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p.2 #1 · p.2 #1 · Racetrack at Dawn

Beautiful images Fred, it's sad to hear of all the vandalism going on
at this and other sites around the country. It's very disturbing to
me at why people do things like this.

Thanks for sharing.


Jan 04, 2013 at 06:52 AM
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p.2 #2 · p.2 #2 · Racetrack at Dawn

Love the first image, Fred. Really like the contrast of the earthtones in the foreground to the delightful colors in the sky.


Jan 04, 2013 at 02:46 PM
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p.2 #3 · p.2 #3 · Racetrack at Dawn

Gorgeous shots, Fred. Love them both. I'm really drawn to night photography...want to give that a try sometime. That's pretty sad to hear about people vandalizing the area...what is wrong with people?

Jan 04, 2013 at 03:14 PM
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p.2 #4 · p.2 #4 · Racetrack at Dawn

Both images are stellar, Fred. However, I can't peel my eyes away from #1. That sky is gorgeous!


Jan 04, 2013 at 04:10 PM
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p.2 #5 · p.2 #5 · Racetrack at Dawn

I need your tips on how to drag family out of bed at 2am to freezing temperatures!

Jan 04, 2013 at 04:51 PM

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p.2 #6 · p.2 #6 · Racetrack at Dawn

Two nice ones Fred. Good job getting the the stars in #2 and not blowing out the bright side of the posts.
Really like the light in #1!
Thanks for sharing!

Jan 04, 2013 at 05:45 PM
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p.2 #7 · p.2 #7 · Racetrack at Dawn

Thank you all for the comments and feedback!

JimFox wrote:
Hey Fred,

You got two really sweet shots here. I really like the soft light on the playa and the beautiful colors in the sky in #1, that really shines. And #2, very nice creativity with the posts and how you lit them up. The stars are really very nice looking. It creates a pretty mysterious shot.

I have been out at the Racetrack when it had a fuller moon and shot the rocks casting a shadow from the moon light. It's fun if you can spend the whole night out there, I did that once on my way up to meet
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Thanks Jim,
I'm planning another visit at the end of this year. I would love to capture this place under moonlight.

Zeph wrote:
Your track shot appears to be from the north end of the playa and offers a great view of that morning light. I was there in '08 and most if the vandal damage was further to the south where there were more rocks.
I really like to sift/stitch/crop with that lens...
Super shots, Fred

You are correct Zeph, I was facing north. The sky was clear but there was some nice cloud formations in that direction. BTW, you will love the 17 TSE.

LizzieShepherd wrote:
Great work, Fred - particularly the first - really love that one, with the perspective you've chosen. Sad to hear about vandals though ;-(

Thanks Lizzie,
Vandalism is getting worse in this area and I don't see it stopping.
When I was there last year, I had seeing many rocks relocated, missing. etc.

ben egbert wrote:
Super shots. I am really interested in that 33sec ISO1600 exposure. I hear the new cameras have a lot less amp glow than the 1ds-mk3 and 5dm2. Does that shot need much NR?

The 5D III handles 30s and ISO 1600 very well. I didn't use any NR for this resized image. On the full size, I usually use LR Luminosity at around 15.

briangg wrote:
I like these Fred,
I do feel the first one would work better as a vert. The top seems a little chopped off to me, and that is killing the flow a little bit. You have an awesome sky up there that I can't help but think would make that image flow and balance in a more effective manner. Your second one is quite awesome.


I agree with you Brian. I will blame on my teen distracting me.
I was not 100% happy with it either. We never are.

wbrad wrote:
You sure got a great sky for your morning shoot, Fred. I love that first shot.
It angers me when I hear of rocks being moved around or removed altogether. It only takes a few idiots to spoil things for the rest of us.

Oh, how on earth did you manage to get your daughter out of bed at 2am


My daughter loves stuff like that. She calls herself a hipster!

Here is my daughter and I before we headed back.
All the best,

Jan 04, 2013 at 07:39 PM
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p.2 #8 · p.2 #8 · Racetrack at Dawn

That's cool that you can share these moments with your daughter, Fred.
I'm trying to get my nine year old to be a little more outdoorsey.


Jan 08, 2013 at 05:40 AM
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p.2 #9 · p.2 #9 · Racetrack at Dawn

#1 is so beautiful Fred... love the color, light, detail, and your composition is terrific.
Excellent work.


Jan 08, 2013 at 06:37 AM
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p.2 #10 · p.2 #10 · Racetrack at Dawn

The first one for me. I love the early morning colours and the quiet feel the image has.
I can't wait to take our TSe lens out into the countryside!!!


Jan 08, 2013 at 07:12 AM

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