Nov 282016
 

It’s become a tradition to have  Thanksgiving with my wife’s family at their ranch.  It’s a lot of fun and great food.  Basically everything Thanksgiving is supposed to be.  Conditions haven’t been great for grabbing photos but I did catch this one which I really liked.  This one taken looking north late in the afternoon across a pond that’s on the ranch.  I did a little bit of post processing, but not much.  This was shot at ISO 200 1/200 second at f9.0. I used my 18-135mm lens set at 35mm.

Thankful for the beauty that surrounds me every day.

Thankful for the beauty that surrounds me every day.

 

Apr 132016
 

It’s been a while since I posted mostly because I got busy doing other things.  Now that Spring has sprung in my yard I just had to get out and take a couple of shots.  The weather was beautiful over the week end so I couldn’t help it.  Here you go these were all taken with my 100mm macro lens.  I was out with the grand kids exploring and it was a little windy so not the best for great shots.  Pine cones aren’t really spring, but what the heck.  The plum tree is wall to wall blooms which is awesome.

Dec 142015
 

Actually all the snow we get here in Utah is real.  Best snow on earth!  This is just the first REAL snow of the year and probably as much as we got all last year.  Two more days of snow coming!  Didn’t use the snow blower at all last year and gave it a good work out tonight.  Anyway here’s a peek out the front door at the heavy wet snow and Christmas lights.  The branches of the pine are so heavy that most of the lights have fallen off, but it still looks pretty cool.

Christmas at our house

Dec 112015
 

The weather was really mild a couple of days ago when I went to shoot Christmas lights at Temple Square.  Good news is I didn’t freeze, bad news is everyone and all their brothers and sisters were there.  We took my daughter and a couple of grand kids which was fun.  I’ll share a couple of picture now and try to get more Christmas pictures later.

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 242014
 

I had a friend that found out about my “safaris” ask me if I wanted to go to Antelope Island and shoot Mule Deer (with my Canon).  I took him up on his offer and here’s some of what I shot.  Because I recently changed cameras I no longer have a “long lens” (something 300 mm or more).  I must fix that soon.  The animals were all shot at 135 mm which worked alright, but to get in real close a person really needs a long lens.  I got as close as the deer would allow.  Of course I couldn’t resist taking a couple of sunset pictures.  Day is Done is a five shot Panorama looking west into the sun (already set) across the Great Salt Lake.  By the way for those of you that don’t know, Antelope Island is out in the Salt Lake.  It’s a State Park and is a great place for biking, hiking, horseback riding, wild life watching, boating, swimming and etc.  My friend spends a lot of time watching the deer on the island and even has names for some of them.  Going to hang out with them was easy because my friend know where they would be.

Take a close look at these pictures.  For instants in the We Are Family shot check out the does on the left.

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.