Tom and Cree celebrate the great images being created by our community of photographers each month by selecting a Photograph of the Month. For April we selected an image created by Brian Kennedy on our Utah Landscapes Workshop. We hope you enjoy Brian’s images as much as we do!
Congratulations to April 2021 ‘s featured photographer – Brian Kennedy
The Story …
We were at Sunset Point and Tom was ahead of everyone. Tom pointed out how the light was hitting different formations.
The sun was peaking in and out of the clouds. A shaft of light came through and hit the formation we were looking at.
I was shooting at f11 because I knew that was a good setting for my lens. I used focus peaking to focus. I was looking at the image in the viewfinder and the histogram was perfect. The entire image was red because of focus peaking.
To edit the image I just set the white point and the black point and it looked great.
EXIF Data: Canon mirrorless R5 with a 100-400mm lens
Aperture Priority mode f11, 1/80 sec, ISO 160 with focus peaking
About Bryce and Capitol Reef
Bryce Canyon was on my bucket list. I’ve seen pictures of it. I love sunsets and sunrises. With the red rock, how can you not want to photograph there?
In Capitol Reef, I was learning new features of the new mirrorless Canon R5. I was practicing focus peaking. I love focus peaking. After that section of the trip, I was a focus peaking fool.
Like the histogram, focus peaking is a tool. I have been dissapointed in the past when I get home from a landscape shoot and parts of the image were out of focus. With focus peaking I know what will be in focus and what will not.
Michael Iles and I approached the barn at Capitol Reef and we noticed there was no lock on the gate. We walked into the pen and got a better angle and were able to get a bit closer to the barn. I used the 24-70 (lens) with the R5.
Brian’s tips for shooting landscapes:
Tip #1: Get to the spots early.
Tip #2: Know your equipment. I did better in Bryce then in Capitol Reef because I understood my equipment better.
On Brian’s Horizon
Death Valley National Park
Acadia National Park – 4th trip there
Bucket List: Costa Rica, Alaska Brown Bears, Yellowstone in Winter, Canadian Rockies
Tom and Cree are headed to Yellowstone National Park next for two May wildlife workshops. For a full listing of upcoming workshops, including our new trip to France: Click Here