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Honest Images

Denali National Park

As of now, Denali National Park (pictured here) is closed! I won’t go into how I feel about that, that’s not what HOSSedia is all about. What I wanted to touch base with you about is the concept of ‘Honest Images’. I recently heard someone describe their photography as ‘Honest’. It was an interesting concept to me. Something that triggered some soul-searching to answer. It could mean, images that aren’t composites or overly processed. I think those are simple answers that miss a critical aspect of photography. In my estimation, even if your images are hyper post-processed, they can still be honest. Can’t they? I think the only facet of honesty that we as artist should care about, is are we honest with ourselves. That is easier said than done. I’m finding that not only is my personal aesthetic changing, but my entire motivation to make photographs is on the precipice. I began this site with a simple goal, to help cultivate the creativity in others so that we might make the world a better place. It is a lofty goal, but from the interactions I have had with the great folks I’ve met through this site, I think we have succeeded. Now, with that same goal in mind, I want to take it a step further. If I’m honest with myself, not only as a photographer, but as a person….I think we can!

Whales In The Mist

Whale Watching Alaska

Here’s another image I wasn’t sure about at the time, but because film is so cheap these days I turned the shutter over. Years later, I kind of like it. We will continue tomorrow with another image from Alaska.

Quick Nik Tip – I post quite a few tips over on G+/Facebook, so make sure to circle/like me. To get a little extra separation between the whales’s spout and the trees in the distance, I add a few control points to the mist and selectively amplified the whites. Just another way you can make magic with Silver Efex Pro 2!

Nik Silver Efex Pro Tutorial

Denali National Park

This is about 1/2 way into Denali National Park. Something I’ve noticed about National Parks…you can’t go wrong. I’ve been to a bunch, and the folks that design these places make it really easy to see mind blowing kick butt stuff. That being said, in Denali, they need to do something about the weather. In those clouds somewhere is a Mt. McKinley and it would probably be about 3 times taller than the other mountains. Can you imagine what that would be like? Have you ever seen it? I’d love to hear about it.

Hope you had a great weekend and we will see you back here tomorrow!

USA Pro Challenge Stage 5

USA Pro Challenge Stage 5

I spent yesterday putting the finishing touches on my next book. I’m really excited about it, so much so I couldn’t help but share a photo with you. The book is close to complete. I just sent the next version off to my co-author last night so our editor should have it at by the end of the week!

USA Pro Challenge – Stage 6

Today was a beautiful day of cycling. It was probably one of the most beautiful I have ever witnessed. I have many images to share, which I will in due time. However, it is this image that tells the tale of today’s stage. George Bennett suffered today. He put his body through suffering that many of us will never experience. He did so not for individual glory, but for the glory of his team.
In light of recent stories, I wanted to share with you the cycling I know. The cycling where one man endures pain beyond comprehension only to help his team achieve its goal.