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Jay Patel

I Shoot Therefore I Am

I can start off like this – “Seeds of Jay Patel’s appreciation for beautiful places were planted early in his childhood….” but it would get boring really fast. I will just sum it up and say that I am a Landscape and Wilderness Photographer who loves to capture dramatic light. My photographs have been published in various magazines, calendars and advertising materials throughout the world. 

+Varina Patel and I offer variety of educational material such as ebooks, offer workshops and webinars to help you learn photography. Click below to find out more:

WEBSITE | EBOOKS | WORKSHOPS | FACEBOOK

If you are still interested in finding out more here are few linksAhaDaily Interview with Jay PatelTWiP: Varina and Jay Patel with Frederick Van JohnsonCamerapixo No.25 – Interview with Varina and Jay PatelThe Candid Frame #148 – Ibarionex Perello interviews Jay PatelAperture Academy: Photographers of the Month – Varina and Jay PatelNik Radio Interview with Varina and JayVarina and Jay Patel on Trey’s V


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About 6 weeks ago Ablaze, Nicaragua

I have been to Volcane Masaya twice and both the times the light show was something to die for. On my last trip (leading a +The Giving Lens workshop) I took this photo while standing next to one of the participants as she worked with my GND filters. The sky was just freaking fantastic. 

How was this photo created?
This photo is difficult one to take and even difficult to process. First you had to deal with the wind...and then they was the smoke that rose above the horizon that posed a blending challenge. This image was created using our iHDR workflow using three bracketed shot. 

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About 8 weeks ago The Magnificent Kirkjufoss, Iceland
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This is a difficult location to shoot...and even more difficult location NOT to. The land and the water surrounding this place is just magnificent in every way. This was our first visit to Kirkjufoss and we were lucky enough to get some decent light. 

How was this image created?
This is blend of three separate images created using our iHDR manual blending workflow. The dynamic range was extreme and I did not bracket wide enough, but was able to pull the details out of the shadows using a RAW file. 

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About 10 weeks ago The Light Within, Iceland
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Photography is all about light...and we look for unique and magnificent light like this as much as possible. On our last visit to Iceland we found this in a canyon carved out by the waterfall. The canyon was covered with moss and unless you want to stand in the shower it would be highly advisable not go there. 

How was this image created?
This image required special consideration because we were dealing with extreme conditions. Here is a short article on how we created this image: 

http://visualwilderness.com/quick-tips/shooting-in-the-mist

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About 11 weeks ago Elakala Falls, Blackwater Falls State Park, WV
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I love Blackwater Falls State Park as it offers some fascinating locations to photograph. I took this photo back in earl 2000s from one of my favorite locations to photograph: Elakala Falls. If you are ever in this area I would not miss an opportunity to visit this location. 

How was this photo created?
This is an easy photo to compose, but rather difficult photograph to process as the rocks around the falls are often times in deep shade. To get over this I took one photo and processed and twice and then combined it using our iHDR workflow to keep the natural look of the area. Our timing to visit this location coincided with the spring when 

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About 2 weeks ago All Ferns Point to the Falls, Big Island, Hawaii

We arrived at this location in pouring rain....and it was a challenge to make shoot without getting the water droplets on the lens. But having some protective gear goes a long way to make it happen. In case you are interested to join us in a workshop in Hawaii - Here is more info: 

http://photographybyvarina.com/workshops/oct-2014-workshop-big-island-hawaii

How was this photo created?
I used a circular polarizer to reduce the glare from the wet planes. I wanted to place the falls in center of the two ferns so that each of them would lead the viewer to the falls. Then I waited for the rain to let up a bit before taking this shot. The focus point was selected using the hyperfocal distance so that the entire scene is sharply in focus.

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About 7 weeks ago Step Into My World, Shoal Bay, Australia

BEST VIEWED LARGE - To step into into it and forget the winter blues for a while (specially if you are on the east coast of US). This was the scene that we photographed on our last day of filming the Ultimate Landscape Photography Course. While we were shooting the sunrise, Dolphins played just yards away from the shore and the weather was picture perfect. 

How was this image created?
This was an easy image to compose, but difficult image to capture due to the extreme dynamic range. I hard to bracket and then use our iHDR workflow to combined three different images into a natural looking image. The composition was selected to capture the reflections in the foreground. 

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About 9 weeks ago Cascade Ponds, Banff National Park, CA
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Where is the mud and the rocks? This place was a challenge for us to shoot....the summer floods had left this beautiful locations looking like a disaster zone. There was rocks and mud every where. +Varina Patel even sank half way up to her knee when she took a wrong step. 

How was this image created?
The challenge was come up with a composition such that the devastation of the location was hidden. We used a wide angle perspective and reflections to hide all the rocks and mud from the viewers. The dynamic range of this image required me to combine three separate exposure using our manual blending workflow. 

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About 9 weeks ago Breaking the Rules!!, Banff National Park, Canada
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Sometimes light just makes an unexpected show in the wrong direction....and what happens when it does? You turn around and shoot in the wrong direction. Almost 90 degreees to the left of me was picturesque Mt. Rundle with rather boring blue skies....so I ignore it. 

How did I do?

How was this photo created?
This is a manually blended shot of three bracketed images created using our iHDR workflow. The composition was chosen to break the rules by placing the horizon in dead center because I wanted both the sky and the foreground. What were some of the challenges? Wind!! I had to deal with the ghosting in the foreground. ;)

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About 3 weeks ago Waterfall Blues

As a follow-up to my posting while traveling in Iceland, I've now added this image and backstory to my website portfolio and other web-sharing locations.  My original post for this image (posted while I was in Iceland) had over 500 shares on google+!  Holy cow, folks!!!  :-)

Among the more challenging places I explored in Iceland were the incredibly gorgeous blue water cascades of Brúarfoss. I was drawn to the area from pictures I'd seen but was also pretty discouraged by the difficulty I'd heard I'd run into in just finding it. In-fact, I removed it from my planned list of places to go at one point... and boy am I glad I put it back on!

When I first found it, I understood why people had such a hard time getting there. Two of the routes go through a neighborhood with gated entrances while the other one is a less direct route but fortunately has no gate (when I was there in March, 2014). I headed into the neighborhood without the gate and eventu
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About 3 weeks ago The Magnificent Elowah Falls, Oregon

I love the Columbia River Gorge...and last time we were there the conditions were just perfect to shoot Elowah Falls. We arrived here in spring on a heavy overcast day and I stood in frigid water to take this shot. A little numb feed were small price to pay for something like this. Don't you agree?

How was this image created?
This is simple photo to capture and required only a single exposure to capture the dynamic range. However I took two exposure at different shutter speeds to capture the flow lines in the water and then later combined them in Photoshop using our iHDR workflow. 

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