Stevie Ray Vaughan statue: October 2015

From a calm and cool October morning, this image of electric blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan’s iconic memorial is captured around sunrise.

In the distance is the continuous construction that looms over the downtown skyline area (which in time) will completely change the scenery and view of downtown Austin from the shores of Lady Bird lake.

Hopefully soon I will be out at this location again, to get a newer and fresher perspective of this now iconic tourist location.

Thanks for looking.

To see a higher resolution of this photo, please feel free to click on this link http://www.swinneastudios.com/Landscapes/TexasCities-1/Austin-Texas/i-zRzQk8s/A

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Maroon Bells: September 2015

Maroon Bells is just one those locations that I have been patiently waiting to visit for quite a few years now.

Although heavily photographed to the max, I feel like a highly popular scene like Maroon Bells (or any location for that matter) can get a fresh new perspective from a new set of eyes.

However what I was not expecting, was the large crowd of visitors hiking and visiting Maroon lake on this morning.

This led me to having to change my composition to a more “telephoto” feel for the scene, for what is not in view (and to my right) is the large amount fishers and visitor’s taking in the view along the banks of Maroon lake.

It was well worth the wait. Thanks for looking!

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White Sands National Monument: New Mexico: September 2015

How’s it going everyone, it’s been awhile. I just recently got back after a week of exploring southerner New Mexico, Aspen area of Colorado, and Palo Duro Canyon State park near Amarillo Texas.

The first set of images come from White Sands National Monument in southern New Mexico.

I have to say throughout all my traveling/landscape photography over the last three years  (without a doubt in mind) that White Sands is the most beautiful landscape that I have been privileged to experience .

Every direction along this trail, there is a oasis of gorgeous landscape and dune formation views to be discovered.

All these photos I have to share with you, where taken from the Alkali Flat trail.

Before I made my journey on this jaw-dropping trail, I had been on two previous treks that ended in disappointment. And by disappointment,  I mean just heavy vegetated dunes that had been marked by previous visitors that had some intrigue potential.

In all honestly there is nothing at White Sands that doesn’t disappoint. You just need to make more of a effort to find those secluded photo opportunities.

My goal was to hopefully discover some unmarked dunes that had yet been trampled on by hikers footprints. About a half mile in, I found myself staring at this late afternoon shadow formation, without a single person in sight. I knew this was it, the great gem of a landscape image that I had been looking for all day.

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Late afternoon dune shadow formation: Alkali flat dune trail: White Sands National Monument.

Technical :13mm at f/8, Nikon D5200, 12-24 Nikkor lens, 3-stop variable ND filter, Manfrotto 055 Tripod.

Post: Single exposure: Raw file edit and saved as a TIFF in Capture NX-D. Imported to LR5 for final vision/processing.

Higher resolution image at http://www.swinneastudios.com/White-Sands-National-Monument/i-gdFtDqR

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Monochrome White Sands dune formation.

Technical :18mm at f/8, Nikon D5200, 12-24 Nikkor lens, 3-stop variable ND filter, Manfrotto 055 Tripod.

Post: Single exposure: Raw file edit and saved as a  Monochrome TIFF in Capture NX-D. Imported to LR5 where I selected the present Black and White 4. Edited that to my preference. Also a little vignette.

Higher resolution photo at http://www.swinneastudios.com/White-Sands-National-Monument/i-vCBdjxj/A

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Technical: 13mm at f/8,  Nikon D5200, 12-24 Nikkor lens, 3-stop ND filter, Manfrotto 055 tripod.

Post- Single exposure TIFF that was edited in Lightroom 5.7.

Higher resolution photo can be found at http://www.swinneastudios.com/White-Sands-National-Monument/i-3Rp66W6

Below are 3 before and after screenshots.

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This “Lone” Cypress tree is a pretty well recognized location at Pedernales Falls State Park, which is the main focal point for this photograph. Typically when I make a visit, I make sure this is one of the first subjects I scout out for photo opportunities.

Originally, my goal was to photograph fall colors, but soon realized that all my focus had shifted to the roaring Pedernales river.  Two days of heavy rains made previous sought out locations near impossible to reach.

For this view, I found the closest/safest ideal spot  to set up my tripod without putting myself into any imminent danger of the fast water currents shown in the foreground.

I used a telephoto lens to zoom in more closely on the two granite boulders in the middle of the river, without losing any water subjects in the process.

The Lone Cypress anchors the photo at the top, and also gives the fall color that I was looking for.

Thanks for looking- Will

Lone Cypress tree across the flooding Perdernales River.