Morning Serenade by MarkMetternich



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Nothing ground breaking, but sometimes I tire of seeing the extreme, over the top, hyper-spectacular imagery and desire for something more simple, subtle and even real. :)



After my workshop clients finished capturing the blazing morning mountain sunrise, we set our attention on the amazing light and foggy, atmospheric conditions for long lens work.

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“Awaking” (at 6 Mile Bend) by MarkMetternich

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Taken hand held, side by side a private workshop client at a unique SW gooseneck location about 500-600 feet down. 



Single Exposure

Sony A7R2

Canon 11-24@11mm

f/8

320 ISO

1/50th sec

Minimal Adjustments



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“Incoming” (at 6 Mile Bend) by MarkMetternich

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You are looking about 1500 feet (457.2 meters) down into a canyon and at an incoming mega monsoon electrical storm, about 3 miles (5 kilometers) away just before it slams into 6 Mile Bend. I hardly had time enough to pull off about 4 series of bracketed exposures before having to run for cover.

A friend of mine leads fishing tours down below and next years “Chasing Monsoon Light” Workshops may include an extra day touring the lower canyon below. 



Single Exposure

Sony A7R2

Canon 11-24@11mm

f/11

200 ISO

1/160th sec

Lightning Trigger

Minimal Adjustments



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The full story for those who may be interested:

After spending several weeks in this location scouting and shooting, looking for some special locations and dramatic conditions, I was half way down in the canyon (the canyon here is about 1200 -1500 ft) when I heard a very deep rumbling sound in the far distance. I paused for a moment to see if it would repeat. After it did, I checked the wind direction and then I knew another potentially violent thunderstorm could be on the way. The real question was if I could climb all the way out of the canyon in time to get back to my preferred composition and then to my rig so I could take much needed shelter. 30-40 minutes later, as I reached my rig, armageddon was just beginning to approach the area. My impulse was to dive into my rig (especially after being knocked down by lightning a week earlier on the North Rim) but the other part of me knew there may be an unusual photo opportunity to be had. With my gear on my back, I ran several hundred yards including some modest scrambling to this position and I was greeted with a scene that honestly intimidated me. This monster storm you see (at about 2 miles away – in this photo) was heading straight toward me and I knew it would be on top of me in a minute or two. With my lightning trigger on my cameras hot shoe mount, I set up in less than 45 seconds, shot off about a dozen images, including several lightning strikes, then I RAN back to my rig and dove into it as fury slammed the area.

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Kaboom! by MarkMetternich

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Some of the most massive breakers in the world can be seen on the Oregon Coast (USA) when the conditions are just right. This one (taken several days ago) was about 200 feet (61 meters) high. To see it in person is simply astonishing.
 I left the two people on the cliff, in the photo, for scale.


If you are interested in a Mega Pacific Coast Tour simply refer to my website. I lead photography workshops year around all over the world, as my full time living.



Thank you very much for looking!



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Pacific Tsunamic Fury by MarkMetternich

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Violent and extremely chaotic Tsunami-like storm surf pounds the Pacific Coastline on Oregon’s South coastline. An awesome welcome back for me.

The person wearing the yellow rain gear was left in for a sense of scale. He is standing at 100 feet high (over 30 meters). The image was taken just as surf was crashing over us from 100 feet below.

This is a single shot, with almost no processing aside from minor color corrections.

Thank you very much for looking and I hope you enjoy (or are scared by) the image. 🙂
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Elijah’s Cave by MarkMetternich

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Amazing what one can find if you spend enough time off the beaten path, exploring in the Great Southwest This was stunning to find in a cave.

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De Na Zin – New Moon by MarkMetternich

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After spending almost a week scouting, I finally settled on this as my favorite composition for the upcoming New Moon / stars. 



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The sky portion of this image was photographed with the A7S at a whopping 51,200 ISO. The land portion was shot with the Sony A7r2 at 3 minutes at 800 ISO. At 800 ISO or even 1600 ISO and 3 minutes (with the A7S or A7r2) you get a clean and quite printable foreground. I chose a white balance that I felt best represented the scene (neutral) and the color variation the camera was picking up. It took me less than a minute to blend in the land (using 2 layers in Photoshop) needing only to match the lands white balance and luminosity with the sky file. Of course radically different noise reduction protocol was used for the two files (a lot in the sky, very little in the land). So many photographers today shoot their night shots in a way that the prints turn our horrible for the land detail. I always work with careful exposure blending so that fine art enlargements can still be made.



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Watons Crescendo by MarkMetternich

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After finishing one of my Ultimate SW workshops in whom excellent professional photographer Kevin McNeal attended, Kevin and I decided to continue the chase for dramatic light. Sitting at McDonalds in Kanab Utah, a violent thunderstorm and torrential downpour struck hard. We quickly checked all our weather apps and Kevin turned to me and said, “It’s going to go over the North Rim dude!” Without hesitation, I said “Lets go!”

We made the North Rim quicker than may be legal, with lightning striking the whole way there. Thinking this was “it” we jumped out at the first turn out and started shooting like crazy. In just minutes we captured tens of lighting strikes (not even using the lightning trigger). After some time I started realizing that this was in fact, not “it” and the storm was actually building and getting more incredible with every passing minute. We both took off to another pullover and continued with the same amazing results.

Finally, after literally hours of shooting at various pull over locations, I decided to make a mad dash to Wotans Throne, my favorite location on the Grand Canyon. As I got there I could not believe what I was witnessing! Rainbows, Mammatus clouds, God rays, fog rolling into the canyon, lightning striking non stop about every 30 seconds, was all building into a monumental crescendo.


In an adrenalized panic I grabbed my Sony A7r, Canon 11-24 and tripod and ran to my favorite spot. Suddenly, before I knew what had happened, I was on the ground literally HIT BY AN INDIRECT BOLT OF LIGHTNING! It happened so fast I did not know what had happened. Although not injured, I was disoriented and terrified for a minute or two. I even got shocked. I ran under a tree and then said to myself, “Mark this is NOT safe at all!” So, I climbed down about 10 feet off the cliff and hid in a small cave / alcove for several minutes to get my head together.

Finally, I said to myself “can you really NOT shoot that?” So, I ran out and began the process of photographing again. Every time I would start hearing a loud ringing/buzzing in my ears, or the small tree next to me start buzzing loudly, I would run back into the alcove. I decided to ditch the tripod for safety and shoot hand held. I also popped the Lightening Trigger on and it began shooting constantly.

Kevin showed up directly above me and we laughed the yelled out in excitement as the sun began to set and the scene went ballistic. There were 4 Japanese girls taking photos with their “point and shoots” and every time the lightening would strike, we would all laugh and yell out in applause. I have been photographing Landscape full time for over 13 years now and this was definitely the most amazing shoot yet. 


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Edge of Earth by MarkMetternich

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This photo is dedicated to Jeff Swanson. An incredible, loving and generous photographer who passed away about a year ago of Melanoma. If you are interested in raising awareness or supporting the fight against Melanoma please check the links below.

This year, partially due to avoiding the unusually hot weather in the Pacific Northwest as well as too much forest fire smoke, I had the great privilege of spending about 2 straight months on the Pacific Coastline from the top of the Olympic Coastline down through the sublime Oregon Coast and the Northern California Coast.

Here on 2 separate attempts, I scrambled and climbed down a cliffy area about 500 feet to the beach and at the lowest tide got out on a sea-stack rock to get stranded all night. I played guitar and took 15 minute naps amid the violent waves all around me. One of the funnest times I have had taking a photo. 🙂

As always Alex Noriega has been my main go to guy for processing feedback, as well as who I refer people to when I am not able to teach Post Processing via Skype, because of my rigerous travel schedule.

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Tatahatso Dreaming by MarkMetternich

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Post Processing Video TutorialsAt over 3000 feet down (915 Meters) and many miles across, this is the largest goose-neck bend in the world (Grand Canyon). Words can not describe what it is like, seeing it in person. The best way is to park your vehicle near the edge and car-camp out in the remote with the canyon right out your vehicle or tent door opening. Also, truly awe inspiring is to watch (and photograph) the Milky Way coming up right over the the scene! 

FYI, I have 2 spots open on my upcoming “4 Bends in 4 Days” workshop. We will be photographing at least 4 very special, less seen southwest gooseneck bends and canyons with this one on the itinerary as well. If interested, email me for a Free PDF of the tour at: MarkMetternich@gmail.com

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GREAT LIGHT to you! And thank you for looking. 🙂

Chasing Monsoon Light in the Great Southwest Tour
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