Glenn Randall Photography
Extraordinary landscape photography from Colorado and the West
This page showcases images that my students shot during their workshop or afterwards using techniques they learned during their workshop.
Not every great landscape photograph has to be taken at sunrise or sunset -- or in color. My student Andy Berkenfield made this dynamic, perfectly composed image of untracked dunes during my recent Sunsets and Stars at Great Sand Dunes workshop. I love the texture gradient in the foreground, which enhances the sense of depth, the criss-crossing diagonal lines, which give the image its dynamic feel, and the backlit layered clouds, which add interest to what would otherwise have been a dull part of the frame. You can see more of Andy's work on Instagram at @brknfld. Well done, Andy!
My student Christine Hsieh shot this beautiful photo of the Milky Way at the Rock Cut on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park during a private workshop. She did a 25-second exposure at f/2.8, ISO 6400 for the sky and a second exposure at 2 minutes, f/2.8, ISO 6400 for the land, then blended the two images in Photoshop using layer masks. She nailed the exposure on both shots, then blended them artfully to provide good detail throughout the image. You can see more of Christine's impressive work at http://www.instagram.com/christine501.
Doug Coombs shot this photo of aspen in fall color and Peak 12,734 dusted with fresh snow during my September 2016 San Juans in Autumn workshop. Rather than cropping a single frame to a 1:2 aspect ratio, Doug made the extra effort to shoot a two-frame panorama, which gave him significantly higher resolution and the ability to make still-bigger prints. You can see more of Doug's work at www.dougsview.com.
Bruce Henderson shot this photo during my April 2015 Art and Science of Landscape Photography workshop sponsored by Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. Here's what Bruce had to say about this image: "Gosh, I spent almost a whole day shooting this during the workshop. This was a blending of four exposures. It’s also the only photo of mine that I have in a permanent spot on my own living room wall. It’s 24x42 inches and lit well." So many nature images portray the wilderness as gentle and inviting. This image perfectly captures the harsh and forbidding side of the natural world. You can see more of Bruce's images at http://brucehendersonphotography.com/.
Bob Wiens shot this spectacular rainbow arcing over the Rio Grande River during the October 2014 session of the Art and Science of Landscape Photography, a workshop sponsored by Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. Bob commented, "The photos from my experience at one of your New Mexico classes have been my favorites." Bob certainly showed quick reflexes when he created a perfect composition of this fleeting rainbow just as it reached its peak. You can see more of Bob's work at https://bobwiens.myportfolio.com/
This great image of the Milky Way soaring over a sand dune at Great Sand Dunes National Park was taken by Ron Hasty, one of the many talented photographers who have taken one of my landscape photography workshops. Ron shot this image during my "Sunsets and Stars at Great Sand Dunes National Park" workshop in September 2017. I particularly like the way he composed the image with the Milky Way arcing up and left over the sinuous curves of the dune.
Richard Rostant made this photograph at my September 2017 "Sunsets and Stars at Great Sand Dunes National Park" workshop. It makes excellent use of "railroad-track" perspective, in which lines that are parallel in reality appear to converge, creating a strong sense of depth. Richard desaturated all the colors but blue to make the sand monochrome while leaving the sky largely untouched. You can see more of Richard's images at his Flickr account.
Craig Marvil made this image of Chimney Rock and Courthouse Mountain at sunset during my September 2017 San Juans in Autumn workshop. Craig took full advantage of the fleeting moments of good light when the sun dropped below dense clouds just before sunset and threw a warm glow onto the foreground aspen and Chimney Rock. The dark clouds filling the sky made Chimney Rock stand out dramatically. You can see more of Craig's images at https://craigmarvil.smugmug.com/.
Ryan Stikeleather made this beautiful image of Longs Peak from the Rock Cut on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park during a private landscape photography workshop in August 2017. Here's what he had to say about this image: "I've visited Rocky Mountain National Park dozens of times, and Trail Ridge Road has always provided endless opportunities to take in the epic scenery. Rock Cut is one of those spots that I've photographed before, but never with much success. I'd pull out my camera, guess at a good composition, and mindlessly fire away. I'd also never given much thought as to which lens to use. Glenn gave me the confidence to think about the story I wanted to tell, to reach for my telephoto lens, and pull Longs Peak into the natural frame of Rock Cut. Now, when I'm looking for a composition, I ask myself what I'm really trying to capture, and just maybe a telephoto photograph might tell the story little better." You can see more of Ryan's beautiful photography at http://www.break-trail.com/.
Mark Schumann, another of my talented students, made this beautiful image of Hallett Peak reflected in Dream Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park during a private workshop in late July, 2018. I love the way Mark, an emerging professional photographer, artfully arranged the reflection of Hallett Peak amidst the foreground boulders. You can see more of Mark's work and learn about the photo tours he offers in northern New Mexico at https://www.schumannphoto.com.