Posts Tagged Outdoor

Dave Koch Photo Wins Best of State

Just after returning from the Oregon Coast shoots last week, I was notified that the winners of Best of State had been announced, and my personal and landscape work won Best of State for Nature Photography. Just being nominated is incredible, but to win Best of State has my head spinning. The Best of State… Read More

Capitol Reef Barn Photo Dissection

The Capitol Reef Barn is a landmark and and icon of the Capitol Reef National Park. Practically everyone- photographer and tourist alike- stop to take it’s picture because the appeal of the image is so strong. And I am no different. When I first got to this area, I had to take the shot too-… Read More

Goblin Milky Way (or Racing the Dawn To Shoot The Milky Way)

My first trip to Goblin Valley was so much fun, and such a success for me, that my wife insisted I return the following weekend… with her. I’m good with that. There were some images I wanted to revisit, and some places I never got to I wanted to explore. So for the second week… Read More

How To Shoot Better, Higher Resolution Panoramas

I do love me some good pannos. Living as I do in the great American Southwest, everywhere I turn screams to be shot in panoramic style. And not just at 2:1 ratio (that is, twice as wide as it is tall, or 10×20, for example), bit at 10:1 or more. The views out here are… Read More

Turret Arch (or Patience You Must Have Young Padawan)

Arches National Park is a pretty popular park. The park is very interactive, too; it begs you to walk, to touch and to explore. Arches, after all, are made to be climbed on. You can’t climb over the Arches, of course; the rangers frown on that. But tourist can- and do- climb all over beneath… Read More

Sun Dog (or how to get sunbursts in your pictures)

The blue of the shadows in the valley combine with the red of the rocks or make a strange purple tint in the shadows. The sun pours gold onto the landscape. The sphinx-dog looks to the west. Every rock shape looks like something.

Quickie in Arches – Photo Dissection

This was one of my first times out with my new D810. I had it paired with a Tamron 24-70, which is an awesome little lens. Not very little or light though!

Ice Dancer – Photo Dissection

Katie and I went out for just a quick shoot. The snow was nice, but the sky was not all that impressive. We shot here and there, and then I noticed the icicles hanging down from the roof of the main building at the park we were at. There was a bench, which I jumped… Read More

Bryce Sunset – Photo Dissection

At the end of our Escalante trip, we skated through Bryce for the night. Cold, but beautiful! We were traveling on the edger of our seats, because we had blown a tire in Escalante, and we were traveling on a donut tire. No one had a replacement in our size in Escalante, or in Bryce…. Read More

Eyes of the Goblin

For me, part of the job is getting up at two am to be in place for dawn. Not that I LIKE getting up at 2. And in normal circumstances, it is pretty damn hard to get me up at two. But when I am going to an exotic and beautiful place, as I was… Read More