Sunday, December 14, 2008

Yosemite Sunset from Glacier Point

Two days ago I wanted to shoot the largest full moon of the year rising over the Yosemite high country. The weather looked iffy but I had nothing better to do, so I headed up to Glacier Point high on the west rim of Yosemite valley and set up next to several like minded Canikon shooters... The moon never showed but some nice light from sunset peeked through before we were forced to leave by a ranger as they were closing the road for the season and had to be sure none of us were locked in (the ranger was a really nice guy - gave us about 30 extra minutes while we all waited, hoping the moon would peek through the clouds)...

All shot with the K20D, RAW, with the Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 and processed to various extents in Lightroom.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Gear Post: Lowepro Fastpack 350

A few months ago I got a Lowepro Fastpack 350 to lug around my camera gear and laptop. I must say I'm very happy with this pack. I carries a ton of gear quite well, fits under airline seats, and fits my big lenses with the camera body attached. Here's a couple photos showing basic usage...

as you can see, the lower portion of the pace is quite roomy. Right now (today, not when the pictures above were taken) the top lens divider contains my Sigma 50-500mm (BIGMA!) (as it does in the picture above, the bottom contains my new Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8, and the middle area is holding a PENTAX DA 10-17mm Fish-Eye, and a Sigma 24-60mm f/2.8 EX DG. Two of those are pretty big lenses, and even those will fit in place with the camera attached.

Some folks have complained at the lack of a dedicated tripod mount, but I've found several different means for attaching a pod, the most simple being cinching it under the flap where my jacket is clipped in the second pic. The other major complaint I've heard, and somewhat agree with is that Lowepro didn't include their great built-in rain cover which many of their packs have. I've solved this with a $20 super-light backpack rain cover.

Overall I'd highly recommend this pack or the smaller version for anyone who needs to carry a bunch of camera gear around while still leaving room for a sweater, water, lunch and a bunch of accessories.

one more from the last yosemite trip...

el cap...

Sunday, October 26, 2008

More from Yosemite...

Had a fun day in Yosemite with the family yesterday... The colors are great this time of year. Here's a couple shots from El Cap. Meadow.

click the photo for a bigger version...

Yosemite Hydrologic Feature says, "No on 8"...

The Bridal Veil is rainbow, it must be supporting gay marriage...

Bridal Veil Falls (in Yosemite) yesterday... I've never before seen an entire waterfall become a rainbow. Too Cool!

Shot from "the overlook" with the bigma, RAW, curves/levels adjusted in lightroom, no saturation added...

click the shot to open a larger version...




Sunday, October 5, 2008

Fall in the Cascade Range...

I've been working all over central and northern Oregon lately and driving all around the Cascades. I've been seeing a myriad opportunities for photography, but lacked the time to go a-wandering in the woods. One spot in particular along Hwy 26 looked almost like it was on fire with the turning leaves in the undergrowth... Yesterday, I had a chance to stop and test the weather sealing on my camera...

fire on the mountain - wildlandphotos fine art nature photography

wall to wall bokeh - wildlandphotos fine art nature photography

deciduous vs. conifer - wildlandphotos fine art nature photography

lens through bokeh I - wildlandphotos fine art nature photography

lens through bokeh II - wildlandphotos fine art nature photography

Monday, September 8, 2008

big birds in the foothills

got some cool bird pics yesterday with the bigma out in what I'll be calling, "the middle of nowhere" (it's a secret)... to see the bird gallery, click here.

first a turkey vulture...

Turkey Vulture in Flight - wildlandphotos fine art nature photography=Turkey Vulture in Flight - wildlandphotos fine art nature photography

Then a hawk. I believe this is a red shouldered hawk, but I'm not sure... is there an ornithologist in the crowd? (edit: indeed an ornithologist (well at least a very knowledgeable individual, I don't know if she has a degree in birds) has spoken up to tell me that this is a Red-Tailed Hawk - Thanks Traci. see her comment here.)

Red Shouldered Hawk in Flight - wildlandphotos fine art nature photography

Red Shouldered Hawk in Flight - wildlandphotos fine art nature photography

Red Shouldered Hawk in Flight - wildlandphotos fine art nature photography

Red Shouldered Hawk in Flight - wildlandphotos fine art nature photography

Monday, September 1, 2008


You may have guessed from the domain name here, but I spend my summer chasing wildland fires. Once in a while I even get a chance to shoot 'em... Here's a couple from the Deep Draw fire this summer in Montana. There wasn't much work for the light helicopter I was flying there, so I got to hang out with my camera, and watch the show.

Looking for new ideas?

Adorama is running their third 100 Photography Tips in 100 Days series of articles. Looking through their older series articles I picked out a few highlights...I don't know what they have in store in this series, but if you're looking to change up your photography, you might get some worthwhile hints from the current or past series. Check it out.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Tenaya Creek

I almost fell into the creek getting this shot. In order to use a long exposure to show the motion of the water I had to steady the camera and since there was no way to use a tripod for this, I leaned on a tree trunk that was leaning out over the creek, this worked fine and got me a great angle for the shot, but I noticed as I composed the shot, that I was slowly sliding around the tree, and snapped the shot just in time to recover before I fell into the icy snow melt.

Tenaya Creek - wildlandphotos - Fine Art Photography Prints

Sunday, August 24, 2008

California Gold...

One thing I plan to do here is to tell the stories behind the photos. For instance, my wife gets most of the credit for this shot, as it was she who spotted this scene beside the road... The setting sun was illuminating these flower filled fields, and she cried out something like, "Oh, you should stop and shoot that." It worked out well...
California Gold - Fine Art Photography by Josh Emmons

Saturday, August 23, 2008


One of my shots i'm currently enamored with is titled "precarious", and I think you'll see why...

I shot this at sunset while hiking in the Dinosaur National Monument east of Vernal, UT. I had walked out on this peninsula of rock in order to shoot the side of the cliff, but my gaze was drawn downward, and the fisheye lens made for a unique and dizzying perspective... pretty cool IMHO.

The hacking is slowing down...

I think I'm finally zeroing in on the looks and functionality I'm after on my gallery. Although there'll probably never be a true "final form", I think I can welcome you to my fully armed and operational photo gallery -

After creating a gallery site from scratch (with what must have been some of the ugliest code on the face of the planet), I was hitting a wall trying to integrate some sort of purchasing system to sell prints. Enter smugmug... Their site is set up to display photos, and has a built-in ordering system...Very nice. At $150 a year for a pro account, and esentially unlimited storage and bandwidth, it's a great deal. Hosting alone might have cost me more had I continued to go it alone.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Welcome / under construction

Hey, this doesn't really exist yet, but go here to see my pictures.