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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here’s an HDR panorama of Red Rocks Lake in the Red Rocks Lake Refuge. All the years I’ve been going to Island Park I’ve never been to this area. It’s a fairly long drive on dirt roads and was worth the drive. We went out to the refuge late in the day so we really didn’t see much of it. It was pretty impressive to read the road sign that told us that it was rough roads and no gas for the next 65 miles. I tried to take a 180 degree pan of the lake, but only about 100 degrees of it turned out – so here it is. This is 25 exposures turned into 5 HDR photos that I then stitched together.