The weather wasn't perfect. The humidity was high. But, it was a night with a new moon and I needed to get out and shoot. I was in Myrtle Beach, SC for work - something that I do often. I looked over the moon phase calendar, checked the cloud cover and around midnight I headed out in hopes of catching at least some part of the sky. The light pollution from the city behind me didn't make this capture any easier.
This panoramic is made up of 12 photos, resulting in a 169.7 megapixel final shot. Tres Ojos, or Three Eyes park is one of the top tourist attractions in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
It is said that the caves were created hundreds of years ago when underground caves collapsed and the bottom of these caves filled with water from an underground river. You can see here the stalagmites hanging from the ceiling, the vegetation and the blue/green water of one of the lakes below.
Note that there is no easy way in/out of these areas for the physically challenged. As you will see at the top right of this photo is the entrance to the cave via a long and uneven staircase leading down to the water. There are many other staircases to climb up and down if you want to visit all of the lakes.
I've always wanted to see this iconic landmark in person and I can now say I have! It is by far the most photographed place around Page, Arizona, but I didn't care, I had to do it myself (well, with my friend and fellow photog, Rene).
To get to this spot, you must walk (or hike if you want to call it that since it is dirt and rocks after all) approximately 3/4 of a mile from the parking area. If you go for the sunset, remember to time your arrival so you could get there with plenty of time to find a spot on the rim and setup your gear. The rim drops down 1,000' to the shore of the Colorado River below and there are a handful of deaths yearly from careless behavior.
This was actually put together from two shots, one up to get more sky and one down to see the shoreline below, making a 52 megapixel final image which is up on my site. If you look closely, you will see an orange ball at about the 6:30 position... I am adding a zoomed in screen grab of this to give you an idea of the detail captured... Think I am printing this one for my wall!
On the final day of my work trip to Amman, Jordan, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to visit The Dead Sea - AKA, the lowest point on Earth. When I arrived, the water was perfectly calm. There was no wind and the clouds were floating perfectly above. I watched a while at the people floating in the water as if they were sitting in some sort of floatation device, yet nothing was under them. Although I was content enough for being there without getting in the water myself, it was time to test out this mystery of buoyancy!
I walked into the rocky shoreline slowly and carefully. The water felt just like any other water at this point and as I progressed further away from the small beach, I decided to let myself go and simply laid back into the water. I could have held a book and read it because I was absolutely floating with zero effort. It truly is an amazing feeling!
As I floated around a while I could not help but think about how I was literally at the epicenter of much of the world's religious beliefs. I also thought about how all of the nearby countries (and their people) were not getting along because of these same beliefs. It is just 6 miles or so from where I took this photo to the other shore - yes, that is Israel across the way. I hope the future brings peace to everyone in this area.
FROM WIKIPEDIA: The Dead Sea (Hebrew: יָם הַמֶּלַח, Yam ha-Melah, "Sea of Salt", also Hebrew: יָם הַמָּוֶת, Yam ha-Mavet, "The Sea of Death", and Arabic: البحر الميت About this sound Al-Bahr al-Mayyit (help·info)), also called the Salt Sea, is a salt lake bordered by Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west. Its surface and shores are 429 metres (1,407 ft) below sea level, Earth's lowest elevation on land. The Dead Sea is 304 m (997 ft) deep, the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. With 34.2% salinity (in 2011), it is 9.6 times as salty as the ocean, and one of the world's saltiest bodies of water. This salinity makes for a harsh environment in which plants and animals cannot flourish, hence its name. The Dead Sea is 50 kilometres (31 mi) long and 15 kilometres (9 mi) wide at its widest point. It lies in the Jordan Rift Valley and its main tributary is the Jordan River.
The Dead Sea has attracted visitors from around the Mediterranean basin for thousands of years. In the Bible, it is a place of refuge for King David. It was one of the world's first health resorts (for Herod the Great), and it has been the supplier of a wide variety of products, from asphalt for Egyptian mummification to potash for fertilizers. People also use the salt and the minerals from the Dead Sea to create cosmetics and herbal sachets.
The Dead Sea water has a density of 1.24 kg/litre, which makes swimming similar to floating.
One of the structures remaining in the ghost town is this old house. I was surprised to find this old destroyed chair sitting there calling for my attention. I stood squarely in the doorway to the small home, setup my tripod and fired away to capture the essence of the mood.
Do I really need to explain what is going on here? It's heavenly. It's simply beautiful. It's awesome! This is one are of the famous slot canyons near Page, Arizona.
This image is copyrighted and was created for commercial use under Special Use Permit No 1940 issued by The Navajo Nation.
The interior of this old and abandoned Union Pacific wooden caboose #3003 in a ghost town was just calling for attention from my lens! Here is an excerpt I was able to find a little information about this old caboose: "One example of a preserved wooden UP caboose is the ex LA&SL blind-end car at Rhyolite, Nevada. Many interested observers noted the car on photos of this old Nevada mining ghost town. An article was even completed about the car in Info, UP's employee magazine. Many people remember it, but recent visitors to the town have noted that it is no longer there. The mystery of the missing caboose was solved during a recent television program about Death Valley, California, which clearly showed that the car has now been moved to that town for continued preservation." SOURCE: http://utahrails.net/caboose/caboose-wood-retire.php
The Eureka Dunes lie in the remote Eureka Valley, an enclosed basin at 3000 foot elevation located northwest of Death Valley. The dunes cover an area only 3 miles long and 1 mile wide, yet they are the tallest sand dunes in California, possibly the tallest in all of North America. They rise suddenly more than 680 feet above the dry lakebed at their western base. As tall as these dunes are, they are dwarfed by the impressive limestone wall of the Last Chance Mountains which rises another 4000 feet above the valley floor. SOURCE: National Park Service
Danny's photographic and artistic talents are shared with fellow photographers and friends on flickr and Facebook as he travels throughout the world. Creating photo art since 2008, he has quickly developed his specialty in high dynamic range (HDR) photography.
To further his photographic skills and education, Danny attended one of the only HDR workshops in the US taught by the master of high dynamic range photography himself, Mr. Trey Ratcliff.
Applying skills and insight learned at this seminar, Danny was inspired to re-process photos he had previously left untouched. As he posted more of his work on Flickr, he noticed an increased amount of interest and positive comments from other photographers. Danny now specializes in shooting and processing HDR photography and is associated with professional photographers based in South Florida who handle photography jobs ranging from fashion, forensics, and aerial photos.
In late 2009, Danny's was awarded the $7,100 grand prize in a photographic contest entry which was based upon an untouched photo (no Photoshop or other edits) taken simply with his Blackberry cellular telephone camera (the site which ran the contest was brickfish.com).
Danny has shot with a Canon 7D for years, but recently moved to the full frame Sony A7rII.