It's not always easy to pull yourself out of bed in the morning and it isn't always worth the effort but every once in a while... • We just wrapped up an awesome Beyond the Badlands workshop with @actionphototours We had amazing conditions with good sunrises, sunsets and clear milkyway skies and a really great group of photographers. It's always so fun to show people around my favorite locations and learn from each other in the process. • Photo stuff: Nikon D850, Tamron 15-30 f2.8 G2 @ f/13, iso 64 3 exposures bracketed around 1/40" and merged in Adobe Bridge. Further processing in Photoshop. f13 was used for the sun star. The smaller the aperture the larger the sun star and I prefer mine a little smaller than an f22 star because I dont want the star to overpower the composition.
Just finished up a great workshop in the Badlands with @actionphototours There were great skies, great light, lots of learning and an amazing group of photographers which didnt leave much time for sleep. I'm looking forward to editing the images! Check out @cobaltwood & @nicolepinophotography , two awesome people that endured my company for 5 days of bad jokes.
I never thought I would be someone that was always at work. This is the first weekend I've had off in a while and so far I have just spent it just hanging out with the wife. Tomorrow we will get up early for a little hike, it's been too long since I've been in the mountains or even picked up a camera. I'm really looking forward to spending some quality time in nature, even if it means I have to get up at 5am to beat the heat. • This image was from a flight over Capitol Reef and taken with a NIKON D850 and 24-120 f4. This combo makes up the majority of my shots because of its tremendous versatility.
The deserts of Utah have always had a hold on me. I just cant get enough of the endless variations and infinity views. With the first Outsiders Landscape Photography Conference in Kanab 2020 being sold out in just 2 months from Launch, it is clear that a lot of people feel the same way about Utah's incredible Landscape. Kanab, and its surroundings, is a photographer's heaven with limitless opportunities for exploration. Thank you for everyone's support and confidence in us. We will work tirelessly to ensure this is an epic and unique experience. A big shout out to our great speakers, conference organizers, and marketing hubs! If you weren't able to get a ticket for 2020 you can sign up for the waiting list and for future conference announcements ar outisdersphoto. com
The Outsiders is down the the last 15 spots so if you've been thinking about going, this is your last chance. Come and learn with 18 speakers and connect with 350 landscape photographers along with industry reps from Sony, Tamron, GoPro, Atlas Packs, Pictureline and many more. There will be lots of learning, connections made, giveaways, good food and amazing scenery. Visit outsidersphoto.com and use my code LEFEVRE150 to save yourself $150! • Photography stuff: This shot was taken with the Nikon D850 and Tamron 15-30 2.8 and 15mm, f14, iso 64 and focus stacked using the D850 automatic focus bracketing. It was then processed in Bridge and blended automatically in photoshop to achieve a sharp focus throughout the scene.
It's over 100 degrees here today so you wont see me hiking around the desert until the things cool off a bit. I'll be waiting as patiently as I can. • Follow @outsidersphoto for features of the talented photographers that will be speaking at the Outsiders Conference. There are only a few spots left to attend so if you've been considering going, dont wait too long. Use my code LEFEVRE150 to save $150! • Photography stuff: Foreground: @nikonusa D850, @tamronusa 15-30, 25", ISO 160, f/2.8 Milky Way: 5 exposure horizontal panorama. Each frame was made using a star tracker with 2 minute exposures, iso 800, f/2.8.
I woke up a few feet from this view last weekend with @ienjoyhiking It was a beautiful 50 degrees at about 10k feet in the Uintas. LAST CHANCE! Only a few spots remain for next year’s Outsiders Landscape Photography Conference in Kanab Utah as its 95% SOLD OUT. The discount codes will expire on August 1st so you only have about a week left to save $150 off your ticket with code LEFEVRE150. We are truly thrilled that in just a little over 2 months since launching, close to 350 people have registered for this great event! We are looking forward to hosting an amazing group who is coming in to learn from some of the top names in Landscape Photography including Art Wolfe, Nick Page, Michael Shainblum, Sarah Marino, Adam Gibbs, Nicki Frates, Alex Noriega, Suzanne Mathia and many more! Use LEFEVRE150 to save $150 off the registration. Discount EXPIRES August 1st ) See all the details at www.outsidersphoto . com Photography stuff: To bring the distand peaks closer I put on the telephoto and shot the scene at 155mm. At telephoto focal lengths the depth of field is shallow so I took several exposures focusing through the entire scene at f16 and then focus blended automatically in photoshop CC. Nikon D850, @nikonusa 70-300 AF-P. 155mm, f16
This lake looks a butterfly but it isn't named Butterfly Lake. What a shame. • Photography details: this view has long been one of my favorite views in the Uinta Mountains due to the obvious butterfly shape. To capture this scene I shot early morning with partly cloudy skies which gave the canyons some nice spotlighting. I used a @nikonusa D850 with a Nikon 70-300 AFP and a pano-head. This image consists of a series of 6 images taken horizontally with about 25% overlap at 85mm, f/11 and then stitched together in Adobe Bridge for a total pixel count of 123 megapixels in 16x9 ratio.
I'm ready to start complaining about winter again. • Photography stuff: I switched from my Nikon 14-24 2.8 a couple years ago in favor of the @tamronusa 15-30 2.8 G2 simply because the sun star is amazing. There is no compromise in sharpness or boca either and the range is just marginally more useful to my photography. While I do occasionally miss the slightly wider angle of the Nikon, I really love the Tamron.
"Water on Mars" After years of high pressure, a southern shift in the jet stream created some wonderfully wintery conditions throughout Southern Utah. •Shameless promotion: The Outsiders Landscape Photography Conference is just 1 ticket sale away from a big milestone and there are at the time of this post, only 51 tickets left! Come meet and learn from a bunch of world renowned photographers including Art Wolfe, Alex Noriega, Suzanne Mathia. Yes, you'll have to listen to me too but that's a good sacrifice to hear all of the other amazing speakers. Use code "LEFEVRE150" to save yourself $150 off your ticket at outsidersphoto.com #areyouanoutsider
"Populus Fremontii" Seeing recognizable objects or patterns in otherwise random or unrelated objects or patterns is called pareidolia. It’s a form of apophenia, which is a more general term for the human tendency to seek patterns in random information. I couldn't help but see the triangular, ovate shapes of the Populus Fremontii or Cottonwood Trees that grow not far from here.
Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people. I've never been a fan of doing anything "because that's the way it's always been done." Whenever I hear that phrase my mind immediately goes into inquisitive, almost defensive mode to determine if there is a better way or if there is any valid reason at all to continue doing whatever it is at all. With the impact that humans are having on the environment I think we all need to be asking ourselves what we can do different to secure a better future for our only home. Let me know your ideas for breaking tradition in search of a better way.
In less than two months close to 300 attendees have registered! Don’t miss your opportunity for the premier photography conference in March 2020 as it may soon be sold out! Use LEFEVRE150 to save $150 off registration! Our mission is to CONNECT a diverse group of landscape photographers, CAPTURE stunning images in the exquisite desert Southwest, and CONSERVE our environment by raising awareness to "leave it better than you found it!" Award winning photographer and life-long conservationist Art Wolfe will be the keynote speaker. He is joined by 17 renowned landscape photographers, including International Landscaper Photographer of the Year winners Adam Gibbs and Alex Noriega. @outsidersphoto www.outsidersphoto.com
Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves -Abraham Lincoln • Before low level LED was the standard for light painting I used various other flashlights and headlamps. It was difficult or impossible to get a consistent and replicable exposure from frame to frame but it was a lot of fun to play around. In general I had better luck if I could shine onto something other than my subject and use the reflected light to get a more diffused look. With @chaddutson 2014
"Ephemeral" A month later I am still so excited I was able to experience this desert bloom. These purple flowers lasted but a couple days even with the cooler temperatures this spring. It was surreal to see my favorite and familiar place saturated with veins of color sprouting from the cracked earth.
When we launched @outsidersphoto we had no idea how well it would be recieved but we are overwhelmed with the positive response. In just one month from launching, Outsiders is already 3/4 full! Space is limited and selling quickly. Don't miss out on your chance to be apart of this unique experience in Landscape Photography. We are offering $150 off to the remaining attendees. Visit outsidersphoto.com and use code "OUTSIDERS150" to secure your seat! See you in 2020!
A blanket of Yellow Bee Plant flowers in the Utah Desert. A display like this is rare and the span between blooms can be measured in decades. This was one of the special years and Emily and I took full advantage of the event along with cooler than normal temperatures to experience as much of the phenomenon as possible.
If Earth is the Mother then who is the Father? Either way, Happy Fathers Day to my Dad and to all of you fathers out there. We couldn't have done it without you. • The Outsiders Landscape Photography Conference is going to be an incredible event for learning and connecting. With 18 speakers including Art Wolfe, Alex Noriega, Sarah Marino, and Nick Page, there will be an overload of thoughtful and informative presentations. Visit outsidersphoto.com to learn more about Outsiders and if you want to join us in Kanab in 2020, use code LEFEVRE150 for a discounted ticket. #areyouanoutsider @outsidersphoto
Captured on a cold night with a few friends. This monolith was recently vandalized by some selfish A Holes. It's becoming a bit of an epidemic throughout our public lands. I understand this isn't a new problem and that people have been "leaving their mark" forever but with the increase in the population it is increasingly more important to educate people that this behavior is not ok.
I always feel bad for the cows grazing in the desert. There is no shelter from the elements and almost no food. The ecosystem is extremely fragile, too so the impact of cows is quite destructive. This area was recently opened to ATV usage which is a travesty but cows have been allowed to mess this place up for years anyway which always made me question the BLM's commitment to protecting the ecosystem and the endangered species that grow here.