Student Showcase: Robert Beideman

Today, we are pleased to feature the incredible work of Robert Beideman. He has been on two of our workshops – in Utah’s beautiful Vermilion Cliffs region, and the Florida Everglades. Robert searches for a unique perspective with each of his images, and he uses dramatic light to great effect. His processing skills are excellent, and his technical knowledge is incredible. You can see more of his work on his website:

Here are just a few of his beautiful images…

Anne’s Beach Sunrise
Nikon D700, 17mm @ f9, 1/5th sec and 5 seconds, ISO200

“This image was captured a day or two before the most recent Everglades workshop along a rare sandy stretch of the Florida Keys. I’d photographed the sunset at this same location the night before, and vowed to get back for the sunrise the next morning. I’m glad that we made the return trip, as the sky was filled with all the brilliant reds and purples that I could’ve hoped for!

Backlit trees are a particular challenge in photography, especially at times of very little light and a stiff breeze…when the long exposures required to capture the detail have the undesirable effect of allowing the breeze to move your subject around significantly.

This particular image was originally two exposures (one for the sky and one for the tree and beach)…iHDR’d together.”

Fog Over Pine Glades
Nikon D700, 400mm @ f5.6, 2 seconds, ISO400

“My close photographer friend and I had been hoping for fog our entire time in the Everglades (we were there for over a week). Considering that it was the middle of winter…a time of year when fog seems to be less prevalent, we began to lose hope. But the last morning that we were in Florida, we woke to a thick blanket of fog in Florida City, and decided to make one more trip out to Pine Glades lake before rushing ourselves back to Miami airport…

This was one of the first shots of that morning…when the sky was just beginning to display any detail. The fog that was resting over the lake had already begun to thin and lift by the time we’d got our gear set up. The result: we have a series of images that, over the course of no more than 10 minutes, went from a lake shrouded in dense fog to a lake with a crystal clear sunrise backdrop.

There’s no doubt that this is an image that evokes feelings of serenity…just as the scene itself did that particular morning.”

Lone Cypress
Nikon D700, 14-24mm f2.8 lens (set at 15mm), “f-stop who-cares”…it’s a 15mm lens, ISO200, f13, 1/400th

“Captured with a 14-24mm full-frame lens, this image is shot almost straight up from the base of one of the larger Dwarf Cypresses that I could find during our Everglades Workshop. Varina and Jay had challenged us to focus on subject isolation in the middle of a field that was loaded with these Dwarf Cypress trees. This is the perspective that seemed to work best in my mind. There’s very minimal processing on this one, as I made certain to have the sun at my back so that the tree would be lit to balance with the exposure for the sky.”

Reflections at Portland Head Light
D200 (DX Crop Sensor), 24mm, ISO200, f11, 2s and 4s. Two images iHDR’d.

“It turns out that I decided to drive west to Utah from Boston for the Southern Utah and Vermillion Cliffs workshop last November..taking a week to stop at a few business meetings along the way…taking a day at Badlands National Park…and taking another week in Utah for a few days of shooting before I met up with the Workshop crew in early November.

To prepare for the drive, I decided that I really should make sure the Jeep was in good condition. So, with that in mind…and with the fact that the leaves had REALLY been changing up in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine…I decided to get away (in the Jeep) one October weekend to see how things looked.

I ended up in Portland, ME one night. I’d never been to the Portland lighthouse, despite it’s incredible history….and despite my proximity (I’m based in Boston)!

Not having the chance to scout out the location, I showed up and the tide was completely out…and up in Maine the tidal changes are rather significant. After climbing down the rocks and searching for the right composition, I was treated to a pastel sunset that seemed to hang on for an unusually long time.

The small pools of saltwater in the cavities of the rocks stay captive until the tide returns to reclaim them. I, on the other hand, stayed captivated until the darkness claimed the setting sun.

This image is two images HDR’d…but not much else has been done to this image. It was shot at sunset…with the light already at the edge of the horizon. Got in a bit of trouble for keeping three very kind Maine Troopers from getting the park closed…but hey…these things happen!”

Thank you for allowing us to share your work, Robert!

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