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Russ Glindmeier (russg) Interview

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)


Keywords: landscape, hdr, travel, photography, russg

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It was a thrill collaborating with Russ on this feature.  He has the eye of an artist and the technical skills to tune his camera to capture images that are awe-inspiring. Residing in Phoenix, Arizona Russ shared the following information which comprises the rest of this feature.

01

Cathedral Canyon, Lake Powell
Nikon D300, Sigma 10-20mm @ 10mm, f/8, 1/125s, IS0 200
Hand held from a boat, 3 horizontal exposures, stitched in Photoshop
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 “The U.S. desert Southwest provides almost limitless opportunities for landscape and travel photography.  I have been fortunate to photograph much of the Western United States, but there are still a number of locations on my bucket list.

02

Fossil Creek, Arizona
Nikon D300, Sigma 10-20 @ 11mm, f/16, ISO 200, on tripod
4 exposures, 1 f-stop apart, merged in Photomatix Pro
Click for an enlargement

 

I am primarily a landscape shooter, but I’ve always owned a boat of some type or another, and I’ve found that a boat is an excellent platform for landscape photography, with an often unique perspective.  The two activities go very well together.

03

White Sands National Monument
Nikon D800E, Nikon 24-120mm f/4 VR @ 40mm, f/11, 1/8s, ISO 100 on tripod.
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I don’t recall exactly how I discovered Nikonians, but I would imagine it was from a web search of some sort.  I became a member in 2007, right about the time I start getting serious about landscape photography.  I’d owned a D70. for a couple of years, and had recently upgraded to a D200 about that time. 
 

04

Four Peaks from Saguaro Lake, Arizona
Nikon D300, Nikon 16-85mm VR @ 58mm, f/5.6, ISO 200
Hand held from a boat, 3 exposures, 2 f-stops apart
Merged in Photomatix Pro
Click for an enlargement

 

Time constraints pretty much limits my participation at Nikonians to the Landscape Forum, but I enjoy participating in the monthly challenges, and always appreciate the kind comments other Nikonians offer when I post photographs.  I continue to be inspired by the high level of work posted by other Nikonians that can always be seen in the Landscape Forum.

05

Pima Point, South Rim of the Grand Canyon
Nikon D300 Nikon 16-85 VR @ 16mm, f/16, 1/15sec, ISO 200 on tripod
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At Nikonians I have benefited from technical information and gear recommendations, but what really keeps me coming back is the warm recognition I get from posting my work, and the pleasure of offering the same to others regarding their work.  It is this sharing of each other’s vision and execution that really keeps me coming back.

06

Crystal Mill, Colorado
Nikon D800E, Nikon16-35 f/4 VR @ 19mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 100
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Number one on my list of tips would be to recommend keeping photography fun.  Shoot what you love shooting, and get out and do it as often as possible.  Shooting often and regularly will keep you familiar with the technical aspects of your gear, and dedicate only to exercise and improve the creative aspects of your photography.

07

Totem Pole and Yei Bi Chei, Monument Valley
Nikon D300, Nikon 16-85mm VR @ 26mm, f/8, ISO 200, on tripod
3 exposures, 2 f-stops apart, merged in Photomatix Pro
Click for an enlargement

 

In addition to that, continue to improve your digital darkroom skills.  I am and always will be a student of photography.  I’m taking an advanced Lightroom/Photoshop all-day workshop next month.  I’ve never taken a photograph that couldn’t be improved to some degree in postproduction, and I’m always looking to improve my skill set in that area.

08

Crater Lake National Park
D200, Nikon 18-200 VR @ 18mm, f/22, ISO 100, on tripod
3 exposures, 1 f-stops apart, merged in Photomatix Pro
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It would be impossible to single out a particular memorable experience as a photographer.  I’ve been shooting landscapes to one degree or another since high school, and that was a long time ago.  But being an enthusiast of landscape photography has put me in a position to witness larger-than-life spectacles of nature more times than I can count, and that I otherwise would never have experienced.  Being able to capture those experiences in a photograph has provided me a lifetime of memories that I always enjoy sharing with others.”

09

Valley View, Yosemite National Park
D300, Nikon 16-85 VR @ 26mm, f/16, ISO 200, on tripod
3 exposures, 2 stops apart, merged in Photomatix Pro
Click for an enlargement

 

This has been very enjoyable reviewing these lovely images and to see that they have been taken with a variety of cameras, lenses, and even from a boat is motivating.  All shots with great quality and are delightful to review.  Thanks so much Russ for sharing your talent and knowledge.

You may also want to visit his profile.

 

Originally written on January 11, 2018

Last updated on September 5, 2018

Marsha Edmunds Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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11 comments

Russ Glindmeier (russg) on February 1, 2018

Awarded for his win in the Nikonians Best 2016 Photo Contest

Thanks so much for all the positive comments. Your support is greatly appreciated. Russ

Kathy Cavallaro (Cavy2) on January 30, 2018

Awarded for her continuing willingness to keep on learning and to share her knowledge with others in the Nikonians spirit

Stunning images as usual Russ! I've been a fan for many years. Always find your images an inspiration and something to strive for!

Tom Jacob (sevendayimages) on January 24, 2018

Awarded for his continuous knowledge and images sharing with community members Awarded for his win at the Best of Nikonians 2016 Photo Contest

Oustanding shots Russ. A Master of Landscape photography. I enjoyed your article a lot and agree on the "I am and always will be a student of photography." Thanks for sharing this, both to you and Marsha.

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on January 20, 2018

JRP is one of the co-founders, has in-depth knowledge in various areas. Awarded for his contributions for the Resources

Dennis, landscape photos usually have a lot of contrast between the sky, land and water (if there is), which is typically very difficult for your camera´s sensor to deal with in just one photo. With HDR, you can capture the sky's detail without making the land look too dark, and vice versa by shooting a set of images at different exposures. This is equivalent to make a set of single shots and then blend them in Photoshop, although HDR software can do it faster and usually better. Then comes fine-tuning color and contrast, but all in all, it usually doesn´t mean excessive manipulation at all. It is a process that further expands the native dynamic range of the camera and it can look as natural as seen with your own eyes.

Dennis Crawford (Loadmaster1) on January 20, 2018

Why do you have to manipulate your photos so much?

John D. Roach (jdroach) on January 20, 2018

Fellow Ribbon awarded. John exhibits true Nikonian spirit by frequently posting images and requesting comments and critique, which he graciously accepts. He is an inspiration to all of us through constant improvement in his own work, keen observations and excellent commentary on images posted by others. Donor Ribbon. Awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Donor Ribbon awarded for his most generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2017

It has been a joy to see your work, Russ, through the years of my Nikonians membership. The article and the examples of your images in the article are wonderful.

Mike Elfner (Mike 11) on January 17, 2018

Excellent article, great inspiration, thanks for sharing. BTW: Love your subtle signature. What font did you use, please?

Norman Goos (normangoos1) on January 17, 2018

Excellent use of color contrast. Thanks for sharing.

Russell Whittemore (rosewood_ltd) on January 16, 2018

Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2017

Great to see more of your work again, Russ. You are one of the contributors here who I consistently look to for inspiration and one the bars I set my myself against when judging the quality of my own work.

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on January 15, 2018

JRP is one of the co-founders, has in-depth knowledge in various areas. Awarded for his contributions for the Resources

Excellent work, Russ Thanks for sharing.

David Summers (dm1dave) on January 11, 2018

Awarded for high level knowledge and skills in various areas, most notably in Wildlife and Landscape Writer Ribbon awarded for his excellent article contributions to the Nikonians community Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015

Thank you for sharing Russ, your work is inspiring.

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