to get the saturation.

 

goblin valley hoodoos

This is what the hoodoos look like under the full moon at  145.0 sec at f/5.6. ISO 200. When painting with light it’s always nice to take a photo beforehand to see what shadows need to be filled in. It’s also good for getting your photo composition right and any unwanted elements out of the shot.

 

goblin valley hoodoos

The technical info for this photo is 163.0 sec at f/5.6. ISO 200. In this image I used three different colors.  I like to experiment to see what color blends the best for a more natural feel.

 

Goblin Valley goblins

Grace Slick would be proud of this alien landscape after eating some kind of mushroom…

 

goblin valley hoodoos in purple

Alice liking the purple and green landscape of the underworld.

 

Goblin Valley orange hoodoo's

They say psychedelic drugs can alter cognition and perception. Who needs them when you can add fire orange from your light? In this photo there is no rabbit, but I see a dog’s head and a lady with a poncho. Maybe the lady is the Virgin Mary, and now religious zealots can erect a shrine to her.

 

goblin Valley dog

It took me a little over 5 hours to get my 4 images. You may ask: Why so long? It takes time scouting the location to find the shot.It took numerous tries to get the light balance and blended right (as you can see above, too hot on the purple). You forget to turn off your headlamp during the exposure, but amateurs find that cool. Oh, I almost forgot about my hallucination; there’s that ghost dog again.

 

Prison Sex gap

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Through the years I have shot many gaps. Each year they’re getting harder and harder to find. I’m constantly searching year-round for places to shoot. I drive the backroads, hike and just go out and explore. A lot of things have to come together for a jump, such as a good in-run, landing and does the place get enough snow.  Here are some photos of  the gap we did a month ago.

Early morning light.

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

The night before this shoot, Caroline Gleich and I decided that we wanted to get some Stand Up Paddle shots on the Great Salt Lake. The next morning I woke at 5:20am and looked at the skies. The skies didn’t look too promising, but we decided to go for it anyways.  We arrived at the lake at 6:00am, and here are the results.

This photo was taken 15 minutes after the sunrise. The sky was very moody and gave us great contrast. Notice the mountains in the background aren’t lit.

 

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Composition is always hard when you are working with an animal, but Stoli hit the spot on this one. Throwing rocks for him to chase helps :)

The morning light giving Caroline’s face a nice warm tone.

The Great Salt Lake is Utah’s unloved ocean. On this early spring morning it smelled great and there were no brine flies. I’ve been in Utah for 20 years and finally got to appreciate its beauty.