Rich Greene Photography: Blog en-us (C) Rich Greene Photography (Rich Greene Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:31:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:31:00 GMT Rich Greene Photography: Blog 120 78 My Favorites of 2019 I was fortunate to travel to many places in 2019; from the deep south to the Last Frontier of Alaska, and a few other locales in between. Here are my 10 favorites from the year. I hope you enjoy them.

Montaña De Oro Sunset

The first weekend of 2019 we took a quick weekend trip to California's Central Coast and Morro Bay. Just south of town is Montaña De Oro State Park, a gorgeous place to enjoy a sunset.


Dancing Sky Morro Rock

Another great sunset from the first weekend of 2019. I think the cloud on the right looks like a gymnast doing a floor exercise routine. The American judge scores it a 10.


The Avenue of Oaks 

In June, we visited Charleston for a family reunion, and on our last day took a tour of the Boone Hall Plantation, founded in 1681, and still a working plantation today, growing cotton and indigo.  Just standing in the heat and humidity made you wonder how hard life was there for the people who had no choice in the matter; the slaves who lived and worked here. 


Charlevoix Lighthouse Blue Hour

In July, we spent a week in the Traverse City area of Michigan. There I shot several of my favorite "Wolverine State" subjects.

No, not wolverines; lighthouses. Michigan has over 100 lighthouses along its 3000 miles of coastline. At one time there were over 240.

I took this photo around 10pm; the 92 second exposure makes it seem much earlier in the evening. It was actually nearly pitch dark.


Tunnel Vision

This tunnel originally was a walkway between buildings at the Northern Michigan Asylum, completed in 1885. It later became the Traverse City State Hospital; a 1000-plus acre facility with its own farms, power plant and steam tunnels. 

Today it's called the Village at Grand Traverse Commons and is one of the largest mixed-use history redevelopment projects in the nation, and houses restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, a taproom, retail stores, a hall that formerly a chapel that hosts weddings and other celebrations, plus condos and a retirement "club" for senior citizens.

You can also take a guided twilight tour to learn about the history of the facility. I especially wanted to see this tunnel.


The Mighty Mac

On our last day in Michigan, we drove to the Upper Peninsula and spent the day on Mackinac Island, home to one of my ancestors, Madeline La Framboise; who, after her husband was brutally murdered in 1806, made quite a name for herself as a fur trader. One of her prime competitors was John Jacob Astor.

On the drive back, I found a nice vantage point to shoot the Mackinac Bridge from the UP side.


Breeching Humpback

In August, it was north to Alaska, on a ten-day cruise through the Inside Passage and on to Denali National Park. I captured these playful creatures on a side trip we took to Tracy Arm Fjord, about three hours south of Juneau.

This excursion was definitely the highlight of the trip; like Yosemite on steroids.


South Sawyer Glacier: Up Close and Personal

Every time I look at this image, I'm just blown away by the enormity of this glacier. Here you can see maybe a tenth; the terminus of which is about a half-mile wide. The rest is beyond the peninsula - which we saw by slowly navigating through the icefield. 

I was fortunate to capture the tour boat in the foreground for scale, which gives you a sense of just how immense it is. 


Great Day in Glacier Bay

This is the Margerie Glacier, one of the most active and frequently visited glaciers in Glacier Bay National Park. I was lucky enough to capture a couple images of it calving, but I chose this one because you can follow some of its 21-mile long path to the base of 12,860 foot Mount Root, where it begins its journey to Tarr Inlet.


Snow on the South Rim

We were fortunate to avoid the heavy snow that hit a good part of the nation on Thanksgiving week as we trekked from LA to the Grand Canyon and south to Phoenix for Turkey Day itself. On the Tuesday before the holiday, it was clear and chilly; and they had plowed the road into the park's southern entrance from Williams - but man, was it crowded! I didn't realize this is one of the busiest times of the year at tthe canyon. 

There was a dusting of snow in places and some late afternoon light and color before the clouds obscured the sun.

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My Faves of 2016 2016 was a year of transition and change for me, and not one of my most prolific, photographically.

I started out with the best of intentions, even joining a 52 Week Photo Challenge at the behest of my son and daughter-in-law. But as many New Year's resolutions go, this one petered out around the middle of February, due mostly to that crazy obstacle called life.

I was able to take only one trip for the sole purpose of shooting photographs, but it was a memorable one to Canyonlands and Arches National Parks in April.

So without further adieu, here are my favorites from the year in which I didn't even get the camera out of the bag during the months of March or December. 

Quantitatively, a pretty pitiful photographic performance, indeed -- and one which I intend to rectify, hopefully, in 2017.

They're also included on Jim Goldstein's 10th Annual BEST OF THE YEAR PHOTO PROJECT, which includes collections from nearly 200 talented photographers, the link to which, you can copy and paste into your browser:


Technically, I shot this image on New Year's Eve, but I rationalized that somewhere in the world at that moment, 2016 was ALREADY being rung in, so I'm including it here.

White Sands New YearTechnically, this was shot on New Year's Eve. But my rationalization for including it is the fact that IT WAS officially 2016 in other parts of the world.  


We rushed to find a spot where we could catch the setting sun shining on Arizona's Superstition Mountains on New Year's Day. No time for scouting or planning. A just do it moment.



A cold January morning that threatened rain, but never really followed through. I've taken quite a few shots of this pier and ferris wheel over the years, but never from this angle, or at this time of day.



I was supposed to meet aforementioned son and daughter-in-law at this "as seen in movies and on TV" location, and only about 30 minutes north of my house at 5:30am on the last Saturday in January. As I loaded my gear into the car, I got a text from them stating they had been up late, and couldn't make themselves roll out of bed and join me. Their loss, I say.



This is the first of several images from my trip to Utah in April. This was our first stop at Arches National Park -- the aptly named Park Avenue. The hike down into its modest depths was beautiful and breathtaking.



This is Turret Arch at, you guessed it, Arches National Park, on a beautiful spring evening.



I got the obligatory sun star shot at Mesa Arch along with 40 of my "closest friends" on this morning -- tempers flared and tensions grew as photographers with DSLRs and regular folks with iPhones jostled and bumped each other while trying to capture the phenomenon at Canyonlands National Park. But instead of posting that, I liked this one -- taken after the sun had already risen above the mountain range where I could see the rays channeling through the sandstone spires.



Our last night in Utah. It had rained hard all day. Finally around 6pm, I saw a little break in the clouds and we decided to drive to Grand View Point from Moab, a distance of about 50 miles. By the time we turned from Highway 191 onto UT-313, the windshield wipers were working overtime. From the time Island in the Sky Road turned into Grand View Point Road, we met no other cars coming the other way. The Grand View Point parking lot was deserted, the wind had to be blowing 40-miles an hour, and the sleet was coming down horizontally. We parked and waited for a couple of minutes to see if the sleet would subside. Eventually it did, and we ran to the overlook not knowing how long we'd have to shoot. We weren't disappointed.



My goal was to shoot the Strawberry Moon, a once in a generation event that coincides with the Summer Solstice, and one that won't return until 2062. Of course, there was triple digit heat and smoke from the fires to the east to contend with, but I was not to be deterred. Well, Ok, I did NOT capture the moon in this particular image because it was too far north and I would have had to have been much wider in order to include it in the frame. This is what I focused on instead. 



Another Southern California wildfire. This one, the Sand Fire, which was north of Los Angeles in the Santa Clarita region on the other side of the mountains in the distance. This devastating blaze consumed 41,000 acres over 64 square miles, destroyed 116 structures, injured four, and killed one person. The damage estimates ran close to $50 million. I can see the profile of a demon's face in the smoke cloud. See what you think. 



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