There is no doubt that our planet is an astoundingly beautiful place. We still have the opportunity to conserve the resources we have left. This generation cares. Care is good, but action is better. The places featured above are examples of the majesty and mystery of our Earth. We need to do all we can to protect what is ours.
Stone Forest National Park, Yunnan, China
Gibson Steps (12 Apostles), Great Ocean Road, Australia
Giant’s Causeway is one of the coolest places I have ever been. It’s ancient and volcanic and primal. Geology is my one true love, and to be up close with something so perfect is overwhelming.
I took about 500 photographs in the few hours I spent there. I was losing daylight very quickly, and it had been raining for days, so the rocks were slick with algae and very slippery. I couldn’t bring my tripod with me, lest I sacrifice my balance and risk cracking my skull open. I had to settle for hand holding everything, which at the time seemed just fine, but in post I realized the error of my ways.
I kept my ISO as low as possible, to avoid noise. This, in turn, meant that I had to keep my aperture wide open, which was the biggest mistake I could have made in a place like this. I used my wide angle lens at 24mm, and my shallow depth of field coupled with the lens distortion created corners of my images that were blurry and just plain weird looking.
While this is a great photograph, it’s not THAT great. Lesson learned. Tripod backpack is on order from Amazon.