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Ray Mathis

Ray Mathis

McHenry, IL

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Most of the images you see here (at least so far) were done the "old fashioned way" with a 4x5" field camera and by creating color transparencies. I then scanned them at either 1200 or 2400 dpi. Every effort is made to match the original transparency.

That said, there was a time when I developed cataracts, and scanning and preparing images for this website became difficult. Now that I've had surgery and can see clearly again, some of the images seem a bit too saturated in color. That's because cataracts mute colors. It's like looking through window covered with a film of grime and dirt.

The challenge and reward in 4x5" landscape photography is to capture things as they really are, and get the exposure just right. And at over $6 a shot, it pays to be very selective. The images that resulted from using a 4x5 field camera will have a ratio of 4 to 5 in their dimensions (i.e. someone could purchase a 24 x 30 print)

There's an old saying in landscape photography, "f16 and BE THERE". That's still true, except it's usually f45 (and sometimes f 64 or higher) with a 4x5 camera and lenses. It's all about being there at the right time and capturing the right light. Many places in these photos don't look anything like the images below at other times of the day. Nearly every image here was done either before sunrise, or after sunset, or that hour or less of sweet light time after sunrise or just before sunset.

I have three images that have won awards. "Sunset Sandstone" was the Grand Prize Winner in the 2005 National Landscape Conservation System photo contest. "The Surprise" was also the Utah State prize winner for that same contest. "Devil's Bathtub" was the Outdoor Illinois Magazine (Illinois Department of Natural Resources) Grand Prize winner for 2004. Many other images have appeared in calendars, magazine, books and as post cards of Utah and the Southwest.

I've just recently switched to using a Nikon D800, a 36 megapixel camera. It's an amazing camera, and allows you to capture scenes much as they appear to you when you are standing there. Even those with high contrast and a wide range of light between highlights and shadows. It comes about as close to what my eye sees as is technologically possible at this point. And does so much better than I ever could with a 4x5 and filters. Not to mention that I end up with some very big files from which to make prints, and it saves a lot of wear and tear on my knees now that I don't have to carry 40 lbs of 4x5 equipment..

But the rule above still applies. "f16 and be there", except I usually keep the f stop set at 22. And I use the "Active D Lighting" and "HDR" functions quite a bit.

I hope you enjoy these images and it encourages you to venture out into the natural world and find moments like these for yourself. Bring a camera if you've got one, and ask someone to join you if you'd like, but above all else, GO. Time and life are our only real possessions.

 

Glacial Park Frosted Wildflowers by Ray Mathis

 

Frost along Nippersink Creek in Glacial Park by Ray Mathis

 

Frosty Foggy Morning in Glacial Park by Ray Mathis

 

Foggy Frosty Morning along Nippersink Creek by Ray Mathis

 

Frosted Wildflowers along Nippersink in Glacial Park by Ray Mathis

 

Glacial Park Milkweed by Ray Mathis

 

Frosted Banks of Nippersink Creek by Ray Mathis

 

Backlit Frosted Grasses along Nippersink Creek in Glacial Park by Ray Mathis

 

Frosted Grasses in Glacial Park by Ray Mathis

 

Frosted Grasses along Nippersink Creek by Ray Mathis

 

Curving Nippersink Creek in Glacial Park on Frosty Morning by Ray Mathis

 

Big Bend in the Nippersink in Glacial Park by Ray Mathis

 

Frosted Wildflowers along Nippersink Creek by Ray Mathis

 

Curving Nippersink Creek in Glacial Park on Fall Morning by Ray Mathis

 

Glacial Park's Nippersink Creek on Frosty Morning by Ray Mathis

 

Frosty Morning on Nippersink Creek in Glacial Park in McHenry County by Ray Mathis

 

Frosted Grasses along Nippersink Creek in Glacial Park by Ray Mathis

 

Frosty Big Bend in Nippersink Creek by Ray Mathis

 

Fall Wildflowers Covered in Frost along Nippersink Creek by Ray Mathis

 

Morning Comes to a Frosted Glacial Park by Ray Mathis

 

Frosty Banks of Nippersink Creek in Glacial Park by Ray Mathis

 

Frosty Morning on Nippersink Creek in Glacial Park by Ray Mathis

 

Frosted Fall Wildflowers along Nippersink Creek by Ray Mathis

 

Frosted Wildflowers on Nippersink Creek on a Fall Morning by Ray Mathis

 

Nippersink Creek in Glacial Park on Foggy Morning by Ray Mathis

 

Foggy Sunrise in Glacial Park by Ray Mathis

 

Glacial Park's Nippersink Creek by Ray Mathis

 

Nippersink Creek Sunrise on Frosty Morning by Ray Mathis

 

Foggy Sunrise along Nippersink Creek in Glacial Park by Ray Mathis

 

Nippersink Creek Frosty Morning by Ray Mathis

 

Creekside Frost in Glacial Park by Ray Mathis

 

Keystone Landing Frosty Morning in Glacial Park by Ray Mathis

 

Frosty Morning on Nippersink Creek by Ray Mathis

 

Lost Valley Oaks and Prairie Grasses in Glacial Park by Ray Mathis

 

Lost Valley Prairie Grasses in Glacial Park by Ray Mathis

 

Lost Valley Visitor Center by Ray Mathis

 

Prairie Grasses in Glacial Park by Ray Mathis

 

Frosty Foxtails in Glacial Park by Ray Mathis

 

Fall Color in Glacial Park Oak Savannah by Ray Mathis

 

Glacial Park Shagbark Hickory by Ray Mathis

 

Shagbark Hickory in Glacial Park Oak Savannah by Ray Mathis

 

Oak Savannah Sunrise in Hackmatack NWR by Ray Mathis

 

Hackmatack NWR Oak Savannah by Ray Mathis

 

Morning in Oak Savannah in Glacial Park by Ray Mathis

 

Oak Savannah in Glacial Park by Ray Mathis

 

Oak Savannah in Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge by Ray Mathis

 

From Little Oaks Grow.... by Ray Mathis

 

Oak Savannah Sunrise in Glacial Park by Ray Mathis