Purple Haze

16 06 2011


Purple Haze, originally uploaded by Stefan Hofer.

St. John, US Virgin Islands – The sun was going down and I spotted this interesting rock formation. I moved around for quite some time trying to figure out what looked best, and decided this composition was most pleasant. As the sun started going down, the clouds were not lighting up like I had hoped. But nevertheless, they formed rock shapes, and perfectly match the rocks in the foreground – I like that continuity. The sailboats were great too…it really places the viewers feelings, because obviously with mountainous terrain, many sailboats, a beautiful sunset, white sand beaches, it means only one thing…Caribbean baby!





Swirl of Erosion

11 06 2011


Swirl of Erosion, originally uploaded by Stefan Hofer.

Virgin Gorda, The Baths – massive granite rocks piled on top of each other, waves crashing on the beach and on top of the rocks, with swirling water streams carving interesting formations. This was the scene I experienced at The Baths, and I successfully captured the essence of how it felt with this photo.





Swirl of Erosion

10 06 2011


Swirl of Erosion, originally uploaded by Stefan Hofer.

Virgin Gorda, The Baths – massive granite rocks piled on top of each other, waves crashing on the beach and on top of the rocks, with swirling water streams carving interesting formations. This was the scene I experienced at The Baths, and I successfully captured the essence of how it felt with this photo.





Sea of Electricity

7 06 2011


Sea of Electricity, originally uploaded by Stefan Hofer.

Prickly Pear Island, Virgin Gorda – The light was scintillating off the sand on the bottom of the ocean, and it looked just like electricity. I kept the camera on continuous high and snapped off about 50 photos. I liked this one the best because it pulls the eye through the photo. The sand ridges at the bottom also guide the eye up and to the back of the photo. The cloud in the sky acts as an anchor. I really like how the sweeping beach and various lines in the clouds, sand, and ocean bottom seem to converge exactly where the cloud is located. The composition is really dynamic.





Vicissitude

21 04 2011


Vicissitude, originally uploaded by Stefan Hofer.

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Vicissitude means regular change or succession of one state or thing to another – literally everything in this photograph is moving simultaneously and changing, and the Spring storm marks the change of season, another definition of vicissitude. The cloud coverage was excellent and I knew I had an epic scene unfolding in front of my eyes and lens. I rushed out to the middle of Rollins Savanna while thinking of compositions and things I could photograph. A week or two before taking this picture, I attempted photographing something similar, and loved how the yellow grass stood out in front of the dark sky. However, that previous photo was just ok, and was never processed. As I rushed towards the middle, I thought of the previous attempt and figured I could make an awesome photo. I was wearing my special fly fishing outfit i.e. waterproof waders and boots, and ran around the edge of the swamp to find the best composition. I found this, with the long sweeping line moving from bottom right to upper right. I also included the right reeds and the island reed in the distance to draw the eye further along the water pathway which begins at the bottom right moving upward through the pic. After finding my compo, I saw some magnificent clouds rolling in, and a gaping hole within the sky floating closer and closer to my vantage point. The hole in the clouds made for a very interesting shot, as the blue sky and pink clouds mixed together with the dark clouds above, provided stunning contrasts. The clouds were absolutely insane, because there were so many different colors. I saw so many different shades of blue I couldn’t begin counting them. Just look at the clouds in the distance on the horizon and you’ll begin to understand what I’m talking about. As the hole in the clouds drifted closer to me, I began taking photos. I loved this particular photo the most, because the reflection in the reeds really grabs your attention. The blue spot in the water provides another great contrast between sky and reed, and also gives the photo even more color. It also helps move the eye quicker throughout the reeds, and helps “ground” the eye in the photo, as if it’s an anchor. I wanted to capture the wind moving the reeds and decided the 5 second capture was perfect…not too much movement, just enough. The clouds also feel as if they are moving (because they are lol) and streak across the sky like fluid. There are small ripples in the photo which also guide the eye as they form bent lines that move throughout. The reflections also move the eye up and down. The dark clouds border the photo, so the eye has no where else to wander except within the frame. The long shutter also helped smooth the water, which is what I was going for, to make the reflections more dramatic. I love this photo, and feel it’s one of my best. Maybe mother nature agrees, because while packing up my bag after the session was over, I looked over and saw 25 or so deer about 50 ft away from me, either grazing or watching me, or watching the clouds in the distance. What a great surprise to see all these cool creatures so close, and so many, after such a cool experience!

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Dragon Breath

20 04 2011


Dragon Breath, originally uploaded by Stefan Hofer.

Went out to the beach to catch the sunrise like I customarily do and found this gorgeous scene in front of me. I saw a lot of ripples in the sand and wanted to capture the best looking ripples that really guided the eye throughout the photo. After searching many spots I finally decided to hunker down here. For me, the ripples pull the eye in from the left corner and moves to the first stack of grass. Then the eye fights to go left, and then finally right again. I positioned myself so the sun would poke up through the gap between the two distant dunes, and up above the dune in the foreground – I like how the sun emphasizes the first dune. There was some very translucent clouds between the gap and when sunlight hit them, they illuminated as if a dragon was breathing. I tried slowing down the shutter as well, to get a feeling a movement throughout the grasses, and to capture more of flow like lava clouds.

It’s been a while since I last posted! Been busy figuring out the move to Toronto, and busy working on some trading stuff. Will have more posts coming out now, until I go to the Virgin Islands in 2 weeks! Cheers everyone, hope you are well!





_DSC7859November 13, 2010.jpg

13 04 2011


_DSC7859November 13, 2010.jpg, originally uploaded by Stefan Hofer.

What a scene from Malaysia!

Been working on some trading stuff lately – sorry for the lull in postings. Will begin posting more next week. I have heaps of goodies i.e. photos to post! Stay tuned. Cheers!








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