Blog: The Sentinel Series - 8/13/2020

Announcing my new Sentinel Series of five photographs taken from the same location throughout the seasons. Quaking aspens are my favorite trees and when this grove caught my eye I became intrigued with them. These are all panoramic vertical images in 2:1 or 5:2 ratio. I hope you enjoy them!

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primaveral sentinels

UINTA-WASATCH-CACHE NATIONAL FOREST, UTAH, USA

Limited Edition of 50 Museum Grade, Fine Art Prints.

This photograph is part of my Sentinel Series of 5 photographs taken though out the seasons.

Primaveral is from the Latin and is relating to early spring. This is the time of the year after the snow has melted and the buds are getting ready to open on the trees but nature is still waking up from her winter slumber. I took this photograph on May 3, 2020 just days after the snow had melted in the area. It was a rainy day, and you could feel spring in the air waiting in the silence, ready to rise out of the ground from the morning mist. I love the glow of these quaking aspen trees shinning in the gloom as they wake and begin to stretch their leaves and reach for the warmth of the sun.

This panoramic photograph was made by taking multiple horizontal images panning from bottom to top and then stitching them together in Adobe Lightroom. I then cropped the image to a 2:5 ratio panoramic.

Primaveral Sentinels shown as a 20x50 inch Aluminum Mount in Homestead frame.


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Spring Sentinels

UINTA-WASATCH-CACHE NATIONAL FOREST, UTAH, USA

Limited Edition of 50 Museum Grade, Fine Art Prints.

This photograph is part of my Sentinel Series of 5 photographs taken though out the seasons.

May 25, 2020 just 22 days after I took the photograph 'Primaveral Sentinels' I took this image. What a difference 22 days makes. Lush green life had returned to the forest, the new growth glowing green in the warm spring air. The quaking aspen trees are fully awake now, singing their songs as the wind rustles their leaves, shimmering in the light. The birds have returned and their songs echo through the woods. These sentinels see all, the comings and goings of people, moose, deer, birds, the changing light. Life abounds.

This panoramic photograph was created by taking multiple horizontal images panning from bottom to top and then stitching them together in Adobe Lightroom and then cropping to make this 2:5 ratio panoramic.

Spring Sentinels shown as a 30x75 inch Museum Acrylic Mount print.

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Summer Sentinels

UINTA-WASATCH-CACHE NATIONAL FOREST, UTAH, USA

Limited Edition of 50 Museum Grade, Fine Art Prints.

This photograph is part of my Sentinel Series of 5 photographs taken though out the seasons.

I have always loved the green of summer. Sometimes it is so green you can smell it after the heat of the day begins to cool and the trees and grass release their summer scents, I love times like that. This was one of those days. It was July 5, 2020 and we were hanging out at our cabin. I had taken some images earlier in the day but I knew they would not be good so I went back before the sun got too low and went behind the mountain. I wanted the summer sun highlighting the leaves and trunks of the quaking aspen trees and my second try worked perfectly. I love the warm light, the green leaves fluttering in the breeze and the pretty little geraniums flowers in the grass.

This is multiple horizontal photographs panning from bottom to top and then stitched together and cropped in Adobe Lightroom to this 2:5 ratio panoramic.

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Autumn Sentinels

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Utah, USA

Limited Edition of 50 Museum Grade, Fine Art Prints.

This photograph is part of my Sentinel Series of 5 photographs taken though out the seasons.

My wife's family has a cabin near Oakley Utah and we love spending time there. I can literally walk out the door and take fantastic photographs. I noticed these aspen trees right by the gate in the fall of 2019 and I loved the whole scene, the green grass littered with yellow leaves, the white trunks against the yellow, red and green of the bushes and the golden yellow canopy with the sunlight poking through.

I shot multiple horizontal images panning up after each to capture the full height of the forest and then stitched them together in Lightroom to create this 2:1 ratio panoramic that can be blown up to 48 inches wide. I love how this turned out.

Autumn Sentinels shown as a 40x80 inch Aluminum Mount print in a Roma Bourbon frame.



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Winter Sentinels

UINTA-WASATCH-CACHE NATIONAL FOREST, UTAH, USA

Limited Edition of 50 Museum Grade, Fine Art Prints.

This photograph is part of my Sentinel Series of 5 photographs taken though out the seasons.

"When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter." Phil from the movie Groundhog Day

I love the last line from the above movie quote. I love winter and how the snow changes everything. I love the cold in my nose, the smell of snow, the trees drooping under the blanket of winter, I love the white of it all. I took this photograph on November 29, 2019 during the Thanksgiving weekend just after a snowstorm dumped 18 inches of snow. I was zoomed in a little more and stood further to the right in this image than the others because I liked the composition. I love how this turned out with the aspen trees gracefully reaching skyward, the snow covered branches and little touch of red choke cherry leaves at the bottom.

I shot multiple horizontal images panning upward and then stitched them together to create this 2:1 ratio panoramic.

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