Top 30 Images for 2015
It’s time to unveil the choices for my annual “Top 30” images taken during the past calendar year. To be selected from literally tens of thousands of shutter clicks, these final selections not only have to possess great lighting and composition, but also have to capture a compelling moment frozen in time. Additionally, there has be a strong personal connection to the image.
I actually enjoy the process of distilling the year’s collection down to just 30 images. It isn’t easy, I had to leave out plenty of worthy contenders as 2015 proved to be another memorable year in my life. A distinguished image can revive one’s senses back, just like a great song. I can still feel the wind against my face, hear the ocean waves crashing in the distance, or just relish the complete silence of the scene when viewing many of the images. Perhaps the most exciting aspect is pushing the shutter down at just the precise moment when everything comes together, and capturing a split second that will never be duplicated again in a lifetime.
My top 30 images of 2015 http://www.agpix.com/platform3/AGPix_chaney/?platform_num=3
New winter images. http://www.agpix.com/platform2/AGPix_chaney/
I asked my workshop students to send in their favorite image from the 2015 classes. Here is their work. http://www.agpix.com/platform4/AGPix_chaney/?platform_num=4
Winter Photo Tips
Winter photo tips; For those of you who reside in regions that receive a healthy dose of winter weather here are a few tips to ensure your images shine.Your camera is calibrated at 18% gray. That means if you shoot exactly what your camera meter is calling for proper exposure your snow will most likely look a dull 18% gray. Overexpose your settings by +1 or +1.5 stops to get “white” snow. Keep a lens cloth handy as it is easy to get falling snow on the front of your lens. Make sure that you have a spare battery. On really cold days bring your camera bag inside and do not open it immediately. Let the bag gradually warm up and you’ll avoid getting condensation inside of your camera.Winter can be a wonderful time of the year to shoot. The sun is low on the horizon meaning you can shoot all day. Timing is crucial for successful images. I like to shoot untracked snow scenes when the trees are full of snow; it can be magical!
I was not going to post the new winter images in this newsletter as I feared a dry and mild season. Then winter happened!
Here is a look at my new winter images taken in December. http://www.agpix.com/platform2/AGPix_chaney/
I recently remodeled my living room area which is now starting to resemble a full blown art gallery. I was very pleased with the results! A new 40 x 60″ acrylic print of Bowman Lake in Glacier National Park resides above the fireplace. This is the second acrylic print that I have had printed this winter. The combination of the luminescent quality of printing on metallic paper and covered with a piece of acrylic is stunning! I have been getting the printing done by Photo Finish US in Bigfork, Montana. Please contact me if you are interested in having a Chuck Haney print with this presentation on your home or office wall.
Winter in Yellowstone
I will be making a “dead of winter” visit to Yellowstone National Park where I hope to capture wildlife and scenics along the park’s northern road from Gardiner to Cooke City. I am thinking of hosting another Winter in Yellowstone workshop for January 2017 out of West Yellowstone. Anyone interested?
2016 Photo Workshops
Hey, have you seen that my 2016 workshop schedule is now out on my site? I have an exciting roster of locations. Many new classes for those of you who keep coming back and a couple of good ol’ standbys that have proved popular throughout the years. https://www.chuckhaney.com/workshops/ Book early to ensure your spot in the classes and also your lodging.