Blue Dawn at White Sands: How it was done

This photograph was taken at dawn, at the blue hour that precedes sunrise.

The sky was clear and still not tinted red by the sun.  The light on the dunes was only from the blue sky. The white sand dunes, being neutral in color, took on the color of the sky.  While the sand was white it looked blue to the camera.

My eyes did not see the blue color because human eyesight neutralizes colors.  To me the dunes looked white.  To the camera they were blue because digital sensors, and film to some extent, capture color the way it is.  Unlike human sight they do not neutralize colors.

During processing I altered the color slightly to create harmonious blue tones and make the scene aesthetically pleasing.  However the color was there to start with.

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About Alain Briot

I create fine art photographs, teach workshops and offer DVD tutorials on composition, image conversion, optimization, printing and marketing. I am the author of Mastering Landscape Photography, Mastering Photographic Composition, Creativity and Personal Style and Marketing Fine Art Photography. All 3 books are available as printed books on Amazon.com and as eBooks on my website at this link: http://beautiful-landscape.com/Ebooks-Books-1-2-3.html

You can find more information about my work, writings and tutorials as well as subscribe to my Free Monthly Newsletter on my website. To subscribe simply go to http://www.beautiful-landscape.com and click on the Subscribe link at the top of the page. You will receive 40 free essays in eBook format immediately after subscribing.

I welcome your comments on this essay as well as on my other essays. You can reach me directly by emailing me at alain@beautiful-landscape.com.

Alain Briot
Arizona
November 2017

Eclipse

Eclipse

This photograph was created during the 2012 Eclipse of the Sun.

The photograph was taken from the Island in the Sky viewpoing in Canyonlands National Park, not that it matters since you cannot tell from the photo where it was taken.

I used a 250mm lens on my medium format digital camera. The image was cropped during processing. #eclipse #canyonlands

 

Alain Briot

http://www.beautiful-landscape.com

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Advanced Adjustment Layers Mastery Workshop on DVD or USB card

Advanced Adjustment Layers Mastery Workshop on DVD or USB card

This new and extensive tutorial will be released this fall. Right now a pre-announcement list is available. To get on the list simply email me at alain@beautiful-landscape.com with the words ‘advanced adjustment layers’ in the email subject. You will be added to the list and will benefit from special offers and lower pricing when this new tutorial is released.You will also be notified first.

You can also download the detailed table of contents for this new and extensive tutorial at this link.

A new podcast episode focusing on the new Advanced Adjustment Layers Mastery Workshop on DVD or USB card is also available. You can listen to it now on the Podcast page or on iTunes.
Additional information about this new Mastery Workshop will be posted to this site soon.

Alain Briot

http://www.beautiful-landscape.com

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After the Rain-how it was done

After the Rain : How this image was created

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This image is a collage of 2 photographs. The camera I used wasn’t wide enough to capture all I wanted in 1 shot.

I could have used a wide angle attachment but it is huge and carrying it defeats the purpose of having a small lightweight camera. Collaging is easier. I like the technique so much that over 50% of my work consists of collaged images.

The image was taken during a walk in my neighborhood. The tree is just down the path from my house. It’s not that remarkable. What makes it attractive is the reflection. I’ve seen it with reflections before but this time the water pool was larger than I’ve seen it before and that what made me see this image.  Plus, there were no leaves making it more effective as a graphic element.

Our eyes change and we see things differently. I like to carry a lightweight camera because having to go get your larger camera, tripod, etc makes it more difficult to capture things intuitively and spontaneously.

Regarding tripods, lenses, etc. who wants to take all that for a stroll down the neighborhood path! This photograph would not exists if I didn’t have a simple lightweight camera. I wasn’t going to take my medium format digital camera to do this ! A small lightweight camera opens another way of seeing and capturing what you see.

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2015 Print of the Season — limited edition of 15

The 2015 Print of the Season.  Offered in a Limited Edition of 15 to celebrate 2015.  Discover all the details at this link: http://www.beautiful-landscape.com/Print-of-the-Season-2015.html

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2015 Print of the Season
Limited edition of 15
16×20 Matted: $695
Free USA shippingYou save $200 compared to regular pricing for a print of this size.

2015 Print of the Season
Limited edition of 15
16×20 Framed: $895
Free USA shippingYou save $200 compared to regular pricing for a print of this size.

 

The Photograph
The second Alain Briot Holiday Season Print Collection is titled Badwater Reflections.

This print is only offered during the 2015 Holiday Season. Availability ends on December 31st or whenever the edition is sold out.

This is the second print in the collection called The Alain Briot Holiday Season Limited Edition Print Collection. There are 15 prints to celebrate 2015. This collection was started last year. In 2014 there were 14 prints. There will be 16 prints in 2016, 17 in 2017 and so on.


The Image
This photograph was created this year during the 2015 Fine Art Photography Summit in Death Valley National Park, California. Heavy rains had filled the Badwater basin with water, creating a unique opportunity for photographs of reflections. I spent several hours there in the late afternoon photographing the mountains reflected in this temporary lake. The salt pans, the patterns created by the salt on the floor of the basin, provided additional interest by creating interesting and endlessly varied designs.

The key moment happened not as sunset but 10 minutes or so after the sun had gone done. I waited after because there were clouds in the sky and I there was a possibility that they would turn pink after sunset. This does not always happen because it depends on many factors that are impossible to predict. Sometimes you wait and nothing happens. Sometimes you leave early thinking it won’t happen and it does happen which is obviously frustrating. The best situation is when you wait and it does happen, which is what took place here. The colors were there for a very short time because what gives the pink color to the clouds are the very last rays of the sun before everything turns black. Fortunately I was ready, with camera on tripod and the right lens selected, and I was able to get several images before darkness set in and we had to hike back.

Framing and matting
This limited edition print is available matted or matted and framed.

If you purchase it matted, it is matted museum-style in a mat hinged to the backing board. The print is attached to the mat with plastic corners, which means that no tape touches the print. The print is not dry mounting because dry mounting is not reversible. This mounting technique is therefore totally archival because the print can be removed from the mat simply by lifting it off. This also means that the print will not wrinkle or warp depending on the humidity level because it has room to expand freely not being attached with tape. This 100% archival mounting is used by museums worldwide and is preferred to all other types of matting and mounting.

If you purchase it matted and framed, the frame is a handmade Mahogany Finish Frame. The moulding is truly magnificent and does emphasize the beauty of this image. The photograph I took of the moulding shows closely how beautiful this presentation is. However, this piece looks much better in reality than a web photograph can show! You just won’t believe your eyes when you receive yours. All the framing materials used are Museum Quality, archival supplies. All my work is guaranteed for life in regard to fading and damage caused by framing materials.

Framed pieces are delivered in a stunning mahogany finish frame.

A Unique Special offer
This photograph is priced at a special print of the season pricing. Look at the table below and compare it to my regular prices to find out exactly how much you are saving through this incredible offer!

Shipping
Shipping costs for US orders are included in the Print of the Month price. US orders are shipped via US Priority Mail insured and trackable. International orders are shipped via US Airmail insured. Shipping costs for international orders are calculated separately.

Packing
Each package is professionally packed and insured for its full value by us. We guarantee that you will receive your matted or framed photograph in perfect condition. If you receive your photograph damaged simply contact us and then return the damaged photograph to us. We will ship you a new piece right away upon receipt of your return piece at no extra cost.

One month, 100% Money Back Guarantee
All purchases are covered by my unique 100% Take one month to decide money back guarantee. If you are not satisfied with your purchase for any reason just return it (in original condition) for a refund or credit. Take one month to decide. And, if your photograph fades, we will replace it at no charge!

Place your order now at this link:
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Just published: the Artistic Composition Mastery Workshop on DVD/USB

Just published: the Artistic Composition Mastery Workshop on DVD/USB

July 26th

The Artistic Composition Mastery Workshop on DVD/USB is available for order. You car read the detailed information, download the free 27 pages table of contents and take advantage of the limited time special offer on the Artistic Composition Mastery Workshop on DVD/USB page.

This new tutorial features features all the composition I have pertaining to Artistic composition is seeing. All the material is new. None of this information is available in my other tutorials or books. The contents are extensive with:

– over 2000 pages in ebook format
– over 150 separate ebooks
– 40 + hours of audio and video tutorials, Master Files, Composition Templates
– a unique gift that will allow you to compose your photographs like no one else
– a signed fine art print
– and much more !

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Alain Briot
http://www.beautiful-landscape.com

Artistic Composition Mastery Workshop on DVD/USB

Artistic Composition Mastery Workshop on DVD/USB

July 24th

The Artistic Composition Mastery Workshop on DVD/USB will be announced this weekend. If you are on the pre-announcement list expect a personal email tomorrow. If you are not on the list you can still add your name to the pre-announcement list and take advantage of the goodies that come with it! Just email me alain@beautiful-landscape.com with the words Artistic Mastery in the subject line.

This new tutorial features features all the composition I have pertaining to Artistic composition is seeing. All the material is new. None of this information is available in my other tutorials or books. The contents are extensive with:

– over 2000 pages in ebook format
– over 150 separate ebooks
– 40 + hours of audio and video tutorials, Master Files, Composition Templates
– a unique gift that will allow you to compose your photographs like no one else
– a signed fine art print
– and more.

Email me now to get on the pre-announcement list: alain@beautiful-landscape.com with the words Artistic Mastery in the subject line.

Alain Briot
http://www.beautiful-landscape.com

Podcast by Alain and Natalie Briot

Podcast by Alain and Natalie Briot

New Free Episode
A new podcast episode was published today. You can listen to it at this link. This is the 73rd episode of our podcast.

About our Podcast
In this podcast Natalie and I discuss the many aspects of professional landscape photography, from technical to philosophy, composition, art, marketing, equipment and much more. I share my 30+ years of experience in a series of discussions with Natalie, my wife and business partner. This podcast also features readings of essays by myself, excerpts from Travis Terry Native American Flute CDs, video print reviews of fine art photographs, excerpts from my tutorials, and more.

You can listen to our podcast for free at this link:
http://beautiful-landscape.com/Podcast-home.html

73 free episodes are available for your enjoyment

We also talk about running a landscape photography business, how to sell fine art prints, how to market photographs, how to know when you have a best seller, and how to address clients.

We address the technical, artistic and philosophical aspects of landscape photography, including our unique approach to the art of photography. In doing we contest a number of myths which, we believe, are holding back numerous photographers and preventing them from creating world-class images.

Join us in this exciting, and at time controversial, series of conversations, both in audio and movie format.  Not only is it well worth your time, it will also help you become a better photographer and will save you years of trial and error by providing you with our life-long experience

http://beautiful-landscape.com/Podcast-home.html

Alain Briot
http://beautiful-landscape.com