October 20, 2017

Faroe Islands No. 96

Faroe Islands No. 96

My latest newsletter is out with stories and images from the Faroe Islands. If you’re subscribed, you probably already have it in your inbox.

If not, you can subscribe here: http://www.colethompsonphotography.com/newsletter/

Cole

August 6, 2017

A huge thanks to Singh-Ray who heard that I had smashed my MOR-SLO 15-stop ND filter while in the Faroe Islands and then very kindly rushed me a replacement. Their generosity and thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated.

I am a big fan of Singh-Ray products. I use their polarizer, their Vari-ND and their MOR-SLO 5, 10, 15 and 20 stop ND filters. My primary filter is their 15-stop ND filter, it’s used in about 75% of my images!

Why do I use their products? Just one reason: the quality. I have used many different brands, and some of them are very good, but in my opinion Singh-Ray filters are the best.

I first learned of Singh-Ray when I heard about and purchased their Vari-ND variable ND filter. I was carrying that filter with me when I was visiting Auschwitz and the idea of photographing ghosts struck me. I could not have produced The Ghosts of Auschwitz-Birkenau project with a fixed ND filter, the Vari-ND made it possible. 

Their 15-stop ND filter is the perfect number of stops for my work. With 15 stops I can shoot up to two minutes in bright sunlight and much longer in places like the overcast Faroe Islands. What happens when I need to go longer than two minutes? In the past I was forced to stack two filters which resulted in vignetting issues, but those days are gone with the Singh-Ray MOR-SLO 20-stop filter. 

I love Singh-Ray ND filters!

Cole

P.S. I want to disclose that Singh-Ray has given me 2-3 filters over the years, including this replacement.

 

 

July 13, 2017

Well, only for a month…I am headed to the Faroe Islands.

I am really excited about this trip, not because I know what I’ll find there, but because I have no idea what I’ll find.

I do no planning or research when I am planning my trips. I do not look at other people’s images from that area. I do not consult the travel guides for the “must see” sites. My only preparation for this trip consists of renting an apartment and car.

Why?

Because I want to go with a blank slate, with no preconceived ideas or expectations. I do not want to know how others have seen the Faeroes or photograph the same sites that everyone else has. 

That’s my goal anyway. My hope is that I’ll see something there that inspires my imagination and which will result in a new portfolio.

I’ll not be posting much while I’m away, but I will post some iPhone snapshots each day on my Google+ and Facebook accounts:

I’ll be returning at the end of August. 

See you then.

Cole

June 14, 2017

Photographer travels the world to capture black-and-white images

Cole Thompson work on display at Lincoln Gallery in June
By Kenneth Jessen
For the Reporter-Herald
POSTED: 06/14/2017 10:04:18 AM MDT

 

Photographer Cole Thompson enjoys the creative process. His “Moai Sitting for Portraits,” shot on Easter Island, will be on display for the month of June at the Lincoln Gallery. (KENNETH JESSEN / Loveland Reporter-Herald)

Read the full article here: 

http://www.reporterherald.com/news/ci_31061836/photographer-travels-world-capture-black-and-white-images

Cole

P.S. My thanks to Ken for such a nice article!

P.P.S. My special thanks for Ken for getting me to smile, I NEVER smile in photographs!

 

May 11, 2017

I’ve just sent out Newsletter No. 99 with ten new “Dunes of Nude” images.

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Thanks!

Cole

March 9, 2017

I love photography, but I also love flight. From birds to the Wright Brother’s first flyer, from the SR-71 which my father worked on to the V-22 Osprey that my son flies on. I love flight and airplanes.

And so it was a special treat to see my first B2 over the Mesquite dunes of Death Valley! It made several passes and fortunately I had my 100-400 lens on and was able to get these shots.

It is very impressive but my first thought was: this shouldn’t fly!

There was a companion aircraft that I at first thought was a tanker, but it didn’t look like any tanker that I was familiar with. It looked as though it had a radome on the nose and something odd on the tail. 

Does anyone know what this plane is and what it does? I’m guessing that it is measuring emissions to see how stealthy the aircraft is, perhaps after some modifications or new equipment?

I was also lucky enough to see my first V-22 Osprey refueling over Death Valley! My son Caleb is a Crew Chief on this aircraft. I was not lucky enough to photograph it however.

Cole

 

January 25, 2017

A good friend had to cancel out of our Death Valley photo tour on February 20 through 25 due to medical reasons. 

If you’re interested in a last minute trip to Death Valley with John Barclay and myself, please contact John right away at johnbarclayphoto@me.com or (215) 896-8334

Speedy recovery Roger!

January 5, 2017

I use Singh-Ray Neutral Density filters to create my long exposure images and occasionally write blog articles for them. 

They have just published my article that explains how I created the “Melting Giants” series. 

You can read the article here:

The Story Behind “Melting Giants”

November 22, 2016

Hello to all!

If you have not seen it yet, this issue of LensWork is now on the newsstands. If you are fortunate enough to have a Barnes and Noble nearby, you can pick up a copy there.

If not, I’d be happy to mail you a copy for $10, signed if you like.

Just PayPal me at Cole@ColeThompsonPhotography.com with your mailing address.

Thanks!

Cole

September 28, 2016

I’ve just released a new series entitled “Melting Giants” from my recent trip to Newfoundland.

I introduce my new images through my newsletter, you can subscribe here:  http://www.colethompsonphotography.com/NewsletterSignup.htm

I hope you will appreciate them!

Cole