Sep 162016

As far as chronology goes this is out of order, but I don’t think you’ll care.  So I’ll just say we went to Breckenridge, Colorado a couple of weeks ago to start an extended fall color tour.  Well we were too early.  There was a very little color.  If I get around to it I’ll share those later.  Last week we went to Island Park like we’ve been doing the last couple of Septembers and it was awesome.  Last year we were too late so we scheduled an earlier slot this year.  Again not a lot a color when we got there.  After a couple of pretty cool days and some time fishing while it was snowing, the fall color was coming on.  What I’m sharing here are pictures I took the last day we were there and the area these are taken in is a rather small isolated area.

The area was pretty diverse.  We’ve got a panorama of a pond in sunlight and everything else in shade from the clouds.  These pictures were taken about 6:30 pm so a half an hour before sunset.  I love what I call an angry sky and there’s a good one in these shots.  Other shots are all individual exposures.  I usually shoot fall color with a aperture of f8 or so.  The individual tree with the blurred background was taken with 100mm lens opened up to f2.8.


Oct 112015

The nights following the solar eclipse were also mostly clear.  There was a few lightening flashes off in the distance and a couple of clouds to add a little interest, but generally a great night for stars.  Lighting and stars would have been pretty cool.  The moon came up later and the sun was setting early so venturing out to take starry night pictures was better than usual.  My sister was with me for this shoot and as we were winding up she recommended shooting straight up.  We even caught a shooting star!  What a great idea!  I also took a picture which included the river, which I really like, and yes there are some of the stronger stars reflected in the river.  The most predominate stars (a group of four above the horizon) is Orion’s Belt.  Exposure was about 24 seconds at f3.5 at 18mm

Sep 092015


This is one of my favorite pictures from the Balloon event.  Maybe it’s because the event was held on the Labor Day weekend, because I work on Hill AFB and rub shoulders every day with men and women that serve our country – I just have felt a bit more patriotic lately.  The stars and stripes floating across the sky held me for a minute.  Then again the sky, the vibrant colors of the balloon, it all seems to work together.

I shot this at 1/320 of a second, f9 ISO 800, 71mm on my 18-135 mm lens

Stars and Stripes







Aug 222015

My granddaughter likes to hula hoop.  She brought a hula hoop to the cabin.  The hoop is pretty cool it lights up and can be programmed to do different things.  I thought it would be fun to take a couple of long exposure shots of her.  These shots are about one second long ISO 1600 f5.6

Sep 082014

I have a succulent (sorry I can’t remember the name) in my backyard that flowers every year about this time.  Every time it flowers I have lots of visitors so I thought I would take pics of some of them this year.  I had to warn the grand kids to let the bees have the flowers so they could make some yummy honey.  I wonder what the honey made from this pollen tastes like.  These were all taken with my 100mm macro lens so I wasn’t really that close.  ISO 200, shutter 1/640th second f7.1

Apr 082014

As we were leaving the covered bridge (featured in an earlier post) I saw what looked like a very interesting building off to the left and in the opposite direction we needed to go.  Having little else to do I turned the car in that direction and found this fun building.   Turns out it was the American Precision Museum where precision tools and tool making were invented.  Unfortunately the museum wasn’t open.  Apparently along with the machine displays there are a lot of civil war displays.  This is probably the most interesting find of my trip.  Too bad I didn’t get to back and see it!

The falls picture was taken with a shutter speed of 1/5 second to get the silky water effect.  Here’s the other info for that pic: f22, ISO 200, 35mm.


Dam and Falls

Mar 132010

We have a photo club at work, we were out today working on aperture priority photos. The bulbs are beginning to bloom and there were bees everywhere. Is this the beehive state or what? This was taken with my 50 mm macro lens f2.8 1/1500 sec exposure ISO 100. I think spring is on its way

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