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A Place Unknown

 (Shane Srogi)

The Known Unknown. Digging through my archive doing a look back for the end of the year. I’m finding images that escaped attention, bring me pleasure or are just oddballs. I like this space.

I have a pretty good memory for my photos, I can usually tell you everything about that was going on around a shoot. Not this one, I have no recollection of it. Which makes me like it even more. Montana. perhaps….Wyoming, I don’t think so…..Washington State…..I’m leaning toward the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River. Shot on film I’d really have to dig to solve the mystery.


Making the Move to Lightroom

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Transitioning from Aperture and iPhoto to Lightroom has become a common question in my Lightroom Workshops.  It’s never been easier with Adobe’s plug-in HERE  but it is daunting because no one wants to lose photos.  I am available to help you through the process one on one through the Palm Beach Photographic Centre at www.workshop.org.


Lake Crescent and the early days of my Career

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Lake Crescent Dawn

In many ways this was the Dawn of my Career.  Was just out of school and had moved from NYC/NJ to Seattle.  It was my return to the PNW.  I had set up shop as a Photographer and was taking my first workshop led by Art Wolfe.  The Great American Photography Weekend Series that lasted a few years.  They were so popular that I’ve run into many people that were in the same workshops.

Part of the Workshop was a contest with the winners from each being published in Outdoor Photographer.  The rules were simple, you have 1 roll of film – color slide 36 exposures and you have to turn the film in by 4pm.

That meant getting up before dawn.  My plan was to get out to the coast and then work my way back through Olympic National Park to Port Angeles and turn in my film.

I hardly slept.  So I was sound asleep when my travel alarm went off.  Luckily the roosters at the lodge I was staying at woke me.  I jumped in my car without coffee and raced west along 101.

Cursing as the sky started to lighten I knew I better go to plan B the coast was still 40 minutes away and the road was twisty, dark and wet.  Not at all meant for racing.

I was passing Lake Crescent when I saw this eruption of color in my rear view mirror.  I knew I had to pull over but where?  101 is lined with guard rails. there are many cars from the 40s and 50s in the lake.

The light started to fade as the sun rose higher, the cloud layer was about 500 feet I judged best I could with my rear view.

I found a pull off and a perfect view.

Fast is Slow, Slow is fast.  Put your 80mm-200mm on your camera, keep it dry, move to position and set up your tripod.

Disaster, the new tripod had frozen up.  I couldn’t get the plate off.  In my earlier haste I tossed it in the back of my car and it landed on the thumb release.

The light was fading.  GET THE SHOT.  That’s what I remember Art saying in the Lecture the night before.

So I braced the camera against the tripod and shot one frame.  It was the first of the day….and I had to conserve.

PART II.  Tomorrow.


The Good Horse aka The Escape Artist

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The Good Horse

Woke up this morning to knocking and the words you don’t want to hear “The Horse Got Out!”

Immediately you want to rush out but do things slow, get your gloves and steel toed boots. Get carrots and a rope. Now go find her.

Did she get off the ranch? My heart is racing because that would be really bad, keep calm. You don’t want to be agitated when you find her. That will just increase her stress level.

Do a search a few minutes go by. There she is! In her old stomping grounds the big pasture. Animals go to places that are familiar. It’s been a year or more since she has been over there. She’s playing BIG horse snorting and puffing soooo lets just close the gate and let her run this out. But it’s hot so get her some water.

Once she’s had her fun and realized the grass is indeed not greener She’s safe to approach. Calmer, tired and thinking maybe it’s time to go back to my nice shady barn with a fan. That’s the time to lead her back with a generous helping of carrots of course. Carrots work better than a rope around the neck.

She’s napping now in the comfort of home out of the sun and heat.

Good Horse. Every now and then everyone needs adventures. It makes one feel alive. A wildthing……free to roam. Good Horse.


iPhoneography Foundation Apps

iPhoneography

Here are my go to Apps for iPhone Photography.  I’ve tried 100’s of apps these are ones that I consistently use.  Apps come and go in my workflow, these are the standouts my foundation apps.  They function well with the way I like to work on the fly, capturing, processing and sharing all within minutes.

Capture Apps

Camera+ Hipstamatic

Editing Apps

Snapseed Photoshop Express VSCO Cam

Sharing

Instagram Flickr Facebook

Miscellaneous

App Shopper Social

New App!

Newest app in the line up.  

vividHDR  Camera Replacement App, (Capture App)

The iPhoneography Presentation was made on the iPhone using:

PS Touch (Photoshop Touch) one of the best for adding Text to a Photograph.


Digital Photography

 

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Delicate Arch.  Arches National Park.  Moab Utah.

What I love about Digital Photography is that it’s an ever expanding ever evolving universe. I have danced with this photograph of Delicate Arch many times since I made it 12 years ago (on Fuji Velvia) Film. Today I reached into the shadows bringing just a touch more detail out in the environment around the Arch. In doing so I revisit that evening as the crowd and light fade enjoying a moment of peace as the heat of the day radiates from the rock. A perfect moment to share to encourage everyone to see it for themselves. 


List of Top Ten iPhone Photography Apps

iPhoneography

Here are my go to Apps for iPhone Photography.  I’ve tried 100’s of apps these are ones that I consistently use.  Apps come and go in my workflow, these are the standouts my foundation apps.  They function well with the way I like to work on the fly, capturing, processing and sharing all within minutes.

Capture Apps

Camera+

Hipstamatic

Editing Apps

Snapseed

Photoshop Express

VSCO Cam

Sharing

Instagram

Flickr

Facebook

Miscellaneous

App Shopper Social

New App!

Newest app in the line up.  

vividHDR  Camera Replacement App, (Capture App)

The iPhoneography Presentation was made using:

PS Touch (Photoshop Touch) one of the best for adding Text to a Photograph.


World Animal Day

 (Shane Srogi)

 

The American Alligator for World Animal Day. 

The American Alligator was listed as an Endangered Species in 1967 even before the Endangered Species Act of 1973. This protection and much effort allowed the Alligator to repopulate it’s home range. In 1987 Alligators were considered to be recovered enough to be removed from the list. Alligators are fascinating animals. They are ancient and primal, capable of some very interesting behavior. Watching them is like looking at a portal into the past.  One of the best places to view them is Shark Valley, part of Everglades National Park.

The Gloaming

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The Gloaming

The beauty of nature for a photographer is expressed in light.  Cameras like the Nikon D600 have become more finely tuned to the sensitivity of low light allowing artists to express the subtleties of natural light after the sun drops below the horizon.  Sometimes I think that photography as an art is just starting.


Clover Field II

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Clover Field II

The beauty of post processing in the Digital age is that you can readily retell the story in a photograph by going back and reprocessing the image.  Advances in personal technique and software can aid in this endeavor.  My photography is dynamic, I will always go back to the images……perhaps retelling their stories with a different emphasis.


Happy Birthday to the National Park Service!

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Looking Back on Adventure.  A Photograph of Canyonlands National Park, Island in the Sky District.  The White Rim Trail Road.

I have had many adventures over the years in the National Parks, many solo but they are usually sweeter shared with friends or family.  Few have been in a vehicle as I prefer the backcountry but this is an exception.  Traveling the White Rim Trail Road via 4×4 is a true backcountry adventure.  Amazingly breath taking in more places than I can county it also offer white knuckle tests of ones resolve and driving skill.  I highly recommend it.  It is with many thanks that I offer the people of the National Park Service a happy birthday!


Big Cypress National Preserve

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Big Cypress National Preserve

Big Cypress National Preserve is primal landscape.


International Tiger Day

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Tigers

It’s International Tiger Day.  There are as few as 3200 Tigers left in the Wild.  Tigers can be found in the wild from Malaysia to Bangladesh, India to Far East Russia.  While few in numbers there isn’t a country with wild tigers that doesn’t revere them and that may be the key to their survival in the wild.


Adventure Awaits!

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New Dawn II. North Cascades. Washington State.


From here there is a trail that runs a 1/4 mile after that Bear claw marks in a tree (6 1/2 feet up) and the trail stops. End of the line. Every step after that is a bushwhack. The easy parts are fields of water protectors (nature’s barbed wire). The hardest part is a knife ridge* that if you fail on, well, you’ll likely end up in the Rapid River….aptly named. Also, it’s best to make the trek when there is just enough snow left to make bridges over the many river crossings. (always a danger because they can give way and you may end up in rushing water/snow tube).

*I learned the hard way about the Knife Ridge, I was “skiing” down the backside in my boots and post holed with one foot down to my knee…..momentum carried me forward I could feel that I was about to fall over and my leg would stay in place…..so I did a flip…got out of the hole and was now sliding down the icy slope on my butt…..I rolled over and dug in with hands and feet till I stopped. All without really thinking about it mind you. FUN stuff!


Earth Day 2013

 (Shane Srogi)

 

Resilience at Mesa Arch

We should have known something was up when we had Mesa Arch all to ourselves.  A fellow photographer and I had been in the backcountry of Canyonlands National Park all week, isolated by location and design.  It had been 85 each afternoon so it was a surprise when this spring snow storm rolled in just after dawn.  White out conditions and 3 inches of snow would cover the slick rock before noon.  This dashed our hopes of backpacking down to the Green River…..we actually lost the trail….which was mostly over bare rock.  This was a good thing because neither of us would pull the rip cord, stupid and stubborn.  I would not have wanted to be on the edge of a narrow canyon trail in a blizzard….is exactly what I thought when I completed the journey in much better weather.  Either way was a hell of an adventure.  And that is the point.  Get out there and see what Mother Nature will throw at you.


Jaguar in Black and White

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Jaguar in Black and White


Sky of Smoke and Fire.

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Sky of Smoke and Fire

Sugar cane fields on fire create a dramatic haze in the South Florida sky.


Floods of South Florida

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Somebody Save Me

Tropical Storm Isaac brought flooding to South Florida, particularly Palm Beach County.  What was surprising to most residents was that this one storm brought worse flooding than a secession of Hurricanes in years past.  Those Hurricanes were only weeks apart.  I happen to live in one of the hardest hit areas and was standing in over a foot of water (on my street) when I made this image.


Clouds over the Everglades

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Clouds over the Everglades

“Next to the recording of a fugitive expression, or revealing the pathology of some human being, is there anything more elusive to capture than cloud forms!”  -Edward Weston


Memorial Day

Memorial Day, remembering those that have fallen while defending all of us.  This flag is as old as Memorial Day itself and if you look closely bares a hole, possible that of a bullet.


Sky Fall

 (Shane Srogi)

Sky Fall

From Canyonlands National Park.  Island in the Sky District.  The First of my new Limited Series.  A selection of Master Prints that will be available in runs of 25.

Sometimes images wait in my archive to have life breathed into them.  I had known at the moment of capture that this would be the image of the day…..an good indicator that it will get immediate attention.  Life might have other plans,  I was on my cross country trip from Seattle to West Palm Beach and soon after my Mother went in for surgery to repair her broken vertebrae.  I took over caring for the horses here on the ranch, the heat and work can be exhausting, leaving little time for creating images.  So there it sat until yesterday, around noon, when I needed an image of my truck with storm clouds over head…….it made me think back to the day, watching the clouds first build over the La Sal mountains.  The storm seemed to grow….to radiate from the peaks….making an improbable journey West against the wind….against the jet stream……until it was over head, some 100 miles as the crow flies.  In times like these there is often a bit of inner debate.  What’s the light going to do, is the storm going to break……how long before I can get to shelter.  If nothing else I’m a good judge of weather.  It’s an obsession.  One that comes from spending countless days backpacking, with nothing but stretched nylon as a shelter.  This day I was lucky, I had my truck within a close proximity.   This enabled me to wait until the very moment the storm broke, so I could make this image, and then sprint for the safety of good Detroit Steel.


Fire on the Mountain

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Fire on the Mountain.  Alpine Lakes.  Washington State.

Smokejumpers, an elite group of firefighters, are a quick response unit.  They will parachute into a remote wilderness area and extinguish the blaze before it gets going.  Smokejumpers have been around almost as long as aviation, established in 1939 in the US….and were the model for the 101st Airborne Division.  One of the original Smokejumping camps in Winthrop Washington is not far from this location.


Pines in the Grassy Waters

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Pines in the Grassy Waters 

These Pines are amazing trees.  New comers to the area, as compared with the ancient Cypress, the Pine root system has adapted to the extreme wet/dry conditions of Everglades.  Even being able to endure the regions hurricanes.

 

 


Liberty State Park and a Closed Station Platform

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Liberty State Park, New Jersey

The story of working on the cover art for Laurence Hart’s new album Closed Station Platform.

After watching “Joe Strummer – The Future is Unwritten”  I began to think about how much music was an influence on my early on in photography.  After listening to “all lost in a supermarket”  I did a shoot with my friends on a shopping run in college.  (Largely due to the fact that the photo essay had a deadline of the next morning and I had no day light left….and oh I was hungry.)

Not just the music and lyrics but the photography that went along with an album.

Anton Corbijn’s work with U2 on the Joshua Tree was huge…..here was black and white landscape and portrait work helping to shape the theme of the album.”

This is on my mind because I’ve been working with Laurence Hart on his new Album,  Closed Station Platform.  Larry has been great to work with letting me listen to his early demo’s so I could get a feel for the album and giving me free rein on the cover art.  Turns out I had the perfect shot, a Closed Station Platform, Liberty State Park….a place where many would enter America proper for the first time after getting off the boat at Ellis Island.  Coming full circle….a shot made during those early days when Anton Corbijn, U2 and Joe Strummer influenced my thinking and creativity.