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Which books inspire you?

January 27, 2015

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In a recent blog post Jay Goodrich gave some great advise what to do if you think that your photography sucks – we all go through that at some point (you can find his excellent post here). One of his suggestions was to study photography books – something I love to do. Not just the “how-to” technical books, but the beautiful coffee table books, study the images, get inspired by them.

I would love to hear from you which books you turn to for inspiration.  To start of, here are some that I own and turn to frequently:

Light on the Land – Art Wolfe

Earth is my Witness – Art Wolfe

The living wild – Art Wolfe

Mountain light – Galen Rowell

Working the light – Joe Cornish, Charlie Waite, David Ward

The unguarded moment – Steve McCurry

Light, Gesture, Color – Jay Maisel

Exposures – Guy Tal

There are many more I am hoping to get and it would be wonderful to get a great list together. I am looking forward to find out which books inspire you!

2015 Calendars

December 16, 2014

I have decided to offer a variety of calendars for the coming year 2015.

One features images of adorable  Alaskan brown bear cubs I photographed this summer at Lake Clark National Park.

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It is available for purchase at Lulu by following this link.

The other  features images from the beautiful Dolomite mountains in Italy and is also available through Lulu through this link.

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Last, but not least, I am offering a large format calendar featuring my favorite images from the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone NP. Available at Redbubble through this link.

Mammoth hot springs, Yellowstone

I hope one of these might tempt you to enjoy throughout the next year.

Two days at Tre Cime

September 17, 2014

A year ago I went on a two day trip to the famous peaks of Tre Cime in the Dolomite mountains, Italy. My mom (who lives in Germany) joined me on this trip. We met up in Munich and drove south to Italy. The plan was to spend the first night at the Rifugio Auronzo, have an early sunrise shoot, then hike to the Rifugio Locatelli for a sunset shoot, spend the night there and then hike back after some more sunrise photography. It was a beautiful day in Munich, but the closer we got to Tre Cime the more clouds moved in and finally a light rain started. By the time we had dinner at the Rifugio it was absolutely pouring rain. I already envisioned us doing the hike in the rain – not exactly what I had planned. In the middle of the night I woke up to thunder and lighting combined with storm force winds that had the shutters slamming against our window all night long. I had set my alarm clock to an early wake-up call for a sunrise shoot, but I soon realized that this probably was not going to happen. The rain had changed into a full blown snow storm.  Once it cleared it had turned the beautiful mountain landscape into a winter wonderland. But an extremely windy and cold one.

(click on images for a larger version)

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We waited until late morning for the wind to settle down somewhat and then started our hike to the Rifugio Locatelli  along snow covered trails. It could not have been more beautiful – cold, but beautiful.

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(the Rifugio Locatelli is situated in a stunning location)

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I spent the late afternoon scouting the area for a good location for some sunset photography.

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I soon realized I would like to be in several locations at the same time, but finally settled on this one for some gorgeous sunset color.

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I then headed back down the trail to catch the last light on the mountains surrounding the Lagi dei Piani

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and fortunately still had enough light to catch a reflection in this small pool of melted snow before it froze over for the night.

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The next morning greeted us with a thick layer of clouds. No sunrise, but the light was quite nice over the Lagi dei Piani.

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We headed back to the Rifugio Auronzo through the melting snow, elated about this wonderful surprise Mother Nature had delivered to us.

For more images from my trip to the Dolomites I invite you to head over to my website.

Spring cubs of Lake Clark

September 11, 2014

Is there anything more adorable than spring cubs playing? These two were putting on quite the show! Mom was in the grass nearby keeping a watchful eye.   We were on our way back to the lodge on my last evening in Lake Clark National Park when we ran into these cuties. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

For more images from Lake Clark NP you can follow this link.

 

 

Bath time in Lake Clark NP

August 30, 2014

It’s a beautiful warm summer day in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. So what should a bear do? Take a nice refreshing bath, of course! Aaah, bliss!!!

 

 

 

 

 

For more images from Lake Clark National Park in Alaska please follow this link.

Happy Birthday National Park Service

August 25, 2014

August 25th is Founder’s Day and the National Park Service is celebrating its 98th birthday with free admission to all National Parks on that day. To find out more about the National Park Service or to find a park near you can follow this link

Here is a picture taken in my favorite National Park which also happens to be the first one – Yellowstone.

 

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You can find more of my Yellowstone images here.

 

 

Pictures of my Myanmar exhibit

January 14, 2014
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My Myanmar exhibit at the Great Ponds Gallery in Lakeville, MA, is sadly coming to an end on January 21st.  For those of you who were unable to visit it, here is a short slide show of the images that were on display.

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To view all of my Myanmar images (or to purchase a print), I invite you to visit my website http://www.beatedalbecphotography.com