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Grad School

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Editor’s note: Gary Hart has been using Singh-Ray Galen Rowell graduated neutral density filters and Daryl Benson reverse graduated neutral density filters for many years and is an acknowledged expert in their use as an essential creative tool in landscape photography. While we typically don’t post articles by the same photographer in consecutive months (Gary’s last was on October 15), we felt this was such an important primer on working with these filters, that we wanted to make it available …

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Are you a photographer or a tourist?

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Editor’s note: Having recently experienced this dilemma on a trip with my daughter, I found this article by Gary to be especially meaningful. We hope you do, too. Warm Light, El Capitan Clearing Storm, Yosemite (2007) Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, 17 mm, 1/6 second, F/11, ISO 100, Singh-Ray neutral polarizer and Galen Rowell graduated neutral density filter. Years of leading photo workshops and reviewing the work of others has convinced me that to capture great images and maintain domestic bliss, …

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The grass is greener

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  “Under the Weather, Sierra Foothills, California,” Sony a7R, Sony/Zeiss 16-35, 1/8 second, F/11, ISO 100 “You’re so lucky to live so close to ”: Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, San Francisco, Muir Woods (and countless other coastal redwood sites), Point Reyes, the Napa Valley wine country, Mt. Shasta, Mono Lake. I hear it all the time. Okay, I’ll concede that—I’m lucky. But… Their implicit message is, “If only I lived closer to such-and-such, my photography would be so much better.” But …

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Using a polarizer effectively

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Editor’s note: This article by Singh-Ray shooter Gary Hart is especially relevant as we capture the brilliant Fall colors. A high-quality polarizer is always an essential filter, but especially so at this time of year, as it helps you eliminate unwanted reflections and achieve maximum color saturation. Autumn Reflection, North Lake, Eastern Sierra Canon 1Ds Mark III, 22mm, 1/5 second, F/16, ISO 200 Polarizer 101 Photographers who think a polarizer is only for darkening the sky miss opportunities to saturate …

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Photographing Lightning at the Grand Canyon

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If you are thinking of photographing lighting at the Grand Canyon – or anywhere else – this post by Gary Hart is a must-read. It was the bolt atop the ridge directly in front of me that finally got my attention. For over an hour I’d been photographing the eastward progress of a dazzling thunderstorm just north of what had been a safe vantage point. Mesmerized by the frequency and intensity of its activity, I’d failed to register the storm’s …