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.

Enjoy!

Jun 062016
 

There was no shortage of wild life this year as we opened the cabin.  It was nice to be able to spend some time hanging out enjoying the show.  Ducks, moose and pelicans where all putting on a pretty good show.  The way the pelicans were eating I’m pretty sure I know why we didn’t see many fish.  By the time I finished taking pictures of the moose it was getting pretty late, it was after 9:00 and I was shooting at 6400 ISO so the pictures are getting a little grainy.  The pictures were taken handheld and the moose was moving so I didn’t have a lot of choice.  Hope you like them.

Oct 222015
 

I haven’t been doing much wildlife photography lately.  Since I made a change in equipment  (I’ve moved to Canon) I don’t have a long lens.  The longest I’ve got is 135 mm. Wildlife photography is usually done with lenses that are 300 to 600 mm and it costs a lot of dough for a good one.  Wildlife was plentiful and somewhat willing to be shot with my Canon so I didn’t deny them.  My buddy got up close and personal with a moose while fishing, but I missed that one.  I really enjoy Island Park in the fall.  There is almost no one around, the animals are all less anxious, the fishing is awesome.  Here’s what I captured the end of September.  The bald eagle was perched in a tree at the edge of the river.  The ducks were everywhere on the river.  The squirrel was next the the trail we hike from the boat dock up to the fishing bridge.

 

Oct 172015
 

Fall Color this year is different than the last couple of years.  I got some great pictures of fall as my sister Marcie and I paddled down Henry’s Fork of the Snake River, the very last day of September.  There wasn’t another person any where!  It was awesome as we practiced our silent paddling down the river trying not to disturb anything that might be in, on or close to the river.  We were rewarded for our efforts and I’ll share those shortly.  Today I’m just going to share a couple of shots of the river which includes a couple of panoramas.  I was a little nervous taking my camera down the river in a canoe, but all went well, as you can see.  The panoramas were done hand held.  For some strange reason I didn’t take my tripod.  Oh, yea I remember!  How’s a tripod going to work in a canoe?

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

Oct 072015
 

I tried my hand at some more astrophotography during the lunar eclipse we had just over a week ago.  I’d seen some pictures of the moon in various stages of being eclipsed all in the same picture.  Well I started out good until I figured out that the moon was going to go behind some trees.  I was taking pictures every ten minutes, and had to move after three exposures.  Took a couple more and had to move again, because of the trees.  Long story short I’ve got a couple of strings of eclipse exposures and a few others when I was just playing around.

The eclipse was a lot of fun to watch and really quite wonderful.  Being out in the woods has it’s advantages and it’s disadvantages.  There was absolutely no light pollution.  The evening was cool and otherwise very enjoyable.  The downside there were trees everywhere.

Aug 132015
 

I anticipated getting a couple of new night sky pictures this year at the cabin but the moon and the clouds worked against me and I didn’t get much.  What I’ve shared here is a couple of shots from the first night at the cabin.  July 31st was apparently a “blue moon”.
Two definitions:

  • Blue Moon = The third full Moon in an astronomical season with 4 full Moons (versus the normal 3)
  • Blue Moon = The second full Moon in a month with two full Moons.

At any rate I was just experimenting with exposure and etc and after a few shot decided to zoom in on the moon.  I’m shooting with an 18 – 135 mm lens so zooming in isn’t getting in tight as you can see.  An interesting thing happened.  I got an object in the picture that I can’t identify, and didn’t see with the naked eye.  Wild.  Let me know if you’ve got any ideas.  There is a lot of lens flare in the first picture, maybe the unknown is caused by that?

Aug 102015
 

I never get tired of Sunsets.  Especially cloudy, colorful ones of Henry’s Fork.  I set up my tripod and took several series and decided I like this series the best.  This is HDR.  I did this all from Lightroom including the Photomatics HDR.  This is five shots stitch together.

Henry's Fork Sunset

Aug 082015
 

Part one of this years family trip to Island Park is a few wildflowers.  I used my 100mm macro lens and shot a variety of flowers and of course huckleberries.  I think the huckleberry is one of my favorite pictures.  There were a number of leave framing the berry and they were closer to the camera so they are way out of focus and lend a kind on misty effect around the berry.  It was real rainy this year so we didn’t get much picking done this year, but we really enjoyed what we did.  I also like the Indian Paint Brush painting the under side of the leaf above.

Sep 232014
 

We went back up to Island Park last week and had a blast.  Here are a couple of shots from our visit.  After years away we’ve gotten back into going up to Sawtelle Peak.  It’s right around 10,000 ft.  I took some shots of flowers and other things up there earlier this summer.  I’m fascinated with what happens to the trees when you get up close to the top.  There’s a line called the tree line of any mountain.  Above a certain elevation trees no longer grow.  There’s any area close to the tree line where the trees struggle.  I took a few pictures and I’ll share one here.

We also went for a little 40 mile ATV ride along the Continental Divide and surrounding area in Montana.  There was an interesting series of beaver dams on the South Fork of the Madison River.

Lastly but not least is getting to start nice fires to warm up the cabin in the morning.  Low temps were in the 30’s and highs about 70.  Beautiful weather.