Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Gumby and Glacier - dreams come true

Photograph © Bull Schmitt
One of my dreams came true this past April: I got to play Gumby (donning a survival suit aboard the Norther Song) during my weeklong Light Photographic Workshop in Alaska with Hal "Bull" Schmitt.

As a small child, I thought Gumby was "nifty," the word we used back in the early 1950s to describe something that today we call "awesome."

Photographing a glacier in Alaska was another dream that came true.

As you saw in previous posts, we photographed bald eagles, killer whales and humpback whales. Check out my five days of posts for lots of photo tips. One important tip that perhaps I did not mention: have fun, as I am doing in the photo that opens this post.

I also offered gear suggestions in past posts.

In today's posts, I'll share some of my favorite glacier photographs. All (except the third shot down) were taken with the Canon 5D Mark III and 24-105mm IS lens. I took that shot with the Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 15mm fisheye lens - which I am trading in for the Canon 8-15mm lens.






I created the black and white image above in Nik Silver Efex Pro. Read about all the plug-ins I use here.

Hal and I hope to see you in Alaska in 2013. Shoot me an email if you are interested in joining the fun - in Alaska or on any of my workshops.

Explore the light,
Rick

P.S. Below could have been one of my favorite glacier shots . . . but someone got in the way. Actually, I composed the photo that way . . . teasing my co-instructor.







4 comments:

Bull said...

I like that last shot. I see some real talent in the model.

Bull said...

I like that last shot. I see real talent in the model.

Al Marsh said...

Top one looks like an aerial view. You have a helicopter on that boat? Ship? Whatever?

Rick Sammon said...

Al... We were in a float plane. An awesome experience flying over the glacier.