Sep 182017
 

Labor day weekend in Yellowstone and Island Park.  It got smokier as the week end went along by Labor Day the sky was pretty much gray nondescript and photos taken at any kind of distance suffered from the effects of smoke.  The difference in picture quality from photos taken on Thursday and then on Tuesday was pretty dramatic.  All of these photos were taken on Thursday.  The only picture I’ve posted from Tuesday is the brink of the Yellowstone Upper Falls and that we taken only a few feet away so smoke wasn’t to bad.

 

Sep 052017
 

We went to the cabin for a get away for Labor Day Weekend and decided to run into the park Thursday and beat the rush weekend rush.  Here’s a couple of pics from the two trips into the park (We went back in on Monday).  Janis and I hiked down to the brink of the lower canyon falls on Monday and that’s one of the pics here.  The other is a panorama taken on the north loop between Tower Falls and the Mammoth Hot Spring.  There are still scars visible from the big fire almost 30 years later.

We went back on Labor Day and there was so much smoke I don’t think any of the pics will turn out well.  The forest fires are unbelievable this year.

Aug 042016
 

This year we took some rookies into the park.  I have fond memories of my Gram and Granddad taking me through the park so I hope my grand kids had a good time as well.  Here’s a few pictures of paint pots and etc.  These pics are all taken at Biscuit Basin we had plans to visit one other basin, but the kids weren’t up to it.  There’s always next year and a good excuse to go back!  I’ll post Old Faithful and some other pics later.  I’m really liking the improvement in the new Photoshop.  Yes these are all post processed.  I shoot all of my pictures without letting the camera process the info at all.  It’s call shooting in RAW.  So I have to do something to them so you can enjoy them, and I hope you do.

Jul 052015
 

I went to Provo  with my family to participate in the Freedom Festival Balloon event on the 4th.  My daughter in laws dad has several balloons he flies and he was at the festival.  The unfortunate thing is that the weather kept them from actually flying.   They went through the process of blowing them up, heating them up and taking them down and putting them away anyway.  I’ve captured lots of pictures of the process and thought I would share a few here.  It was early in the morning and light wasn’t that good so I shot all of these at ISO 800 to make sure I could keep the shutter speed up.  I varied the aperture as I thought appropriate for depth of field.  I just couldn’t help giving some of these an HDR look.

Nov 302014
 

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving for everyone living in the US.  We spent the extended weekend with family in a remote area.  That’s right no cell phone service unless you held your mouth just right and then it was iffy.  I took my camera along and took a few pictures and I’ll share a few here.  I was trying to get some more milky way shots, but once again the moon was to bright and I didn’t want to stay up until it set so I could get the moonless sky so hope you like these anyway.  There was a good sunset one night and clouds all that night so no stars.  Then Friday we did a little four wheeling in the snow.

Oct 272014
 

This will be the last of the posting for this years Fall Color Safari.  These pictures were all taken around Timpanogos Cave National Monument.  The area is absolutely beautiful and the fall color would have been even better if we’d been there a few days earlier.

The first picture is of and old and apparently abandoned bridge and steps that I found interesting.  The picture of the aspen trunk illustrates just how easy it is to scar the bark.  Then there are several panoramas of the area.  It was getting pretty dark at this point in the trip.

Oct 232014
 

Let’s continue up Big Cottonwood Canyon.  We made a stop close to the top of the canyon.  Unfortunately, just as I had feared we were a little late to have a lot of color at this elevation, so from here down into Midway was mostly comments between my wife and I about how beautiful this must have been a few days or a week ago.  These first two panoramas are from an area toward the top of the canyon, but not quite to the ski areas.  The last one is of the area of the Sundance Resort area in the Alpine Loop.  This area is always gorgeous any time of year.  The sun was hard to deal with in this one so it’s not the best pic, but you get the idea.  The sun was in my face or into the lens in these pictures

Oct 182014
 

Here are some more fall color panoramas from Big Cottonwood Canyon.  The one labeled Big Cottonwood is in the same area as the pan I posted earlier.  The other two are of a little rapid up stream a couple of miles.  The pans taken at the rapids were taken handheld because there wasn’t any place to set up a tripod.  The Close picture was taken while laying on the rocks at the edge of the river.  Both upper pans are three picture each and the other is five pics.

 

Oct 082014
 

This is Powder Mountain.

I’ve redone my first panorama and added a panorama from my first fall color shoot.  Here’s the second pan done with the tripod set up in the same location as the first shoot.  Actually I did 360 degrees from the same spot and put these pans together from most of those shoots.  These pans are about seven shoot each.  This one is right next to the pan shown below.

 

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This is the redone photo.  You can see that a little difference in the work flow can make a difference.  I’m always trying new ways of doing this stuff.  For example you can barely see the moon in this one.

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Oct 042014
 

Went out shooting tonight after work. Several guys from work are out shooting this week end too. They took guns, I took a Canon. If you want to go shoot fall color with me sometime in the next couple of weeks lets get it arranged! I’d love to. I have Columbus Day off so Janis and I usually go shooting and then to dinner. That’s a week from Monday. Let us know if you want to come along. We start late afternoon. We’ve ended up in Evanston, WY for dinner or Eden or where ever. Pretty unstructured.

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