family man in Orange Park, Florida, he’s very likely to be photographing somewhere — either in some nature reserve near his home, or perhaps one of our National Parks or some distant beach in Asia. “This past fall was filled with travels around the world to photograph Mother Nature at her best,” says Chris. “Wherever I am, my Singh-Ray filters have helped me capture the spirit and drama of the various landscapes more accurately and dramatically.
“In October I accompanied three other photographers to Death Valley National Park which is an extraordinary place. It’s a large natural heat sink that reaches upwards of 130 degrees daily with only 2 inches of rainfall per year. The landscape is vast and empty, with very harsh light during the day. At dusk and dawn, however, the golden sunlight transforms Death Valley into one of the most beautiful landscapes I’ve seen. After the fiercely hot mid-day hours, the setting and rising sun light up the landscape in a magical glow. I used my Hi-Lux Warming UV filter to photograph the Mesquite Dunes (at top) and Racetrack Playa at sunset. The Hi-Lux gave the colors a nice pop and added a warming glow consistent with the ambient light.
“The following morning we woke early and set up at Zabriskie point. We were thrilled when the rising sun behind us created a magical glow of red and purple, reflected off the clouds from a distant storm. Sufficed to say, such serendipitous experiences, when the elements all seem to fall into place, is what I live for as a photographer. I used my LB warming polarizer and 3-stop soft-step ND grad filter, which I generally hand-hold and move slightly to created a nice blend at the horizon.
“A few weeks later, my wife and I took a two-week journey around Thailand, from the south tip of Malaysia to Northern Thailand and the jungles of Chiang Mai. Although I had to pack light, my Singh-Ray filters were always at my side. We took a charter out in the Phi Phi Islands, off Phuket. Referred to by some as the most beautiful beach in the world, Maya Bay did not fail to impress me. I used my LB Warming Polarizer to reduce the glare on the water and deepen the blue skies as I captured this ‘khlong’ docked just off the beach.
“Though not too far from home, Washington Oaks State Park in Palm Coast, Florida, is my favorite local destination. When the weather and tide are right, I wake early and make the one-hour drive in time to capture the sunrise. An incoming storm created some extra drama on this particular morning, with waves crashing on the rock-studded beach. I used my LB Warming Polarizer to strengthen the colors and contrast in the sky as well as my 3-stop soft-step ND Grad filter to balance the wide tonal range in this scene.”
In December, Chris launched his new website, Exploring Light Photography as well as starting a blog which will help us keep track of his future travels and newest images. His next project will be a trip to Northern California and the Oregon Coast.