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02-24-2012, 12:40 PM - 6 Likes   #1
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Good news, some of my 645d images now on

Hi, Fellow Pentaxians,

I got some of my images published on the travel section of the CNN website (international edition : Travel News - Headlines, Stories and Video from International)
titled 'how to take stunning landscape photographs', although the title and content of the article are not quite what I envisioned.
It's a short article based on an even shorter interview with the editor, and I asked for a revision so don't get too upset about
the poor content.

The gallery contains 12 photos, 9 of which are taken with 645d. I wanted to include newest work but they asked 2:3 aspect ratio
images for the vertical, so I ended up using some 5d II images.

1, 6, 8, 11 (see below) are taken with the D-FA 25mm, which I think is a fantastic piece of glass (still not quite convinced about the
price tag). Sorry about my long absense and I will write back with newest thoughts on the past 1.5 years with 645d. Thank you.

'The Light of Sierra' (Saddlebag Lake, Yosemite National Park, California, 2011)

'A Fairy' (Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona)

'A Lucid Dream' (Rodeo Cove, Marin, California)

'Valley of the Fall' (Lundy Canyon, Inyo National Forest, California)

02-24-2012, 01:07 PM   #2
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Congratulations..!! excellent work deserves to published. Keep on.
02-24-2012, 01:09 PM   #3
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You really know how to pull color gradations out of that 645D!!
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Absolutely gorgeous pictures !


Congratulations for the publication at CNN .


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Weird, I was just looking at your old thread in the MF section of the forum today

Congrats, but with your quality of output, not surprising and well-deserved.
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Much awesomeness, mister!
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Amazing photos, well done!
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Great photos and congratulations on the article/feature. Out of the four #11 is my favorite, awesome color and everything in the photo seems to point to that last little but of dying light. Overall I would have to say "Sand Harbor" was my favorite of the set. The range of black-white in the Grand Canyon shot is also impressive. Did you use grad. ND filters? Well done!

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Staggering photos, especially #11. The colors and textures between the trees, clouds and water mesh very well together, to say nothing of the beautiful composition cradled in that valley.
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Also, you've got quite a sense of humor:

5. Realize that your suffering may not mean anything

Despite all the incredible physical efforts you may have made, your suffering does not necessarily add any value to your work.

Sometimes that is the hardest thing to accept.
Seemingly obvious, but something few of us truly take to heart. Well said.
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awesome stuff
02-24-2012, 01:57 PM   #12
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These are really amazing images!! Wow.
How did this come about with CNN? Did you approach them or did they find your photos online somehow?
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Well done. Congrats. Cool ambassadorial work for Pentax.
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Breath taking!
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Thanks a lot for the comments, guys, much appreciated.

Thanks, I may have some updates and new information, will post in a few weeks.

Graduated NDs from Lee Filters are used on most of the high contrast shots, also a hint of manual blending for the small patches of blown out highlights.
No HDR or Exposure Fusion. I also used focus stacking for some of them for extended DOF while keeping the aperture below f/11-13 (to minimize
diffraction). Basic dodging and burning, colors are all natural.

I'm sure I mentioned that in the interview but didn't expect that it would come out that simple and painful. LOL, well, we've all been there.

I was introduced to CNN Korea by a friend of mine while I was visiting there and did a little project with
Basically they were looking for a photographer to do some gallery-type articles.

Gallery: How to take stunning city photographs |

They seemed satisfied with the results and contacted me this time for a short article / interview.

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