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.

 

Aug 012016
 

Before I post pictures of Island Park vacation pics I thought I’d share one from our week in Newport Coast.  I’m not sure why I didn’t take a lot of pics in CA, but this sunset panorama taken from the balcony of the room we stayed in says a lot.  This is three pictures edited and stitch together in Lightroom.  The more I learn about Lightroom the happier I’m am with it.  Enjoy!

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Mar 092015
 

No I haven’t been to Colorado lately, but I was going through my photos and discovered some I’d never done anything with. This one for instant Taken in July of 2010. I was working on the Grand Junction VA and went up to the Colorado National Monument in the evening several times to take pictures. I know I’ve share others, but not this one.  This is a panorama made up of 2-5 shot HDR photos.

Colorado National Monument 01

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 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.

Powder Mountain Pan 01

Feb 252014
 

Between Wendell and Jerome there’s a farm with two groves of trees on it.  I really like the one that’s closer to the freeway, but discovered that it’s pretty much inaccessible.  So I got these pictures from the other grove.  A number of the trees in this grove have been harvested so it’s maybe not I was looking for exactly.  I think you get the idea however.  I didn’t notice until I got up close that all the trees bend like they were influenced by the prevailing wind.  I’ve done a 90 degree pan and a couple of other shots.  Hope you like them.

Oct 312013
 

I was watching a YouTube video about Photoshop and got inspired to try something a little different.  Basically I duplicated my base layer and turned it into a line drawing then blended to the two layers.  I use a Topaz plugin and here’s a link to the video that inspired me.

Fall Color Pan 11-draw

Oct 162013
 

So…It occurred to me while I was taking time to process my photos that it would be fun to do the Fall Color Safari with a bunch of people.  My wife and I have done it for three years and after tromping around the mountain we have a nice little dinner at some place in the area.  It’s really been fun.  If your interested in going with us next year post a reply here and let’s see what we can put together.  Up until now we’ve done the safari on Columbus Day.  This year that Columbus day seemed a little late, but it’s always been pretty close for good fall (especially aspen) color.  The red from the oak brush is pretty much gone, but there still a little.  We can play that by ear as next October rolls around.

So this years safari ended up with about 15 panoramas all HDR and all in the same area.  I don’t know if I’ll post all of them, but here’s a sampling.  This year instead of driving until I found something interesting I parked the car and hiked around the area.  This was a new area to me.  My son and I road our bike through here several times this summer and I decided it would be good for fall color.  This is on old snow basin road at the trail head where the road is closed.