Laurent Baig – The Wild Light

October 18, 2010

Ponderosas

Ponderosas, Kaibab National Forest

I’m always fascinated with the reds of Ponderosa pines. As I was driving in the Kaibab national forest, I found several areas where the pines had the rich red bark which I’ve always wanted to make an image of.  I was on my way to Fire Point, when the light changed on me and made the colors come alive with a soft glow.  It happened right at this scene and I immediately pulled over and took a quick digisnap on my Canon G9 to check composition and rendering.  It looked good, so I pulled out the 4×5 to make this image.

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September 23, 2008

Top of Whale Dome

Filed under: climbing, Photography — Tags: , — Laurent @ 9:52 pm
Top of Whale Dome

Top of Whale Dome

Sunday, I got to go climbing with my friends Pat & Ryan and we climbed Moby Dick on Whale Dome. This is the view from the top.  This monzo granite cirque is in the Dragoon Mountains which has some of the finest climbing in Arizona.  I don’t much care for images taken during the day, but we couldn’t really hang around as Ryan forgot sunscreen and was getting blistered by the minute.  I’d love to just bivy overnight here sometime.

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September 18, 2008

Dogs in the Park

Filed under: Around Tucson, Photography — Tags: , , — Laurent @ 5:34 pm
Dogs in Park

Dogs in Park

My girlfriend is in Costa Rica for two weeks so I get to water the plants, feed and walk the dogs, take care of the house.  All those things that she does (only cuz she has more free time than me!) .  So this morning I got up bright and early to take the pups on a walk.  The blond is Guapo and the brunette is Blade.  They’re both really good dogs.  Anyway, we were looping around the park and I like the light so I played a bit. This is about an hour after sunrise.  I’d never photograph in this light if I were doing a landscape.  But having a little pocket RAW camera really let’s you play and experiment.  Maybe if I find the right scene (and I’d have to have a reflector to compensate for the flash I used), this kind of light would be very dramatic.

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September 12, 2008

Guard Dog, Good Doggy

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Guard Dog, Good Doggy

Guard Dog, Good Doggy

While photographing a field of wild iris just off the road to Bodie Ghost Town in California back in June, three white fluffy dogs came running at me full bore intent on ripping my head off.  I figured there was nothing I could do but wait to see if this was where I was going to meet my maker, but the dogs stopped about 10-15 feet away, barked a bit more and then wandered around.  Apparantly, they had yelled enough at me and gotten their point across that I was not to bother the sheep up the hill that they were guarding.  They wandered around  while I was photographing occasionally giving me a grrr, but otherwise stood around looking quite majestic.

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Kelly Canyon Meets Pumphouse Wash

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Kelly Canyon Ends

Kelly Canyon Ends

Not too long ago, I was in Flagstaff.  I’ve often come to this point since the first time I hiked up Kelly Canyon which is a wonderful little sojourn in Ponderosa Pine Forest south of Flagstaff.  This day it happened to be raining and the moisture added some saturation to the image which was welcome.  I’m not sure I’ve made a fabulous image, but I do think that I’ve succeeded in conveying the feeling of the junction of Kelly Canyon with Pumphouse Wash.  I hiked further down Pumphouse wash and got to a 20-30 foot waterfall but didn’t find another photogenic location.  I’d meant to make it to the confluence with James Canyon so that I’d have my bearings when I finally do these two canyons as a loop (James Canyon requires a 40 ft rappel and a few swims). But the waterfall and the rain convinced me to turn around early.

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September 9, 2008

Yoga Landscapes

Filed under: Around Tucson, Photography, yoga — Tags: , , , , — Laurent @ 12:26 am
Jade, Tree Pose

Jade, Tree Pose

In trying to think of where to go with my photography, I’m starting to pay attention to my #1 model (and beautiful girlfriend).  So let me introduce her:  meet Jade.  You may also recognize this scene from a few posts ago where I rendered the scene in color.  Yoga is on and off again part of my life.  Trying to keep a healthful lifestyle is difficult and I’m on again, off again with both yoga and running.  Be that as it may, I think there’s some beautiful images to be made involving yoga and the landscape. With lovely girlfriend who likes to hike as well, I just may take more yoga photography!

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September 7, 2008

Flagstaff Meadow

Filed under: Photography — Tags: , , , , — Laurent @ 7:15 pm
Flagstaff Meadow

Flagstaff Meadow

Last weekend I spent in the Flagstaff area.  Storms were moving in and out every day.  It was a nice weekend to spend up in the cooler temperatures – I needed a break from the desert heat.  I got no fantastic colors, but the mood was set by ominous storm clouds – a mood which I tried to represent in this image of this meadow between Upper and Lower Lake Marys.

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September 5, 2008

Crepuscular Rays

Filed under: Photography — Tags: , , , , — Laurent @ 2:09 am
crepuscular rays

crepuscular rays

Last night I came home from my dayjob (yay, dayjob, and there was much rejoicing!) and as I walked into the house, I saw the sun behind some clouds creating some of the strongest crepuscular rays I’ve seen.  I ran inside to grab my Canon G9 for a quick handheld snapshot.  Light fascinates me as it plays not only upon the sky particles, but also on the ground.  Most of the time, I can’t find a good enough composition to warrant making an image with the 4×5, but sometimes it’s nice to just play as I did here.

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