Enchanted Forest

Fog in the Forest

Enchanted Forest

“Enchanted Forest”

 

Have you ever taken a photograph that you deliberately knew was going to be a black and white photograph before you even clicked the shutter release on your camera? If you don’t regularly shoot in black and white, then the odds aren’t high, but that’s how “Enchanted Forest” was for me. During my previous trip to Alaska a couple of weeks ago, I knew that at some point I wanted to get a shot of the early morning fog rising out of the forest trees– and I knew I wanted it to be a black and white shot. Each day I searched for the photograph that I knew I was looking for, but the fog and tree combination just never seemed right. Then, while on a boat trip to Tracy Arm Fjord, I looked up into the mountains and saw the scene in this photograph, instantly knowing that it was the photographic opportunity that I had been waiting for.

 

This photograph was taken at 400mm with the 100-400 set at f/8 and ISO 640 due to the dark cloud cover that morning.

 

So do you have any photographs that you instantly knew were going to be black and white images? If so, post a link to your image in the comments. I’d love to check them out :)

 

Vibrant Blue Iceberg

Tracy Arm Fjord– Alaska’s Largest Icebergs

Vibrant Blue Iceberg

A combination of rain the night before and dark cloudy skies throughout the day combined to create some of the most vibrant blue ice in the icebergs off of Tracy-Arm Fjord that I have ever seen. The colors were so other-worldly, and with the reflection of the blue ice in the water, it essentially looked like the ice was hovering above the surface of the water.

 

I’ve printed this photograph on a sheet of aluminum and mounted with a float hanger as size 10×20. The high-gloss finish of the aluminum makes this photograph truly one of a kind. This style in this size as well as others is for sale on my website, or contact me at nbushphotography (@) Gmail (dot) com for questions and more information.

Glacier Calving

The Creation of an Iceberg

Glacier Calving

 

The creation of an Iceberg at South Sawyer Glacier, Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska. A sudden crack and what sounds like rolling thunder leads to massive house-sized pieces of ice calving from the front of the glacier, exploding into the water below. The waves created by such an event are large enough that you wouldn’t wan’t to be broad-sided in a small to medium sized boat by them.

Calving Aftermath

I’ve spent time at different glaciers, waiting for a calving event to happen. It’s never a guarantee, and I’ve waited for hours before with no result. This time, I had to wait about 15 minutes for the first event to take place. Then, it happened again within another 20 minutes. Overall, 6 calving events at two different glaciers in about 1.5 hours. There was constant cracking noises the entire time– It was quite the experience.

If you ever make it to South Eastern Alaska, I highly recommend the trip to Tracy Arm Fjord. If you’re lucky enough to witness a calving event, it will be worth the trip for sure.

 

Mendenhall Glacier Panoramic

Alaska Day 1: Mendenhall Glacier!

Mendenhall Glacier Panoramic

I arrived in Juneau Alaska yesterday, after a long day of travels from Connecticut. Despite being incredibly tired from my travels, I woke up early the next day to hike out to Mendenhall Glacier. It took about 6-hours to hike the trail round trip, and unfortunately it rained almost the entire time– but the views were absolutely worth the long, wet journey.

This is a 5-shot panoramic photograph of the West side of Mendenhall Glacier as seen from an overlook along the West Glacier Trail.

Fine-Art prints of this photograph will be available on my website at www.NateBushPhoto.com shortly.

I’ll be in Alaska for another week, so many more photographs are to come!

Sunrise Photo-Shoot at Elizabeth Park

 

Secret Garden

“Secret Garden”

The other day I woke up at 4:45AM to head over to Elizabeth Park and Rose Garden in West Hartford, CT for sunrise. This was the first time I went to this park, and I have to say, it was gorgeous and the photograph opportunities are endless!

The above photo titled “Secret Garden” is a 3-shot HDR composite, with HDR techniques used to capture the most detail possible in the shadows of the foreground. The canopy I was under is covered with leaves and blocks out almost all light, but HDR techniques allow for those shadows to brighten. During post-processing, I decided that the look I wanted required more of a dark foreground than the HDR composite originally allowed, but I was able to achieve the tone that I wanted in the image by adding a slight vignette.

 

Rose Arches

 

The archways at Elizabeth Park are beautiful and offer many different opportunities for photographs. In the above photograph, I attempted to use one of the arches to essentially “frame” the others.  At first I wasn’t sure if I liked that the second arch in wasn’t fully grown, but after taking the photograph, I think it actually draws more attention to the one behind it that is fully grown, adding depth to the image as a whole.

Both of these photographs are available for purchase on my website here!

Thanks for taking the time to view my work! :)