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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 4 days ago Magnificent Milford Sound, New Zealand
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As you can see from the sky we got two picture perfect days in Milford Sound on the South Island. This place is difficult to photograph in fall as due to extreme dynamic range, but when sky lights up like this you have to take few shots. ;)

How was this image created?
As you may have guessed, this is a manual blended image created out of three separate shots. The manual blending was accomplished using our iHDR workflow to retain the natural look of the image.  I could not use any filters because it would darken the top of the mountains too much case a loss of all the details. 

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About 10 weeks ago The Wanaka Tree, New Zealand

We got some of the most breath taking weather in New Zealand. We filmed over 30 Case studies and 22 Quick tips with our video team of  +Johny Spencer and +Brent Mail. All of these materials will be available in our next Video Course. If you are interested in pre-release discounts please add yourself to our mailing list at: 

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Here is a simple image I took with #nexus4 ....and next day brought in pouring rain and even better scene of breaking storm. All the while +Varina Patel and I were filming the case studies of how to photograph. More to come...

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About 8 weeks ago ...New Leaves...

I love the fresh green tones of the new beech leaves in Spring...

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About 9 weeks ago The Wanaka Storm, Wanaka, New Zealand
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This is perhaps one of the most photographed spot in New Zealand....and our timing to visit this location was impeccable. While we were recording several lessons at this locations we talked to the locals and found out some interesting facts about the trees as well as land around lake Wanaka.

By the time we got back in the car it was warm and sunny. ;)

How was this photograph created?
Sometimes timing is everything....Just 5 minutes before I took this shot it was pouring rain and +Varina Patel was recording a lesson for one of our upcoming courses. Our video crew (+Brent Mail and +Johny Spencer) were filming in pouring rain (and taking notes at the same time....which is not easy). My turn was next...I had the lesson planned, but before I could start the storm broke up back lighting the few remaining leaves on the trees and creating a superb back drop on the distant mountains. 

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About 1 week ago The Cloud Forest, Mumbacho Volcano, Nicaragua
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Walking in this part of the world is like walking on another planet. It is almost always windy and the forest glows in the filtered light of the thin cloud cover that is almost alway present. 

How was this image created?
Simple point and shoot. The most difficult think here is to get an engaging composition and the right color balance. This image required very few adjustment in RAW converter...and a bit of cloning dead leaves in the foreground. In other words pretty minimum processing. I did use a circular polarizer to cut down the glare on the wet leaves.

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About 6 weeks ago Iceland Dreaming!!, Iceland
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I love photographing Iceland when you find flowers blooming like these. To appreciate this image take a look at larger size image....The flowers start at my feet and go all the way up to those distant mountains on the right side of the photo. 

How was this image created?
This was a trick shot to take because on this particular day the wind was a nuance. So, I needed two things: Fast shutter speed and great DOF as the flowers growing in the foreground were just couple of feet from the lens. I used a 24 mm tilt shift lens to rotate the focal plane so that I can get everything sharply in focus at F6.3. Final exposure came out to be 1/50s@F6.3, ISO 100. Oh....yes, I had to bracket the shot to get and then blend it manually in #Photoshop  to retain the natural look. ;)

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About 13 weeks ago Spring At Last!!, Iceland
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We measure fields of flowers in sq. yards, but when you are in Iceland you measure fields of flowers in sq. miles. And when we arrived in Iceland last year the flowers were at their peak. With Snaefell Glacier in the background this location was just perfectly lit at 4 AM in the morning. ;)

How was this image created?
The composition was selected to use the Church in Ingjaldshólskirkja was located in perfect spot to be photographed. The terrain was such that the lupines could be used to fill the lower half of the frame. For this to occur we had to stand at the top of a small hill along the road. The final image was created by manually blending 3 different photos using our iHDR manual blending workflow. 

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About 3 weeks ago Double Take, Mt. Moran, Grand Tetons National Park
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I took this photo with my #FujiXE2  without a aid of a tripod or any fancy equipment. I did not have any fancy gear as we were on a personal trip....so I had to make do with what I had. We found this spot quite by accident while taking a long hike around the String Lake. The skies were just perfect...and the water was perfectly still. 

How was this image created?
I knew that the Dynamic range of the scene was too great to take a normal shot. So, I used DR400 mode of the on FujiXE2 and adjusted the exposure using the histogram on the back of the camera to expose to the right. This allowed me to capture the entire dynamic range with a single shot. I used this singe shot to create multiple images which were blend together to create a natural look using Photoshop Layers & Masks.

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About 7 weeks ago Devil's Playground, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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This was one of the most stunning scene I have seen from all my visits to Yellowstone. The storm broke up at the right time and I was there at a fantastic place (Noris Geyser Basin) to capture it. 

How was this photo created?
This photo was taken using a soft GND Filter. At the time, my blending skills were not quite ready to capture a scene like this one so I used a GND filter to balance out the light. Even with the filter, I had to use photoshop layers and mask to bring out the details in all parts of the image. 

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About 1 week ago Are you ready to Travel? Nugget Point, New Zealand

Inspirational locations like these are hard to find...and sometime even harder to photograph. While on our recent trip to New Zealand we wanted to scout out Nugget point so arrived at midday to see what it looked liked. The site and colors inspired us to go ahead and film an entire lesson for our upcoming course. 

How was this photograph created?
This was simple photo to take, but difficult to process. The entire dynamic range of the photo was captured in the one shot, however part of images lacked details and colors. I had to used targeted adjustment using Photoshop Layers and Mask to bring out the colors and details in every part of the image. 

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