Book – Landscapes

Landscapes by Karan Kauchhur - 8x11

Landscapes by Karan Kauchhur – 8×11

BookLandscapes in Lightroom 5: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide
Author: Michael Frye

Landscapes in lightroom 5

Overview
Lightroom 5 is the latest offering from Adobe. Its not your typical graphics software but is mainly built as a digital darkroom for processing your digital photographs. If you are new to the software or upgrading or just new in photography and want to learn how to process your images, this book is for you. It will definetly help if you have some background in processing. This book covers the essentials for processing your landscape photographs using Lightroom 5.

Content
Its in depth and covers a lot of aspects of Lightroom 5. The book talks about the process, the various tools at your disposal to work your images and also explains how you can best use them to your advantage. It also covers a lot of examples explaining the tools indepth.

Readability
The book is very finely written, no ambiguity, no confusion and stays true the name by providing information step by step and keeping everything simple.

Usability
Michael explains the steps and tools using his own images, and are all real examples. I tried these steps on my own images and found them to be exact. I blindly followed the steps and the end result from my raw file was exactly perfect.

Conclusion
This book is fantastic! Michael Frye is a seasoned and an accomplished landscape photographer, and this book reflects that. If you want to up your game or re-look at your own workflow and you feel something is missing, you can fill in the blanks with this book.

You can CLICK HERE to  buy this ebook from www.ianplant.com. Use the discount code CATSAWAY1, it expires on September 21st, so get your copy now.

Book: Forever Light – Landscape Photographer’s Guide to Iceland.
Authors: Sarah Marino and Ron Coscorrossa

Forever Light - Landscape Photographer's Guide to Iceland.

Overview
A lot of people like to travel and a lot of people like to take beautiful photographs when they travel. People search information on the internet, they go to several websites and sometimes they get what they are looking for but not always. “Forever Light” is a very interesting eBook on photographing the beautiful and scenic Iceland and gives you everything you need to know from locations and how to get there, tips on gear, season information, right down to GPS location. Both the authors Sarah Marino and Ron Coscorrossa have done a great job pinning down each and every detail that you would require to make your own trip a success. Important to note is that this is not a tourism book but a guide to photograph beautiful Iceland landscape.

Content
The contents of this book is very extensive and covers almost all aspects for photographing Iceland. It not only mentions the finer details like the Sunset and the Sunrise timing, day light and locations, it also provides information on how you can get to those places, what kind of gear they used, how you can take care of your own gear and most importantly tips to avoid hazards and stay safe.

Readability
The book is very well written. There is no confusing text, there is no guess work. Information is precise and to the point. It allows the reader to absorb a lot of information in an organized manner while keeping them interested to read further.

Usability
This book is flooded with information, and each and every tip, information, suggestion makes sense and is precise. The information is relevant and correct because its not based on guess work. Both the authors have spent a lot of time photographing Iceland and all the information is from what they documented when they were making the trip. They even have information on the USD$$ they spent.

Conclusion
You might now wonder if its worth buying this book. My take on this is definitely YES. The only reason I say that, is because the book contains information from the authors own experiences. It is a first hand take. It is like sitting in a class and getting one on one attention. However, is this book for everybody? May be not for an average traveler, or a regular tourist. If you have some experience traveling far and wide and you are really interested in creating those amazing photographs of Iceland, this book is for you. Like the name suggests its a Landscape Photographer’s Guide to photographing Iceland.

If you want to buy this book then  use the discount code CATSAWAY1. The discount code expires on September 21st, so get your copy now.  Click “Forever Light” to buy this book right away.

After a fun time photographing in the Flume Gorge, we went to The Basin. There is no actual trail but  a paved path to this natural fall. Thousands of years of rushing water has eroded the rock into a smooth, circular cave-like formation. We spent a good 1 hour over here.

The Basin

The image above is the first stop. They have a wooden rail around this area so it becomes a bit difficult to get a composition here. The there is a small stairs which goes up to a small fall.
The Basin
The Basin

Right after this fall you walk across a small wooden bridge to the main spot.

The Basin
The Basin

Things don’t always go as per plan. Mine didn’t go well either. A friend and I planned for some night photography, mainly for the milky-way and the star trails in the White Mountains Area. We planned it 3 weeks in advance and when the day came to head out we had intense overcast and chance of rain. That was the situation for the entire weekend. Our plan was to be out all night shooting and sleep all day, but we ended up shooting all day and sleeping all night.

However, fortunately for us the White Mountains State Park is a very beautiful state park, with 100s of trails and plenty of waterfalls and lakes. If you want to shoot waterfalls during the day then overcast is a good thing. With an overcast the light is soft, there is less contrast, and you can afford to keep a long exposure and the light is even. So that’s a good tip for you if you are out shooting during the day. If you use a higher stop ND Filter then that helps a lot as well. If you can manage to keep the exposure long enough using these tips then depending on what you are shooting ( lake, waterfalls etc) you can convert it into an interesting B&W image as well via post processing. I did not shoot for B&W though because I really liked the lush green colors.

So on day 1 we decided to explore the Franconia Notch SP. First off we went to the Flume Gorge, Its a 2 mile loop from the visitor center. The trail is not that tough, most of it boarded with planks and then along the falls they have built a boardwalk for you to enjoy the natural gorge and be safe at the same time. You start from the bottom of the trail and walk your way up and then you are back.

Covered Bridge HDR

Okay so I made one B&W, but wasn’t intended. I was processing the images and decided to convert it and see what it looks like, and eventually decided to stick with it. So this covered bridge is where the trail starts. On the right you can see the wooden railing which pretty much runs along the waterfall.

Flume Gorge

Flume Gorge - Avalanche Falls

A quarter mile up you reach the Avalanche Falls, This was a little difficult to shoot because i was directly in front of the fall, and the mist was coming right at my lens, i used my hat and the lens cap to protect it and after i balanced my tripod and guessed the settings that would be right  I removed the cap and took a shot immediately.  Tried it 2-3 times to get it right.
Flume Gorge - Avalanche

The image above is of the Avalanche falls again but from the top. There was a small viewing area from where you could extend your camera out. Eventually the inevitable happened and it started to rain. lucky for us, we came across another covered bridge as you can see in the image below.

Covered Bridge
Flume Gorge

The image above was shot from the bridge while we were waiting for the rain to stop. The view was gorgeous and ahead of the bridge (right side in the image) there was a viewing are area from where I took the image of the Bridge itself.

View from Flume Gorge
Ferns

And then you come back to the starting point which is also the visiting center.  We were almost about to leave when my friend pointed out the incoming fog and the hills. Tired as we were decided to go have a look anyways, and i’m glad we did. The 2 images above got created.