Since entering the world of landscape Photography in 2013, I’ve become fascinated with the human element and how it not only provides a needed sense of scale but how it also strengthens a viewer’s connection to an image. Over the past year or so, I’ve put together a ‘People in Nature’ collection. I’m very proud of many of the images in the collection particularly those shot against the night sky.
I’ve really enjoyed using my Induro Tripods while creating this series. Having a high quality and reliable tripod/ball head from Induro was essential for me to get the shots given the need for absolute stability over the course of long or multiple exposures.
Andrew Studer trekking through northern Iceland while carrying our CLT 204. BTS Image courtesy of Clara Kajnas.
In this blog post, I’ve included images from my ‘People in Nature’ series and some behind the scenes explanations on how each image was captured.
For this image, I began capturing two blue hour foreground shots at different focus points for maximum sharpness. Without moving the tripod, I then connected my intervalometer remote to my camera and went out near the rock formation for the ‘person layer.’ After that, I waited an hour or so for the moon to get into the position I liked and took the sky layer.
Because the entire image consisted of several layers that were later blended together, I relied on the consistency and stability of the CLT 404.
Moonlight illuminates Arches National Park. Andrew Studer using our CLT 404 as he captures multiple blue hour shots that will later be blended for focus. Image courtesy of Toby Harriman.
While it’s certainly uncommon to photograph the Milky Way with a moon out, this image is one of my favorites from the series.
This image was taken at the Trona Pinnacles, CA. There are so many incredible and unique rock formations there that create such an otherworldly look. Because it was so dark out, I wandered through the area visualizing possible compositions while snapping some wide, long exposures to better see the structures.
I relied on my Induro BHD1 Ball Head to precisely pinpoint and adjust my composition to involve the leading line coming from the bottom left edge of the frame.
Once I had my composition set, I locked up the ball head and focused stacked to retain detail in the textures. After that, I shot a layer of my friend Kevin who climbed up below the milky way.
Because the moon was quickly rising, the stars began to fade so having a reliable tripod and ball head was essential for me to capture what I envisioned for this image.
The Milky Way over the Trona Pinnacles taken during moonrise
Andrew Studer using our CLT 304 as he photographs the unique desert formations of the Trona Pinnacles, California. Image Courtesy of Ian Woo.
Finally, this image was taken at Moraine Lake during sunrise in the Canadian Rockies. To capture this image, I put on a Gradient ND Filter by Vu Filters (now called Benro Filters. and set my intervalometer remote to take photos every three seconds. As the camera was automatically taking photos on my CLT 204, I climbed out to the rock and tried a variety of ‘poses’ / positions. Because I couldn’t quite see what they looked like from the camera, it was really helpful to take multiple images so that I could find one that worked well with my composition.
Andrew Studer takes in the view of Moraine Lake during sunrise in the Canadian Rockies
Our CLT 204 in action with Vu Filter (now called Benro Filters)
I hope you enjoyed the series and the ‘behind the scenes’ informational. Whether it’s yourself or a friend, including a person in your landscape images can enhance your images and bring your work to a new level. Thanks for reading and feel free to check out more of my ‘People in Nature’ work here