Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Photo Tip: Show Depth in the Landscape

In Fitz Roy last month, I placed my camera on this colorful lichen-covered rock and set my aperture to f/22. Aperture, also referred to as f-stop, controls how much of your scene will be in focus from near to far. This setting of f/22 allows nearly everything in the landscape to come into focus. Try setting your camera up this way in the Av mode (Canon) or A mode (Nikon) and shooting landscapes while having one prominent foreground element close to the camera.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Photo Class at 4 Market Square - Success!

Some feedback...

"Genuine, enthusiastic, casual, personal... LOVED IT!" ~ K-Kin
"Loved your enthusiasm and your hands-on approach when we were outside taking pictures!" ~ Cindy
"I really appreciate the way you share your extensive knowledge in a very understandable way!" ~ Claire.

Well, I suppose I'm batting a thousand on exclamation points so far. Thanks for a great class Beth, Susie, Carolyn, Cindy, K-Kin, Claire, Angie, Tammy, Denise, Katie, and Saimah.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

PATAGONIA - exploring Fitz Roy

Before the Photo Tour, we spent 15 days north of Chile's Torres del Paine across the border into Argentina. This park is know for its mountain range named Fitz Roy. The following is a fun collection of videos showing our adventurous time there. Sometimes it gets a bit windy and cold when you hike up high early in the morning. Worth it!

What goes on behind the camera of still photographer Paul Hassell?

Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina.

Here's some video from the journey. My fiance Nora, our friend Lance, and I trekked all over the town of El Chaltén and up and down the trails of Argentina's finest national park.

We met the right people and found all the right places to lead a 5-day extension tour to this crown-jewel national park following next year's Patagonia Photo Tour in Torres del Paine, Chile. Stay posted for that. But don't worry; we won't throw you out there in the high elevations before sunrise. Brrrrrrrr..

Camera: Canon 5D Mk II
Lenses: 16-35mm f/2.8 - 50mm f/1.4 - 70-200mm f/2.8
Backpack: Tilopa Backcountry by F-Stop Gear

music by Balmorhea