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Earth Day “Slides”

Recently I read another outdoor photographer mention that their most important tool in photography was an alarm clock. Which immediately reminded me of this particular trip where I came to this same realization.

The following images are from a 2005 trip to Rabbit Island, near Vancouver Island in BC. All images were shot on Fuji Velvia film. Questions and comments are very welcome.

If you live innocently in suburbia and hardly ever venture beyond the “safety” of your bubble, well… I don’t know what to say. I only hope we can preserve this earth for future generations to enjoy. I’m not an educated environmentalist with tons of facts on how many acres of Amazon rain forest are being mowed down right now, or what you could possibly do in your daily life to help save the planet. I’m just a nature photographer who appreciates the feeling of peaceful isolation when waking up at 5:00 AM to go stand out in the cold, clear air in the middle of nowhere, waiting for the sun to rise…

Take care,

by Matthew Saville

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April 23, 2010 - 7:26 AM Pam Martin - Wow! This post makes me want to set my alarm clock :D I took a fall color workshop in UP Michigan back in 2000 and used Fuji Velvia 50 slide film. It's SO rich! Thanks for the inspiration!

April 23, 2010 - 10:45 AM Hannah - WOW... breathtaking, all of them! Thanks for sharing your favorite photography :)

April 23, 2010 - 11:09 AM Matthew Saville - Larry, thanks for mentioning the zone system. Actually, the way most of these image were shot, I DID use a spot meter and take note of various different brightness values. But, shooting on slide film with a lattitude of ~5 stops, or 6-7 with a GND, I don't have much to go by. The ultimate decision for exposure is usually based on a spot meter for the brightest highlight in the scene, and where I think I want it to lie "above" 0 EV. Usually this means I just spot meter over the brightest part of the sky, or the brightest part where I want detail, and put it at +2 or +2.5. Often I have to spot meter THROUGH the GND, and /or a circular polarizer. While there weren't very many deep blue skies to polarize, a polarization was essential for making a lot of the greens pop. :-) Take care, =Matt=

April 23, 2010 - 11:10 AM Tracy Grant - I remember that Island :>) Just took a walk in our woods and am putting up the photos now..nowhere as gorgeous as yours but my little Earth Day photo shoot.

April 23, 2010 - 1:41 PM Anna - Alarm clocks indeed.. I often need to set mine a half hour earlier than i need, as that snooze button is killer.. But they do come in handy for sure. Crazy to think I have been following you this long, but I remember these shots from xanga, and even before you were planning to go on that trip. Time flies. Love the greens in the first shots, I think it's a hard color to get right sometimes. I know my camera (and even one before this one) can do what I believe are color shifts/casts.. but haven't messed with it.

May 3, 2010 - 12:58 PM Maros Hana - a.k.a. Hanafoto - Great pics I thought I recognized the look of the land I lived in Vancouver for 13 years and my wife Nancy is from there great pics! Maros

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